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Don’t end up spelling yourself short

CMC CornerRenelle Lott

Sign up for a spell. Twenty teams are poised to spell their hearts out March 4 for Spellebration 2005: The Garden of Reading, but there is still room for ten more teams. Register by Feb. 18 and you’ll have time to study the spelling guide, given to teams once they’ve registered. Literacy Outreach will find a team for anyone who would like to donate the team fee – $200 – but doesn’t want to spell. And spots on teams will be found for individuals who don’t have a team. Spellebration is the major fund-raiser for Literacy Outreach, providing individualized literacy instruction in Garfield County. To sign up for Spellebration, call 945-5282. Strong enrollments in three out of four classes offered in New Castle for the first time this semester mean CMC will seek to offer more classes in this community. Sixteen students enrolled in Psychology I, and classes in Geography and English Composition I also filled. Rifle Campus has a Day Care Home Safety class from 9-11:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, The noncredit class is $12 and is for home child-care providers to learn how to child-proof a day-care home or playground, and toy- and child-product safety issues. Instructor Karen Mollenkamp has been an emergency room nurse, has paramedic training, and has worked as a preschool nurse. Rifle Campus also has an Introduction to Therapeutic Massage class running Feb. 24 through May 5. This one-credit Thursday evening class will run from 7-9:15 p.m., and offers massage techniques for relieving stress and promoting physical well-being.The Traveler Program, CMC’s Senior and Disabled Transportation, was honored at a special grants presentation Feb. 9 at Mesa State College. Club 20 nominated the Traveler, which received $2,000 and was the only agency to receive this funding in Garfield County. Meanwhile, the Senior Wellness Program in Rifle recently received a $1,000 grant from the Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition Network. This money will be used to offer short wellness workshops on seniors’ health related to physical activity, nutrition education, and aging. And, the Rifle Senior Wellness Program and the Parachute Senior Center program were recipients of $1,000 each through funding provided by the Caring for Colorado Foundation. The Rifle group will plan a “Diabetes Health Fair and Workshop” this summer and the Parachute group will work on projects to enhance programs for seniors at the Parachute Senior Center. Finally, the Colorado Department of Transportation has issued a contract for a 2005 replacement Traveler bus for Glenwood Springs. The grant award amount is 80 percent federal funds or $38,000, with a required 20 percent local match. The Garfield County Commissioners have agreed to pay the majority of the local match at $9,000. CMC’s Quigley Library collected $500 from book sales of 50 cent to $1 books in January, joining other Colorado libraries to contribute $15,000 to Tsunami Relief Efforts. City Market donated Starbucks coffee for book-sale donations as well.Visit Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley Campus Feb. 21 for a tour of the campus and its programs, as well as a chance to engage in conversation with faculty and students. Visit Day starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs until about 2:30 p.m. Visitors must preregister by calling Deb Cutter at 947-8276 or e-mail dcutter@coloradomtn.edu.Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 947-8363.


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