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Spring in the valley has brought many exciting activities and recreational events. The 20th annual Health Fair is also coming up.Parks and Rec District NewsSkate Park update: The skate park will be re-erected in the very near future. It will be located at the Saddleback Recreation Area on Battlement Mesa, which is near the elementary school in the lower Tamarisk Trail and Silverton Court area. Youth wrestling: This activity is for kindergarten through sixth grade. Practices began the week of March 7 and they have been practicing from 6-7:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday The first tournament will be held April 2 in Meeker. The little wrestlers will have three more tournaments this season: April 9, in Rangely, April 16, in Rifle, and April 23, with location still pending. The coaches are Damon Culver and Danny Lange. All the wrestlers, as well as the Parks and Rec District, would like to thank the the Lightfoot, Aldrich, Lee and Lyons families for their generous donations. With the donations, the wrestlers were able to buy new singlets (black and red wrestling uniforms).Tee ball for youngsters, kindergarten through second grade: Tee ball will begin the week of May 2. Registration is now open and the fee is $35. Participants will learn the fundamentals of baseball and softball. The Rec District is still looking for volunteer coaches. Youth baseball and softball: Baseball and softball are open to boys and girls ages 8-15. The league encompasses towns and cities from Aspen to Parachute. The registration deadline is May 3 and the practices begin in late May. There is a $50 fee, with a $35 refundable uniform fee.Youth golf: The youth golf program is tentatively set for June or July. There will be more information on this program later.Be sure to register your kids now for summer programs – call Mary Anderson or Dan Vollendorf at 285-0388 or stop by the Rec District office located in the South Gate Plaza in Parachute.20th annual Health FairThe annual Health Fair will be 7-10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. The Grand River Hospital District lab is offering a comprehensive metabolic blood chemistry analysis for $25. A 12-hour fast is recommended prior to screening. Plenty of water and prescribed medication should be taken. Diabetics should not fast. They are also offering prostate cancer screening, blood chemistry lipid panels (cholesterol, HDL & LDL), thyroid stimulating hormone, and take-home colon-cancer screening kits.Blood samples will be drawn from 7-9:30 a.m. Tests results should be back in approximately one week. Please do not wait until the last minute to get your blood drawn or to participate in the Health Fair.Other services offered at the Fair: Grand River Hospital District Radiology, breast cancer awareness and self breast exams; E.Dene Moore Care Center, information booth; Grand Valley Ambulance Service, blood pressure checks and ambulance subscriptions forms; ViaViente representatives, liquid nutritional daily supplements; and the Foot Support Group, biomechanical evaluations for orthotics.The Grand River Hospital District Food Service will provide a yummy light breakfast.The Health Fair is co-sponsored by Grand River Hospital District, Battlement Mesa Activity Center and the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Parks and Recreation District.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or e-mail her at mmoore@bmesa.com.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” runs every other Thursday.


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