Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Nov. 14, 2013
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Kathryn Stuart is turning 100
The family of Kathryn Stuart invites family and friends to join them in celebrating their mother’s 100th birthday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Mesa Assisted Living, 72 E. Sipprelle Drive, Battlement Mesa. No gifts please, but you can make a donation to the Mesa Vista Activity Fund in her name.
The red carpet comes to Rifle
To celebrate National Adoption Day, Garfield County Department of Human Services and the Brenden Rifle 7 Theatres will host a free community movie screening of “Free Birds” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the theatres, 250 W. Second St. Residents may sign up to receive more information about becoming foster parents and will receive free tickets to the movie (limited quantity). Guests will enjoy an elegant red carpet experience while the Department of Human Services honors well-deserving, local adoptive and foster parents. Families will receive free family photo keepsakes of this special occasion.
Foster homes provide temporary substitute care for children from birth through 18. Approximately 50 children are in out-of-home care in Garfield County.
National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. The day has helped nearly 44,500 children move from foster care to a forever family.
For more information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, residents are invited to come to the movie. Visitors to the Department of Human Services booth in the lobby will receive a complimentary ticket to the movie.
Grand River holds
diabetes health fair
The Grand River Health Changing Lifestyles department and Mountain Family Health Center in Rifle will host a “Step by Step – The Road to Health” diabetes health fair from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary Church, at the corner of Seventh Street and Birch Avenue in Rifle.
This health fair is designed for those individuals who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk for, diabetes. Participants will receive low-cost blood screenings. Flu shots will also be available, as well as free screenings, including foot, eye, meter checks, blood pressure, blood glucose finger sticks and additional information on diabetes prevention and nutrition and exercise.
There will also be live cooking demonstrations at 8 and 9:30 a.m. (in Spanish), featuring healthy cooking techniques, good carbohydrate choices, lean proteins and healthy food facts. A panel of local guest speakers will discuss living with diabetes from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
For more information, visit grandriverhealth.org or call 625-6200.
Xcel work nearly finished
Construction activity at the Xcel Energy facility in North Rifle is nearly finished, according to a company spokeswoman.
Kathy Worthington said the work will expand the storage room at the facility and the Colorado Department of Transportation also required Xcel to relocate its entrance from the Colorado Highway 13 bypass to Howard Avenue.
“We’re about 80 percent done,” Worthington said. “We know we’ve been kind of noisy and we’re trying to get it done as quick as we can, before the weather changes.”
Christmas for kids around the world
With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Rifle individuals, families, churches and groups can help make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest project of its kind, is ramping up for National Collection Week, Nov. 18–25. Anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas at Superwash of Rifle, 181 E. 26th St., from 8 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. each day.
Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.
Katie Glassman and band in free concert
Katie Glassman fuses soulful fiddling and sparkling vocals to create a sound that spans vintage jazz to Western swing to bluegrass. She and her band will take listeners on a tour of their blended musical terrain, through sassy classics and original songs, at a free concert at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Rifle at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.
Glassman, a Denver native, was the Colorado State Fiddle Champion in 2011 and finished third in the Grand Champion Division in 2012. After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she played in the school’s top jazz combo, she spent a year studying and playing gypsy jazz in France.
The performance is the second in a free concert series presented by CMC ArtShare and sponsored by Chevron and Grand River Health. The final concert in the series is the J. Miller Band on Jan. 17.
Parachute student earns scholarship
Stephan Padilla of Parachute recently received the freshman tuition merit scholarship for the fall 2013 semester at Ft. Lewis College in Durango. Padilla’s major is exercise science with a sport administration option. Merit scholarships are renewable for up to 120 credits, if criteria are met.
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