Briefs, March 2, 2010

Home buying, mortgage seminar tonight

Major Mortgage will present a free seminar, “The Truth in Lending,”  at 7 tonight at 2474 Patterson Road

The seminar offers information about purchasing a home or refinancing mortgages and about more advanced situations such as investment properties and reverse mortgages. Accountants, appraisers, real estate agents, title company representatives and home inspectors will answer questions.

Call 241-6100 or visit for information.

Chef’s Dinner benefit event Thursday

The Chef’s Dinner, a benefit event for Colorado Discover Ability, is at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the DoubleTree Hotel.

Food will be prepared by Wayne Smith of Western Colorado Community College, Randy Belanger of the DoubleTree Hotel, Case Bricker with Rib City Grill, Chris Boyd of No Coast Sushi and Deb Henderson of The Cake Cottage. The dinner will be served with wine and nonalcoholic beverages donated by several local wineries.

There will be a silent auction and a few items will be auctioned live.

Tickets are $90 per person or $850 for a table of 10 and are available at, from any board member or by phone at 257-1222.

Blood center offers cholesterol screening

Free cholesterol screening will be available with blood donations in March at Mary’s Regional Blood Center in the Advanced Medicine Pavilion.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The screening is also available during Bloodmobile blood drives around town.

Call 298-2066 for information.

Bistro at Hospice changes hours

Spoons Bistro & Bakery, which is on the lower floor of the Hospice Care Center at 3090 N. 12th St., is changing its hours of operation. The restaurant will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Proceeds from Spoons support the mission of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. Spoons is open to the public and also serves patients and their families and the Fairmount Health Park Campus. The restaurant’s lunch menu includes homemade soups, salads, paninis, pastas, and homemade desserts. The restaurant also serves espresso drinks and smoothies.

Cups Coffee House & Gift Shoppe, which is in the historic Miller Homestead, will keep the same hours, 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays.

The bistro and the coffeehouse are on the Hospice campus, adjacent to Primary Care Partners in Fairmount Health Park. For information, visit

GarCo using victim notification network

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department has begun using an automated system that can notify the public about the custody status of inmates in the county jail and throughout the nation.

The office is now using VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), which has information about an inmate’s status such as bond or transfer to another facility.

The system is active in more than 2,300 communities nationwide and is funded locally by the County Sheriffs of Colorado association. The system provides updates 24 hours a day via telephone, e-mail or Internet and saves taxpayers money by eliminating the need for law enforcement officers to manually notify victims.

Notification can be delivered in either English or Spanish, and the service will keep trying to reach intended recipients every half hour until successful contact is made or a full 48 hours has expired. After 48 hours, the system will attempt contact once every two hours until it successfully reaches the recipient.

Persons wanting to register for the service may call the toll-free number, 1-888-263-8463, or visit


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