Local briefs, Feb. 20, 2010

The Great Outdoors

Free screening set for ‘The Eyes of Me’

The free preview screening of “The Eyes of Me,” the February film presented as part of a monthly Community Cinema program, will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dinosaur Journey Museum, 550 Jurassic Court in Fruita.

The film is an extraordinary peek into the world of blind teenagers, where crossing an intersection, cooking a meal or navigating unfamiliar areas can be a challenge that sighted viewers never consider. The screening will be followed by Q&A with Carol Inglis with Second Sight LLC.

This event is free and open to the public.

Call 245-1818 or visit rmpbs.org/events for information. Blood chemistry screening offered

The 2010 Grand Valley Fair will offer participants the opportunity to make appointments for the popular blood chemistry screening at the health fair taking place March 12-13 at Central High School.

Appointments will be taken online March 1-3 at mesahealth.org, or by phone at 683-6636, while appointments last.

Time slots will fill quickly. Appointments will be made for 7 a.m. to noon March 12 or March 13.

Walk-ins for blood chemistry screening will be available as well. Those getting the screenings are asked to fast for 12 hours, continuing to drink water and take prescribed medications. Diabetics do not fast. For information, go to mesahealth.org or call 2-1-1 (cell phones call 244-8400).

EnCana accepts scholarship applications

EnCana Oil and Gas is accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded to graduating seniors in EnCana’s Piceance Basin area of operation, which includes Coal Ridge, Grand Valley, Meeker, Rangely and Rifle high schools.

The student must declare a field of study in petroleum, chemical, mechanical environmental engineering, geology, geophysics or technical/trade programs such as oil and gas process technology or land administration.

For eligibility, application deadlines and information, check with your school or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Fruita will conduct mail ballot election

The city of Fruita will conduct a mail ballot for the regular municipal election April 6.

March 8 is the last day to register to vote or change your address for this election. Registration applications are available at the Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave. Call 244-1662 for information.

Technical education awards given

Altrusa International Inc. of Grand Junction sponsored the 17th annual Technical Education Awards Banquet on Thursday at the Career Center. Six students were recognized for outstanding performances in technical education areas.

The winners this year are Angel Bingham and John Box, Career Center; Christine Miller and Mark Martin, R-5 High School; and Molly Echave and Sean Edens, Western Colorado Community.

The students were given a plaque and a $50 gift certificate.

Their names   are also placed on a perpetual plaque that hangs in each school. EnCana donates to homeless ministry

NEW CASTLE — EnCana Oil and Gas Inc. donated $10,000 to Colorado Baptist General Convention’s Feed My Sheep Ministry, a program devoted to caring for and housing the homeless.

Feed My Sheep’s Winter Overnight Program protects Garfield County and Roaring Fork Valley’s less fortunate during the coldest months of the year by offering safe and warm shelter as well as substance abuse counseling.

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Mesa County RSVP Inc. connects individuals ages 55 and older to volunteer positions in any of its more than 90 member agencies.

Current RSVP volunteer opportunities include:

Senior Scholar Tutor free training class is Feb. 25, call to reserve a space.

Volunteers are urgently needed to help pack food boxes at the Community Food Bank.

Volunteer deputy probation officer training is in April for the 21st Judicial Probation Department.

Meal-site volunteers and drivers are needed for Gray Gourmet.

Call 243-9839 or visit http://www.rsvpgrandjunction.org for more opportunities.

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Mesa Developmental Services is seeking volunteers to assist individuals with developmental disabilities by playing games and helping with craft projects.

Volunteers can spend just a couple of hours a week playing a game, building a puzzle, teaching a craft or helping with a community based activity.

Training and supplies are provided.

Call Jennifer at 256-8648 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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