Briefs for March 14

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Heralds of Hope fundraiser is coming Wednesday

"Heralds of Hope," a fundraiser for Hospice, seeks to bring color and cheer into the lives of residents. On Wednesday, daffodils will be for sale for $5 a bunch at City Market, Safeway, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Alpine Floral, Hayden Mercantile, the Clark Store and the Visiting Nurse Association offices. Proceeds from daffodil sales will be used to provide hospice care for teminally ill patients in the Yampa Valley.

Chili cook-off seeks judges, participants

The fourth annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-off is from 4 to 6 p.m. March 26 at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. Judges and chili cooks are sought. The categories for judging this year are green chili, red chili, open and dessert. The open category is for milder chilis, white chilis or soup.

To judge or participate, call Brian or Shaunna at 871-1979.

Annual tree sale supports middle school programs

The Steamboat Springs Middle School's annual tree sale is under way. The tree sale and fundraiser promotes Earth Day and raises money for a variety of educational programs and needs, including textbooks, outdoor activities and science camp tuition. Tree and plant orders must be made by April 30. Trees and plants will be available for pickup May 5. Call Matt Tredway at 871-3568 or Jeff Keller at 871-3534 for ordering information.

Early blood draws offered through Thursday

Yampa Valley Medical Center again is offering early blood draws -- by appointment only -- for those who can't attend the 9Health Fair on April 1. The blood draws will be offered through Thursday.

The cost will be the same for early blood draws as it is for blood draws at the 9Health Fair. The costs are: $30 for biochemistry, $25 for a PSA test for men, and $12 for a blood count. Colorectal cancer screenings will be available for $5. Call 875-2759 to schedule an appointment.

Community foundation announces grant changes

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is changing its grant cycles from four times a year to two times a year. Grant application deadlines for 2006 are Wednesday and Sept. 15.y reducing the number of grant cycles, the Community Foundation hopes to award larger grants and target more specific community needs.rganizations can receive funding once per calendar year. Grant applications can be downloaded at www.yvcf.org or picked up at the Community Foundation office. The Community Foundation develops funds to support organizations and innovative programs that preserve traditions and maintain the character of the Yampa Valley. For more information, call 879-8632.

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