Area briefs for Feb. 22

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Clay Artisans looking for Soup Bowl beneficiary

The Steamboat Clay Artisans are looking for a local nonprofit organization that would like to be the beneficiary of this year's Soup Bowl Supper.

The annual fall fundraiser has raised more than $32,000 for local nonprofit groups during the past five years. Past recipients include LIFT-UP of Routt County, Yampa Valley Recycles, Northwest Animal Assistance League and Historic Routt County.

To be considered as the beneficiary for this year's event, submit a letter of interest by May 1 that states the name and purpose of your organization, how you would use the proceeds and the extent of volunteer assistance your organization would provide. Letters should be sent to SCA, P.O. Box 882111, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488. A decision will be announced in mid-May.

For more information, call Deb Babcock at 846-9349 or e-mail dbabcock@springsips.com.

Public Health department warns about baby food

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials are warning parents to not feed their babies Earth's Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast baby food because of the risk of contamination with Clostridium botulinum. Officials warn consumers not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

The product is part of a nationwide recall initiated by the manufacturer, Hain Celestial Group, affecting 97,728 4.5-ounce individual jars and 38,298 variety packs with the specified jars of the breakfast product. The food is part of the firm's "2nd Vegetables, Fruits and Blends" line intended for babies 6 months and older.

It is not known whether the contaminated food was distributed in Colorado.

For more information about the recall, call (303) 692-3620.

Next Teens on Tour trip is March 8 to 9 in Denver

The city of Steamboat Springs' next Teens on Tour overnight trip is March 8 and 9 in Denver. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will visit Colorado Mills mall, Laser Quest, the downtown aquarium and more. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. March 2. Call 879-4300.

Board of Health approves more vaccine requirements

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Board of Health last month approved additional vaccine requirements for children in childcare settings and schools. The new requirements will take effect for the 2007-08 school year.

The vaccine, Prevnar (PCV7), is an effective immunization administered in a series to children to prevent pneumonia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the routine vaccination for preschool children. It now will be required for children in licensed child care. Because of continued chickenpox outbreaks, even in children who have had one injection of Varicella vaccine, the CDC now has recommended a routine second dose of Varicella vaccine.

In Colorado, children will need to have the appropriate documentation or two doses of Varicella vaccine in order to enter kindergarten.

The CDC also recommends all 11- and 12-year-olds receive a dose of Tdap routinely. In Colorado, Tdap vaccine will be required for all sixth- and 10th-graders this upcoming school year. In subsequent years, that schedule will incorporate other grades. For more information, call the Visiting Nurse Association at 879-1632 or your healthcare provider.

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