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Health briefs: Primal birthing class slated for September

— An intense two-day "Primal Birthing" childbirth and breastfeeding education class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 in the small meeting room at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Couples will explore the philosophy and importance of giving birth naturally, reigniting a woman's innate power and wisdom to do so without intervention. This class is interactive and realistic, providing both an academic and emotional preparation for birth.

The cost is $125 per couple and the sign-up deadline is Aug. 31. To register or for more information, contact Tera Johnson-Swartz at 970-819-0728 or tera@organicknead.com.

Back to school immunization clinic offered Monday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will hold an immunization clinic for K-12 students from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 at Steamboat Springs Middle School. All recommended and required vaccinations (including varicella) will be available. Please bring vaccine record and insurance card. No one will be refused a recommended vaccine due to inability to pay. Low cost routine immunizations for all ages also are available during drop-in immunization clinics, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Steamboat VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or by appointment. Call 970-879-1632.

Rubber Ducky Race scheduled for Sept. 12

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be holding a Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser 11 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Fifth Street Bridge. The race will end at West Lincoln Park where there will be a celebration with children's activities and food vendors. Ticket holders of the first 25 ducks to cross the finish line will receive cash prizes totaling $5,000. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the VNA's Hospice and Palliative Care program. You don't need to be present to win. Tickets can be purchased online at nwcovna.org/rubberducky.org. Tickets also are available at the VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or Yampa Valley Bank, 600 S. Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 970-871-7609.

VNA seeking volunteers

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers interested in helping with events and other needs throughout the nonprofit health organization. Opportunities include assisting with the upcoming Rubber Ducky Race on Sept. 12 and other fundraisers, sharing crafts and activities with seniors at The Haven Assisted Living Center and helping with administrative duties or landscaping/maintenance at The Haven and Rollingtone Respite House. Volunteers also are needed to assist the Hospice program. They may provide support to hospice patients (training required) or assist hospice families by making meals or running errands. Positions can be tailored to volunteers' unique skills and experience. For more information, visit nwcovna.org/volunteer or call VNA volunteer coordinator Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.

Support groups meeting this week:

• A bereavement support group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.

• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group will mee at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga beforehand at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

• A Caregiver Cancer Support Group is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the community room at Natural Grocers, 355 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 970-846-4717.