Steamboat briefs: VNA offers information about free colonoscopies |

Steamboat briefs: VNA offers information about free colonoscopies

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low-income eligible adults. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings beginning at age 50. Individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier. A variety of low cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to their medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-871-7658.

Service matches residents to car pool information

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online car-pool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release. Organizers hope the website,

westcolorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

Center for Visual Arts expanding docent program

The Center for Visual Arts is expanding its docent program to include new members beginning in February. Emphasizing art education in the community, CVA docents lead group tours, assist at special events including lectures and workshops, greet visitors to the gallery and conduct art sales.

Typically, CVA docents spend one day a month greeting visitors. Other part-time opportunities include helping with fundraising efforts and serving on specific committees such as Art Walk, exhibits and facilities

Currently the Center for Visual Arts, a 501c3 non-profit organization, provides exhibit space for emerging artists and displays the work of highly accomplished regional artists. CVA coordinates the popular First Friday Artwalk and presents free Guest Artist Lec-tures to local artists and the community at-large.

In return for their service, docents receive free admission to CVA events, discounted prices on art and the opportunity to meet people in the art field and expand their art education.

CVA hosts “Meet the Artists” evenings for docents, visits to artists’ studios and excursions to the Front Range to visit galleries and museums including the Denver Art Museum. Currently, plans are underway for an extended trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Interested persons should email or call 970-846-8365 or 970-846-7062.

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