- Written by Kim Sharpe Kim Sharpe
Learn something new this month
If knowledge is power, NoCo will be filled with powerful people of all ages. There are opportunities for many types of learning offered this month throughout the area.
Help children bloom
Many grandparents who think they've raised their family unexpectedly find themselves going through round two when they become primary caretakers and guardians of grandchildren. These families often find themselves isolated from social networks while trying to help the children (and perhaps themselves) heal from traumatic experiences.
For support, they can turn to Grand Family Coalition, Inc., a network of grandparents and other kin raising their grandchildren/kin. The group offers educational groups, social connections and youth activities.
Studio Vino, 605 Sky Pond Dr. in Loveland is hosting a fundraiser for the coalition, “BLOOM Where They Are Planted.” The public is invited to enjoy an evening of painting on Monday, March 5, 6:30-9pm. Admission is $35 (includes supplies, one glass of wine and a $10 donation to GFC). Register at www.studiovino.com/products/wild-violet-fundraiser. Learn more about the Grand Families Coalition at www.grandfamilycoalition.org.
Calling all young entrepreneurs
The Larimer County Workforce Center is now accepting applications for the annual Young Entrepreneur Tournament. The application deadline is March 23.
"This is our 10th year running this tournament, and to celebrate this milestone we are shifting the focus to highlight impact entrepreneurship," says Andrew Minor, Larimer County Workforce Center career and business services coordinator.
He explains that impact entrepreneurship uses innovative approaches to address an unmet social, economic or environmental need through business. The innovation may take the form of a new product, service, technological application or program. The business may be structured as a for-profit company, nonprofit, or cooperative enterprise. "Regardless of the form it takes, the innovation must improve the quality of life of people in measurable ways."
The Workforce Center will select 30 youth to participate in the 20-hour program over the course of four consecutive Saturdays (April 7 through May 5). Professionals will guide them in the process of creating their socially impactful business plans. On Saturday, May 5, participants will pitch their plans to a panel of business owners and compete to win business investment prize money.
There is no cost to participate in the Young Entrepreneur Tournament; community businesses and local foundations support it. Applications are accepted online: www.larimerworkforce.org/yet. Questions should be directed to Andrew Minor at 970-498-6083.
Become a Healthy Home expert
The City of Fort Collins is looking for enthusiastic community members to be trained in conducting free, in-home air quality assessments. The Healthy Homes program aims to educate Fort Collins residents about the health risks posed by common home pollutants.
The annual Healthy Homes Training for prospective Master Home Educators will be held on Mondays & Wednesdays, April 2–April 11, 5-8pm, and Saturday, April 14, 8am-12noon. (Participants must attend all sessions.) Training sessions will be held at 222 Laporte Ave., in the Colorado River Training Room. The training is free and meals are provided at each session.
Free cancer screenings for Weld County women
The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) offers free cervical cancer screening and other diagnostic services to women 21 through 64 with support from the Women's Wellness Connection, state health department program. It also offers free breast cancer screening for women 40 through 64.
Previously, eligibility for these services began at age 40. The Women’s Wellness Connection expanded eligibility to include younger women who may not have the income or insurance coverage to pay for these important screening services. To qualify for these free services, women must earn less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level (for example, less than $61,500 a year for a family of 4), be in the United States legally, and have no health insurance or have health insurance with high deductibles or co-pays.
If a woman enrolled in the Women’s Wellness Connection is diagnosed with cancer, most will qualify for treatment through Health First Colorado’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.
Explore holistic living
Have you ever wanted to understand what holistic health and living are all about? Or maybe you're already a fan. Either way, a visit to the Spring Holistic Fair will leave you wholly satisfied.
The fair will take place March 24-25, 10am-5pm, at the Larimer County Fairgrounds / The Ranch – South Exhibition Hall, in Loveland. Admission is $7 per day or $12 for both days; children 12 and under are free. Save $1 on admission prices by bringing a canned food donation for the Larimer Food Bank. Parking is free.
Through exhibits and presentations, explore alternative choices for taking care of your body, mind, spirit and the environment. Experience healing modalities from massage and reflexology to energy re-balancing, iridology and aromatherapy. Discover aspects of yourself through astrology, tarot, palmistry, clairvoyant readings, aura portraits and other intuitive arts. There's something for everyone.
Visit www.Holistic-Fairs.com for more information and 2-for-1 coupons.