Local Briefs

Community Cares 5K to be held Saturday

Durango Parks and Recreation and First Baptist Church of Durango will host the annual Community Cares 5K, “Caring for Chris” at 10 a.m. Saturday in the amphitheater at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.

The race will benefit Chris Aaland, who is recovering from a recent heart surgery.

The race will feature a free one-mile fun run for all ages at 10 a.m. as well as a 5K race at 10:45 a.m. for all ages. Both race routes will consist of an out-and-back course along the Animas River Trail.

Runners, joggers, walkers, children and dogs are invited. Dogs must be on a leash.

The event is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation. The first 200 racers will receive a free shirt. Proceeds from the race will be donated to the Aaland family for medical expenses.

Race-day registration will be held from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the recreation center.

For more information, call Ken Flint at 749-4290 or email at kenandabbey@gobrainstorm.net.

Blood pressure checks to be available at FLC

In recognition of National Heart Month, Mercy Regional Medical Center staff members will provide free blood pressure checks and information about heart health Saturday at Fort Lewis College during the women’s and men’s basketball games against University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in the lobby of Whalen Gymnasium.

All attendees are encouraged to wear red. The night’s theme is “Stayin’ Alive” to promote the American Heart Association’s recommended two-step, “hands only” CPR method for teens and adults who suddenly collapse with cardiac arrest.

The two-step method involves calling 911 and then performing rapid chest compressions to the beat of the song “Stayin’ Alive.” The method eliminates mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing.

The women’s basketball game will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.heart.org.

Durango announces holiday schedule

This is the city of Durango’s schedule for the Presidents Day holiday Monday:

City administrative offices will be closed, including Durango City Hall, River City Hall, Durango Police Station and Substation, Durango-La Plata County Airport, Greenmount Cemetery and Parks & Recreation administrative offices.

The Durango Community Recreation Center and Chapman Hill will be open regular hours.

The Mason Center and gymnastics will be closed with no classes offered from Monday to Feb. 22 with the exception of aikido and taekwondo classes.

The Durango Public Library and all of the library branches will be closed.

Trash and recycling collection will occur as regularly scheduled with all drop-off locations open. The Durango Recycling Center will be closed.

Durango Transit and the trolley will run regular schedules on all routes. The transit parking window will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking meters will be free in the downtown area.

Parkinson’s group to meet Wednesday

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to noon the third Wednesday of every month at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive.

The next meeting will be Wednesday and will feature Kim Moriyama, founder of Durango Pilates Connection.

For more information, call 903-7732

Durango Arts Center to open new exhibit

Durango Arts Center will present “The Colorado Plateau – A Storied Land” from Feb. 21 to March 23, an exhibit incorporating the work of several Utah, Arizona and Colorado painters and sculptors.

The exhibit’s opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21.

Immediately after the reception at 7 p.m. author and adventurer Craig Childs will present the lecture and slide show “Land of Ghosts: Travels in Ancient Place.”

For more information, visit www.DurangoArts.org or call 259-2606, ext. 19. To purchase tickets, visit www.DurangoArts.tix.com.

Herald Staff