dZi Foundation co-founder and President Jim Nowak will give a brief presentation on dZi’s innovative community-development programs in eastern Nepal, called “Revitalize a Village,” which will be followed by hand-selected films from finalists at last year’s Mountainfilm in Telluride Festival. The films will feature themes of adventure, mountaineering, remarkable personalities, and important environmental and social messages. The movies will be different each night. Showtime is 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Colorado Boy beer will be served.
DZi Foundation is a non-profit based in Ridgway that serves remote Himalayan communities in India and Nepal.
It was founded in 1998 by longtime mountaineers Jim Nowak and Kim Reynolds. The goal was to save a small girls’ home in Kathmandu that was failing financially. To raise money, Jim and Kim organized an expedition to attempt a never-before-climbed route on the 23,443-foot Himalayan peak, Pumori. While the climbers were not able to reach the summit, the expedition succeeded in raising enough money to save the girls' home. The Friendship House is now the thriving home of 21 girls and young women who would otherwise be on the streets, vulnerable to child labor or abuse. The dZi Foundation has expanded its efforts and today serves 21,000 people in the most remote villages of Eastern Nepal.
Visit www.dzifoundation.org for more information on dZi programs. More information about Mountainfilm tour shows can be found at www.mountainfilmontour.org.
TOP GEAR AMERICA FEATURES OURAY COUNTY
OURAY - An episode of Top Gear America filmed recently in Ouray County is scheduled to air on the History Channel Tuesday, March 6 at 9 p.m. Eastern. The show features the City of Ouray and the Fairgrounds in Ridgway.
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP INJURED WILDLIFE
MONTROSE – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for volunteers from San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties to help transport injured wildlife to veterinary offices and rehabilitation specialists. A free training class for anyone interested will be held March 3 in Placerville. The class is limited to 20 participants, so those interested should call the Montrose Parks and Wildlife office at 970/252-6000 to sign up.
FOOD SAFETY CLASSES FOR FOOD HANDLERS
MONTROSE – Montrose County Health and Human Services will offer food safety classes to the public and retail food establishments on the third Tuesday of each month, through June. The presenter will be an environmental health specialist from Montrose County’s Environmental Health Department. The dates, times and locations of the classes are as follows:
* Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2-4:30 p.m., Naturita Public Library
* Tuesday, March 20, 2-4:30 p.m., Resource Room, Montrose County Health and Human Services
* Tuesday, April 17, 2-4:30 p.m., Resource Room at Montrose County Health and Human Services
* Tuesday, May 15, 2-4:30 p.m., Resource Room at Montrose County Health and Human Services
* Tuesday, June 19, 2-4:30 p.m., Resource Room at Montrose County Health and Human Services
The two-and-a-half-hour course food service workers and volunteers and will cover basic requirements for safe food handling. The cost to attend is $10; participants are asked to bring photo ID. On-time walk-ins are welcome. Upon completion of the class, participants will receive a food handler’s card. For additional information or to schedule a class at your location please call 970/252-5000 and ask for the Environmental Department.
RADON AWARENESS CLASS IN THE WEST END
MONTROSE – The Montrose County Health and Human Services Environmental Department hosts a free Radon Awareness and Prevention Class Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Naturita Public Library.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Free radon test kits will be available for those in attendance. The presenter will be an Environmental Health Specialist from Montrose County’s Environmental Health Department. Information will be provided about the prevalence of the hazard in Montrose County, the ease of testing your home, and how to prevent dangerous levels in your home.
MMH’s Shannon Johnson, RN, Nominated for Nightingale Luminary Award
MONTROSE – Montrose Memorial Hospital has nominated Shannon Johnson, Registered Nurse, for the Nightingale Luminary Award. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring was founded in 1985 by the Colorado Nurses Foundation to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health.
Johnson has worked on the Medical/Surgical Unit at Montrose Memorial Hospital for four years. Susan Smith, RN, and director of the Medical/Surgical Unit said of the nomination: “Shannon is a role model and mentor to many nurses. Her attitude has a positive influence on the morale of her supervisors, co-workers and the medical staff. She makes her job look easy and effortless when it is very physically and mentally demanding.”
“Shannon is an outstanding nurse and she instills great confidence in me when I know she is caring for my hospitalized patients,” said Dr. Michael Brezinsky.
And Joan Napolilli, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer stated, “Over the years, Shannon has assumed formal leadership roles in nursing practice and performance initiatives. She is a shining example of a committed and engaged staff nurse leader.”
Johnson will be recognized at the 2012 Nightingale Regional Event in Grand Junction in March, and may possibly advance to the state award presentation in Denver in May.