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PAGE 6 March 24, 2016 www.tricountynews.mn EV-W students learn moves for 'Grease' Cast members of "Grease" are busy learning lines, song lyrics and dance moves, getting ready for the April 29-May 1 production in the Eden Valley-Watkins auxiliary gym. The community production includes more than 80 cast members, the majority of whom are EV-W students. In photo, choreographer Halley Bzdok of the Great Northern Theater Company, teaches cast members dance moves to "Hand Jive." Submitted photo. EV-W FFA competes at Ridgewater The Eden Valley Watkins FFA chapter competed in Leadership CDEs Thursday, Feb. 11, at Ridgewater College. The Novice Parliamentary Procedure team placed fourth, Job Interview placed fourth, and our Creed speaker placed second. Adrienne Lipiniski will advance to the state competition in Creed speaking. Submitted photo. R's EASY to renew or subscribe! By mail, phone, fax, WeD, or e-mail. (See order form on page 14.) Ridgewater to host annual health fairs, healthcare job fairs Health, wellness and heakh- care careers are the focal tar- gets of the Annual Ridgewater College Community Health Fairs and Healthcare lob Fairs set for Tuesday, March 29, in Hutchinson, and Wednesday, April 6, in Willmar. These events, which run 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., are aimed at regional community members, students and staff who are interested in learning more about health and potential healthcare careers. "These events have become such a great way to connect community resources with people who need them," said Tim Olson, Ridgewater living. Spring is absolutely the per- fect time to get people motivated to live healthier lifestyles." Health fair exhibitors, typically totaling about 30-45 on each cam- pus, offer hantds-on explorations, interactive learning, samples, or prizes. Popular exhibits often include proactive health infor- mation, massage therapy, natural foods, fitness clubs, diet and nutri- tion, nutritional supplements, weight loss programs, chiroprac- tic health, dental or optometrist health, mental health resources, alternative therapies, and area healthcare services. students and community members exploring careers in health care. Ridgewater healthcare programs include nursing, nursing assistant, health information technology, healthcare administrative assis- tant, medical coding, activity direc- tor, and massage therapy. "It's no secret that healthcare careers are in-demand careers," Olson said. "Visiting the Healthcare Job Fair provides the opportunity to network, but also to simply explore potential careers." The Hutchinson event takes place in the Commons; the Willmar event will be in the eventcoordinator."Youcanjustfeel The Healthcare Job Fairg Student Center Dining Area. the energy in the room as people offer area heaithcare providers a For more information, contact are learning and sharing new and chance to connect with current Tim Olson at (320) 234-8562 or tried-and-true strategies forhealthy and soon-to-graduate healthcare qim.olson@ridgewater.edu. Ridgewater Early Childhood Education to offer new online certificate HUTCHINSON and WILLMAR - Because of the huge demand for well-qualified staff in childcare centers and family-based child- cares, Ridgewater College has now added a 16-credit certificate to its Early Childhood Education program offerings beginning fall 2016. And it's going to be online to potentially benefit numerous communities. "We are on the verge of being in a childcare crisis," explained Ridgewater instructor Cindy Salfer. "The shortage of staff is requiring childcare centers and family-based child cares to make decisions that make it difficult for families to find care for their young children. "The current students in the Early Childhood Education pro- gram haven't been able to fill the need," Salfer said. "Many of the students are currently working in the field and are advancing to 'teacher-qualified' positions. The 16-credit certificate will train stu- dents to work at the mid-level teacher's assistant position." The need is something the program's community partners and advisory board have been requesting for a while. The cer- tificate has been in the works for six months, and was just recently approved by the Minnesota State College and Universities system. It will be one of just three Early Childhood Education. certificates and the only one offered online. "This certificate will be part of a career ladder for students who choose to continue to obtain their AS degree," Salfer stated. And then, there's also still the option to advance the Ridgewater AS degree to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall for a bache- lor's degree for those wanting their license to teach prekindergarten through third grade. "in recent years, we've seen. increased data supporting the importance and value of early childhood education for our chil- dren," explained Ridgewater's Mike Boehme, dean of technical programs. "As a result, we expect the demand for graduates will continue to grow. By introduc- ing this new certificate, our goal is to provide a new option into this career pathway and help meet the growing need for early childhood educators at all levels." "I'm so excited to see the effect that Ridgewater can have on filling the void that is currently out there in early childhood," Salfer added. "Ukimately, the goal of everyone working with children is to have a safe, developmentally appropriate place where children can be when their parents aren't available to care for them. We want .families to have options of care that they know will best meet their needs. By assisting childcare centers and family-based childcares with their training requirements, hopefully those choices will be available." Potential students should note that by law, mid-level teacher's assistants must be 18 years old. Credential options now include: Early Childhood Education, AS Degree Early Childhood Education, Online Certificate Early Childhood Special Education, Certificate Rain barrels available Through Meeker Soil & Water Conservation District If our early spring weather has you looking forward to landscap- ing or the gardening season, con- sider adding rain barrels to your plan this year. Placing rain barrels along- side your homes and structures is an easy way to help the environ- ment and reduce your water bill. They can capture and store run- off flowing from rooftops during small and medium sized rain events that can be used later to irrigate gardens and landscaped areas. This reduces the amount of water that immediately flows into storm drains and cuts down on the amount of contact water with con- taminants such as oil, salt, pesti- cides, fertilizers and trash. Rain barrels will be available for purchase at the Meeker SWCD Building on the Meeker County Fair Grounds during the 2016 tree sale in April. Each rain barrel costs $55, holds 54 gallons, and features a fiat back, easy assembly, durable material, a debris screen, and an ability to link to other barrels for increased storage. Visit www.crowriver.org! rain_barrels.htm, or call the Meeker SWCD at (320) 693-7287, for more information or to pre-order. Health & Fitness Fair and Traveling Health Screening Health is in bloom at Whitney! Plant the seeds for a healthier and more vital life. Thursday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, a wide variety of vendors will provide the most up-to-date health, fitness and wellness practices. Sample healthy snacks, enjoy a free mas- sage, and discover new ways to be active. Visit the Traveling Health Screening team to find out more about your risk for diabetes, oral cancer, blood pressure, mem- ory, weight, nutrition, balance checked, and hearing and sleep- ing assessments. At 9:30 a.m. learn how to Act Happy! As our key- note speaker, Dr. Dale Anderson, inspires dramatic change in life through consciously acting the happy, healthy traits you desire. Whitney Senior Center is located at 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. This is free and open to the public. lnln Mar;, 28-Apr. 1 at least one day in advance. Meals may be picked up. Monday: Hamburger, baked beans, tart cole slaw, bun/mar- garine, ice cream, milk. Tuesday: Pork loin, whole pars- lied potatoes, glazed carrots, din- ner roll/margarine, cake, milk. Wednesday: Chicken chow mein, rice/chow mein noodles, Oriental vegetables, Mandarin orange gelatin, brownie, milk. Thursday: roast beef, mashed potatoes/gravy, stewed tomatoes, bread/margarine, pudding, milk. Friday: Chicken spinach lasa- gna, tropical fruit, lettuce/dress- ing, dinner roll/margarine, cookie, milk. Suggested donation for those 60 or older is $4, under 60 is $7. Eden Valley diners are served at the Civic Center (attached to the city offices building), and should reserve a meal by calling The- resa Schlangen at (320) 453-8375. Watkins diners are served at St. Anthony Manor, and should call Peggi Gohman at (320) 764-5615 for reservation by 1 p.m. the day before your meal. Both sites serve at 11:30 a.m. Mon- day through Friday. This service is through Lutheran Social Ser- vice, funded in part by a contract from the Area Agency on Aging with funding from the Federal Older Americans Act through the Minnesota Board on Aging. m II " "" Mar. 28-Apr. 1 Monday: Parmesan chicken breast, wild rice pilaf, squash, lettuce salad, pudding. Tuesday: Mushroom & onion pork chop, baked potato w/sour cream, Oriental vegetables, wheat bread, pineapple tidbits. Wednesday: Roast turkey, whipped potatoes w/gravy, green bean casserole, dinner roll, sliced pears. Thursday: Spaghetti noodles, tomato meat sauce, mixed veg- etables, garlic bread, strawberry delight, Friday: Breaded fish wedge, oven-browned potatoes, broccoli Normandy, wheat bread, peanut butter bar. Euchre anytime there are enough players 1% milk is served with every meal. Menu is subject to change. As of Ian. 1, 2014, suggested contri- bution for persons 60+ and volun- teers is $7.50-$4, or what you can afford. Guests under 60 pay $7.50. REMINDER: When there is a choice of entree on the menu, you will receive the first one listed UNLESS you notify us. The cof- fee pot is on by 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call Rosalea Hoeft at (320) 398-2211 ext. 13, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Gift dining booklets are available at the Senior Dining Site and the Harvest Bank in Kimball. Partially funded under contract with the Central Minnesota Council of Aging as part of the Older Americans Act and administered by Catholic Char- ities of the Diocese of St. Cloud.