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Bike Month, June 2019

Every June, Colorado celebrates Bike Month, and here in Fort Collins we love anything that highlights bicycling and encourages people to ride bikes.

Each year on the fourth Wednesday of June, FC Bikes hosts its signature Bike Month event: Bike to Work Day (BTWD). Fort Collins' Bike to Work Day, on June 26 this year, is an event to encourage people to bicycle for transportation; experience the benefits of riding a bike; highlight Fort Collins' extensive bike routes; and demonstrate that bicycling is an easy, fun, and healthy way to travel around the city.

On Bike to Work Day, breakfast stations will be set up across the city from 6:30am to 9:30am, and cyclists are encouraged to stop by on the way to work for coffee, orange juice, bagels, breakfast burritos, and a variety of other breakfast options, depending on which station(s) you visit.

For more info about Bike Month and for a list of breakfast station locations so that you can plan your route on Bike to Work Day, go to the FC Bikes' webpage.
 
Rabies in Larimer County (May 2019)

As of late-May, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that 30 skunks and one cow have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. So far, the skunks have been in Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington, Bellvue, Livermore, and Laporte. The cow was in north Fort Collins on Shields St. near Douglas Road.

Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in skunks and bats. If you see a skunk, bat, or another animal that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.

Pet owners are reminded to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Ways to protect you and your family:
  • Do not feed or touch wildlife.
  • Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
  • Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
  • Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

  • For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
     
    Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 27, 2019

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also reminding the public about the potential for abuse of medications. On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications. Since the Prescription Drug Take-Back program was started in 2010, nearly 11 million pounds of medications (5,500 tons) have been collected at these events.

    The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses an important public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

    Drop-off sites during the event will be at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department at King Soopers, 1275 Eagle Drive.
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
  • Wellington: Larimer County Sheriff's Dept. at Family Dollar parking lot, 8099 6th St.
  • Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.

  • The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

    Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including pet medications. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

    Check the DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.

    Information on environmentally friendly disposal methods that protect the environment and minimize opportunities for misuse will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pollutes lakes, streams, and water supplies and creates safety and health hazards.

    Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-419-3273.
     
    Project Homeless Connect, April 12, 2019

    Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event providing free services and referrals to people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

    This year's Homeless Connect will be held on Friday, April 12, from 8:00am to noon at the Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. in Fort Collins. Breakfast will be available at 8:00am, and BBQ lunch will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Se habla espanol.

    Free services include:
  • Basic Car Inspection
  • Bike Repair
  • Bus Passes
  • Children's Activities
  • Clothing, Shoes, and Toiletry Items
  • Counseling
  • Dental Screenings
  • Eye Exams
  • Government Benefits
  • Haircuts
  • Housing Information
  • Legal Services
  • Medical Screenings
  • Pet Services/Food (Pets Welcome)
  • Veterans Services

  • Some services may request identification, so please bring any identification you may have, such as a photo ID and/or two pieces of mail with the same address.

    For more information call 2-1-1 or go to murphycenter.org. More information is also available by stopping in at the Murphy Center.
     
    Parent Education Speaker Series in Feb. (2019)

    CAYAC (Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections) is hosting a 4-part series on ADHD in children. The series runs on Thursdays, Feb. 7-28, noon-1:00 p.m. Meet at the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., Fort Collins.

    Cost for the series is $40, and includes lunches and an ADHD parenting book. Scholarships are available. Registration is required. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Ana at 970-530-2842 or apasini@healthdistrict.org.

    CAYAC (Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections) is a service of the Connections program. It is a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, SummitStone Health Partners, Poudre School District, and others in the community. Our goal is the early identification and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders that can affect children's health, happiness, family, and school. For more information, visit the Health District website.
     

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