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Annual community activities are scheduled to take place this week in Cedaredge as Irish stew and crane watching events are on the calendar.

The local Zeta Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority is hosting its traditional Irish stew fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March, 17. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall.

Cost of the delicious dinner is $7 per person and take outs are available. The menu is stew, salad, roll, dessert and drink. Proceeds benefit vocational scholarships for graduating seniors and local non-profit organizations.

Also beginning on Friday, and continuing Saturday and Sunday, join members of the Black Canyon Audubon Society at the causeway or Crane Point on the northern end of Fruitgrowers Reservoir east of Eckert to see anticipated morning liftoffs of sandhill cranes on their annual migration northward.

Cranes have been arriving and lifting off each morning for over a week and crane watchers will be hoping for some big events this weekend.

There will be spotting scopes, volunteers to assist with questions, and information available for visitors from 9 to 11 a.m. each day.

Over 10,000 cranes will be heading north from New Mexico to Idaho over the next month and local observers are starting to see migrating cranes. Over 5,000 cranes already have been reported in the San Luis Valley, the stopover site before they head north to Fruitgrowers. The cranes stop overnight to feed and rest at the reservoir and generally start lifting off to head on the next leg of their spring journey between 10-11 the following morning. Viewers are asked to remain at the viewing site or along the road and not approach the birds.

The viewing site, Crane Point, is reached by taking Highway 92 east of Delta four miles to Highway 65, then north six miles to the Big E Market, then east on North Road to Crane Point.

For more information, contact Chris Lazo at (970) 424-3309 or 2006clazo@gmail.com.

Health conscious members of the community will be participating in the annual Health Fair at the Community Center (Civic Center) on Friday morning beginning at 6:30 a.m.

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