Steamboat briefs for Nov. 15 |

Steamboat briefs for Nov. 15

Steamboat middle school needs donated guitars

The after-school club at Steamboat Springs Middle School is soliciting donations of used guitars in an effort to establish weekly music lessons covering folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock, world and other types of music. Organizer Derek Kratzer is asking for “any old, beat-up or simply unused and neglected (acoustic preferred) guitars” for students. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information or to offer donations, call 970-879-1058, ext. 3551, or e-mail Kratzer at

Wild-game benefit dinner will assist local children

A wild-game benefit dinner for two local children will be held Jan. 3 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Proceeds from the dinner will help pay the medical expenses of Routt County youths Molly Look and Tyler Johnson. The children will attend the dinner with their families.

The dinner is being sponsored by Holy Name Catholic Church, but other church members of the Steamboat Ministerial Association will be invited to participate. The wild game is being provided by local hunters and fishermen and includes entrees of pheasant, elk, moose, caribou, halibut and smoked wild boar sausage. Smoked trout and pike will be available as appetizers. Seating is limited to 175 people. The cost is $50 a person. Reservations may be made by contacting Carol Ward at the Holy Name office on Oak Street, 879-0671.

Adaptive sports program seeks winter volunteers

Steamboat Adaptive Recreation Sports, is seeking volunteers for the 2008-09 winter ski and snowboard season. Volunteer orientation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Round-Up Room at Steamboat Ski Area.

STARS will work with volunteers to find opportunities that match individual schedules and interests. Volunteers will learn how to assist instructors with adaptive equipment as well as how to help instructors with their students with special needs. Volunteers will have the opportunity to earn daily lift tickets, deals on ski and snowboard equipment, training clinics for their own skiing and riding skills. For more information, call 871-5371.

First Impressions to host forums about child care

First Impressions of Routt County is conducting four focus groups to gather public opinion about child care in the Yampa Valley. About 10 participants are needed for each focus group. Food and child care provided at each event. Focus groups meet today from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Olympian Hall in Howelsen Lodge and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, as well as from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Hayden Public Library. To participate, contact Stephanie Howle at 870-5270 or firstimpressions@co.routt.