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Steamboat Briefs: Open house to recognize after-school programs

Pilot & Today Staff

The city of Steamboat Springs’ Afterschool Action program will celebrate “Lights on Afterschool,” a nationwide initiative to recognize the need for quality after-school programs, during an open house today.

The open house will be at 4:30 p.m. at Soda Creek Elementary School.

“The whole point of the nationwide event is to promote awareness about how important after-school programs are,” said Jennifer Travis, the youth program coordinator for the city’s parks and recreation department.

Travis said the open house also would provide families with information about the city’s after-school and daytime program, School Day’s Off. Families and their children will be able to meet staff and see the program’s facility at Soda Creek. Drama Enrichment Club will take place at 4:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Health fair planned for Saturday at YVMC

Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Community Health Fair is from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the hospital. The event includes low-cost blood tests and free screenings for skin, lung function, vision, hearing, blood pressure, cardiovascular, feet and more; free information about asthma, autism, Alzheimer’s, sleep disorders, joint replacement, living wills, H1N1 and more. Fees for blood tests are $15, $25 and $30. Preregister for blood tests by noon Thursday by visiting Walk-ins are welcome Saturday.

DOW starts grant program for shooting ranges, areas

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has started a grant program to provide funding for shooting ranges and shooting areas. The goal is to increase public recreational shooting opportunities for hunter education, marksmanship training, youth shooting opportunities and other recreational shooting.

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The DOW Shooting Range Grant can be used to create new ranges and shooting areas or to enhance existing ranges. The deadline for submission is Dec. 31. Visit the DOW site at or call Larry Strohl at 303-291-7346 or