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Community invited to Wine & Cheese Soiree at Old Town

Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs will host a Wine & Cheese Soiree from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 on the pool’s upper deck. The event is free and open to the public and those who attend will have the opportunity to talk with the board and capital campaign committee about the building project and pool renovation. A second wine and cheese event is planned for Aug. 16.

Economic Development Council to attend regional forum

Members of the Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council and others from Routt County will attend the Economic Development Council of Colorado’s Regional Economic Development Forum Wednesday, July 11 in Craig.

Those who plan to attend include John Bristol, economic development director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, and Cole Hewitt, Lisa Popovich, Randy Rudasics, JC Norling and Megan Moore-Kemp from the EDC. Bristol will be attending as the EDCC’s regional representative for northwestern Colorado.

The one-day event includes representatives from Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield and Mesa counties and is intended to serve as a catalyst for sharing best practices to better Colorado’s economy as a whole. The day’s sessions include an update on the newly assigned Opportunity Zones, a panel on addressing a skilled labor shortage and opportunities to diversify a resource-based economy.

July Coffee with Council looks at deed restrictions Friday

Coffee with Council will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, July 13 in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The July session will focus on affordable/attainable housing, specifically deed restrictions and the role this program might play in the proposed West Steamboat Neighborhood.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Board members of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, the organization that will be responsible for the supervision of any deed restriction requirements, will also be in attendance.

No RSVP is necessary, and community members are welcome to drop by. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Local opera offers community master class coaching

Opera Steamboat will offer its first-ever community master class from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the Heart of Steamboat Springs United Methodist Church. All ages and levels are welcome.

Opera Steamboat’s Artistic Director Andres Cladera will be providing one-on-one coaching, and vocalists will receive hands-on instruction on their chosen piece, which will include vocal and performance technique. Space is limited, and the registration and repertoire submission deadline is July 15.

Contact Beth Blaskovich at or 970-879-1996 for more information or to register.

YVSC shares green event tips for busy summer events season

With a full calendar of concerts, festivals, tournaments, races and more this summer, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council encourages attendees of these large public gatherings to follow the tips below to reduce their environmental footprint at events:

  • Say “no” to styrofoam: Choose to buy food from a vendor who uses more environmentally-responsible service ware. Styrofoam is bad for human health and the environment.
  • Be straw-free: Ask for no straw or purchase a metal reusable straw for on-the-go.
  • BYOB (bottle, that is): Bring a reusable water bottle to avoid single-use plastic bottles.
  • Spork it: Bring your own cutlery, cloth napkin and/or to-go container.
  • Find the bin: Properly dispose of items in recycle and trash bins. If you don’t see a bin right away, ask someone. If you spot an aluminum can or plastic bottle that didn’t make it into a recycling bin, be a waste warrior and put it where it belongs. Paper with food on it must go in the trash.
  • Leave no trace: Pack out your waste, especially if you can’t find a recycling bin. Although some food waste is biodegradable, please don’t leave it on the ground. It’s still litter and is harmful for native animals to eat. Also, be sure to dispose of cigarettes in safe, appropriate areas. It’s been a dry year, and the fire danger is rising.
  • Use alternative transportation: Ride your bike, walk or take the free bus to events. You’ll be glad you did when everyone else is waiting to get out of the parking lot.

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