Community sand painting returns to library Thursday |

Community sand painting returns to library Thursday

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs is offering its second day of community sand painting from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall.
Inspired by the Drepung Loseling monks’ Mandala on the Yampa art installations at the library, the Steamboat Springs community has participated in creating many hands-on public sand paintings. The library invites everyone back to Library Hall to revisit their individuality and creative spirit while sand painting on the community sand painting table. The design is from the bestselling “inky adventure” adult coloring book “Lost Ocean” by Johanna Basford.
Chakpurs, the monks’ authentic sand painting tools, along with plentiful colored sand, will be available for everyone to try this ancient Tibetan art form. A chakpur is a metal funnel with a grated surface, along which the artist runs a metal rod. The vibration causes sand to flow like liquid onto the platform. The result is a colorful design that is enjoyed by all, then wiped away in the spirit of impermanence upon completion.
This is a free all-ages event, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit for more information.

School programs feature theater, mentoring

Middle school-aged children have the opportunity to experience dynamic educational programs in theater, GROW (Girls Reaching Out Wider) and babysitting training during the third session of the middle school program offered by the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department.
Registration is currently open for these programs, which start as early as next week and run through early March.
Programs include: theater on Mondays, GROW, a mentoring program just for girls, on Tuesdays and babysitter training on Thursdays. Depending upon the activity, the cost of clubs includes activity fees, transportation from the middle school, snacks and supervision.
The babysitter session is a comprehensive training developed by the American Red Cross to help kids, 11 to 14, learn the basics of handling children and the situations that arise while babysitting. Participants will receive a full child and infant CPR certification along with first aid. In addition, they will learn child development, safety and injury prevention and gain practical experience on feeding and diapering young children.
The parks and rec department also offers educational outings through its Teens on Tour program for sixth- to eighth-graders. Teens on Tour travel out of Steamboat during parent/teacher conferences to experience a variety of recreation opportunities in the state. The group will head to Denver and stay in a hotel while participating in a variety of fun activities in the Mile High City.
Registration materials and descriptions of individual programs can be found at the Parks and Community Services Office, 245 Howelsen Parkway, or online at Contact Alexis Wolf at 970-871-.7053 or for more information.

Reel Rock climbing film festival returns to library

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs presents Reel Rock, a traveling film festival with the latest collection of electrifying climbing films showcasing the sport’s biggest stories and athletes, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Library Hall.
Four brand-new films deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs and pure inspiration featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage; and more.
The lineup includes the much-anticipated film “Break on Through.” In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, is determined to change that.
To be closer to the world’s hardest routes, she has moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.
Other films that will be screened include: “Above the Sea,” featuring Sharma as he continues his dominance as the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing; “Safety Third,” taking a look at a young climber who is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing; and “Stumped” featuring Maureen Beck, who is crushing the sport of climbing despite being born without her lower left arm.
A $5 donation at the door helps support this film festival’s ongoing visit to Steamboat Springs and the library, and includes free popcorn and lemonade. Visit for more information.

5 tips to help increase event sustainability

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council suggests five tips to make Steamboat events more sustainable:
■ BYOB (bottle, that is): Bring a reusable water bottle and refill at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s free Water Monster hydration stations, available at many community events.
■ Find the bin: Properly dispose of items in recycle and trash bins. If you spot a can or plastic bottle that didn’t make it into a recycling bin, please 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 cannot find a recycling bin. Although some food waste is biodegradable, please don’t leave it on the ground. It is still litter and is harmful for native animals to eat.
■ Spork it: Bring your own cutlery, cloth napkin and/or to-go container. Encourage coordinators of events you attend to use environmentally-friendly tableware, rather than Styrofoam™.
■ Bike it: Ride your bike, walk or take the free bus to events.
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council offers low-cost, do-it-yourself sustainable event kits for small to medium-sized events and consulting to reduce the environmental footprint of events of all sizes. Visit or email for more information.

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