Events combine snowshoeing, history, happy hour Sunday |

Events combine snowshoeing, history, happy hour Sunday

A pair of local organizations passionate about education, history and community are teaming up Sunday and Feb. 27 to present “Snowshoe Through History.”

The Tread of Pioneers and Yampatika will offer a unique program for families with kids age 8 to 12 at the historic Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch, at 35435 East U.S. Highway 40, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Snowshoe through history as wildlife detectives searching for signs of animals that frequent the ranch. Dive deeper into what animals are doing in the winter and reflect on how human activities have changed over time.

These human and history connections will be made outside as well as inside the historic buildings of the ranch where there will be storytelling and pioneer life activities to connect everyone to what life may have been like for people in the past, including Elizabeth Hutchinson, a Routt County homesteader who lived on the ranch.

Then, at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27, adults 21 and older are invited to “Snowshoe Through History Happy Hour.” The event begins with an easy snowshoe program around the Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch meadow. Then participants will then head inside the historic ranch house to enjoy some hot happy hour beverages and a fascinating history talk.

Parking is very limited on site, so registration is required in advance for both events. The first 25 people who sign up for each event will receive free admission. Register by emailing Yampatika at or calling 970-871-9151.

Library seeks foreign language poetry readers for program

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs is seeking volunteer readers in a variety of foreign languages to contribute to “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” an evening of poetry readings and art March 5.

This local performance joins communities all around the world in honoring Baghdad’s famous literary street, which was named for the Arab world’s most famous poet, Al-Mutanabbi. Volunteers are being sought to read a short poem in languages other than English — no poetry composition required.

“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” commemorates the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic street of booksellers. Al-Mutanabbi Street is a winding street about of 1,000 feet long, noted for its many bookstores and outdoor bookstalls where people gather as a great humanitarian center. It has been a thriving center of Baghdad’s bookselling and publishing for centuries.

The bombing took the lives of 30 people and destroyed a large portion of the neighborhood. The booksellers who survived rebuilt their stores and are once again in business. They sell works by Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Jews, children’s books and progressive publications from around the world. Every year since the creation of “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” poetry readings and exhibits have taken place around the world in early March. This is the second annual reading in Steamboat Springs.

Interested volunteers who speak any foreign language should contact Janet Bradley at or 970-457-7869.

Event aims to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse

Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership and Emerald Mountain School will host “Healthy Kids Health Community,” a conversation with parents and educators to raise awareness about prescription drugs, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the school on Oak Street in Steamboat Springs.

Presenters will include Mara Rhodes, Rx Task Force regional coordinator, Jonathan Judge, with Rise Above Colorado, and Dr. Alexis Tracy, with Orthopaedics of Steamboat Springs. Call 970-879-8081 or email for more information.

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