News briefs for July 11 |

News briefs for July 11

25th annual writers conference is Saturday

The Steamboat Springs Writers Conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A few openings remain for the 25th annual conference, which is sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and Writers Group. Instructors include Patricia Black, on the art and craft of memoir writing, and Jody Rein. Registration forms are available at the Depot Art Center or by or calling 879-8079.

Oak Creek, Yampa libraries holding reading program

The Oak Creek and Yampa libraries are sponsoring the “Joust Read at Your Library!” teen summer reading program for students in grades seven through 12. Weekly prizes will be awarded during a drawing of game cards submitted by participating teens. Regular program activities will include book clubs, teen book reviews and parties. Call 638-4654 or 736-8371 for more information.

Arts Council looking for docent program volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking volunteers for its docent program. Arts Council docents are trained volunteers who staff the Depot Art Center galleries, help interpret and explain exhibits and encourage visitor interaction with artwork, furthering the mission of the arts council. They help with unpacking exhibit items, hanging shows and hosting opening receptions. Docents also coordinate the annual Studio Tour and facilitate the “Art for Seniors” program at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Docents are available to lead guided tours of the exhibits to schools and groups if requested. Docents meet monthly for seminars, as well as occasional field trips.

Library seeking new members for book club

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Book Club is encouraging new members to join. The club meets every four to six weeks and is facilitated by Michelle Dover, the library’s circulation manager. Visit for a complete list of books to be read and discussed by the book club this year. Call 879-0240.

Newborn Network seeking volunteers for home visits

The Newborn Network is looking for volunteers to spend between two and four hours each month helping local families with newborn children. Volunteers, at the request of interested families, will visit homes to provide information about community resources and child development, as well as give a gift bag to the family. The program is free to local families. Call 879-0977.

Master gardeners on hand to answer questions

Local master gardeners are on hand at the Routt County Cooperative Extension Office from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays to answer gardening questions. Anyone is encouraged to stop by the office or call 879-0825 to speak with a master gardener.

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