Steamboat briefs: 2nd annual crane puppet workshop added to line-up |

Steamboat briefs: 2nd annual crane puppet workshop added to line-up

Due to popular demand, the Yampa Valley Crane Festival is hosting a second crane puppet workshop for kids age 9 and older at noon Sunday in the Bud Werner Library’s Children’s Storytime Room.

Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson and founder of Ibex Puppetry, will lead the children in a playful exploration of the endangered whooping and sandhill cranes in North America. Children will create crane puppets, learn about migrational patterns, journey through the flyway and finish by learning crane dances.

The workshop is limited to 20 kids; sign up at the Kids’ Desk, call 970-879-0240, ext. 313 or sign up online at

9/11 fundraising event to benefit local firefighters

Susan E. Mead is offering a two-hour Essentrics 101 workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sundance Studio with all donations going to local firefighters.

Sunday’s workshop will provide scientific research from PBS’ award-winning Aging Backwards, which explains the rebalancing principles of Essentrics, also known as classical stretch. Following a Q&A session, the second hour of the workshop will be a live Essentrics class for all levels.

Mead was in private practice as a health coach and herbalist for 20 years, a yoga instructor for 17 years, is a published author and volunteer with Courtesy Ski Patrol. She has been teaching Essentrics classes in Steamboat for four years.

Visit for more information.

Hayden Congregational Food Bank serves for free

The Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank, 202 E. Jefferson, distributes free food and personal items to those in need. For more information, contact the church at 970-276-3510 or Pastor Jane at 970-757-0000 or

700 US Forest Service maps available for download

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

Wranglers Junior Hockey Club in need of host families

The Steamboat Wranglers Junior Hockey Club is looking for host families for its players during the upcoming season. Players are age 16 to 20 and need a place to call home from September 2016 to March 2017 while they pursue their athletic and academic goals as a member of the new hockey team. Host families receive season tickets and a monthly allowance. For more information about serving as a host family, contact coach Misko Antisin at 720-666-0990 or or coach Corey Allen at 907-830-3184 or

Area sustainability council starts ride share program

The staff at the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is introducing a new Yampa Valley Ride Share page on Facebook meant to serve locals looking for carpool opportunities and commuting partners within the Yampa Valley. The new site to connect valley commuters is intended as a companion to pre-existing Facebook pages such as Steamboat Springs Ride Share, which connect riders and drivers to and from the Front Range. Yampa Valley Ride Share replaces previous carpooling outreach efforts at Northwest Colorado Carpool World, which has been discontinued. Email for more information.

Alzheimer’s caregiver groups offered in Steamboat Springs

The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors free caregiver information and support groups in Steamboat Springs for those caring for someone with dementia, whether 24/7 or long distance.

A spouse caregiver group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, and a family, friend and caregiver group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Both meetings are held at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road.

These groups offer caregivers the opportunity to gather with other people facing similar everyday challenges in a safe, confidential environment. The many benefits include finding helpful community resources, understanding challenging behavior, sharing strategies and giving and receiving encouragement. Call 970-879-8942 for more information.

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