Steamboat briefs: Advisory board aims to fill position; deadline looms |

Steamboat briefs: Advisory board aims to fill position; deadline looms

The Routt County Fair Advisory Board has an at-large position open and is seeking interested parties to fill it. The board is made up of a nine volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The board is a working board that oversees the planning, preparation and production of the annual Routt County Fair and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the annual fair operating budget, capital improvements and the prioritization of improvements at the fairgrounds and updates to the fairgrounds master plan.

The board meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at alternating locations throughout the County.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Routt County Fair Advisory Board by email to, by fax at 970-276-1023 or by mail at P.O. Box 1000, Hayden, CO 81639.

Letters must be received no later than noon Tuesday, Dec. 1. Applicants must be residents of Routt County. For more information, call 276-3068 or email

Center for Visual Arts seeks membership applications

The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts is accepting local artist applications for membership for its upcoming 2015-16 season, which begins Tuesday, Dec. 1. The nonprofit organization operates a non-juried, cooperative artist gallery at 837 Lincoln Ave., at which artists at various stages of development can benefit from a collaborative, supportive membership and professional staff. Space is limited. Contact Executive Director Linda Laughlin at 970-846-5970 or or visit the artist member information section at for more information.

Spouse caregivers of those with dementia set to meet

The Spouse Caregiver Information and Support Group will resume it's meetings Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is dementia specific, and participants share ideas and strategies for caregiving and brainstorm to navigate challenging situations. The confidential meetings are free and facilitated by Barbara Bronner, L.C.S.W. For information or questions, call 970-879-8942.

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Chamber schedules Service Excellence training sessions

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will conduct Service Excellence trainings to prepare for the busy winter season. The cost is $25 for individuals or $250 for businesses bringing 10 or more people.

Training sessions will be conducted according to the following schedule.

■ 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1

■ 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3

■ Noon to 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7

■ 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 9

■ 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15

■ 8 to 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17

For more information or to register, visit

Donations sought for 2015 Holiday Exchange Market

Area residents can help make the holiday season a little brighter this year for the less fortunate in Routt County by donating to the Routt County United Way Holiday Exchange Market.

The purpose of the market is to assist struggling individuals and families in Routt County at a very tough time of year. 

Routt County United Way is now seeking donations and volunteers for its 2015 market.  Many items are needed, from new children and adult winter coats and boots to new children's toys and grocery gift cards. To see the full list of needed items and to sign up to donate, visit  

Drop-off donation boxes are located at Alpine Bank, Yampa Valley Bank, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Steamboat Springs Community Center, Holy Name Catholic Church, the Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Pilot & Today, Ace Hardware, Mountain Valley Bank-Steamboat Branch, Hayden Mercantile and South Routt Town Hall in Oak Creek. Many of these locations also have mitten boards where donations are being collected.

Call 970-879-5605 or email for more information.

Hayden Congregational Church set to distribute food

Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank distributes free food to those in need.

For more information, call Hayden Congregational Church at 970-276-3510 or Pastor Jane at 970-757-0000, email or stop by the church, 202 E. Jefferson, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Mountain lifestyle store opens, hosts grand opening

Ohana, a mountain lifestyle shop featuring several local and Colorado-based artists and crafts people's work, is opening Tuesday, Dec.1, and to celebrate, a grand opening party is slated for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The store is located at 700 Yampa, suite A105 (Between Carl's and Urbane on 7th Street).

Ohana offers its own, locally designed and screen printed apparel and home goods, along with other products inspired by love for the mountains, beach, adventure and outdoors.

Beginning with the grand opening party, which will feature in-store screen printing benefiting Routt County United Way, Ohana will select a nonprofit to partner with each month and create a design that will be sold throughout the month, with a portion proceeds benefiting that partner. During the grand opening, $10 from each $25 T-shirt with the month's logo will go directly to United Way's Holiday Exchange Market. The logo will continue to be available throughout the month, and $5 from each sale will go to the HEM. For more information, visit

Parkinson's exercise class offered 2 times weekly

Parkinson's exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley ( and Gary Sobol (who has Parkinson's and is the founder of GZ Sobol's Parkinson's Network: to specifically address Parkinson's symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness.

Class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.

Classes are free. For more information, call Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or Eva Gibbons at 970-846-9887 or email

Hepatitis vaccines offered through nursing group

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C.

Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood.

Vaccines are available to prevent hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase Hepatitis risk. hepatitis A and B and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, which are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. They are also available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632.

Volunteers needed at art museum to greet, assist

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assisting in special events or working in the museum's store.

Shifts are 3 1/2 hours, one day per week Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer and winter exhibits. 

Perks include getting to enjoy the fabulous art exhibits, meeting exhibiting artists at exhibit openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from all across the country and world.

Those interested in volunteering may call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email

Community Ag Alliance accepts local food orders

Buy local food and products online at, then click on "Shop the CAA Marketplace" tab.

Locally grown fresh produce, meat, eggs, jelly, sauces, granola and more are available.

Order online from noon Monday through noon Thursday. Orders may be picked up Friday afternoons at CAA offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, call 970-879-4370.

LiftUp of Routt County in search of volunteers

LIFT-UP of Routt County is seeking volunteers to work in the organization's donation center, food bank and thrift store. Duties include sorting donations, stocking shelves, greeting the public and pricing merchandise. Benefits include bonus bucks to spend in the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, call Jackie at 970-870-0727.

Copper Magnate accepts throwaway electronics

The Copper Magnate reminds Routt County residents that it is against the law to throw away anything with a cord. The Copper Magnate does offer a newly permitted free metal and electronics public drop-off site.

All electronics and car batteries, with the exception of televisions, are free to recycle, as are all things metal with the exception of refrigerators. For more information, call 970-846-6991.