Steamboat briefs: Authors plan for National Novel Writing Month |

Steamboat briefs: Authors plan for National Novel Writing Month

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore are sponsoring National Novel Writing Month for local writers, who will embark on writing a 175-page (50,000-words) novel during November.

Prospective NaNoWriMo novelists are encouraged to gather for an informal, inspirational kickoff meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the Library Conference Room. The meeting will include information, writing resources, pep talks and the beginnings of a novel writing support network.

During November, Off the Beaten Path will host after-hours Friday Write-Ins for NaNoWriMo novelists from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 29 to provide camaraderie, encouragement and quiet writing time.

The library will also offer resources and quiet spaces for NaNoWriMo novelists throughout the month.

Interested novelists should visit the official NaNoWriMo website at to learn more about the national program and sign up. For more information about the local events and support, visit

Yampa Arts and Craft Fair accepts applications

The Yampa Arts and Craft Fair is accepting vendor applications from those who want a booth space. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 19 at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa. Space is limited to about 80 booths, and space fills up quickly. 

Email or call 970-638-0452 for an application.

Small business leaders seminar to be held at CMC

Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs will host a seminar for small business leaders at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 in classroom 213 of the Academic Center. The theme is “Thriving, Not Just Surviving” and will focus on planning, business skills, team building and communications that will offer managers and owners a path to improvement in personal performance and professional results.

Steve Muntean, co-owner of the Muntean Leadership Group, will be the presenter. He has worked with large corporations and several Yampa Valley small businesses to help them reach and exceed their potential and become effective leaders. He is a noted speaker and consultant and has partnered with the Leadership Steamboat program offering leadership development content for the past four years.

The fee for this program is $15 and will include appetizers and refreshments. Registration is required. Call 970-870-4491 or email to confirm attendance.

This program is sponsored by Colorado Mountain College, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Routt County.

Finland honors part-time Steamboat resident

Dr. Walter F. Dabberdt, who splits his time between Steamboat Springs and Boulder, was honored recently by the Finnish government for advancing Finnish expertise. On Sept. 29 at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., Dabberdt was decorated with the Insignia of Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Findland, for promoting the know how and export of Finnish environmental technology.

Dabberdt has worked with the Finnish company Vaisala, the world’s largest and oldest weather and environmental measurements company. He is the company’s chief science officer. Before going to work for Vaisala, Dabberdt spent 15 years at the Stanford Research Institute as senior research meteorologist and 15 years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a scientist, faculty manager and associate director.

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