Steamboat briefs: Deadline Dec. 11 for YVCM art proposal submissions |

Steamboat briefs: Deadline Dec. 11 for YVCM art proposal submissions

Noyes Art Designs invites artists on behalf of Yampa Valley Medical Center to submit artwork proposals to be commissioned for purchase and permanent exhibition in the interior of the expansion.

Deadline for submission has been extended to Dec. 11, and there is no fee to submit.

The vision of this expansion and refurbishing of the Yampa Valley Medical Center will be represented in the artwork scheme developed by Noyes Art Designs. Noyes Art Designs has a passion for creating art in healing art programs that matches the passion of not only the hospital, but also Northwestern Colorado.

For more information and submission requirements visit art or contact Noyes Designs at 303-332-8838 or

YPN annual holiday party scheduled Dec. 11 at theater

The Young Professionals Network’s annual holiday bash will be held at the Chief Theater Dec. 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Tera Johnson and the Sounds of Soul. Free beverages will be available for new and current YPN members, but the party is open to the community.

Tuesday’s Dance on Film features classic ‘Nutcracker’

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and Steamboat Dance Theatre present a Dance on Film screening of the 1965 televised production of Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 in Library Hall. Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet includes sumptuous sets and costumes and the dazzling dance artistry of the New York City Ballet’s Melissa Hayden, Edward Villella and Patricia McBride. Eddie Albert narrates the story of young Clara, who receives a Nutcracker doll as a Christmas gift, then dreams a magical dream: the Nutcracker comes alive and whisks her through a realm of wonders to the palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The classic film screening is free, including popcorn and lemonade. Visit for more information.

Free candle-lit yoga nidra relaxation held at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library will presents a free yoga nidra session for December’s community yoga practice, focusing on Shiva Rea’s “Drops of Nectar” CD. This practice by candle light will honor the impending winter solstice and the holiday season at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 in Library Hall.

The 45-minute yogic relaxation session includes a tension release practice using a tennis ball along with the yoga nidra meditation. Participants are asked to bring their own mat, blanket and a tennis ball.

The library’s free monthly community yoga practice is for all ages, abilities and experience levels and is intended for anyone who wants to build a personal home yoga practice while checking out the variety of free library resources available.

Participants work at their own pace throughout each session and soak up the support of the local yoga community while absorbing the teaching of some of the world’s most esteemed yogis projected on the big screen and/or the surround sound in Library Hall. Visit for more information.

Oak Creek Library open house slated for Saturday

The Oak Creek Library is hosting a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The library’s new website will be displayed on the computers, refreshments will be served and there will be a holiday craft for children. The library is also participating in the Town of Oak Creek’s scavenger hunt.

CSU Master Gardener training begins in January

The CSU Routt County Extension Office is accepting applications for the 2016 Colorado Master Gardener and Colorado Gardener Certificate training. Taught by CSU professionals, the program teaches all aspects of growing plants, trees and lawns in a mountain environment. Reduced cost is recognized by volunteering with the Routt County Master Gardener program. Training occurs every Thursday from Jan. 28 to April 7. Participation is limited to 12 people, with priority given to those who have completed an application by the close of business Jan. 4. Call 970-879-0825 or visit for more information or an application.

Local AARP Smart Driving class to be held Jan. 14

An AARP Smart Driving class will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The class is designed to help drivers 50 and older compensate for age-related changes.

Millions of people have taken this course through the years, and it has been statistically shown to reduce the number of accidents and severity of injuries in those accidents suffered by those who took the class as compared with the same age group who did not.

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. State law requires insurance companies give a discount to those who have taken the class, which is good for 3 years.

The class, which is taught by Jane and Bud Romberg, is cosponsored by Routt County Council on Aging and Debbie Aragon Insurance Agency. Call 970-879-0064 for more information or to register.

Library seeks volunteers to help lead sand painting

Bud Werner Memorial Library is seeking volunteers to help manage three days of community sand painting Dec. 28, 29 and 30 in Library Hall. Volunteers will be an on-site liaison to the community as everyone is welcome to try their hand at the ancient Tibetan art of sand painting.

The library seeks lead artists who can commit to being on-site in Library Hall for a two- to three-hour shift. Those interested in volunteering for this position should contact adult programs coordinator Jennie Lay at or 070-879-0240, ext. 317.

During the Drepung Loseling monks’ Mandala on the Yampa residency at the library last summer, the community was invited to participate in creating a hands-on community sand painting. In celebration of New Year’s, the library invites everyone back to revisit their individuality and creative spirit while playing again at the community sand painting table.

This is a free, all-ages event, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Find more information at

Oil, gas lease sale report open for public comment

The Bureau of Land Management has released a preliminary environmental assessment for public review that evaluates offering two parcels in northwest Colorado in the May 2016 competitive oil and gas lease sale.

One parcel in Moffat County totals 172 acres, and the other totals 641 acres in Routt County. Both are federal minerals under privately-owned surface.

The environmental assessment, a list and map of the parcels, and the attached stipulations are available online at and at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St. in Craig.

Written comments must be received by Dec. 14 and may be submitted via e-mail to or by mail to Little Snake Field Office, Attn: Lease Sale, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625.

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