Steamboat briefs: Donate to local nonprofits for Colorado Gives Day |

Steamboat briefs: Donate to local nonprofits for Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday. The fundraising event is designed to encourage people to donate to nonprofits in their hometowns. Routt County groups participating in the event include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, Colorado West Regional Mental Health Inc., Family Development Center (Discovery Learning Center, Newborn and Child Care Networks), Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Yampatika.

Donate to these organizations by visiting, clicking on "Donate to your favorite nonprofit" and selecting the organization from an alphabetical list. For more information, contact Northwest Colorado VNA Director of Development Dervla Lacy at 970-871-7603 or

VNA offering free HIV tests in honor of World Aids Day

In honor of World Aids Day on Saturday, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free HIV tests throughout December. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig.

Habitat seeking volunteers for ReStore, project work

Steamboat's newly expanded Habitat ReStore is open in Riverside Plaza next to Pisa's and needs volunteers to help price and sell donated furniture, lighting and building supplies. Shifts are available from noon to 2 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 970-367-8001 and ask for Jody.

Habitat also is in need groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers to help finish its Riverside duplex. Remaining projects include mulching and seeding, building a fence and deck, laying flooring, cleaning and painting. Volunteers are needed today and Monday through Friday. Those interested in helping are asked to call 970-871-6101, email or visit

Mainstreet's Gingerbread House Tour begins Saturday

As part of the annual Merry Mainstreet Downtown Holiday Celebration on Dec. 8, Mainstreet Steamboat is holding its annual Gingerbread House Tour for professionals and amateur gingerbread house constructors. Houses will be on display in downtown businesses through Jan. 1. Through Dec. 8, the public will be able to vote on their favorite house using ballots available in each display location. The winners will be announced Dec. 10. The winner of each category will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars to be used at any shop and restaurant in downtown Steamboat. To enter, call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 or email

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Donate gifts for United Way Holiday Wishes Program

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue volunteers will be in front Walmart today and Dec. 8 with gift ideas for the Routt County United Way Holiday Wishes Program. Those interested in donating a gift also can find a gift registry by visiting and clicking on "Local Benefit."

Gifts should be dropped off at the Community Holiday Wishes Party from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Lodge. If your gift is wrapped, make sure to include a description of the item and who it is for. The community party is free and includes sleigh rides, tubing, cookies and hot chocolate, and visits with Santa.

Annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction set for Sunday

The annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. The auction will feature decorated wreaths, trees and centerpieces created by local youth groups and service organizations, including the Girl Scouts, various school groups, 4-H groups, Love Inc. and the Routt County CattleWomen. All proceeds go to the youth and service organizations that created the purchased items. Call Lori Laird at 970-846-0782 for more information. Those who cannot attend can arrange an absentee bid.