Steamboat briefs: Drop off trees at Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot through January |

Steamboat briefs: Drop off trees at Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot through January

Trees can be dropped off in the northeast corner of the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot through January. Trees must have all tinsels, lights, nails and decorations removed. Wreaths cannot be dropped off. The resulting mulch will be given to residents and used in city parks. Call Parks Supervisor Ernie Jenkins at 970-879-4300 with questions.

Applications for summer event funding due Wednesday

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting applications for summer 2013 special event funding. The application deadline is Wednesday. Applications can be found at or by contacting Sarah Leonard at or 970-875-7006.

Mainstreet seeks volunteers for Promotion Committee

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is in need of volunteers to help create programs and events that will benefit downtown businesses and the community. Volunteers are asked to work two to four hours per month. Specifically, volunteers are needed for the Promotion Committee, which plans special events, retail events and branding. Those who are interested are asked to call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800.

Steamboat Springs Optimist Club in need of members

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The nonprofit Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is in need of members. In addition to the Pumpkin Festival, the club puts on the annual Fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast; the annual Bike Rodeo, during which Steamboat Springs Police Department officers teach children about bike safety; and the Literacy Bug bug reading program for Steamboat fifth-graders. The group also runs the Teen of the Month club — which recognizes area high school students for their contributions to school, church and the community — and awards a $1,500 Teen of the Year scholarship.

For more information, call President Mark Lynch at 970-819-5137 or past presidents Rob MacCarthy at 970-879-5283 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

Cultural integration group seeks bilingual volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community and be respectful and mature. Training is provided. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.

Newborn Network offering parenting resources, support

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children 3 or younger. Newborn Network's free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags. Parents of a child 3 or younger can call 970-879-0977 for more information about support services.

Participate in Spare the Air anti-idling campaign

Community educators, businesses and residents are encouraged to get involved with the Spare the Air anti-idling education campaign. The goal of the program is to encourage drivers to turn off idling vehicles after 30 seconds unless traffic safety demands otherwise, according to a news release. Educators are provided with support materials, and Spare the Air signs are available for $11. More information is available at under the "Programs" tab or by contacting Suzie Romig at 970-367-1950 or

Motor vehicle donations help fund Habitat homes

Routt County Habitat for Humanity is reminding residents that motor vehicle donations help fund new Habitat homes through the Cars for Homes program. Motor vehicles — including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, etc. — can be donated by calling 1-877-277-4344 or by going to The cars then are sold at auction or to recyclers or salvage yards, and the funds are used to build Habitat homes in partnership with low-income families.

Integrated Community seeks volunteers to teach English

Integrated Community is looking for volunteers to teach English. The in-home tutoring program trains and matches volunteers with limited English speaking community members. Get to know residents from other cultures while helping them learn English. For more information, call Roddy at 970-620-1513.

Integrated Community also is looking for volunteers to help with its resource and referral program. Practice your Spanish skills while assisting community members from other cultures. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.