Steamboat briefs: Final opiates Lunch & Learn set for Wednesday at library |

Steamboat briefs: Final opiates Lunch & Learn set for Wednesday at library

— Dr. David Wilkinson with Yampa Valley Medical Center and Jen Murphy with The Foundry are the featured speakers at the final session of the Lunch & Learn series about opiate abuse in Steamboat Springs and Routt County, which has been hosted this month by the Rx Task Force.

The last session will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Library Hall.

Dr. Wilkinson will talk about the biophysiology of addiction issues, pain issues and focus on current initiatives to reduce supply and demand by physicians in the medical community in Steamboat, Colorado and nationally. Murphy will focus on the family and community role in treating addiction, and there will be a Q&A session.

The presentation is free, and a box lunch will be provided.

Concert scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Strings

Strings Music Festival will offer a free community concert with The Railsplitters and the Steamboat Springs Middle School bands and Emerald Mountain School Orchestra at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Strings Music Pavilion.

During two workshops and multiple videos, students have practiced their improvisation skills and bluegrass tunes and learned the ways of a professional touring bluegrass band. The Railsplitters will play alongside both school bands in a culminating concert, where the students show off their new skills in traditional bluegrass tunes.

The concert is free but tickets are required. Visit, or call 970-879-5056 to reserve tickets.

Permaculture greenhouse discussion offered at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free talk with Jerome Osentowski, founder and director of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall.

Osentowski will share permaculture gardening lessons and insight from his new book “The Forest Garden Greenhouse: How to Design and Manage an Indoor Permaculture Oasis.”  In this groundbreaking book, one of North America’s most accomplished permaculture designers presents a new approach to a very old horticultural subject. He shows how bringing the forest garden indoors is not only possible but doable on unlikely terrain and in cold climates, similar to the Yampa Valley, using near-net-zero technology.

Osentowski advocates for an indoor agriculture using permaculture design concepts — integration, multi-functions, perennials and polycultures — that take season extension into new and important territory.

Books will be available for sale and the author will be signing at the event. Visit for more information.

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