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Steamboat briefs: First Impressions set to host brainstorming session

First Impressions will host an infant and toddler capacity building brainstorming session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 in the Routt County Commissioners’ Hearing Room on the third floor of the Historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss possible solutions for the shortage of childcare slots for infants and toddlers in the county. Contact Stephanie Martin at 970-870-5270 or to RSVP or for more information.

Java & Jazz to kick off Partners’ 20th anniversary

Partners in Routt County will be kicking off its 20-year anniversary at this year’s Java & Jazz from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at the Larson Barn. The event will feature live jazz/blues music from Tera Johnson and Friends as well as great food, wine, coffee, specialty drinks and an incredible silent auction. Tickets are $60 for one and $100 for two and can be purchased at the Partners office, online or at the door. Visit or call 970-879-6141 for more information. In conjunction with the event, a 50th anniversary edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a first edition of Harper Lee’s latest book, “Go Set a Watchman.” The books will each be signed and auctioned off as a pair at beginning next week.

Sundance Film Fest winner screens Tuesday at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free community screening of “The Overnighters,” winner of the Special Jury Award for Intuitive Documentary Filmmaking at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 in Library Hall.

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to Williston, North Dakota, where the oil business is booming. Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the oil fields, but instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay despite the congregation’s objections and neighbors’ fears. When opposition to the “overnighters” reaches a boiling point, Pastor Jay makes a decision with shattering consequences.

A modern-day “Grapes of Wrath,” “The Overnighters” tells an electrifying story about the promise of redemption and the limits of compassion. Visit for more information.

Beginning watercolor class offered at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Mary Levingston will be offering beginning watercolor classes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Depot Art Center beginning Aug. 25 and intermediate lessons from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays beginning Aug. 26. The cost is $250 for the series.  Contact Levingston at 970-879-5388 or to register or for more information.

English language learning class offered by CMC

An intensive English speaking and listening class for advanced English language learners will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. The class begins on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in Room 135 of Bristol Hall, and the cost is $30 plus an additional $20 for the book. Call 970-846-2076 for more information.

Women’s sacred circle held Friday at Sheraton Spa

A women’s sacred circle with renowned Vedic astrologer Swati Josh and The Connection coach Valerie D’Ambrosio will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at the Sheraton Spa. The cost is $40 and $30 for students. To make a reservation or for more information, call 970-819-3981 or email

Teams, individuals invited to Walk to End Alzheimers

Teams from businesses, churches and clubs, as well as individuals, are invited to register now for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held Monday, Sept. 5 at Casey’s Pond. A team can be two or more people. To register, visit Casey’s Pond is also looking for volunteers to assist with the event or provide entertainment or fun activities for kids. To volunteer, call Tara or Peggy at 970-879-8855.

Food bank in Hayden will distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered

Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online visit

North Routt BBQ scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday

The 14th annual North Routt BBQ will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse. Activities will include wagon rides, games, food, live music, silent auction, dunk tank, cow plop bingo and more. Bingo squares for $10 are being sold at the Clark Store for the chance to win a $250 cash prize. Barbecue tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 11 and free for kids 2 and younger. All proceeds from the event benefit North Routt Community Charter School. Call Stephanie at 970-871-9459 for more information. 

Nurses group advises readers to be safe on ATVs

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents to take precautions on ATVs. Of all ATV-related deaths, 92 percent are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. The VNA and the ATV Safety Institute remind residents to follow the golden rules for ATV safety:

■ Always wear a helmet and protective gear.

■ Never ride on public roads.

■ Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.

■ Ride an ATV appropriate for your age and readiness.

■ Supervise riders younger than 16.

■ Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

For a young rider readiness checklist and other safety tips, visit

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