Steamboat briefs: Free fishing derby and pancake breakfast at Fetcher Pond |

Steamboat briefs: Free fishing derby and pancake breakfast at Fetcher Pond

The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host their 35th annual free fishing derby and pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 17 at Fetcher Pond behind Walgreens. The pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m., and the fishing derby will begin at 9 a.m. Derby judging will be at 10:30 a.m. No fishing license is required.

Children of all ages and their families are welcome, and there will be fun, food and prizes for all. Derby participants receive a free T-shirt, free fishing pole and bait, if needed. There will be prizes for the first fish, biggest fish and most fish caught. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be on hand to measure and record the fish.

For more information, call Tim Boehm at 970-846-7873 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

Library screens Oscar nominee "I Am Not Your Negro"

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of "I Am Not Your Negro," Raoul Peck's Academy Award nominee for best documentary film, from the writings of James Baldwin told in the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 in Library Hall.

In 1979, Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript.

Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. The film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of Black Lives Matter.

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Combining Baldwin's manuscript with footage of depictions of African-Americans throughout American history, "I Am Not Your Negro" uses Baldwin's words to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and the efforts to curtail it, from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter, and explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

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Steamboat Movement Fest looking for volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Steamboat Movement Fest, which will be held Aug. 10 to 13. All volunteers who can commit to working 14 hours during the festival weekend will receive a weekend pass and T-shirt. Those interested in becoming a volunteer can apply at

Erin Alkema named to Dean's List at Lasell College

Erin Alkema; of Steamboat Springs, a psychology major and a member of the class of 2017, has been named to the Dean's List at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. To achieve that honor, she was required to carry at least 12 credits and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above. 

Parks and Community Services hosts ballpark trip

Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services is offering a trip to see the Colorado Rockies play the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, July 9. This special senior program, for those 55 and older, is an opportunity for parents and children and grandparents and grandkids to travel to Denver to enjoy a Rockies game together. The registration fee, which is $45 for adults and $25 for children, includes transportation and admission to Coors Field. To sign up, stop by the Parks and Community Service office, 245 Howelsen Parkway, or call 970-879-4300.

Steamboat student named to Furman Dean's List

Malia Fraioli has been named to the Dean's List at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, for the 2017 spring semester. To make the honor roll, full-time undergraduate students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

Local choir invited to sing for Pope Francis in Rome

The women's choir from Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs will travel to Rome in December to sing for Pope Francis. Choir members will help lead the singing during the papal Mass for World Peace in St. Peter's Basilica on New Year's Day. 

They were invited to sing at the papal mass by Dr. Johan Van Parys, of the Basilica of St. Mary's in Minneapolis. Van Parys is a family friend of Father Ernest Bayer, the pastor at Holy Name, and his sister, Wendy Dillon, the choir director. 

The women's choir will be one of two choirs leading the people's sung responses in Latin, Gregorian-chant style-a traditional type of chant done without accompaniment. The women's choir will rehearse for four months for this event, starting in August. 

Singing in St. Peter's Basilica will be the highlight of a week-long pilgrimage to Italy. The group, led by Bayer, will visit the Christian catacombs, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and other historic churches in Assisi and Florence. 

To help choir members defray the costs of the trip, the choir will host a pancake breakfast during the Mustang Roundup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 17. Breakfast will be served by choir members, and there will be a supervised play area for the kids. Businesses that are helping sponsor the pancake breakfast are Safeway, Creekside Café & Grill, The Egg & I, Central Park Liquors and Steve Green Co. 

Postmodern nature film about hippos at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of "The Pursuit of Hippo-ness," a featured documentary from the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 19 in Library Hall.

Best described as a postmodern nature film, culture and conservation collide in this documentary about humans and hippos. Featuring an ensemble of people whose lives are tied to the hippopotamus in some manner, the film explores their relationships with the animal and each other, while raising larger questions about how we conceptualize, represent, and interact with nature.

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Kids can sign up for Junior Master Gardener workshops

There are still openings available for this summer's Junior Master Gardener workshops at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. The program is open to third-, fourth, and fifth-graders. On Saturday, July 1 the workshop will focus on how to identify plants. Each participant will make his or her own plant press, collect specimen plants and learn how to use a plant identification key.

On Saturday, July 22, kids will investigate how a garden is an ecosystem and construct their own fairy garden to take home. At the last workshop, Saturday, Aug. 5, participants will harvest the Junior Master Gardener garden and explore ways to preserve garden produce.

Kids can sign up for one or more workshops at the CSU Extension office at 136 Sixth St. in Steamboat Springs. Space is limited. Call 970-879-0825 for more information.