Steamboat briefs: Gifts will be collected Saturday for Holiday Wishes program |

Steamboat briefs: Gifts will be collected Saturday for Holiday Wishes program

Holiday Wishes program volunteers are hoping to collect gifts this year for more than 400 local families that are selected by Routt County United Way.

The Young Professionals Network, Rotary Club members and Steamboat firefighters will be collecting gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Friday and Dec. 7 at Walmart. Volunteers will have a list of gifts that can be purchased at Walmart, and those who purchase gifts elsewhere also can drop them off at Walmart during those dates.

The program culminates with the Community Holiday Wishes Party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. At the free celebration, there will be caroling, visits with Santa, sleigh rides, tubing and snacks, and donated gifts will be wrapped.

More information and a list of needed gifts can be found at Information about donating wrapping supplies and money also can be found at the website. Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts and to help put on the Dec. 15 party. The party is open to everyone in the community including those not participating in the Holiday Wishes program.

Center for Visual Arts is taking artist applications

The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave., is taking applications for new exhibiting artist members during its open enrollment period through today. Preference is given to artists in Routt County. More information and applications are available at or by calling 970-846-5970.

Orgranizations needed to participate in tree auction

Nonprofit organizations are needed to participate in the annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 365 S. Poplar St., Hayden.

The auction will feature decorated wreaths, trees and centerpieces, with proceeds benefitting the community and youth groups that created the items.

For more information, call Lori Laird at 970-846-0782.

Lt. Col. West dinner is on Dec. 28 at Steamboat Grand

The Steamboat Institute presents Lt. Col. Allen West and his wife, Angela Graham-West, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at The Steamboat Grand.

The cost for dinner is $75 through today and $100 thereafter. VIP seating is $175 by today and $250 thereafter. VIP tickets include preferred seating, reception, dinner and a photo with Lt. Col. West. Business professionals younger than 30 can attend the dinner for $50. Sponsor tables are $2,000 for 10 VIP seats.

For more information or to register, contact or 970-846-6013.

Ski Town Lions Club meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club will be meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carl’s Tavern. The Lions Club meets every first and third Tuesday to identify needs within the Steamboat Springs community and work together to fulfill those needs. Anyone interested in learning about or joining the Lions Club is welcome to attend. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members worldwide. Visit for more information.

Emerald Mountain season closure begins Sunday

The Bureau of Land Management is reminding readers to observe the seasonal closure on Emerald Mountain that begins Sunday.

Areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM’s Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area, including the Beall Trail and Kemry Draw, will be closed through June 30 to protect elk during the winter and calving seasons, according to a news release. “We saw a number of violations of this closure last winter even though the area was clearly marked. Violating the closure will result in citations and a minimum $175 fine,” BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said. “However, we do want to let people know that the Ridge and Rotary Trails remain open year-round for those wishing to visit Emerald Mountain before July 1.”

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000 or go to

Design meeting for garden, greenhouse project is Friday

A design meeting for a permaculture-inspired greenhouse and garden project at Colorado Mountain College is from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the auditorium. Attendees will learn about the project as well as offer ideas. Those who would like to participate are asked to register by noon Thursday to Denise Roach at or 970-870-4454.

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