Steamboat briefs: Handmade holiday gifts to be on display in gallery |

Steamboat briefs: Handmade holiday gifts to be on display in gallery

Artists are invited to apply for the Steamboat Arts Council’s December gift show. In celebration of the holidays, this December exhibition will feature work from local artists in the main gallery. A boutique-style exhibit will fill the Platform Gallery where note cards, ornaments and other small, handmade gifts will be displayed. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 6. Visit or call 970-879-9008 for more information.

LEAP kicks off enrollment assistance season Monday

Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program will begin accepting applications for its 2015-16 season Monday, Nov. 2. With an increase in applicant income qualification this season, more Coloradans will qualify for assistance with paying their home heating costs.

LEAP is a 100-percent federally-funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services which provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter months.

The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and the lowest incomes by family size. This year, applicant income was raised from 150 percent to 165 percent of the federal poverty level, which equates to $3,334 per month for a family of four. 

To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of their rent; and be permanent legal residents of the United States and Colorado or have household members that are U.S. citizens.

LEAP-eligible households may also qualify for programs that inspect a home’s primary heating source, such as a furnace or wood burning stove, and weatherization upgrades that improve a home’s energy efficiency.

The state of Colorado also offers a rebate of property tax, rent and heat expenses to low-income seniors and disabled persons. Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue’s website at for more information and the rebate application booklet. 

To find out LEAP qualifications, call toll-free at 1-866-432-8435 or visit to view the most current program application requirements and to download an application. Applications will be accepted until April 30.

Library to host sciencefiction book reading series

Bud Werner Memorial Library Book Club is hosting a science fiction series this fall. 

The first book celebrates the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” a futuristic tale of noble houses grappling for control of a hostile planet called Dune, which contains the universe’s only repository of a highly valuable spice.

It has been called a masterwork of science fiction and a spiritual brother to “The Lord of the Rings.”

Pick up a copy at the front desk of the library, and sign up for the Nov. 11 discussion.

Local students invited to join children’s orchestra

Winter Gardens Free Children’s Orchestra invites area fourth- through eighth-grade students to join the group. No previous experience is necessary.

Beginners meet from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and intermediate players meet from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

All meetings will be held in the Steamboat Springs Middle School Band Room.

For more information and to register, call or text Holly Fielding at 970-291-1028 or visit

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