Steamboat briefs: Har Mishpacha announces religious school program |

Steamboat briefs: Har Mishpacha announces religious school program

Har Mishpacha, Steamboat Springs’ Jewish congregation is offering two tiers of Jewish educational programming for students in kindergarten through seventh grade. There is no cost to congregation members, with the exception of a one-time workbook fee at the beginning of the year.

The kindergarten through third-grade program focuses on Jewish identity, history and community. Students learn about Jewish holidays, symbols, introductory prayers and a variety of customs and traditions. This group meets every other Sunday and is taught by Sari Davidson.

The fourth- through seventh-grade program focuses on a self-paced Hebrew curriculum. Students learn to decode Hebrew, read and chant Hebrew prayers and prepare for Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This group meets every Sunday and is taught by Cindy Ruzicka.

Program hours are 4 to 5 p.m. Sundays at Emerald Mountain School. For more information and to enroll, contact Cindy Ruzicka at

Steamboat seeks bids for 9th Street bridge refurbishment

The city of Steamboat Springs will accept bids for the construction of the Ninth Street pedestrian bridge through 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at P.O. Box 775088, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, attn.. Shelly St. Pierre, or at 137 10th Street.

The work consists of replacing timber decking, replacing timber railing, prep and painting of steel structure and joint sealing.

The purchasing division will maintain a planholder list.

A voluntary pre-bid site visit will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 on site.

The city reserves the right to reject any or all bids and proposals. Bid documents are available at

Local board of education to meet 5:30 p.m. Monday

Steamboat Springs Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at the District Office, 325 Seventh Street.

The agenda and packet are available at A link is also available on the district website at

E.O. Wilson documentary to screen at local library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of the new, award-winning documentary “E.O. Wilson — Of Ants and Men” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 in Library Hall. The film won Best Cinematography at this year’s Mountainfilm Film Festival and both Conservation Hero and Best Writing awards at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

“E.O. Wilson — Of Ants and Men” is about the life and extraordinary scientific odyssey of one of America’s greatest living thinkers, E.O. Wilson. It is an exciting journey of ideas, but also an endearing portrait of a remarkable man, often dubbed “a Darwin for the modern day.”

Starting with his unusual childhood in Alabama, it chronicles the lifelong love for the natural world that led him to Harvard and the studies that would establish him as the world’s foremost authority on ants. But that was only the beginning. His discovery of ant pheromones in the 1960s led him to begin thinking about systems of communication in nature on a much grander scale.

He was one of the first to start thinking about ecosystems, still a revolutionary concept at the time, and the ways different species fit together inside them.

His book, “Island Biogeography” and the word “biodiversity,” which he coined in the 1980s, have since become the cornerstones of conservation biology. This would have been enough for most scientific careers, but there was so much more to come. Visit for more information.

Bestselling author Eleanor Brown to visit library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with novelist Eleanor Brown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 in Library Hall. Brown will speak about her new book “The Light of Paris,” a dual tale about the critical importance of living a meaningful, authentic life.

Brown burst onto the literary scene with her New York Times No. 1 bestselling novel, “The Weird Sisters.” Now, with “The Light of Paris,” she returns with a story loosely based on her grandmother’s true adventures in Jazz Age Paris, including her romantic liaison with a dashing French artist and her fiery defiance of her disapproving parents — something quite extraordinary among nice young ladies in 1924.

The story also focuses on a promising 34-year-old artist who has ceded her creative life — her entire life, in fact — to a controlling, dispassionate spouse, only to struggle to find the courage to reclaim it.

Brown is a Colorado-based author who teaches writing workshops at The Writers’ Table in Highlands Ranch and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, as well as writing conferences and centers nationwide.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Visit for information.

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