Steamboat briefs: ‘Jaguar’s Children’ author makes stop in Steamboat |

Steamboat briefs: ‘Jaguar’s Children’ author makes stop in Steamboat

Award-winning, international bestselling author John Vaillant will make an appearance at Off the Beaten Path bookstore at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss his novel, “The Jaguar’s Children, which focuses on individual experiences from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Told with incredible detail and suspense, “The Jaguar’s Children” unwinds a survival story that takes issues of global importance and makes them immediate, urgent and undeniably human. Vaillant’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic, National Geographic and Outside, among other magazines. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Local sixth-grader’s art used for carnival posters

Steamboat Springs sixth-grader Ryley Seibel was selected as the winning artist in the poster design contest for the annual Spring into Summer Carnival fundraiser. Seibel’s colored pencil design became the background of the event poster, which is distributed throughout Routt County.

Students were invited to submit their artwork to the middle school art teacher, then the entries were judged by Parent Information Committee members and school staff. The annual Spring into Summer Carnival rolls into Steamboat and takes over the Meadows parking lot Thursday through Sunday. Discounted unlimited rides advance tickets are on sale at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, All That and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore for $20. Call 310-507-4361 for more information.

Radio program to feature music from area concerts

WWFM 91.1 will be airing “Live From Steamboat” at 10 a.m. Friday, featuring classical music from Strings Music Festival concerts as part of the radio station’s “Celebrating Our Musical Community” program hosted by Diane Guvenis.

The broadcast presents a piano concert by Vadym Kholodenko, the gold medal winner of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano competition. Kolodenko will perform crowd-pleasing, keyboard-spanning virtuosic pieces from Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov.

Strings Music Festival concerts are brought to Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley with the cooperation of the WWFM team in Trenton, New Jersey, Strings Music Festival and West Slope FM. “Live From Steamboat” is only aired at 10 a.m. the last Friday of the month.

VNA holds divorce support group meetings Tuesdays

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a support group for adults coping with divorce from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road. Meetings focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting. Call Adrienne Hearne at 512-630-1373 for more information.

Cadet program open to boys, girls ages 12 to 18

Civil Air Patrol is accepting applications from boys and girls ages 12 to 18 for its cadet program, which centers around aviation, aerospace technology, leadership, fitness and character.

Go to the Steamboat Springs Airport from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday or attend one of the events held the second Tuesday of the month at Heritage Christian School. For more information, call 303-524-5964.

Club’s meetings now held second, fourth Wednesdays

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club now meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at The Egg & I restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The group is one of Steamboat’s oldest civic organizations, chartered in 1923. Meetings are open to members as well as those who are interested in learning more about the Lions Club.

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club is made up of civic-minded men and women of all ages who identify needs within the Steamboat Springs community and work to fulfill them.

Throughout the years, the group plans or participates in numerous events and programs. It collects eyeglasses for those in need throughout the world and provides free vision screening for youths in Routt County schools and at health fairs. It supports United Way Day of Caring and the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. It provides scholarships for high school seniors and funding for local youth groups such as Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Highlight events include its annual Thanksgiving turkey drive, highway cleanup days, participation in the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. The club’s largest fundraiser is its annual Christmas tree sale in November and December.

For more information on joining, call Theo at 970-879-4889. For general information on the club, visit or find the club on Facebook at

Museum seeks volunteers to staff its front desk

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact the museum’s volunteer coordinator at 970-879-2214 or for more information.

Registration now open for learn-to-skate program

Howelsen Ice Arena’s summer Learn to Skate registration is open. Two four-week sessions are offered at reduced costs, and there are new mix-and-match class dates with a five-class punch card good for the entire summer. Classes begin June 16 and are held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn to ice skate and initiation to hockey classes are open to children ages 3 1/2 and older. Visit for more information.

Design committee needs volunteers for projects

The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Design Committee is looking for volunteers. The committee focuses on how downtown Steamboat looks and functions.

Some of the projects the committee has completed included the downtown bus shelters; adopting Eagle Scout Park for cleanup, plantings and ongoing maintenance; assisting with the design and execution of the streetscape plan on Lincoln Avenue; and flower baskets. Upcoming projects will include the Yampa Street revitalization and advocacy for sidewalks on Oak Street. The committee meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 for more information or to sign up for a meeting reminder email list.

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