Steamboat briefs: Kids’ Dance Party benefits free Children’s Book Feast |

Steamboat briefs: Kids’ Dance Party benefits free Children’s Book Feast

Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting a Kids’ Dance Party on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in Library Hall. The event will include a baked goods table, raffle drawing and costume contest. Children are invited to dress up like their favorite book character for contest. Rocking dance music for all ages will be provided by DJ Gato Bueno from Rock the Boat Entertainment. Children 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To attend, there is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Event proceeds will benefit the Children’s Book Feast, a completely free literary arts extravaganza for all ages to be held May 9 at the library and Depot Art Center.

Registration for Teens On Tour program now open

Registration is underway for the Teens on Tour program, which is open to middle school-age teens. This program is an overnight trip to Denver on Monday and March 13. Kids will stay at Staybridge Suites in the Cherry Creek area, go shopping at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, play laser tag at Laser Quest and enjoy go-carts, putt-putt golf and bumper boats at the Boondocks Fun Center. The cost is $135 per person, which includes transportation, hotel, all activities and a majority of the meals. For more program information, dates and to register, visit and click on Middle School Programs.

Nominations sought for Centennial Farms Award

History Colorado invites families who have owned and operated their Colorado farm or ranch for 100 years or more to nominate their property for the 2015 Colorado Centennial Farms Award. Farms and ranches that qualify will be honored at the 29th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo in August.

Farmers and ranchers nominating their property for this award must submit an application providing information about the history of their farm and its buildings by close of business April 30.

Nominees must meet the following requirements to be selected as a Colorado Centennial Farm:

■ Farming or ranching properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years

■ Each property must still operate as a working farm or ranch­­­

■ Farms or ranches must have a minimum of 160 acres

■ Properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales

History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms Program in 1986 to recognize the important role that agriculture has played in the state’s history and economic development.

To submit a nomination, download the application at and mail it to: History Colorado State Historical Fund, Colorado Centennial Farms Program c/o Michelle Pearson, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203.

Poetry-inspired exhibit of photography now open

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents “Lines & Light: Poetry through Photographs,” a photography exhibit, on the second floor of the library, located in the nook next to the reference desk. This creative collaboration uses poetry to draw inspiration and create a visual interpretation through photography by members of the Steamboat Photography Group. The exhibit opened Tuesday and will remain at the library throughout April to coincide with National Poetry Month. Featured artists are Dave Labossiere, Karen Pharris and Lynne Garell.

Documentary screens for free on Tuesday at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Elkstone Farm, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampatika will present a free screening of the new documentary film “Seeds of Time” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall. The film, which is still on the film festival circuit, follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler’s global journey to save the eroding foundation of the food supply in a new era of climate change. As the world’s gene banks crumble, crops fail, starvation inspires rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change affect farmers, he finds that a perfect storm is brewing. Fowler’s journey from Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, reveals what may be the key to saving the one resource no one can live without — seeds. Visit for more information.

Foundation now accepting scholarship applications

Yampa Valley Community Foundation announces the opening of the 2015 scholarship program for Routt and Moffat high school students. Interested high school seniors visit to learn more about a number of available scholarships, which each have specific criteria. Online applications and essays are due no later than 8 p.m. April 8. Scholarship recipients will be announced at local awards nights and graduation ceremonies. Contact Susan Petersen at or 970-879-8632 with questions.

Organization seeking donations for event

Steamboat Moms is now accepting donations for the group’s spring clothing swap and exchange. Official drop-off will be April 3 at the Steamboat Grand. Items being accepted include boys and girls clothing for any age, baby gear, shoes and maternity wear. Clothes must must be stain free and in decent condition. Those who cannot make the drop-off should call Lori Biagi at 970-846-5833.

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