Steamboat briefs: Library book clubs open to kids 5th through 7th grade
Sign-up is now open for the Bud Werner Library’s November Book Clubs — It’s a Girl Thing and Guys Read — for kids in fifth through seventh grades and an adult partner. The free book discussion groups meet once per month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, from October through April in the teen project room.
Next month, the Guys Read is “Jinx,” by Sage Blackwood. The group will meet Nov. 11.
The It’s a Girl Thing read is “The False Prince,” by Jennifer Nielsen. The group will meet Nov. 18.
Led by a member of the youth services staff, the hour of fun includes hands-on activities, lively book discussion and related media. To register, visit steamboatlibrary.org/services/kids/storytimes-programs, stop by the Kids’ Desk at the library or call 970-879-0240, ext. 313. Space is limited to 10 kid/adult pairs per meeting.
Halloween Stroll scheduled for Saturday downtown
Main Street Steamboat will be hosting the annual Halloween Stroll from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue. Everyone is invited to dress up in costume and bring the kids trick or treating from Fifth to 10th streets. Call Lisa Popovich at 970-367-7060 for more information.
Treats for the Troops now collects Halloween candy
In cooperation with Operation Gratitude, Wells Fargo Advisors is collecting, unopened Halloween candy to share with the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Local children can show their support for U.S. troops by dropping off candy Monday, Nov. 2 through Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the Wells Fargo Advisors office at the downtown Steamboat Springs Wells Fargo branch on Third Street and Lincoln Ave.
November creative writing sessions hosted for students
In recognition of National Novel Writing, nanowrimo.org, the Bud Werner Library is hosting creative writing sessions for students.
Drop-in creative writing sessions will be held Monday evenings in November for children in 2nd through 5th grade. The hourlong sessions of wild writing dares, hosted by Sarah Kostin, children’s librarian, will begin at 5:30 p.m. No sign-up is necessary.
In addition, writers in 6th through 12th grade are invited to a two-session creative writing workshop to be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. The workshop will be hosted by local author Dagny McKinley and is limited to 15 writers.
Both classes will be held in the library’s teen project room. For more information, or to sign up, visit steamboatlibrary.org/services/kids/storytimeprograms. Signups are also available at the Kid’s Desk.
BLM seeks input, public comment for travel planning
The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public input on route inventory for its Little Snake Field Office, Travel Management Area 1, which includes parts of Hiwatha, Vermillion Basin, Sandwash and the Little Bears Ears areas near Craig. The BLM Little Snake Field Office will accept public comments on route inventory through Nov. 15.
“Public comment is critical in developing a comprehensive inventory of all the routes currently existing on public lands managed by the Little Snake Field Office,” said Dario Archuleta, BLM outdoor recreation planner with the Little Snake Field Office, in a news release.
A total of 59 detailed maps are available for public comment. The public can access the maps at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson Street in Craig, or online at blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/lsfo/plans/traveltransportation.html.
Written comments should be directed to Archuleta, 455 Emerson Street, Craig, CO 81625.
Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice per week
Parkinson’s exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley — pwr4life.org — and Gary Sobol — who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network: parkinsonsnetwork.org — to address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness.
Class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.
Classes are free. For more information, call Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or Eva Gibbons at 970-846-9887, or email email@example.com.
Local Questers chapter now seeks new members
The Steamboat Springs Questers Chapter is seeking several new members. Founded in 1975, Steamboat Questers is a group of women who support historic preservation and appreciate antiques and collectibles. The chapter currently has a membership of 15 and hopes to expand.
Questers is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, conservation and preservation of historical objects for the benefit of today and tomorrow. The Steamboat chapter has supported numerous Routt County historic preservation projects through contributions and grants. It has also donated to statewide preservation endeavors and national scholarship funds.
The chapter holds morning meetings nine times per year on the second Tuesday. Members pay annual dues of $30. Every two years, each member is required to host a meeting and present an educational program.
Call Christine McKelvie at 970-879-2854 for more information.
Area museum displays artist’s photo retrospective
The Museum of Northwest Colorado is now exhibiting a 50-plus year photography retrospective by longtime regional photographer Rod Hanna. The exhibit will be open through Nov. 9.
Hanna moved to Steamboat Springs from Kansas City in 1975 after 13 years as an award-winning photojournalist and sports photography specialist. He then began a 25-year career marketing the Steamboat Ski Resort. During that time, he also served 10 years as official photographer for the Denver Broncos.
His interest turned to nature landscape and fine art photography. His photographs have appeared in a number of books by the National Football League and in a variety of national publications, including People, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and Travel & Leisure.
Hanna is currently represented by Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs for his landscape photography and USA Today Sports Images for his legacy NFL photographs. In November 2007 he published his first book of his landscape photographs, “Seasons of Light, Impressions of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley,” and in 2010, his second book, “Seasons of Gold,” portraying autumn on Colorado’s Western Slope.
In 1984, he started and directed a workshop in Steamboat Springs called “Photography at the Summit” that ran for eight years and now is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His work can also be seen at rodhanna.com.
USFS accepting natural resource project proposals
Proposals seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Medicine Bow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee are due Friday Oct. 30.
Projects that enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality will be considered for funding. This includes lands on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests and other near-by lands in Albany and Carbon counties in Wyoming, as well as Jackson, Rio Blanco and Routt counties in Colorado.
Counties obtain finances through Title II funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which was reauthorized by Congress in April for two years. In Routt County, there are $33,913.90 available in Title II funds.
Should the RAC receive a large number of quality project proposals, there is the possibility it could consider recommending allocation of funds for multiple years at the next committee meeting.
The RAC works closely with the U.S. Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources, maintain roads, trails, and other infrastructure or control noxious weeds.
The Forest Service is accepting applications on behalf of the RAC. Call RAC coordinator Aaron Voss at 307-745-2323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to obtain project proposal forms.
Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. Project proposals not approved previously may be resubmitted.
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