Steamboat briefs: Local children’s book club to host final session of year |

Steamboat briefs: Local children’s book club to host final session of year

Sign up is open for the final meeting of the year for the Bud Werner Library's Children's free book club, It's a Girl Thing, for children in fifth through seventh grades with an adult partner.

The group will discuss the book "Because of Mr. Terupt," by Rob Buyea, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

Register online or at the Kids' Desk, or call 970-879-0240, ext. 313. Space is limited to 10 kid/adult pairs, and each pair can pick up their free copy of the book to borrow and share at the Kids' Desk.

For more information, visit

DitchFest extends deadline for arts, music scholarships

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DitchFest Arts & Music Festival has extended the application deadline for its annual arts and music scholarships to May 25.

Each year, DitchFest offers a scholarship to at least one local graduating high school senior who intends to pursue a higher education path and career in the arts or music.

The scholarship is meant to recognize and reward students with innovative new ideas in the realm of art and/or music, and applicants are encouraged to showcase their strongest, most unique work.

Scholarship winners will be featured on the DitchFest website and given the opportunity to perform their pieces at the following year's festival. Winners will be notified by June 25.

For more information on how to apply and to download an application, visit

Tipton invites students to academy information day

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., invites all Western Slope students to attend a United States Service Academy Information Day with representatives from his staff, as well as from the offices of U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet.

The information day is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Colorado Mesa University's Moss Performing Arts Center in the Love Recital Hall, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction.

Interested students who meet the minimum service academy eligibility requirements — which can be found at

emy-nominations-faq — are invited to apply for nomination to serve at one of the U.S. military academies.

The information day event will serve to instruct students about the nomination process and offer details about each service academy available to nominees, including the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, New York.

Tipton nominated 25 students from the Third Congressional District to U.S. service academies for 2016. His office uses a merit-based competitive process to ensure the best-qualified individuals are given the opportunity to attend.

Students were required to submit an essay, test scores, an application, letters of recommendation and transcripts and complete an in-person interview before a panel.

For more information about this year's nominating process, email Brian McCain at or call 719-542-1073.

The deadline for applications to Tipton's office is Oct. 7.

April Stools Day cleanup set to begin at noon Saturday

The city of Steamboat Springs is asking residents to pitch in and help clean the city's parks and trails of dog excrement and trash as the city celebrates its annual April Stools Day event.

The crew from Pet Kare Clinic is again hosting a spring clean-up day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, to pick up dog excrement and trash at popular city parks and trails.

Volunteers should plan on meeting at Pet Kare Clinic (102 Anglers Drive) at noon and bring gloves and a poop scooper, if possible.

In the event of inclement weather, call Pet Kare Clinic at 970-879-5273 before coming.

First Impressions slated to host 5-week parenting class

First Impressions of Routt County will present a five-week class titled "Your Child's Emotional World: What is He Feeling, How can I Connect with Her and What About Those Tantrums?" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 5 through June 2, at the Soda Creek Elementary School Library.

The class, presented by Barbara Gueldner, Ph.D., M.S.E. and licensed psychologist, is for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 12 years old and will focus on the following areas.

■ Information on child development — what to expect.

■ Ways of building a child's emotional vocabulary to promote social, emotional and academic competence.

■ Understanding parenting styles and why the "emotion coaching" style works best.

■ Information on the upstairs, downstairs, left and right portions of the brain.

■ Specific strategies for responding to a child who is going through an emotional meltdown.

■ Exploration of ways to connect with children while still setting limits on behavior.

■ Integration of skills to increase children's resilience.

The class is designed to help parents and caregivers with skill building and is not intended to provide mental health services, including problems of an acute or serious nature.

Cost is $125 per person or $225 per couple, and space is limited. Scholarships are available.

To reserve a spot, call 970-870-5270, or email by May 4 with the number of adults and children who will be attending.

Steamboat Art Museum in need of local volunteers

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assist in special events or work in the museum's store.

Shifts are 3 1/2 hours, one day per week, Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer and winter exhibits.

Perks include getting to enjoy the fabulous art exhibits, meeting exhibiting artists at exhibit openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from across the country and world.

Those interested, can call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email