Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 7K visitors Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 7K visitors Saturday

About 7,900 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 55 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 50 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 70 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 52 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 6,600 visitors by Wednesday.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Paper Steamboat Chamber and Resort bucks expire in fall

The new Steamboat Chamber and Resort Association gift card debuted on Oct. 14, 2016, and the Chamber has continued to accept the paper bucks since the inception of the new card. The paper bucks program will close Oct. 31.

The Chamber is asking community members to spend their paper bucks as soon as possible. The paper bucks have a one-year expiration date from the date of purchase, which is printed on the front of them, and expired paper bucks will no longer be accepted. 

Rotary Peace Pavilion pavers available for purchase

The Rotary Peace Pavilion was built three years ago by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, and residents and visitors frequently stop by this peaceful setting along the Yampa River Core Trail and read the nearly 200 personalized pavers, which are displayed on the pavilion floor.

For a limited time, additional recognition pavers are available for purchase through the local Rotary Club. Pavers range from $250 to $2,500.   

Anyone who would like to create a lasting community legacy by purchasing a paver should contact peacepav Paver orders must be received by Sept. 1. 

Local concert celebrates album “Home” release set for Tuesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an album release party and live concert with Tera Johnson, accompanied by Neil Marchman, keeping the beats fresh for the audience to mark this special night celebrating the release of Johnson’s new album, “Home.” The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 in Library Hall, and the evening will include social time, refreshments and CDs for sale and artist signing.

Known for her soul sounds, phrasing and scatting in the jazz and blues world, Johnson has evolved into a genre of music she calls folky soul. With reflective lyrics, her voice brings out a deep, moving spirit — nearly unbelievable coming from a woman of her small but mighty stature.

Inspired by artists such as Ani Difranco, Tracy Chapman and Susan Tedeschi, among others, Johnson evokes traits from each. Born and raised in Central Illinois with a rich history in music and poetry, Johnson has continued to hone her craft. Graduating from the acclaimed contemporary Berklee College of Music, she has since spent more than a decade contemplating the fibers of her musical fabric. Now residing in Steamboat Springs, she has unlocked her inner sound and is ready to share it with the world.

Donations to the artists for this community concert will be gratefully accepted at the door. Visit for more information.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival registration open until Wednesday

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival happens Labor Day Weekend this year, from Thursday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 3. A few events require advance registration, due to limited space. A few openings remain for guided crane viewings with experts via a shuttle; guided bird walks; the wine, cheese and crane art gallery show; a nature writing workshop; a wildlife photography workshop; family activity night at a Hayden ranch; and two owl pellet workshops.

Registration for the 2017 Yampa Valley Crane Festival closes Wednesday, Aug. 30.  For the complete festival schedule and to register, visit colorado  Most festival events, including all speakers and films, are free and do not require registration. Email or call 970-276-1933 for more information.

Yoga in the Botanic Park extended until end of August

Yoga in the Botanic Park will offer two bonus classes, from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 31. Classes are offered by donation, which supports the park. Bring a mat or towel and water. Sweet snacks will be offered after class as a thank you for supporting the park. Call or text Patty at 970-846-5608 for more information.

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