Steamboat briefs: Lower Knoll lot will be closed to public Saturdays
The lower Knoll Parking Lot at Steamboat Ski Area will serve as a drop-off and pick-up area for participants in the resort’s Trail Busters and Mini Busters children’s ski and snowboard programs Saturdays. The lot will be closed to public parking all day Saturdays through March 4, 2017. Additional free parking is available in the Upper Knoll Lot and Meadows Parking Lot, and paid parking is available at Gondola Square and Torian Plum Plaza.
Drop-in flu clinic set at Yampa Valley Bank Friday
Northwest Colorado Health is holding a drop-in flu clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Bank, 600 South Lincoln Ave. Flu shots will be available for adults and children. Costs vary. Participants should bring Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+, or Child Health Plan Plus, or other insurance card. Low-cost options are available to individuals who do not have insurance.
Cash and checks will be accepted. Flu shots also are available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632 for more information.
Yampa Valley Gives Rally begins at 11 a.m. Friday
Yampa Valley Gives will host a rally from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Friday on the Historic Routt County Courthouse lawn. The purpose of the event is to get people excited for the day of giving Tuesday, Dec. 6. The rally will begin with a welcome speech by Glen Traylor at 11 a.m. followed by additional remarks from Mark Andersen, with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. There also will be a drawing for a nonprofit prize. The event is open to the community.
Sunday’s tree auction to benefits local groups
The annual Hayden Christmas tree auction will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
The auction will feature decorated wreaths, trees and centerpieces — all created by local youth groups and service organizations, such as the Girl Scouts, various school groups, 4-H Groups, Love Inc. and the Routt County Cattlewomen. When handcrafted items are purchased, 100 percent of the sale proceeds go to those organizations. Call Lori Laird at 970-846-0782 for more information or to place an absentee bid.
Help choose 104th Winter Carnival button winner
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is asking for help choosing the art-work for its 104th annual Winter Carnival button online. In February, the winning button design will represent this year’s carnival theme, “Take Me To The Mountains,” and will be showcased on posters, websites and in digital/print publications.
The top three buttons determined by popular votes will be selected as finalists along with the top three buttons judged for artistic quality by a juried committee. The final button will be picked by the Winter Sports Club.
Vote online at wintercarnivalbuttonart.com.
Collections accepted for Holiday Exchange Market
Routt County United Way has launched its annual toy, food and winter clothing drive for its Holiday Exchange Market and is collecting toys, winter clothing and boots, $25 grocery store gift cards and more.
To learn more about what’s needed and to sign up to donate items, visit routtcountyunitedway.org or visit one of our mitten boards, where paper mittens designating an item you can shop for are located. Take one half the mitten and return the other half in the provided envelope. Buy your gift and return in the holiday big box next to the mitten board. All $25 gift cards should be returned to the United Way office at Fifth and Oak streets.
Mitten boards are located at Alpine Bank; Yampa Valley Bank; Wells Fargo; Mountain Valley Bank; Vectra Bank; Bank of the West; Centennial Bank; Bank of the San Juans; Clark Store; Yampa Valley Medical Center; Hayden Mercantile; Starbucks; Colorado Group Realty; Select Super in Oak Creek; the Oak Creek Post Office; and the Routt County United Way Office.
Mountain film to make annual return to library
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents the return of Mountainfilm On Tour at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Library Hall. The traveling film festival features films that are hand-selected from the finalists at Mountainfilm in Telluride, with themes of adventure, mountaineering, remarkable personalities and important environmental and social messages.
A $10 ticket, available only at the door, helps support this outstanding film festival’s ongoing visit to Steamboat Springs and the library, and includes free pop-corn and lemonade. The festival runs about 2.5 hours, including a brief intermission.
Local recycling options for hard-to-recycle items
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council offers free collection boxes at several locations throughout the community for small electronics only. Boxes are located at the Steamboat Springs middle and high schools, the Wells Fargo bank lobby and at YVSC’s office at 141 Ninth St.
Items accepted must be tablet-size or smaller and are limited to tablets, cell phones, cell phone batteries, charging cords, MP3 players, digital cameras and ink jet and laser printer cartridges.
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