Steamboat briefs: NYT bestselling author Maria Semple visits library |

Steamboat briefs: NYT bestselling author Maria Semple visits library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with bestselling author Maria Semple at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Library Hall. Semple will speak about “Today Will Be Different,” a brilliant new novel from the author of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” “Today Will Be Different” tells about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, who is forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future. It is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood and how, sometimes, it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living. The free community talk includes a book sale and author signing. Visit for more information.

Steamboat Springs School Board of Education meets

Steamboat Schools Board of Education hosts a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the District Office, 325 Seventh Street. The link to the agenda and packet is available on the district website at

Cocktails with Council set for Tuesday at Carl’s

Steamboat Springs City Council members will host Cocktails with Council from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Carl’s Tavern, 700 Yampa St. The event, which is open to the community, takes place every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Documentary film about Audubon screens at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition present a free screening of the new documentary film “Audubon: John James Audubon and the Birds of America” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Library Hall.

Audubon’s passion for birds carried him across a continental wilderness to observe them in their natural habitat, and his skills as an artist and observer immortalized them and their environment to remind and inspire us two centuries later. A singular visionary in frontier America, Audubon was a godfather of Monday’s conservation movement, and this film is the story of a rare man and the wild creatures he loved.

Audubon’s obsession cost him and his family dearly, but his work influenced every generation of nature lover that came after him, from Thoreau to Teddy Roosevelt, and has helped to preserve a small portion of the wild lands he explored and documented. His legacy is as timeless and vital as his art, and this film is an effort to appreciate him. Visit for more information.

Sign up to ring the bells this holiday season

Routt County United Way is seeking bell ringers to help raise money for local health and human service programs. The bell ringing will start on Black Friday and run through Christmas Eve, and it’s a great way for civic groups or businesses to perform community service. 

Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following days to ring bells outside City Market and Safeway: Nov. 25, 26 and 27 and Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

All donations raised through bell ringing stay in Routt County. To sign up to ring bells, visit, or email, or call 970-879-5605 for more information.

Food donations needed for community Thanksgiving

Routt County United Way will hosts its free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The success of the event depends on food donations, and those who are able to donate a dish or two are invited to sign up at Last year’s community dinner fed 812 people and was supported by 154 volunteers and 134 food donations. Mountain Valley Bank is sponsoring this year’s event.

Routt United Way seeks donations for holidays

Donations are needed for Routt County United Way’s Holiday Exchange Market, which assists struggling individuals and families in Routt County during the holiday season. United Way is seeking donations of new winter boots, socks, gloves and coats for adults and children, $25 grocery cards, toys for children ages 1 to 14, $25 gift cards for teenagers and donations to United Way. Visit to sign up for donation items.

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