Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek historic tours slated for holiday weekend |

Steamboat briefs: Oak Creek historic tours slated for holiday weekend

The Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg is hosting several historic tours today. Tours will leave from the Tracks & Trails Museum, 129 E. Main in Oak Creek.

The first tour will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed to the Foidel School and back with area history shared by Linda Long. The tour will be approximately two hours long. The second tour of historic roadside mines will be offered twice, at noon and 2 p.m. today. This tour by Paul Bonnifield is approximately one hour and will feature the mine areas along Colorado Highway 131 from the early 1900s to 1950s.

The tours are free, however donations are welcome. For questions or to RSVP, call the museum and leave a message at 970-736-8245.

Register for Clases de Inglés courses by Tuesday

The last night to register at Colorado Mountain College for Clases de Inglés for all English language learners is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 in room 146 of Bristol Hall. Participants are encouraged to bring their school-aged children for School Readiness with Comunidad Integrada. The cost is $40 plus a $10 book fee. Call Jen at 970-846 2076 or Justin at 970-846-1255 for more information.

Local writer wins authors association EVVY award

Local author Jane Stein received the first-place prize for juvenile non-fiction from the Colorado Independent Authors Association EVVY Awards for her children’s book “Dear Class: Traveling Around the World with Mrs. J.”

The book also received a third-place award in the interior design/layout category. The layout and design was done by the Washington, D.C.-based firm designMind/Marianne Michalakis.

Written for 8 to 12-year-olds, “Dear Class” is the story of a globe-trotting teacher who visits more than a dozen countries and writes to her class about her adventures. Each chapter is a letter that covers one or more countries. In addition, there are sidebars with historical as well as current information, fun facts, websites to visit and a country-related activity such as a word search.

In a review in the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Susan Krall, co-owner of Off the Beaten Path bookstore, wrote, “The unique quality of the book is the rich detail included about each of Mrs. J’s stops. Each page is richly illustrated with watercolors from Pamela A. Duckworth, another local talent.”

Midwest Book Review notes that the book is “ideal for encouraging young people to learn more about other nations and cultures.” 

Visit for more information about Stein’s book.

Steamboat Kiwanis Club seeks new membership

Steamboat Springs’ Kiwanis Club is looking for new members who would be interested in providing service to the community as well as attending weekly meetings on Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Annual dues are $125. Kiwanis was chartered in 1948 and is Steamboat’s oldest service club. For more information, call Bud at 970-879-0064 or Johanna at 970-879-0211.

Hepatitis vaccines offered though nurse association

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C.

Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood.

Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase Hepatitis risk. Hepatitis A and B and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, which are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. They are also available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632.

LIFT-UP needs supplies for local food bank distribution

LIFT-UP of Routt County is in need of personal items for its food bank. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, dish and laundry soap and razors are currently in short supply. Donations can be dropped off at the LIFT-UP offices, 2125 Curve Court.

Volunteers needed at Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assisting in special events or working 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 openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from across the country and world.

Those interested in volunteering may call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email

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