Steamboat briefs: Opera Steamboat set to host 4 performances this week |

Steamboat briefs: Opera Steamboat set to host 4 performances this week

Opera Steamboat (formerly Emerald City Opera) is hosting the Opera Colorado Young Artists in Routt County Wednesday, March 22 through Friday, March 24, including performances of “The Barber of Seville” and “The Elixir of Love” in Hayden, South Routt and Steamboat Springs school districts. The week of events will end with an Arias and Ensembles concert at Bud Werner Memorial Library at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24.

The productions will be semi-staged, costumed shows for children of all ages and will commence with a Q&A session. This opportunity will be the first time many students and teachers have ever seen an opera production.

Faculty has been preparing for the production with study guides introducing them to the world of opera and stories behind the productions.

Productions are as follows.

■ “The Barber of Seville” — 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Soroco Middle and High schools.

■ “The Elixer of Love” — 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Hayden High School.

■ “The Elixer of Love” — 9 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

■ “Arias and Ensembles concert — 7 p.m. Friday, March 24 at Bud Werner Memorial Library Library Hall.

Documentary takes a fresh look at farming in America

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and the Community Agriculture Alliance present a free screening of the documentary “At the Fork” with discussion about food production at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave. This is a free community film in honor of Ag Appreciation Week.

Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, with his vegetarian wife, Lisa Versaci, offer a timely and unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers — real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food. Visit for more information.

Chief Players to present ‘It’s Only Murder’ starting Friday

The Chief Players will present “It’s Only Murder,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25, March 31 and April 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for all performances, and the show includes some adult content and language.

In partnership with Steamboat Springs High School’s upcoming production of “Grease,” the Chief Players are also offering a discount to those who wish to attend both productions.

Those who purchase tickets to either “It’s Only Murder” or “Grease” at All That will receive $5 off a ticket the other show.

YVMC seeks volunteers for several hospital programs

Yampa Valley Medical Center is seeking caring people to join its volunteer team.  YVMC has openings in the following programs: cookie cart, day surgery, front desk at the Outpatient Pavilion and the music program. 

Those interested in volunteering or learning about other volunteer opportunities at YVMC as asked to contact 870-1146 or

Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups offered in Steamboat

The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors free caregiver information and support groups in Steamboat Springs for those caring for someone with dementia, whether 24/7 or long distance.

A spouse caregiver group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, and a family, friend and caregiver group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.

Both meetings are held at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road.

These groups offer caregivers the opportunity to gather with others facing similar challenges in a safe, confidential setting. Benefits include finding community resources, understanding challenging behavior, sharing strategies and giving and receiving encouragement. Call 970-879-8942 for more information.

Yampa Valley Singers seek new members to join group

All singers are invited to join the Yampa Valley Singers as they rehearse from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Methodist Church, Eighth and Oak streets.

Tenor and bass singers are especially needed in this community choral group as they prepare for concerts to be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7. The concerts will be presented by the Yampa Valley Choral Society, combining Yampa Valley Singers and Steamboat Chamber Singers. Contact Ruth McClelland at 970-879-2641 for more information and to register with a $35 fee.

Bands, musicians sought for upcoming Yampapalooza III

Bands and solo artists are needed for a daylong celebration of local talent.

The Yampapalooza III event will be held Saturday, May 6 at the Old Town Pub & Restaurant in Steamboat Springs. Email for more information.

Community invited to free health inequity presentation

The community is invited to a discussion about inequities in health services for people with disabilities who also face challenges related to race, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The free event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Bud Werner Memorial Library In Steamboat Springs.

The event will feature a recorded presentation by Lydia X. Z. Brown, past president of TASH New England, chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and a board member of the Autism Women’s Network. A facilitated discussion will follow.

Northwest Colorado Health is hosting the presentation in partnership with the Colorado Trust. A light dinner will be provided. Learn more at

Call 970-871-7634 for more information or to request child care or Spanish translation services.

Children’s author will host drawing workshops for kids

The Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting two drawing workshops for kids with award-winning author and illustrator, Matt Phelan, on Thursday, March 23 in the Storytime Room.

The Pictures & Stories Workshop is from 4 to 5 p.m. for kids age 5 to 9. The Comics 101 Workshop is from 6 to 7 p.m. for kids age 10 to 15.

Both workshops are limited to 30 kids each. Sign up at the Children’s Desk or online. Off the Beaten Path will be selling books at the event, and Phelan will be on hand to sign copies in between the workshops. 

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