Steamboat briefs: Primal Birthing to be offered at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 13
Primal Birthing: The Art of Childbirth, an intense two-day childbirth and breast-feeding education class, is being offered from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. Tera Johnson-Swartz will lead this class that will explore the philosophy and importance of giving birth naturally, that will help reignite a woman’s innate power and wisdom to do so without intervention.
This class is interactive and realistic, providing both an academic and emotional preparation for birth. The classes will be held in the small meeting room at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The cost per couple is $125, and the deadline to sign up is Nov. 30. Call 970-819-0728 or email email@example.com for more information.
New placards to be unveiled at ribbon cutting ceremony
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil new Catch the Drift educational placards will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Rotary Park, 1600 Mount Werner Road. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone who loves the Yampa River is encouraged to attend.
Routt County Fair Advisory Board has open seat
The Routt County Fair Advisory Board has open at-large position and is now accepting letters of interest from interested persons who are county residents. The board is made up of nine volunteers appointed by the Routt County Board of Commissioners. The fair advisory board is a working board and also oversees the planning, preparation and production of the annual Routt County Fair, makes recommendations to the Routt County Commission regarding the annual fair operating budget, capital improvements and the prioritization of improvements at the fairgrounds and updates to the fairgrounds master plan.
The board meets at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at alternating locations throughout Routt County. Letters of interest may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 970-276-1023 or mailed to P.O. Box 1000, Hayden, CO 81639.
Letters must be received no later than noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Applicants must be residents of Routt County. Call 970-276-3068 or email email@example.com for more information.
Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered
Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online visit routthumane.org.
VNA reminds readers to be safe on ATVs across county
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents to take precautions on ATVs. Of all ATV-related deaths, 92 percent are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. The VNA and the ATV Safety Institute remind residents to follow the golden rules for ATV safety:
■ Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
■ Never ride on public roads.
■ Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
■ Ride an ATV appropriate for your age and readiness.
■ Supervise riders younger than 16.
■ Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
For a young rider readiness checklist and other safety tips, visit atvsafety.org/youngriders.aspx.
Questers chapter in search of new members in town
The Steamboat Springs Questers Chapter is seeking several new members. Founded in 1975, Steamboat Questers is a group of women who support historic preservation and appreciate antiques and collectibles. The chapter currently has a membership of 15 and hopes to expand.
Questers is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, conservation and preservation of historical objects for the benefit of today and tomorrow. The Steamboat chapter has supported numerous Routt County historic preservation projects through contributions and grants. It has also donated to statewide preservation endeavors and national scholarship funds.
The Steamboat chapter holds morning meetings nine times per year on the second Tuesday. Members pay annual dues of $30. Every two years, each member is required to host a meeting and present an educational program.
Call Christine McKelvie at 970-879-2854 for more information.
VNA offers tips to help avoid foodborne illnesses
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is advising precautions to avoid foodborne illness, particularly through the summer and fall.
Each year, one in six Americans are sickened from consuming foods or beverages con-taminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. The VNA recommends the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting foodborne illness.
■ Always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food.
■ Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.
■ Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.
■ Refrigerate leftovers that won’t be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.
■ Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don’t leave cut produce out for many hours.
■ Keep food away from flies and insects.
Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you have these symptoms. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for se-vere infections and should not to consume undercooked animal products. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you have a foodborne illness. For more information, visit cdc.gov/foodsafety/facts.
Sunday school set to expand programs for students
The Har Mishpacha Sunday School program is expanding its program for kindergarten to third-grade students and fourth- to seventh-grade students, which will be held at 5 p.m. every Sunday at Emerald Mountain School in Steamboat Springs beginning today. Classes will be led by Cindy Ruzicka and Tamar Taye.
A welcoming social for current and interested parents of prospective students will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Emerald Mountain School. For more information, email Ruzicka at firstname.lastname@example.org. Har Mishpacha is the Jewish congregation of Steamboat Springs.
Knitting, crocheting group changes meeting time
Hayden Public Library’s knitting and crocheting group has changed its regular meeting time. The group will now meet at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday starting this week.
Hot springs to host 2nd quarterly members meeting
Old Town Hot Springs will host its second quarterly members meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Jungle Gym childcare room. Members will have the opportunity to review finan-cials for the first six months of the fiscal year and receive updates on facility expansion plans. All members are invited to attend.
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