Steamboat briefs: Red Ball Express event is now looking for sponsors |

Steamboat briefs: Red Ball Express event is now looking for sponsors

The Ski Town USA Rotary Club is hosting a new event in Steamboat Springs on April 4 and the group is seeking sponsors. The Red Ball Express will have hundreds of red exercise balls rolling down Stampede at the Steamboat Ski Resort. People can adopt ball combinations for a chance to win cash prizes of $2,500, $1,000 or $500. Local youth nonprofit organizations will help sell adopted balls, and all funds raised by these clubs will benefit them directly. B&K Distributing is the event’s headline sponsor. Other sponsors include Steamboat Ski Resort, Mountain Valley Bank, Native Excavating, Vectra Bank, Creekside Café, the Ore House at Pine Grove, the Tennis Center of Steamboat Springs and THPK. Sponsors receive VIP access to the Red Ball Express event, and the concert that follows in addition to other benefits. Anyone interested interested in being a sponsor should contact Ren Martyn at

Alive @ 25 driving course to be offered on Thursday

An Alive @ 25 driving course will be offered at 4 p.m. Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School, according to Kristin Bantle, school resource officer. To register or for details, visit or call Bantle at 970-871-3643.

Save Our Spurs campaign to raise money for decorations

The Save Our Spurs campaign to raise money for new downtown Christmas decorations is off to a great start with almost half of the money raised, according to Jo Sarafis, fundraising coordinator. The deadline to purchase discounted spur decoration is Saturday, so Sarafis is encouraging people to send in their donations now. Donations can be made to the MainStreet Steamboat SOS account at Wells Fargo Bank or checks can be made out to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs with the notation of Save Our Spurs and sent to the organization at P.O. Box 774611, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Call Sarafis at 970-846-2053.

Study foreign language abroad fellowship available

The Dring Language Fellowship will provide up to $2,500 for a Routt County high school student to study a foreign language abroad. Previous fellowship awardees have studied Norwegian, French, Spanish and Portuguese while they stayed for up to a year abroad.  The fellowship emphasizes individual immersion in a language. The program, sponsored by Jan and Bill Dring, began in 2007 and is administered through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and Routt County high schools.  For details and an application visit dringfellow

AARP Smart Driver class offered held in Steamboat

An AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. March 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The class is designed to help drivers 50 and older compensate for age-related changes. Many millions of people have taken this course over the years, and it has been statistically shown to reduce the number of accidents, and severity of injuries in those accidents, suffered by those who took the class as compared with the same age group who did not.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. State law requires insurance companies to give a discount to those having taken the class, which is good for three years. The class, which Jane and Bud Romberg have taught for the past 20 years, is cosponsored by the Routt County Council on Aging and Debbie Aragon State Farm Insurance Agency. Call 970-879-0064 to register.

Fundraiser aims to duct tape CEO, COO to the wall

To raise money for the Penguin Plunge, area residents and Yampa Valley Medical Center employees will have the opportunity to stick hospital CEO Frank May and COO Dave Garner to the wall with duct tape from noon to 1 p.m. March 6 at the Eatery area in the hospital. To participate in the “Stick It to Dave and Frank” fundraiser, come by the YVMC lab prior to March 6 to purchase tape at a cost of $5 per two-yard strip, $25 for 20-yard roll or $50 for a 60-yard roll. All proceeds will benefit YVMC’s new Cancer Care Center — the beneficiary of funds from the 12th annual Penguin Plunge, which will be held March 21 at the Catamount pool.

“Autobiography of a Yogi” to be discussed at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library will host a Yoga Reading Group book discussion of Paramahansa Yogananda’s iconic 1946 autobiography, “Autobiography of a Yogi” at 6:30 p.m. April 1 in Library Hall.

Yogananda writes about the experiences of his remarkable childhood, his encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, 10 years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master and the 30 years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann and other celebrated spiritual personalities.

The library’s Yoga Reading Group is designed to give yogis an opportunity to read and discuss books that delve deeper into the history, philosophy and culture of the yoga practice. It is a community discussion for all levels of experience. The library has copies of “Autobiography of a Yogi” to loan participants in the book discussion. To sign up for a copy of the book, contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay by email at or by calling 879-0240, ext. 317.

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