Steamboat Briefs: Rotary Club announces its new Springalicious event |

Steamboat Briefs: Rotary Club announces its new Springalicious event

A new event will arrive on the slopes of Mount Werner at 3 p.m. Saturday when the Ski Town USA Rotary Club hosts the Red Ball Express in conjunction with Steamboat’s annual Springalicious Festival.

“We recognized an opportunity to bring a unique event to the Steamboat community and capitalize on the festive environment of Springalicious, while raising important funds to help support local youth organizations,” Ski Town USA Rotary Club President Bob Kuusinen said in a press release.

The Red Ball Express will feature giant red exercise balls rolling down Stampede trail through obstacles until landing in a specially designed chute to determine winning ball combinations. Supporters of the event can adopt red ball combinations for the chance to be the first ball in the chute and win a $2,500 cash prize. Second- and third-place finishers will win $1,000 and $500, respectively.

The Rotary Club has partnered with Interact Club of Steamboat and the Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs to sell tickets and help support fundraising efforts of these two nonprofits. For every $10 ticket sold by the clubs, $5 will remain with the club selling the ticket.

Tickets can be purchase from Interact Club members, the Boys and Girls Club at their location at 325 Seventh St., online at or at Yampa Valley Bank, Vectra Bank, PostNet, Tennis Center of Steamboat or STARS in Gondola Square.

Once supporters have purchased a ticket, they can visit to enter their adoption number and find out what ball combination to root for Saturday. Winners do not need to present to win.

‘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. today 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 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.

City asks residents to help in scoria sweep-up effort

Weather permitting, from April 1 to May 1, the city of Steamboat Springs’ Street Division will be sweeping up scoria that remains on the roadways. Residents are asked to help with this collection by raking out any additional scoria from their property, including the right-of-ways and culverts onto the asphalt shoulder of the roads. Any commercial contractors or property management companies who provide this service must remove the materials themselves.

This scoria cleanup is part of the city’s Particulate Matter-10 Air Quality maintenance plan, and residents are asked to cooperate by not using this cleanup for other debris. Branches that have been trimmed or trees that have been cut down, as well as other refuse, must be disposed of by the resident or contractor.

If needed, additional pickups can be scheduled by calling the Public Works Shop at 970-879-1807.

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