Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs Arts Council seeks local volunteers |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs Arts Council seeks local volunteers

— The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking volunteers for the upcoming All Arts Festival, set for 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21.

The group needs bartenders, ushers, servers, cleanup helpers, beer tent helpers and workshop helpers.

For more information or to sign up, visit, or email Beth Liggitt at

Parks, wildlife introduces bear aware videos to public

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announces the release of four bear aware videos to educate the public about how to deal with bears in Colorado.

As Colorado’s human population continues to grow and more people live and recreate in bear country, the potential for conflict will inevitably rise, but there are actions humans can take to mitigate bear break-ins, conflicts or run-ins on the trail.

Bears have an extremely keen sense of smell and excellent memories. Once they have learned about a reliable source of food, they will often return. Once this occurs, it requires significant diligence on the part of people to keep these food-conditioned bears from coming back and creating conflicts.

“CPW is committed to teaching the public about bears on every channel available to us,” said Kristin Cannon, district wildlife manager for Boulder. “While we have many great wildlife-related videos on our website and YouTube channel, we felt we were overdue on showing the public how to live in or visit bear country. Hopefully, these videos will help Colorado natives, newcomers and visitors learn the tools to providing a safe and bear-friendly community.”

All of the videos are available on CPW’s web page,, or they can be found on the CPW YouTube channel.

“We hope against hope that people will be mindful of how fortunate we are to live in a state with such diverse wildlife and that we can all work together through common sense decisions to protect these beautiful creatures for future generations,” said Larry Rogstad, area wildlife manager for Boulder, Broomfield and southern Weld counties. “Wildlife officers are generally called on to intervene at the end of a long process. The bottom line is that by living mindfully the public has the greatest opportunity to lower risk to wildlife as we share an ever smaller world.”

For more information on living with bears in Colorado

Film takes in-depth look at Afghan village girls’ school

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free preview of the new documentary film “What Tomorrow Brings,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in Library Hall. This film, by Beth Murphy, offers unprecedented access inside the first girls’ school in one small Afghan village.

Never before have fathers in this Afghan village allowed their daughters to be educated, and they aren’t sure they even want to now. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduation in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents and school founder, Razia Jan.

While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom to become lessons about tradition and time. They discover their school is the one place they can turn to understand the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading.

Though remarkable changes happen when a community skeptical about girls’ education learns to embrace it, the threats that girls face — from forced marriage to Taliban attack — loom large.

The filmmaker embeds herself in this school and community for an intimate look at what it really means to be a girl growing up in Afghanistan today.

This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. For more information, visit

Yampa Valley Singers set to begin rehearsals Aug. 23

All singers are invited to join the Yampa Valley Singers as the group begins weekly rehearsals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the United Methodist Church, Eighth and Oak streets.

Tenor and bass singers are especially needed in this community choral group as it prepares for its fall concert, to be held on Nov. 18 and 19.

For more information and to register with a $35 fee, call Ruth McClelland at 970-879-2641.

Registration for watercolor classes remains open

Watercolor painting classes are being offered this fall at the Depot Arts Center. Weekly classes begin Aug. 30 and will continue until Dec. 6 with a break for Thanksgiving.

The beginners class is for those who have never painted and those who want a refresher. It will offered from 1 to 4 p.m. The intermediate class is for those who have taken a beginners course,or have watercolor experience, and it will meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The cost for each session is $250, and supplies are not included. Contact Mary Levingston at 970-879-5388 or for more information or to register.

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