Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs School Board slated to meet Aug. 28 |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs School Board slated to meet Aug. 28

The Steamboat Springs board of education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at the district office, 325 Seventh St. Reports and communications will include updates on the strategic plan, enrollment, the Yampa Valley Medical Center health grant and the Northwest Colorado Broadband project. School board meetings are open to the public.

Volunteers needed for annual stage bike race in September

Volunteers are needed to help with the ninth annual Steamboat Springs Stage Bicycle Race presented by Moots Cycles. Organizers are looking for course marshals and feed zone volunteers on Sept. 2, 3 and 4. All volunteers receive a T-shirt, lunch and barbecue party. Email to get involved. For full details about the race, visit

Annual North Routt Barbecue, fundraiser scheduled for Aug. 26

The 16th annual North Routt Community Charter School Barbecue and fundraiser will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. today at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129 in Clark. The event will include live music, delicious food, a silent and live auction, cow plop bingo, kids games and more.

Meeting about grief support to be held Sept. 13 in Hayden

Northwest Colorado Health is gauging interest for a grief support group in Hayden. Individuals who are experiencing a difficult life transition or loss are invited to have tea and learn more about grief education and support during times of change.

The tea will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Hayden Congregational Church. An ongoing monthly support group will be established if there is sufficient interest. For more information, call Dr. Jo Anne Grace at 970-846-8319 or Pastor Jane Kramer at 970-276-3510.

2017 Crane Festival set to kick off Aug 31 at library

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival kicks off Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs with a free screening of the award-winning film “The Eagle Huntress,” an aerial dance performance on the lawn and a Spellbinders storytelling session. In addition, Sandy, the festival’s new crane mascot will be making an appearance throughout the evening.

Steamboat’s Spellbinders leads a special, all-ages storytime, featuring wondrous tales that soar, flutter and glide on the wings of cranes and other birds, at 4:30 p.m. in the library’s Children’s Storytime Room. Listeners will hear tales of majestic, wise and often tricky birds that fill our sky with beauty and wonder.

At 5:30 p.m., outside on the library lawn, Spirit Wind Aerial Arts will perform an aerial dance in honor of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival. Steamboat’s own flying dancers, led by local aerialist Heidi Miller and an advanced troupe of students, perform elegant high-flying dances in the hammock and silks.

Festivities continue indoors at 6:30 p.m. in Library Hall, with an awards ceremony with prizes from Ciao Gelato for winners of the 2017 Crane Coloring Contest, followed by a free community screening of the award-winning film “The Eagle Huntress.”

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival runs Thursday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 3, with festival headquarters at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Visit for the full festival schedule.

Applications available for Leadership Steamboat class

Leadership Steamboat is accepting applications for its 2017-18 class.

The nine-month professional development program focuses on enhancing individual leadership skills, increasing understanding of how the community works and meeting professional leaders who guide the community and its businesses. Participants will work with national experts on leadership skills and local civic and business leaders who will share their insights on how things get done in the Yampa Valley.

At the initial meeting in September, the class will establish priorities for the issues and community concerns they would like to learn more about. Each year, the class identifies a community need and takes on a group project to solve that need through collaboration and project management.

Recent group projects include recycling containers along Lincoln Avenue, attractive benches in the downtown area, Yampa Valley Gives fundraising campaign, the Catch the Drift Yampa River education and environmental awareness program, the installment of a sidewalk enabling the local food bank and LiftUp of Routt County to expand operations and, last year, partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to bring the MADD victim impact panel to Steamboat Springs.

After an initial day-and-a-half orientation in late September, the class meets one Friday each month through early June 2017. Class size is limited to 25 individuals.

For information on the program, cost and an application, visit or call Kara Stoller at 970-875-7007. The deadline for accepting applications is Sept. 1.

Leadership Steamboat is a partnership between Colorado Mountain College and the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association.

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