Steamboat briefs: STEM summer program comes to Strawberry Park |

Steamboat briefs: STEM summer program comes to Strawberry Park

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, is coming to Strawberry Park Elementary this week.

For students entering first through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure that offers hands-on problem solving using science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise creativity and use imagination in ways kids don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart and explore different types of technology.

“We are thrilled to offer Camp Invention to our students for the fourth year,” said Alice Opperman, director of curriculum for Emerson Public Schools, in a news release. “The hands-on curriculum helps to further insert curiosity into a child’s everyday lifestyle. As the need for skilled STEM professionals increases, we believe we are setting our students up for success by offering programs like Camp Invention.”

For more information on camp programming, visit

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 94,000 students every year through nearly 1,400 camps across the nation. For additional information or to find the nearest location for registration, visit campinven

Author Ausma Zehanat Khan to visit library Monday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with author Ausma Zehanat Khan at 7 p.m. Monday, in Library Hall. Khan is the critically acclaimed author of the new novel, “The Language of Secrets” and the January 2015 Indie Next pick, “The Unquiet Dead.”

Khan’s detective mysteries are being hailed for transcending the genre, undoubtedly due to a strong personal and academic background that influences her stories. A frequent lecturer and commentator, Khan holds a Ph.D. in international human rights law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. Formerly, she served as editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women. Khan practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at York University.

This Library Author Series event is free, and books will be available for sale and author signing after the talk. Visit for more information.

Museum set to host ghost mine driving tour July 1

Tread of Pioneers Museum will host a ghost mine driving tour to Oak Creek from 9 a.m. to noon July 1.

Join historian Jim Stanko as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines while traveling by bus along Colorado Highway 131.

In Oak Creek, participants will tour the Tracks and Trails Museum.

Space is limited, so those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Candice Bannister, or 970-879-2214 by June 24.

Cost is $25 for non-member adults, $20 for museum members and $10 for children younger than 12.

Foreign film screens at 7 pm Wednesday at Chief Theater

Bud Werner Memorial Library’s free foreign film series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the Chief Theater with “Theeb,” an international film festival award-winner from United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and the United Kingdom, directed by Naji Abu Nowar.

It’s 1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb, translated as “Wolf, in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. Hussein agrees, and the young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find itself trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries and outcast Bedouin raiders.

Nowar’s powerful directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous Bedouin Western about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him.

The film screens in Arabic with English subtitles. Visit for more information.

Community Ag Alliance accepts local food orders

Buy local food and products online at, then click on “Shop the CAA Marketplace” tab.

Locally grown fresh produce, meat, eggs, jelly, sauces, granola and more are available.

Order online from noon Mondays through noon Thursdays. Orders may be picked up Friday afternoons at CAA offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, call 970-879-4370.

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