Steamboat briefs: Support group for grieving parents set for Monday, Nov. 7
A support group for parents grieving the loss of a child will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Nov. 7 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is intended to help parents who have lost children of any age find support among other parents experiencing similar loss. Contact Jo Anne Grace at 970-846-8319 for more information.
Patty Limerick visits library to discuss Wallace Stegner
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with Patty Limerick, Colorado’s state historian, founder of the Center of the American West and an Obama appointee to the National Council on the Humanities, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall.
Limerick will speak in honor of the One Book Steamboat community read of Wallace Stegner’s “Angle of Repose.” Limerick’s talk is titled “Caught in the Middle: A Good-Hearted but Strenuous Attempt to Negotiate a Peace between History and Fiction (and between Mary Hallock Foote and Susan Burling Ward), While Remaining Wallace Stegner’s Friend.”
In the mid-1970s, as Limerick was finishing Stegner’s “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” she said she found herself weeping with such intensity that she felt compelled to flee the public spaces at Yale’s Sterling Library and seek a concealed place in order to avoid disturbing the sober and rational scholars around her. In the early 1990s, flying in a small commuter plane in turbulent air over Colorado, she was hit so hard by the ending pages of Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety” that she had to put the book away to avoid alarming fellow passengers.
As a person who considers herself unbelievably lucky to have been Stegner’s friend, Limerick has been rattled for years about the appearance of many long passages in Stegner’s “Angle of Repose” that were actually written by the noted 19th century author Mary Hallock Foote.
Framing these uncomfortable matters as a “border conflict” between the domain of fiction and the domain of history, Limerick will enlist the audience as her comrades and colleagues in the enterprise of staying afloat and upright where strong currents of feeling about Stegner converge.
Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
Community book discussion slated at Bud Werner library
Bud Werner Memorial Library will host three community book discussions of Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Angle of Repose,” as part of the One Book Steamboat community read.
Sign up to join friends and neighbors for one of three opportunities to discuss this novel of personal, historical and geographic discovery. Discussions will be held in the library conference room, next to Library Hall, at noon Tuesday, Nov.1; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2; and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.
Sign up at the library circulation desk or call 879-0240. For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org/events.
Program offers Medicare Part help through Dec. 7
Medicare’s Part D annual open enrollment will continue through Dec. 7, and now is the time for seniors to determine if their prescription drug plan is still the best for them.
To help people make those determinations, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program’s volunteer counselors are offering open enrollment sessions in Steamboat Springs.
Sessions will be held at the Northwest Colorado Health conference room from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 21; from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28; and from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 2 in the Northwest Colorado Health conference room. Sessions will be held at the Yampa Valley Medical Center conference room No. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 10.
Appointments are requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 970-819-6401 for more information.
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