Steamboat briefs: The Optimist Club to host annual Pumpkin Festival |

Steamboat briefs: The Optimist Club to host annual Pumpkin Festival

The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs will host its 26th annual Pumpkin Festival from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Howelsen Hill rodeo grounds. There will be free pumpkins, pumpkin painting, coffee and refreshments. Pumpkins will be judged by age group and prizes will be awarded. The event is open to children from age 2 through grade school. The event is sponsored by Safeway, the city of Steamboat Springs, The Egg and I, Steamboat Coffee Roasters, Royal Flush, Johnny B. Good’s, Ron Wendler and Colorado Realty Group, Rocket Fizz and Raindrop Water. Call Rob MacCarthy at 970-846-7008 for more information.

Community invited to send in 2016 forum questions

The 2016 Election Forum, sponsored by Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and the Routt County Democrat and Republican parties, will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at The Steamboat Grand’s Burgess Creek Room and will feature local and statewide candidates running for office as well as information about a number of issues that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. In advance of the event, Editor Lisa Schlichtman, who will moderate the forum, is asking for questions from community members about the various issues and races. Questions should be emailed to Schlichtman at

Health Perspectives session focuses on relationships

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free Health Perspective talk focusing on relationship maintenance at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. Psychotherapist Eddie Konold will host a conversation about strengthening love and connection in relationships. His talk will offer specific tools to break through old patterns into new, loving ways of being with each other, and includes a Q&A session. Visit for more information.

Hayden Library set to host meeting about Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is presenting “Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s: Early Detection Matters” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hayden Public Library. Call 970-472-9798 or email for more information or to register.

Program offers enrollment helf for Medicare Part plan

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 assist residents in making 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 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday: 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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