Steamboat briefs: The Steamboat Grand receives TripAdvisor award |

Steamboat briefs: The Steamboat Grand receives TripAdvisor award

The Steamboat Grand hotel at the base of Steamboat Ski Area received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, according to a news release.

This is the second consecutive year the hotel has been recognized, the release states. To qualify for the award, businesses must maintain a rating of at least four out of five stars from reviewers on the travel website The award also takes into account the volume of reviews in the past 12 months.

“We are always thrilled to be recognized by industry leaders for our commitment to quality,” Michael Lomas, vice president and general manager of The Steamboat Grand, said in the release. “This is an especially high honor since our selection was based on customer reviews, which reflect the dedication, exceptional service levels and experience of each and every employee at the hotel.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for Business, said in the release. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

The Center for Visual Arts seeking volunteer docents

The Center for Visual Arts has openings for volunteer docents this summer at the gallery. Designed to bring additional art education to the community, CVA docents lead group tours, assist at special events, greet daily visitors and conduct art sales.

Summer docents are asked to gallery sit for two 4 to 7 p.m. shifts a month during July and two 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. shifts a month during August. Opportunities to continue into the fall are available, and training will be provided.

In return for service, docents receive free admission to events, discounted prices on art pieces and workshops and the opportunity to meet people in the art field and expand art education. CVA sponsors docent trips to museums and galleries. A visit to a local textile artist’s studio and a tour of the stained glass artwork at the local, remodeled Catholic Church are planned for early summer.

CVA provides exhibit space for emerging and established artists to showcase their work, coordinates the popular First Friday Art Walks and presents free guest artist lectures.

Those interested in knowing more about CVA’s docent program are asked to call 970-846-5970 or 970-846-8365 or email

Cedar Turek competes, gets honorable mention

Cedar Turek, 12, of Steamboat Springs, competed in the Rocky Ridge Music Center’s concerto competition for the Junior Student Seminar on Saturday. He earned an honorable mention for his performance of the first movement of Jean-Baptiste Accolay’s “Violin Concerto #1 in A Minor.” Cedar, the son of Norbert and Melanie Turek, has played the violin for seven years and studies with Mary Anne Fairlie. This is his third summer at Rocky Ridge, an intensive residential music education program in Estes Park.

Inspired Life Network hosts ‘Clean Sweep’ program

Olympian Caroline Lalive and Inspired Life Network will present Robin Schepper’s “Clean Sweep” program from 6 to 9 p.m. June 24 at Freshies restaurant in Steamboat Springs. Schepper is a life coach and dynamic speaker who served as executive director for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

“Life is similar to our closet,” Schepper said. “Many of us cycle through our wardrobe every season but never weed out the clothes we no longer need. If our ‘life closet’ is bursting at the seams with chaos and clutter we have no room to bring in the new and fabulous.”

Schepper will offer participants a step-by-step process to assess their lives and the steps that can be taken to declutter. The cost of the workshop is $25, which includes food from Freshies and a cash bar.

The upcoming program is Inspired Life Network’s eighth workshop in a continuing series. The network is designed to inspire and empower people to connect with their unique mind, body and spirt, growing into their full potential.

Cody Hawn is Hayden Library’s Reader of Week

Cody Hawn, 8, is Hayden Public Library’s Reader of the Week. His parents are George and Connie Hawn. The family has one dog named Leo, who is black lab/Plott hound mix. He has a lot of cousins, and his favorite, Uncle Mike, teaches him golf and basketball.

Cody has lived in Hayden his entire life. His friends are Kolby, Ryder and Tatem, and they enjoy playing “fall down stairs” with Leo the dog.

Cody’s favorite color is blue, and his favorite food is pizza. His favorite movie is “The Lego Movie,” and his favorite book is “Land of Stories.” He likes to watch football and basketball, and his favorite subject is math.

Cody hopes to do some lake fishing this summer plus take a trip to Grand Junction for his birthday in July. He hopes to be an architect when he grows up, and his advice for younger readers is, “If you read a lot, you will get better at it, and when you’re older, you will be a very good reader.”

The library holds the Reader of the Week contest as part of its summer reading program. The winner is interviewed for the Steamboat Today and wins special prizes awarded by the library.

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