Steamboat Briefs: Tickets are now on sale for ‘Masquerade’ fundraiser |

Steamboat Briefs: Tickets are now on sale for ‘Masquerade’ fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for “Masquerade,” a fundraiser to benefit the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, a local nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting visual arts in Routt County. The catered event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Chief Theater and will include a silent auction of more than 30 works of art donated by area artists. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at 837 Lincoln Ave. Call 970-846-5970 for information. The fundraiser is sponsored in part by Alpine Bank, Butcherknife Brewing Co., the city of Steamboat Springs, Harwigs/L’Apogee, The Steamboat Group and Yampa Valley Community Foundation. 

Free beginner holiday tennis camps for youths offered

The Steamboat Tennis Association is offering free beginner holiday camps for youths Monday and Tuesday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. Camps for children from age 5 to 11 are from 9 to 10 a.m. both days, and youths from ages 12 to 18 are invited to join from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. To sign up or for more information, visit the front desk at the Tennis Center, 2500 Pine Grove Road, or call 970-879-8400.

‘Encaustic: Nature as Muse’ exhibit to open on Friday

The opening reception of an exhibit titled “Encaustic: Nature as Muse” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center as part of First Friday Artwalk. This national juried exhibition of contemporary encaustic art highlights a variety of techniques, materials and inspiration being used by today’s wax artists. Encaustic encompasses a process where heat is used at every stage of the painting or sculpting, melting a mixture of beeswax, pigment and resin to create a hard texture.

“We are constantly amazed and appreciative of the talent that comes through our doors,” said Kim Keith, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. “Working with wax is an interesting process and the results vary widely. The translucency of the medium combines beautifully with the theme of nature as muse. The interpretations on this theme are as unique and individual as the artists that created them.”

An art talk led by Denver-based artist and juror Jane Guthridge will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, and a “Pointillism With Wax” open studio will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 10. Registration for the open studio costs $15 for Arts Council artist members and students or $25 for non-members. The cost covers all supplies, tools and instruction.

For more information, contact Keith at 970-879-9008 or, or visit

Children can donate food to ‘pay off’ library fines

During the month of December, kids can “pay off” their library fines while helping local families in need by participating in the Bud Werner Memorial Library’s annual Food for Fines program. For every can or box of food kids bring to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $1 of their overdue fines.

The following high-need food items are worth $2 in fines waived: Hamburger or Chicken Helper (in a box), refried beans, taco or enchilada sauce, taco shells in a box, gluten-free products and new toothbrushes or deodorant. All food will be donated to the local LIFT-UP of Routt County food bank. This program is for kids 17 and younger only, during December only, and it is not valid for replacement fees. For more information, visit

Drop-off locations available to recycle electronic items

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and partners offer four drop-off locations in Steamboat Springs for the public to safely and responsibly recycle used small personal electronics for free. An expanded list of items, ranging from laptops and smaller, now can be taken to the YVSC office at 141 Ninth St.

Accepted electronics include: old cellphones, smartphones, cellphone batteries and chargers, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, tablets, AirCards and Bluetooth, ink and toner cartridges, laptops, GPS devices and headphones. Additional drop-off locations for all these items include the Steamboat Springs middle and high school front offices when school is in session.

All of the smaller items, aside from tablets and laptops, also may be deposited in the existing cellphone collection box in the Wells Fargo Bank lobby in downtown Steamboat. In addition to providing a service to the community, the collections help fund the YVSC Sustainable Schools program. For more information, email

For larger items such as monitors, televisions, computer terminals/towers and hard drives, please contact G&S Mountain Recyclers at 303-682-3171 or visit for local pickup days. There is a fee for these items to be recycled, so do not bring these items to the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s office.

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