Steamboat briefs: United Methodist Church hosts annual fundraiser Friday |

Steamboat briefs: United Methodist Church hosts annual fundraiser Friday

The United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St., hosts its annual Fall Fare fundraiser from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. Annual luncheon includes soup, bread, pie and beverage for $7 or the meal and $15 to sped at the bake and craft sales for $20. Proceeds benefit missions. For more information, call Nancy at 970-846-2630.

Chorus groups to put on event Friday and Saturday

“A Grand Night for Singing” will be performed by the Yampa Valley Choral Society — including the Yampa Valley Singers, Steamboat Chamber Singers, Steamboat Youth Chorus, Lincoln Avenue and Bella Voce — at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 846 Oak St. The performance will include contemporary and traditional music. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from all singers and at All That Jazz. Call Ruth at 970-879-2641 for more information.

Steamboat Christian Center Women is hosting event

Steamboat Christian Center Women will present “Reflections: A Season of Gratitude” at 7 p.m. today at the Steamboat Christian Center. The free event is open to women of all ages and will include inspirational speaker Melinda Clark, music, prizes and dessert. Free child care is available by reservation only at For information, contact Michele Dudas at 970 846-4825.

Steamboat Arts & Crafts has after-school programs

The Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, 1280 13th St., is holding the following holiday-themed after-school programs from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. Thursdays:

■ Nov. 21: holiday wreath making

■ Dec. 5: soap and bath salts gifts

■ Dec. 12: sweet treat edible gifts

■ Dec. 19: holiday ornaments for the home and tree

While school is out for the holidays, the Arts & Crafts Gym also will offer pottery classes from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 and 29, Dec. 26, 27 and 30, and Jan. 2 and 3.

Each session costs $30. For more information, go to or contact 970-870-0384 or

AARP driver safety course available on Wednesday

An AARP driver safety course is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the American Legion Room at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. The course is designed for drivers ages 50 and older to help compensate for age-related changes. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Upon completion of the four-hour course, certificates will be issued that entitle participants to an insurance discount. The class will be taught by Jane and Bud Romberg. Call 970-879-0064 to register.

Nominations sought for Wildlife Landowner of Year

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking nominations for its Wildlife Landowner of the Year award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made by private landowners to conserve wildlife, enhance wildlife habitat and provide public access for hunting and fishing, according to a news release.

Nominees must be a resident of Colorado or own at least 160 acres in the state and be actively engaged in farming or ranching business as an owner, lessor, lessee or manager. Winners will be selected by Parks and Wildlife based on land management practices, wildlife habitat improvements, accommodations for public hunting and fishing access and leadership in the promotion of sound wildlife practices on private lands, according to the release.

Find a nomination form at Water/PrivateLandProgram/Pages/LandownerRecognitionProgram.aspx. Nominations are due Dec. 20.

Sharing the Warmth to go on through Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy is encouraging customers to participate in the utility’s Sharing the Warmth program, which is designed to supplement payments made by elderly, disabled or low-income customers who otherwise would be unable to pay the full cost of heating their home.

“It’s as easy as rounding up the pennies on your natural gas bill,” Atmos Energy Director of Energy Assistance Dan Alderson said. “That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which can then be distributed to low-income residents this winter.”

To donate, check the voluntary donation box on the back of your gas bill or call 1-888-286-6700 to make your donation via the phone. Visit for more details.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is in need of volunteers

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide — the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service — is seeking volunteers across the state to help Colorado taxpayers who are seeking assistance preparing and filing their 2013 tax returns, according to a news release.

Tax-Aide is particularly in need of volunteers who are bilingual in English/Spanish.

For more information, visit or call 1-888-687-2277. The deadline is Dec. 15.

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