Steamboat briefs: VFW, American Legion to host Memorial Day service
Steamboat Springs — Veterans of VFW Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 will conduct Memorial Day service to honor the memory of those who have served in the armed forces at 11 a.m. Monday in front of the Veterans Memorial at Steamboat Springs Cemetery.
The public is invited to attend and help honor the devotion of service men and women.
This year, the memorial service will honor local veterans who have passed away through the past year. Traditional military honors will be rendered to remember the sacrifices made by these veterans.
Steamboat Springs Transit will provide bus service to the cemetery from the transit center west of town. Buses will begin running at 9:40 a.m. with the last bus leaving at 10:40 a.m. Buses will return immediately following the service. Traffic control personnel will assist vehicle travel and parking.
For more information, call Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936.
VNA to hold free open house 3:30 pm Wednesday
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is inviting the community to a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate an exciting change at the organization.
The event will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the VNA lobby, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. There will be free gelato and giveaways, and everyone is invited.
For more information, call 970-871-7609.
Market potential seminar set for 6 pm June 8 at CMC
A Success Steps Seminar titled “Understanding Your Market Potential” is slated for 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Colorado Mountain College Entrepreneurship Center conference room.
The seminar is geared toward entrepreneurs who are attempting to understand the potential for a product or service in their communities and will offer suggestions for navigating the relevant data.
Topic will include the following.
■ Using date resources, such as the census.
■ Creating assumptions about buying behavior based on demographic data.
■ Using this information as the building blocks of a sales forecast.
■ The necessity of good market data in a business plan.
■ The challenges for forecasting.
The program will be presented by Scott Ford, who has more than 10 years experience as a business counselor in Steamboat Springs and has helped hundreds of individuals create viable market profiles.
The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call 970-970-4491 to register.
Willow Creek Dam work to continue throughout month
Beginning mid-May, dam engineers are performing a geotechnical evaluation of the Willow Creek Dam at Steamboat Lake State Park, according to a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The investigation of the dam’s structure, which includes the extraction of soil samples, will aid in the design of a buttress to strengthen the dam’s left abutment.
Visitors to Steamboat Lake State Park are asked to avoid the dam while the work progresses. Engineers say the project should take no more than two weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.
“The dam is not experiencing any problems, and there is no concern for public safety at this time,” said Dam Safety Engineer John Clark in the release. “This evaluation will help us provide long-term stability to the dam, which will make it even safer than it is today.”
Steamboat Lake State Park Manager Julie Arington reminds visitors to watch for heavy equipment and avoid construction areas.
“This will have very minimal impacts to park visitors,” she said. “We invite the public to enjoy our park but be mindful of the work on the dam.”
South Routt libraries to host summer reading programs
Readers of all ages will explore sports and fitness this summer as South Routt Public Library District presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” during its summer library program. Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects and science and engineering experiments.
The 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to children age 5 to 12. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program.
Registration is open through June 7.
For more information, call the Oak Creek Library at 970-736-8371 or the Yampa Library at 970-638-4654, or visit southroutt.colibraries.org.
The program will run June 8 to Aug. 3 at Oak Creek Public Library and June 7 to Aug. 2 at Yampa Public Library. There will be no program the week of July 4.
All programs are free.
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