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Steamboat briefs: Volunteers are needed for Salvation Army bell-ringing

The holiday Salvation Army Kettle Campaign runs through Christmas Eve. The Salvation Army again is looking for local volunteer bell ringers to take part in the community effort. Volunteers are needed for a one-hour commitment. Ninety percent of the funds raised by the bell-ringing campaign stay in Routt County and help people through LIFT-UP of Routt County's programs. Anyone intersted in volunteering this holiday season can all Judi Williams at 970-819-5839. For more information, call 970-870-8804.

Free bus rides offered for seniors to see decorations

The city of Steamboat Springs is offering free bus ride tours for seniors to look at Christmas decorations Wednesday. The bus will pick up riders at 6 p.m. at the Selbe Apartments, 6:15 p.m. at the Mountain View Apartments and 6:25 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Register by calling the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department at 970-879-4300.

Trash collection in Oak Creek will be postponed

Trash collection in Oak Creek will be postponed until Saturday because of road conditions. The regular collection schedule will resume next week. For more information, call Old West Sanitation at 970-879-7309.

Registration is open for city children programs

Registration is open for Session 3 After School Action, School Days Off and ASSET Clubs through the Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department. The session runs from Jan. 7 through March 8. Available ASSET Clubs include snowshoeing, youth chorus, Lego junior vehicle engineering (grades first and second), Lego vehicle engineering (grades third through fifth) and yoga. Call Holly or Alexis at 970-879-4300 for more information or to register or visit

Local author will read from her new book at bookstore

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore is offering private author readings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday with local writer Dagny McKinley. As part of the free event, McKinley will read her new children's book, "The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog" at any location. To reserve a time, call 970-879-6830. The dog from the book also is available to attend the reading.

New fantasy book primarily takes place in Oak Creek

"The True Natural," a book by Tia C. Lynk, of New York, primarily takes place in Oak Creek, where the main character Kendall Monroe grows up. In the book, Monroe discovers she is immortal and is being hunted for her special powers. The characters also take trips to ski on Mount Werner and camp at Steamboat Lake.

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Author with Steamboat ties to discuss 'Green Illusions'

San Francisco author and architect Ozzie Zehner, whose family lives in Steamboat Springs, will discuss his new book, "Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism," at a free Talking Green event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Steamboat Smokehouse.

The talk will focus on changes that have a real impact in contrast to what he calls "green illusions."

"There was a gap sometimes in what we think of as being green and what actually makes a difference or what could have an impact," Zehner was quoted as saying in a news release.

Zehner also is an advocate for energy-efficiency measures and said in the release that the U.S. wastes half of its energy through inefficiencies.

Zehner has a master's degree is the sociology of science from the University of Amsterdam and is a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information, email or call 970-846-9256.

Horizons receives $20K grant from foundation

Horizons Specialized Services received a $20,000 grant from the Boettcher Foundation to assist with the construction of Soda Creek Apartments, a complex for adults with developmental disabilities, according to a news release.

The building on Eighth Street will provide independent-living units for seven adults while offering 24 hour on-site supervision by Horizons counselors. The complex also will have community recreation and kitchen spaces to develop life skills, the release states.

"By its design and location, Soda Creek Apartments will promote independence and community inclusion while also ensuring that client needs are met," Horizons Resource Development Coordinator Deirdre Pepin said in the release.

Free copies of Consumption Guide are available at VNA

Free copies of the 2012 Surgeon General's Consumer Guide "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults" are available at the Visiting Nurse Association in Craig, 745 Russell St., and Steamboat, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. For more information about tobacco prevention efforts in our communities, call Community Health Educator Vicki Barron at 970-875-1883. 

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