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Steamboat briefs: Write-in slated for local NaNoWriMo novelists Friday

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Off the Beaten Path bookstore are sponsoring National Novel Writing Month for local writers embarking on writing a 175-page, or 50,000-word, novel during November. NaNoWriMo novelists are invited to an after-hours write-in from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at the bookstore, 68 Ninth St., for camaraderie, encouragement and quiet writing time. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information about local NaNoWriMo events and support or call 970-879-6830 for more information about the write-in.

BookTrails program set to embark at 9 a.m. Nov. 6

BookTrails will offer a trip to the Arctic and Antartica from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs. Students will meet at Library Hall to embark upon on a journey to learn about the different people, cultures and wildlife that call these places home. The program, which is open to students in kindergarten to fifth grade, will include reading and writing activities with games and outdoor exploration. The cost is $40 for student and $60 for siblings. Pre-registration is required at mybooktrails.org. Call 855-426-6587 for more information.  

Blood donors needed at Community Blood Drive

The last Steamboat Community Blood Drive of 2015 is 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

To schedule an appointment, call Bonfils Appointment Center at 800-365-0006, option 2 or sign up at bonfils.com using site code 0234. Walk-ins are welcome from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. as space permits.

Allow 1 hour for the entire process and eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood.

Hayden Valley Elementary School presents book fair

The Hayden Valley Elementary Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair through Thursday, Nov. 5. The book fair will be open before and after school each day and until 6 p.m. today in celebration of the release of the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel, "Old School." The book fair also will be open until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 5 during parent-teacher conferences.

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The online book fair will stay open until Nov. 10 at bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/haydenvalleyelemschool. Books may also be purchased at thehvelibrary.shutterfly.com.

Steamboat Kiwanis Club in search of new members

Steamboat Springs' Kiwanis Club is looking for new members who would be interested in providing service to the community as well as attending weekly meetings Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Annual dues are $125. Kiwanis was chartered in 1948 and one of Steamboat's oldest service clubs. For more information, call Theo Dexter at 970-879-4889.

Veterans assistance provided by area service officer

Anyone wanting information about veterans benefits or needs assistance filing a claim for veterans benefits can contact Michael T. Condie, Routt County Veterans Service officer, at 970-870-5469 or mcondie@co.routt.co.us. His office is in the second floor of the Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth St. Office hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Lift-Up of Routt County in need of food bank supplies

Lift-Up of Routt County is in need of personal items for its food bank. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, dish and laundry soap and razors are currently in short supply. Donations can be dropped off at the Lift-Up offices, 2125 Curve Court.

Volunteers needed at Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assisting in special events or working in the museum's store.

Shifts are 3 1/2 hours, one day per week Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer and winter exhibits. 

Perks include getting to enjoy the fabulous art exhibits, meeting exhibiting artists at exhibit openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from all across the country and world.

Those interested in volunteering can call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email sam@steamboatartmuseum.org.

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