Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Gives Rally set to be held Friday |

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Gives Rally set to be held Friday

Yampa Valley Gives will host a rally from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 on the Historic Routt County Courthouse lawn. The purpose of the event is to get people excited for the day of giving Tuesday, Dec. 6. The rally will begin with a welcome speech by Glen Traylor at 11 a.m. followed by additional remarks from Mark Andersen with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. There also will be a drawing for a nonprofit prize. The event is open to the community.

Steamboat symphony hosts ‘Finding Christmas’

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary by presenting “Finding Christmas” in collaboration with the Strings Music Festival Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 1.

Under the direction of conductor Ernest Richardson, the orchestra will be joined by singers and student musicians from the Steamboat community. Broadway star Tiffany Haas will return as guest soloist.

“One minute you may find yourself singing along to something very familiar and the next minute we pull you into a more classical piece that absolutely stuns the audience with the sheer virtuosity and talent required to perform it.” Richardson said in a news release. “Finding Christmas is an experience that will be entertaining and engaging for all ages.”

Soprano Tiffany Haas – known for her role as Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked – will be joined by the Steamboat Chamber Singers and Friends of the Yampa Valley Choral Society led by Christel Houston, and singers from the Steamboat High School Choirs directed by Corrinne Sommerfeld.

In addition, student instrumentalists from the community will be featured in selections highlighting their individual level of study. The students are under the study of professional musicians from the orchestra.

To spread the holiday cheer beyond the Strings Pavilion, the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is partnering with LiftUp of Routt County for the performances. Symphony patrons are asked to bring a canned item or a cash donation for LiftUp to help make the holiday season easier for all Yampa Valley residents.

Tickets to the performances start at $20 per person and may be purchased at

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the performance at 6:30 p.m. Student tickets are available for $10; financial assistance is available for those in need through the generous support of the Dan Tyler Scholarship Fund.

Western Slope Beef Cow Symposium to return

CSU Extension is hosting the second annual Western Slope Beef Cow Symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the Western Slope Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction in Loma. Event topics include forage testing, beef cattle market update, pre-conditioning of calves, pasture management, nutrition management and more.  Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Call 970-241-3346 to register by Thursday, Dec. 1.

Local Alzheimer’s support groups held twice monthly

The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors two free monthly support groups for those caring for someone with dementia, whether constant or long distance. The groups offer an opportunity to gather with others facing similar challenges in a safe, confidential setting.  The spouse group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month and the general group for family, friends and caregivers meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Both meetings are held at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road. Call 970-879-8942 for more information.

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