Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Singers to begin rehearsals in January |

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Singers to begin rehearsals in January

The Yampa Valley Singers will begin weekly rehearsals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the United Methodist Church, 736 Oak St.

Singers are encouraged to join this community choral group as they prepare for their next concert, to be held Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. For more information and to register with a $35 fee, call Ruth McClelland at 970-879-2641.

Library to host Tibetan sand painting during holidays

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents three days of hands-on Tibetan sand painting in Library Hall from noon to 7 p.m. today, noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30. This is a free, all-ages event, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

During this summer’s Drepung Loseling monks’ Mandala on the Yampa residency at the library the community was invited to participate in creating a community sand painting. In celebration of the coming New Year, the library invites everyone back to revisit their individuality and creative spirit while playing again at the community sand painting table.

The monks’ authentic sand painting tools (called chakpurs) and plenty of colored sand will be available for everyone to try this ancient Tibetan art form. A chakpur is a metal funnel with a grated surface, along which the artist runs a metal rod. The vibration causes sand to flow like liquid onto the platform. The result is a colorful design that is enjoyed by all, then wiped away in the spirit of impermanence upon completion. For more information, visit

Tickets still available for ‘Dazzling Duos’ concert

Tickets are on sale now for “Dazzling Duos,” a holiday concert with gala reception including hors d’oeuvres, wine bar and art sale at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the Chief Theater. The benefit concert is the first of the popular Friends and Family Series and will feature well-known Steamboat cellist John Sant ‘Ambrogio and his internationally acclaimed daughter and cellist, Sara Sant ‘Ambrogio from New York City, along with violinists Paul Chou and 10-year old son, Michael, performing a program of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Jules, Camille and more.

All proceeds will benefit the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, a nonprofit community art center. Tickets may be purchased online at or in person at the gallery, 837 Lincoln Ave. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 3. Call 970-846-7062 or email for more information.

Routt County commissioners establish meeting call-in line

Routt County commissioners have established a call-in line enabling people to listen in live to public meetings held in the Commissioners Hearing Room at the Routt County Courthouse in Steamboat Springs. People are invited to listen to the meetings, but there is no capability to take public comment. The call-in number is 970-870-5499.

Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice per week

Parkinson’s exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley ( and Gary Sobol (who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network: to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness.

Class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.

Classes are free. For more information, call Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or Eva Gibbons at 970-846-9887, or email

Steamboat Art Museum in search of volunteers

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 may call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email

Community Ag Alliance accepts orders for food

Buy local food and products online at, then click on “Shop the CAA Marketplace” tab.

Locally grown fresh produce, meat, eggs, jelly, sauces, granola and more are available.

Order online from noon Monday through noon Thursday. Orders may be picked up Friday afternoons at CAA offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, call 970-879-4370.

LiftUp of Routt County needs food bank volunteers

LiftUp of Routt County is seeking volunteers to work in the organization’s donation center, food bank and thrift store. Duties include sorting donations, stocking shelves, greeting the public and pricing merchandise. Benefits include bonus bucks to spend in the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, call Jackie at 970-870-0727.

Copper Magnates accepts throwaway electronics

The Copper Magnate reminds Routt County residents that it is against the law to throw away anything with a cord. The Copper Magnate does offer a newly permitted free metal and electronics public drop-off site.

All electronics and car batteries, with the exception of televisions, are free to recycle, as are all things metal with the exception of refrigerators. For more information, call 970-846-6991.

Integrated Community seeks tutors for immigrant youth 

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is seeking volunteers for its adult and youth English tutoring programs. 

Volunteers are trained and matched with either an immigrant student in need of academic support or a limited-English speaking community member, depending on preference. 

Pairs are asked to meet for one hour per week. No foreign language experience is necessary. Contact Erin at or 970-819-3720.

Local groups reach out to soldiers returning home 

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

Howelsen Nordic Center in need of volunteers

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department is looking for friendly, outgoing volunteers to educate Nordic trail users about appropriate use of the facility.

Volunteers work a number of 1-hour shifts, and all hours count toward a 2015-16 Howelsen Hill Nordic Pass. Adults are required to work a total of 12 hours, and seniors are required to work a total of eight hours to receive a free pass.

Nordic Ambassadors can either purchase a 2015-16 Howelsen Hill Nordic Pass in the beginning of the season and be reimbursed for the pass upon completion of the required shifts, or they can wait until completion to receive their pass.

Those interested in becoming a Nordic Ambassador or who would like more information about the program are invited to contact Emily Hines at 970-871-7031 or

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