Steamboat briefs: YPN set to host happy hour event at Vaqueros on Wednesday
The Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network will host its monthly happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Vaqueros, 730 Lincoln Ave. The monthly event provides an opportunity for networking and a chance to learn about upcoming YPN events and provide feedback to improve the organization.
CMC offers class for 2nd language learners in area
Colorado Mountain College will be offering advanced second language learners an opportunity to attend an English Listening and Speaking Class, which starts on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Bristol Hall, Room 135. Register at the front desk for a reduced rate of $72 for the semester. Call Jen at 970-846-2076 for more information.
Roving Rabbis to host documentary, book printing
“With My Whole Heart,” a 45-minute documentary film featuring heart-wrenching stories of parents whose children’s lives were claimed by terror and their inspiring responses, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs.
The film also follows the lives of two of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald who emerged from the darkness and transformed the Jewish landscape.
It is framed around the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s response to the 1956 terror attack in Kfar Chabad that claimed lives of five students, and features interviews with parents of the victims as well as former Israeli chief rabbi Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and Rabbi Nissan Mangel.
In addition, the first Jewish book to be printed in Steamboat will be printed during the event. The event is open to the entire community and is being coordinated by Chabad’s Roving Rabbis, who are in Steamboat strengthening the Jewish community this summer.
Call 347-366-3355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to meet the rabbis.
Sotheby’s in Steamboat hosts Labor Day home tour
Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty will host its 2016 Labor Day Home Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. The 11th annual tour features 28 properties in and around Steamboat. Its free and self-guided. For details, including a list and tour, call 970-879-8100 or visit steamboatsir.com.
Residents reminded of rules governing dogs in public
With the arrival of spring, the city of Steamboat Springs is reminding residents of local rules regarding pets in public areas.
■ Dogs should be leashed in most public areas. Also, it is not OK to leave dogs tied up along the sidewalk. The city considers dogs left unattended to be “at large,” even if secured by a cord, leash, chain or other means.
■ Though most public places require dogs to be on leashes, there are two off-leash parks in Steamboat Springs, Rita Valentine Park and the lower pond along Spring Creek (where the gazebo is). Dogs are still required to wear a leash on the trail to and from the lower pond, at the upper pond and on all other parts of the trail located on city property. As the trail moves into county-owned property, dogs can be off leash, providing there are no signs posted to the contrary, and that the pet is within sight and under voice control. Owners should have a leash on hand and be prepared to put it on their pet should an officer request it — as in the case of dangerous wildlife in the area.
■ For the continued enjoyment of everyone on the trails, owners are asked to pick up dogs’ waste and dispose of it properly in a sanitary container. Most public trails and parks provide bags for animal
■ Ensure it is easy for a lost pet to be returned, and remember to keep pets’ shots up to date and license pets each year at the Routt County Humane Society Animal Shelter or at a Steamboat Springs veterinary clinic — dogs are required to wear their licenses on their collars.
To review the city’s official complete list of rules on pets and animals, visit steamboatsprings.net/animalcontrol.
Safety rules help prevent ATV-related accidents
Ninety-two percent of ATV-related deaths are the result of warned-against risks, such as youth riding adult-sized ATVs. Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) and the ATV Safety Institute remind riders to follow the Golden Rules for ATV Safety.
■ Always wear a helmet and protective gear.
■ Never ride on public roads.
■ Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
■ Ride an ATV appropriate for age and readiness.
■ Supervise riders younger than 16.
■ Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
For more safety information for young riders, visit atv-youth.org.
Rider readiness checklists and a free online safety course are available at atvsafety.org.
CDC issues travel warnings for Zika virus contagion
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant consider postponing travel to areas where there is ongoing risk of Zika virus. This includes Mexico and countries in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
Zika virus is spread by mosquitos and is potentially associated with birth defects. The virus is usually mild with symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The mosquitoes that carry Zika virus are aggressive daytime biters.
Travelers can protect themselves by covering exposed skin, using insect repellent containing DEET and sleeping in air-conditioned or screened in rooms.
Those who think they might be ill with Zika virus should contact their healthcare provider. For updated travel warnings and Zika virus information, visit cdc.gov/travel or call COHelp at 877-462-2911.
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