Volunteers needed for annual Steamboat soccer tournament
Steamboat Springs Soccer Club will welcome 155 teams to town for the annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer tournament. Teams travel to Steamboat from Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming, Texas, Missouri, South Dakota and all across Colorado. The tournament starts Thursday, July 19 and runs through Sunday, July 22, and organizers said it takes an army of volunteers to make it happen. Volunteers are still needed. Those who want to help can call the soccer office at 970-870-1520.
Steamboat museum offers artist’s talk with John Fawcett
The Steamboat Art Museum is presenting “Horse Sense: Paint What You Know”, an artist’s talk with John Fawcett, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. The event, which is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, offers an evening of art, conversation and refreshments as Fawcett tells of his journey as veterinarian to full-time artist. He will discuss the people and places that have influenced him and his method of creating art of both equine and western subjects.
To attend, RSVP to email@example.com or call 970-870-1755, ext. 102.
Alzheimer’s support group to meet Tuesday, July 17 at Rollingstone
The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group, for those caring for someone with dementia, will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today at Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive in Steamboat Springs. The confidential group is free, and new members are welcome. Call 970-879-8942 for more information.
Library’s ukulele celebration continues with ‘Rock That Uke’
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free community screening of “Rock That Uke” in celebration of the new collection of Bud Ukes at 7 p.m. Tuesday. July 17 in Library Hall.
This one-hour documentary is a quirky philosophical cinematic love poem that examines the near-mystical allure of the ukulele and the recent wave of alternative and experimental musicians who have taken up the four-stringed underdog of the music world to incorporate it not just into their raucous and irreverent original compositions, but into a counter cultural/post-punk ethos.
Interviewing a broad range of ukuleleists, “Rock That Uke” asks, among other probing questions, “Is there a ukulele personality?” and “What compels someone to amplify and distort this little instrument to play loud, aggressive music?” The answers reveal a fascinating Zeitgeist of irony, angst and impotent rage that transcends the subject. The ukulele becomes an unexpected metaphor for the human experience.
For more information about the film and the library’s new free ukulele loan program visit steamboatlibrary.org/ukuleles.
Boe Silver named 5th Hayden Library Reader of the Week
Hayden Library has named Boe Silver as its fifth Reader of the Week. Boe is, 9 and will be in the third grade this fall. Boe’s dad is Roy Silver. The family lives on a ranch and has a border collie named Cody, barn cats, cows and a horse.
Boe’s favorite color is blue, and his favorite foods are noodles with soy sauce, spaghetti sauce and macaroni and cheese. His favorite show is the cartoon “CatDog,” his favorite book is “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. His favorite school subjects are physical education, art and math.
Boe is a big fan of the Broncos and likes to pretend he is on the team. He wants to be a sheriff when he grows up. Boe enjoys fishing for trout with his dad, and when asked if he had any advice for other kids about reading, Boe said, “sound out words, and if you don’t know them, continue reading and come back to the word.”
Author Series features new biography about Banana George
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening to celebrate George “Banana George” Blair with his daughter, author Georgia Blair, and a new biography about Steamboat’s famous Honorary Snowboard Ambassador. The free author talk is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 in Library Hall.
Banana George was an inspiration, legend and senior superstar who made frequent appearances in Steamboat Springs. Whether it was car racing with Prince Albert of Monaco, water skiing for King Hussein of Jordan, being interviewed by David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey or snowboarding with his grandsons, Banana George had a huge appetite for life. Known for being a five-time Guinness Book of World Records holder, he was also inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame.
As an entrepreneur, he is recognized for innovation. He did all this while wearing his signature color — yellow — and handing out bananas to everyone. In this biography, discover how Banana George overcame his disability at age 40 to become a world-renowned barefoot water skier and intrepid showman. Georgia Blair, second daughter of George Blair, is one of the authors of the new biography of her father, “Banana George!”.
Books will be available for sale and signing at this free Library Author Series event courtesy of Off the Beaten Path bookstore. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
Chief Players to host auditions for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ show
Auditions for a Chief Players production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at the Chief Theater. No preparation is necessary, and there will be sides available to read. There will be 11 men and three women cast in the play.
The commitment is about three rehearsals per week, plus two weekends of shows Oct. 19 and 20 and Oct. 26 and 27. The play will be directed by Sabrina Stewart and stage managed by Michael Staley. The Chief Players are an all-volunteer community theater group of actors and stage technicians who hope to produce great work while having a great time.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” is about writer and notorious marriage detractor Mortimer Brewster, who falls for girl-next-door Elaine Harper. They tie the knot on Halloween. When the newlyweds return to their respective family homes to deliver the news, Brewster finds a corpse hidden in a window seat. With his eccentric aunts, disturbed uncle and homicidal brother, he starts to realize that his family is even crazier than he thought.
Library to screen documentary about Pakistani female athlete
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free preview of the new critically acclaimed documentary “Girl Unbound: The War To Be Her” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19 in Library Hall.
This film by Erin Heidenreich tells the story of a champion female athlete who defies the Taliban to pursue her dream. Her home is “the most dangerous place on earth,” where sports are decried as un-Islamic, and girls rarely leave their homes. But Maria Toorpakai, the young woman known as Genghis Khan, did. She’s a world-renowned athlete and a flashpoint in her country’s battle over feminine identity.
To be born female in South Waziristan, a tribal area of Pakistan on the Afghan border that’s dominated by the Taliban, is inherently challenging. It is even more so for Toorpakai, born female, but with the instincts and temperament of a boy, to a father so notoriously permissive that he was once confined to a mental hospital for believing his wife and daughters should be educated.
Heidenreich’s documentary is far more than the stirring story of an athlete’s determination to win against tough odds, including Taliban death threats. It’s also a portrait of a remarkable Pakistani family, born to tribalism but struggling to achieve modernity.
This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
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