Stories event to feature 3 Steamboat speakers |

Stories event to feature 3 Steamboat speakers

Jack Weinstein

Paula Lotz, Tara Chavarria and Leslie Bell (shown from left to right) will be featured in "Stories" an event hosted by the Steamboat Christian Center's women's ministry Friday evening

— Although the Stories event Friday night at the Steamboat Springs Community Center is hosted by the Steamboat Christian Center Women's Ministry, coordinator Michele Dudas said it's geared toward all local ladies.

Dudas, head of the Women's Ministry, said Stories is not a "bible thumping, gospel type of thing." She said the free event is intended to bring women in the community together to interact and hear stories from others.

"You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll make a new friend," Dudas said. "It's a fun event. Women love it. The stories are interesting. It's been a well-attended event. That's why we do it annually. Women want to come."

Dudas said the Women's Ministry created Stories as an outreach event for women in the community about three years ago. She said the theme Friday is "Women's Hearts … God's Hand."

Leslie Bell, and artist from Clark; Tara Chavarria, who co-founded Sk8 Church with her husband, Buck; and Paula Lotz, of Horizons Specialized Services, will speak.

Dudas said the women were chosen because they trusted God to lead them and had incredible things happen to them during the past few years. She said they've all been active in the community.

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"We choose women who we feel have a story to tell that can relate to other women in the audience," Dudas said. "So when we have the speakers, there won't be one woman in the audience who won't be affected by something one of those women said."

Stories will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the community center. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. Light appetizers and desserts will be provided. The speakers will begin their presentations at 7 p.m.

Free child care also will be provided.

To RSVP, email Dudas at Those who need child care services are asked to include the number of children and their ages in the email.

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email

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