'Family' focus of community mixer

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— Food, fun and fire trucks should be enough to lure any kid to a party, but tonight's Chamber mixer is about another "F" families.

First Impressions, a community board dedicated to early childhood development, is co-hosting this month's community mixer, along with the city and county.

About 14 different agencies that deal with families and children will set up at tonight's mixer at Steamboat Springs High School. There also will be a table with child-care provider information.

"Most of the agencies will have hands-on activities for children," said Renee Donahue, who chairs the First Impressions board. "Jugglers will be there, and tons of food and door prizes."

An overnight trip to Denver with four tickets to the zoo is the big door prize.

Because it's a family event, no alcohol will be served.

The Steamboat Springs Fire Department will have its new fire truck on hand, and Smokey Bear will be there as well.

A car seat check also will be available for families and their small children.

"This is always popular because many people aren't sure their seats are secure," said Colleen Miller with the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Miller said mixers are a way for the public and businesses to mingle.

"Some people have no idea what these businesses are but they see their names," Miller said.

"They'll put up displays that tell people what they do."

Families can expect to see representatives from 4-H, Family Development Center, Parks and Recreation, the Visiting Nurse Association and others.

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