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4-Points seeks recipes for new feature

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for locals with ordinary or extraordinary recipes for a new feature The Local Dish beginning in 4-Points. Please e-mail Kelly Silva at ksilva@steamboatpilot.com or call 871-4204 for suggestions and recipes.

The Local Dish: Coq au Stella by Stella Artois

Chef Tom de Four of the De Heeren van Liedekercke Restaurant in Belgium

Recommends the dish with boiled potatoes or rice or sliced potatoes fried with onion and bacon.

Yields: 4 servings

1/4 pound slab bacon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1 cup Stella Artois beer

1-cup chicken broth

Butter for sautg

1/2 pound white mushrooms

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1-cup heavy cream

Salt and pepper to taste

In a Dutch oven, fry the bacon until it begins to brown.

Add the chicken breasts and quickly brown on all sides.

Add the onions and cook until they begin to soften and brown.

Pour the beer and broth in the pan; bring to a boil while scraping up brown bits stuck to the bottom. Lower the heat until beer simmers. Cook uncovered until chicken is done, about 20 minutes.

In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat until it foams. When foam subsides, add mushrooms and turn heat to high.

Add the garlic and toss to coat evenly with butter. Remove from heat and set aside when mushrooms begin to release juices. When chicken is done, add cream and mushrooms to serve.

Pilot & Today in search of collectors

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for locals who have unusual collections or know of someone who does for a story in the Style section of the Feb. 3 edition. To reach Kelly Silva call 871-4204 or e-mail ksilva@steamboatpilot.com.

Artist offering oil painting workshops

Impressionist oil and watercolor painter Joan Hoffmann offers oil painting workshops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The West Condominiums Clubhouse in Steamboat Springs and a watercolor workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Depot Art Center. In addition to the workshop will be a free open critique for the community from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Depot Art Center. Cost is $120 for the oil painting two-day workshop and $25 for the watercolor workshop. The oil painting classes are geared for beginners through advanced and painters work in a studio during the winter, outdoors during the summer. Hoffmann will teach painters to hone skills in landscape, still life and alla prima techniques. Call 879-9008, (707) 763-6536 or visit www.joanhoffmann.com for more information.

Annual Snow Express event benefits MS

Jimmie Heuga's 17th annual Snow Express for MS is March 3 in Steamboat Springs. Teams of participants compete against each other in a dual giant slalom race. Participants, skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities, must raise $1,000 by the date of the race. The more money raised, the better the prizes. Money raised will benefit The Heuga Center, a nonprofit scientific research center dedicated to improving the lives of people with multiple sclerosis. Call 888-DO-IT-4-MS, 879-7860 or visit www.heuga.org to register for the race and for more information.

Farndale Ave. Ladies present play Feb. 7-16

The Farndale Avenue Ladies present "They Came From Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Towns Women's Guild's Coffee Morning" at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays Feb. 7-16 at The Farndale Avenue Church Hall, corner of Seventh and Aspen streets. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the play directed by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. Tickets are $10 in advance and for seniors at All That Jazz and the Depot Art Center, $12 at the door. Call 879-3254 or 879-6654 for more information.

CMC offers world politics noncredit class

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus offers a World Politics/Great Decisions noncredit class through the Alpine Enrichment Program for the spring semester. Each discussion is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on the second floor of Bogue Hall for a brown bag lunch series beginning Feb. 5 through Feb. 28. Professor Emeritus George Tolles will present the eight discussions on eight critical issues facing U.S. policy makers in 2002. Cost is $25 and includes a Foreign Policy Association Briefing Book. Call Denise Roach at 870-4454 to register by the end of January.

Local museum exhibits work of Curtis

The Tread of Pioneers Museum presents "The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis" photography exhibit through June 2002. Curtis was an early 20th century sepia photographer that reproduced images of Native Americans and their lifestyle. Photo Express House sponsors the event. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 879-2214 for more information.

CMC presents 'Lakota Way' seminar Feb. 2

Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Enrichment Program presents the seminar speaker series for the spring semester 2002. The first program in the series is "The Lakota Way and Lessons for Living" from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the CMC cafeteria. The three-hour workshop offers spiritual and ethical lessons applicable for everyday life. Joseph Marshall III, author and historian, will present the workshop based on his latest novel, "The Lakota Way." Call 870-4432 for more information and to register for a $35 fee. A book signing open to the public will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Alpine Bistro.

Wee Naturalists weather talk set for Wed.

Yampatika and Partners in Interpretation present a Wee Naturalist schedule for the winter. A "Rain, Snow or Sun" seminar is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Yampatika on 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue to learn from looking at the sky what today's weather will be. Call 871-9151 for more information.

Yampatika Educational Partnership presents a winter schedule:

Saturdays:

Karen's Winter Explorations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday beginning Dec. 8 with a cross-country and/or snowshoe tour in the Yampa Valley. Reservations required and fee charged. Call for reservations and more information.

Guided Nature Ski Tours from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Meet at the top of Why Not ski run.

Monday through Saturday:

Family winter activity backpacks at Yampatika. Go to store to check out what's available.

Tuesdays:

Emerald Mountain Snowshoe Tour (moderate) from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at Yampatika.

Guided Nature Ski Tours from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays:

Rabbit Ears Backcountry Tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preregistration and reservations required.

Thursdays:

Uranium Mine Road Snowshoe Tour from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Yampatika.

Guided Nature Ski Tours from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Mesa State presents new art exhibit

Mesa State College presents "This and That, Here and There" by graduating senior Stephanie Preston from Monday through Feb. 8 at the Johnson Gallery in the W.W. Campbell College Center at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. The free art show features sculpture, paintings and photography. A special reception to meet the artist is free and open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1at the gallery. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Call (970) 248-1954 for more information.

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