The annual Geminid meteor shower will peak before dawn Saturday morning. The shower produces 70 visible meteors an hour, but the display will be hampered this year by a third-quarter moon.
The Geminids are named for the constellation of Gemini, the Twins, because the meteors appear to emanate from a spot in the sky near the bright star Castor in Gemini as Earth travels through a stream of space debris left behind centuries ago.
Renegade forerunners and late stragglers might be seen for a week or more before and after the peak of the shower.
Holiday events abound
"Tea with Santa," an all-ages event, will be hosted by Friends of the Emerald City Opera from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, on the corner of Ninth and Oak streets. Tickets are $8 per child; accompanying adults are admitted free.
At 5 p.m., the Columbine Youth Chorale and Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra will give a holiday concert. Tickets are available at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, at the door or by calling 879-1996.
After the youth concert, the Emerald City Opera will present a Resident Artist Spotlight Series Concert featuring soprano Karen Onan with Sandra Varley on piano.
Diamond event at the Depot
"A Diamond Event" takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Appetizers and wine will be served, and guests will be entered to win prizes. The first 50 guests with a donation of $50 or more will take home a diamond from The Diamond Connection or a cubic zirconium.
The fund-raiser will benefit Jimmie Heuga's Snow Express for Multiple Sclerosis. This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heuga Center's efforts to help people with MS manage their disease, take charge of their health and regain hope for a productive and meaningful life.
Call Stacey Kramer at 879-7860 or Jill Waldman at 879-9020.
Roaring '20s New Year
Tickets are available for The Gambler's Ball "Roaring '20s" New Year's Eve Party, sponsored by Perry-Mansfield and Emerald City Opera. The party, open to ages 21 and older, will begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court. Tickets are $50 per person.
Tickets are available at All That Jazz, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Epilogue Book Co., and the Sheraton or by calling 879-7125.
Artists sought for contest
Ride Snowboards and ArtLink are looking for artists to enter the second annual "Snowboard Art 2: A Graphics Competition" scheduled for exhibition in February.
The grand prize design will be printed on five limited edition Ride snowboards. The grand prizewinner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and one of the limited edition Ride snowboards decorated with the design. The remaining four boards will be used for fund-raising purposes for the Surfrider Foundation's Snowrider Project, a national outreach program that seeks to educate snow-sport enthusiasts and Alpine communities on the interrelationship between the mountain and coastal environments and promote watershed stewardship.
The competition is open to all artists working in any two-dimensional medium designed to fit the official snowboard template. The Intent to Enter deadline is Wednesday. Details are available at www.artlinksteamboat.org, www.ridesnowboards.com and www.artdeadline.com. Entries from the first design competition can be viewed online at www.artlinksteamboat.org.
The design competition will be held and exhibited in Steamboat Springs with an awards presentation in February.
Valley vows on display
The exhibits "A Century of Valley Vows: A Community Exhibit" and "Foundations of Steamboat: The Gossard Family" are on display at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The exhibit traces the traditions, people and attire from weddings in Routt County over the past century.