Briefs for April 22

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Sen. Taylor honored for his commitment to children

State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, was awarded Tuesday by the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children for his commitment to children.

Taylor was presented the CAEYC Commitment to Children Award during a ceremony at the state Capitol. The award, which is given annually to a state legislator for his or her dedication and willingness to support the needs and rights of children, was given to Taylor primarily for his work on a bill that extended the child-care facilities tax credit to 2010.

The law originally was passed in 2000 to provide a state income tax credit of 50 percent to any taxpayer who makes a monetary or real estate contribution to facilities that provide child-care services. The law was set to expire this year until House Bill 1119 was signed into law.

"Children are our most precious resources, and we must do everything we can to ensure they have the appropriate opportunities for success," Taylor said in a statement.

The CAEYC also will make a donation on behalf of Taylor to the Marla Bouma Memorial Tuition Award scholarship fund for students majoring in early childhood education.

Howelsen Ice Arena will close May 11 to July 2

The Howelsen Ice Arena will close for the season May 11 and reopen July 2. Local appreciation skate is from noon to 6 p.m. May 10 with free admissions and skate rentals.

Monthly support group Taking Charge offered

A cancer diagnosis not only affects the person receiving it, but also his or her family and friends. The dynamics of a family and other relationships change. The people involved in the relationships take on new roles.

Taking Charge, a monthly education support group for people who receive a cancer diagnosis, will address this issue with "Honoring The Family During the Treatment of Cancer."

Licensed clinical social workers Carol Gordon and Katy Thiel, and pastoral counselor Sandy Beran, will be on hand to discuss these role changes during a free meeting at noon Wednesday in Conference Room 1 of Yampa Valley Medical Center. Lunch will be provided. Call Thiel at 879-1632, ext. 33.

Creative dance session open to 6- to 8-year-olds

A special three-week session of creative dance for 6- to 8-year-olds will be offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays in May by Children's Danceworks. The class meets at Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak St. Call 736-1005 to register.

After-Prom Committee looking for volunteers

The Steamboat Springs High School After-Prom Committee is looking for volunteers to help with decorating and cleanup associated with the May 1 prom. Volunteers interested in decorating can report to the high school after 4 p.m. April 30 or from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1. Cleanup volunteers can report to the school from 9 to 11 a.m. May 2. Call 879-3030.

Arts Council accepting 'gently used' donations

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting drop-off donations of "gently used" items for their Shabby Chic Garage Sale. Drop-off times are from noon to 4 p.m. May 22 and 23, or at other times by appointment. The Shabby Chic Garage Sale takes place June 5. Call 879-7125.

Riparian/wetland seminar on assessment is July 27

The Colorado Riparian Training Cadre, an interagency, interdisciplinary team, is inviting private landowners, government employees and other interested residents to attend a two-day training session, July 27 and 28 in Steamboat Springs, on how to assess riparian/wetland condition.

The objective is to develop a common vocabulary and understanding of riparian areas among people who work on the land. The session includes one day in a classroom setting and one day visiting streams in the field.

There is no tuition, but space is limited. The class size will be kept to a maximum of 30 students to facilitate meaningful interaction.

To register, contact Jay Thompson, Colorado Riparian Cadre Coordinator at (303) 239-3724 jay_thompson@co.blm.gov.

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