Briefs for Jan. 5

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Creative dance classes

for children to begin

A six-week winter session of creative dance classes for children ages 2 to 8 will be offered at Northwest Ballet Studio, 326 Oak St., beginning Jan. 12. To register, call Wendy Smith Mikelsons at Children's Danceworks at 736-1005. Tuition prices vary according to age and length of class.

'It's a Girl Thing' book

discussion begins in Feb.

This spring, Bud Werner Memorial Library will continue its popular book discussion series for girls and women called "It's a Girl Thing." The free program is open to girls ages 10 to 13 and a woman of significance in their lives, such as a mom, grandmother, friend or teacher. Pairs may sign up for one or two discussions. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6, March 5 and April 2. The library will give each pair a copy of the discussion book to keep. Registration is required. Call the library at 879-0240, or stop by the children's desk to sign up.

Women's cross country ski clinics offered weekly

The Nordic Link and Lake Catamount Touring Center are offering weekly women's cross country ski clinics from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at Catamount. Classical and skate-skiing clinics are offered, and each session includes an hour-long lunch. The cost is $40. Call 871-6238, ext. 401 to make reservations.

Donations being accepted for soldiers, their families

Two Steamboat Springs Realtors, Molly Hibbard and Marci Valicenti, are collecting monetary and tangible donations to support soldiers from Routt County and their families. Monetary donations can be made payable to The Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Write "Support the Troops Fund" on the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, P.O. Box 774965, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Tangible donations can be dropped off at Steamboat Real Estate, 635 Yampa Ave., or Prudential Steamboat Realty, 1875 Central Park Dr.

Suggested donations include: Magazines, baby wipes, pre-paid phone cards, cookies or Gatorade mix. No alcohol or liquids.

Call Marci, at 879-5000 or Molly, at 879-8100.

County program accepting LEAP applications

The Routt County Department of Human Services Low-income Energy Assistance Program will accept applications through April 30. LEAP helps low-income households meet winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. The maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $1,384; for four people it is $2,837. For more on LEAP eligibility requirements or other information, call 879-1540.

Registered nurse refresher course begins Friday

It has never been easier for an inactive registered nurse to get back into the profession. Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC) is one of several sites in Colorado that will host an RN refresher course in 2004. The local course will begin Friday.

The 220-hour course includes 100 interactive hours of theory taught at YVMC on Fridays, Jan. 9-April 16. Students also will complete 80 hours of clinical experience in YVMC's medical-surgical department with approved instructors. Each student can then select a specialty area in which to finish 40 hours of elective experience.

Students must have a current RN license or temporary work permit from the Colorado Board of Nursing. To register, or to obtain more information, call YVMC Human Resources Coordinator Dawn LaPlaca at 870-1118.

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