Briefs for March 16

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Legislation is passed

extending child tax credit

Routt County child-care groups are praising legislation extending the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.

The legislation was signed by Gov. Bill Owens on March 9.

The tax credit allows anyone making a cash donation to a child-care facility to take a 50 percent tax credit. The credit was extended through Dec. 31, 2009, through legislation carried by Rep. Lynn Hefley, R-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.

Tami Havener, executive director of the Family Development Center, which includes Discovery Learning Center, and Renee Donahue, Routt County's early childhood supervisor, said Taylor deserves significant credit.

"We owe him a huge debt of thanks," Havener said. "We know from research that the highest quality programs have to receive donation money."

St. Patrick's Day Ceili is at 7 p.m. at Depot Art Center

A St. Patrick's Day Ceili will be held at 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. The event is sponsored by the Yampa Valley Ceili Society of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The event will feature live music with Gaeltacht and dance performances by the Steamboat Springs Irish Steps and Figures Dancers. Participatory ceili dances and lessons will be offered. Call 879-9008.

International evening

is today at high school

Steamboat Springs High School, in conjunction with National Peace Corps Day, will host an international evening to celebrate the international diversity in our area and support those organizations, which help foreign nationals. There will be educational and service booths, as well as music, food and a silent auction. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the high school commons area. Donations will be accepted.

People interested in volunteering, either by playing instruments such as the Andean flute or African drums, cooking ethnic foods or providing entertainment from different cultures, are asked to call Nicole Goode at 870-1698.

Strings presents a tribute to Beatle John Lennon

Strings in the Mountains presents "A Day in His Life," a tribute to John Lennon, by Tim Piper and his band at 8 p.m. March 26 at the Steamboat Christian Center.

Piper portrays not only The Beatles' music in the style and sound of the original recordings but also Lennon's personality, appearance, mannerisms and humor. Piper has portrayed Lennon twice on national television, as well as with his band at the John Lennon Birthday Memorial in New York City in 2001.

Tickets are $30 at All That Jazz or through www.stringsinthemountains.com.

Call 879-5056, ext. 100 or 103.

Guest to speak at cancer support group meeting

Taking Charge, a monthly educational support group for people living with cancer, will address cancer issues this month. Guest speaker Connie Carson will speak about the effects chemotherapy has on the brain.

Taking Charge, which is sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association, will meet at noon March 31 at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Conference Room 1. Lunch will be provided. Call Katy Thiel at the VNA 879-1632, ext. 33, with questions.

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