Briefs for Sept. 25

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Man pleads guilty

to growing marijuana

A man arrested for growing marijuana in his Shadow Run condominium pleaded guilty Friday to cultivation of marijuana.

In a plea agreement reached with the District Attorney's Office, Matthew Scharff, 20, pleaded guilty and received a deferred judgement. If he complies with the conditions of the plea agreement, which include obtaining a substance-abuse evaluation and any necessary counseling, submitting to random drug testing, paying court costs and performing 48 hours of community service within the next six months, his case will be dismissed in two years.

Scharff was arrested in late June after police, tipped off by the drip of a leaky ceiling, discovered 55 marijuana plants, fluorescent lights and sprinklers in his apartment.

Bite of the 'Boat event will benefit Stepping Stones

The second annual Bite of the 'Boat, benefitting the Stepping Stones Transition Program, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Restaurants and businesses are being sought to take part in the fund-raiser by providing prepared food, non-alcoholic beverages and silent auction donations. The event will benefit Stepping Stones, which serves students ages 18 to 21 who have special needs. Stepping Stones is now in its second year and serves five to 10 students. To help with the event, either by making a donation or volunteering, call Paula Lotz at 871-6937 or 846-6648.

Senior Extravaganza is

Oct. 8 at Olympian Hall

The Kiwanis Club's Senior Extravaganza, "It's a Beautiful World," is at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Olympian Hall. Seniors will be treated to a free sit-down dinner and are encouraged to wear ethnic costumes from around the world. RSVP to 879-5058.

Eligible households can receive food from TEFAP

U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities are being distributed at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek through the quarterly Emergency Food Assistance Program. Eligible households can receive TEFAP foods once per quarter. The current quarter began July 1 and ends Sept. 30. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 870-8804 from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays for eligibility requirements.

Free ultrasounds offered at Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is offering free ultrasounds for pregnant women. Call 879-2212.

Nominate high school

students for award program

If you know of a high school student who is an exceptional community volunteer, he or she may be eligible for the National Association of Secondary Principals Youth Award Program. Students selected for this award may be considered for a scholarship. To nominate a student, call Gayle Dudley at Steamboat Springs High School at 871-3641.

Author and adventurer will present slide show

Author and adventurer Jon Bowermaster will present his Oceans 8 Slide Show at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Catamount Ranch and Club.

The one-hour slide and DVD presentation will highlight Bowermaster's sea kayak adventures, featuring his most recent travels along the coast of Gabon, Africa and into South America's Altiplano. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Yampa River. Call 871-1308.

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