Briefs for May 12

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Yampatika needs help collecting edible plants

Yampatika is looking for volunteers to help collect wild edible plants today for the Sixth Annual Wild Edible Feast fund-raiser. Volunteers should show up at 8 a.m. at Yampatika. Bring a shovel, gloves, raincoat and water. Be dressed to get dirty.

Volunteers can help as long as they want -- one hour or the entire day. Most of the sites will be located close to town. The day will be educational, Yampatika naturalist Karen Vail said. Call 871-9151.

Oak Creek, Yampa fire districts host open house

The Oak Creek and Yampa fire protection districts will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at the South Routt Medical Center in Oak Creek. Activities will include free blood pressure and blood sugar checks, child safety seat checks, free gun locks, wildfire awareness presentations and free hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks.

Bikers asked to stay off trails until they dry

Mountain bikers are asked to steer clear of Emerald Mountain, Howelsen Hill and other trails in the area. Gretchen Sehler, director of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series, inspected trails on Emerald Mountain and Howelsen Hill on Tuesday morning. They aren't ready to ride, she said.

"Some places it's dry but most places it's damp and soggy," she said. "Even though it might look dry at the bottom, it's not really dry. When you ride on a trail, as opposed to walking, the tire sinks in and leaves a rut, which is an avenue for water to run down. It erodes the trail."

The closeness of Emerald Mountain makes it a popular mountain bike spot, but riding too early does permanent damage to the trails. Sehler said she didn't know of any mountain bike trails that were 100-percent ready to ride.

Volunteers needed for Perry-Mansfield cleanup

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp is calling for volunteers Saturday for the camp's annual Clean-Up Day. Lunch is provided. Clean-up starts at 9 a.m. Call 879-7125.

Hayden library to hold book discussion Tuesday

The Hayden Public Library will hold a Book Discussion Club to discuss "A Girl Named Zippy" by Haven Kimmel. The story is set in a small town in Indiana and chronicles the adventures of a little girl growing up. The author will be speaking in September at the Literary Sojourn sponsored by the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The group will meet to discuss this book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library. There are copies of the novel available, so anyone interested in joining the group can stop by and pick up a copy to read. Newcomers are always welcome.

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