Briefs for April 19

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County fair sponsors should commit this week

Individuals, groups and businesses interested in sponsoring the 2006 Routt County Fair or advertising in its fair book must make their commitments by Thursday. Payment is due June 1. Call the fair office at 276-3068 or e-mail jaltman@co.routt.co.us for details.

Third annual Teen Battle of the Bands is May 20

The third annual Teen Battle of the Bands is May 20 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. Tony Counts, aka "Kat in tha Hat," will emcee the battle. Prizes for the winning band include a professionally recorded demo produced by Kurt Wipperfurth of Big Idiot Productions; airtime on KFMU; a weeknight performance at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill; a feature article in 4 Points, the weekly arts and entertainment supplement to the Steamboat Today, and a trophy created by industrial arts students at Steamboat Springs High School.

The city of Steamboat Springs Teen Programs, the Steamboat Pilot & Today and KFMU are sponsoring the alcohol- and drug-free event. To register your band, call Brooke Lightner at 879-4300, ext. 355, or e-mail blightner@steamboatsprings.net. The deadline to register is May 5.

All band members must be ages 13 to 19. At least one member of the band must live in Routt or Moffat counties.

For more information, call Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Mike Lawrence at 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com.

Hayden tee ball programregistration under way

Hayden's Totally Kids summer program is gearing up for summer activities. Registration is under way for tee ball for children ages 5 to 7. The cost is $25 for the first child in a family and $15 for each additional child from the same family. Games take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 30 to June 29. The registration deadline is Friday. For more information or to volunteer, call Donna Bertram at 276-4213.

Elementary students raise money for heart programs

Strawberry Park Elementary School and Soda Creek Elementary School students raised more than $16,000 for the American Heart Association during the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. The money will help fund research, fight heart disease and stroke and support the American Heart Association's public and professional education programs.

"This year's event was a huge success, and we want to thank the community for supporting this worthy cause," Soda Creek physical education teacher Chris Adams said.

More than 100 Strawberry Park students participated in Jump Rope for Heart, and all of Soda Creek's first- through fifth-grade students participated. Eighty-one of them contributed donations to the American Heart Association.

Jump Rope for Heart promotes physical fitness and heart health through jumping rope.

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