Briefs for Sept. 9

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Figure Skating Club kicks off with party, meeting

The Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club's kick-off party is at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Howelsen Ice Arena. The party will include an informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the club.

Information about registration, private lessons, competitions, synchronized skating, ice shows and exhibitions will be provided. There also will be a Skate Swap. A free figure skating session is from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Call Courtney Gil at 871-1152, ext. 340.

Steamboat literary festival coming in October

The Literary Sojourn is Oct. 14 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Steamboat's 14th annual festival of readers and authors features 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, Myla Goldberg, Eric Larson, Stewart O'Nan, Lisa See and master of ceremonies, Erin McKean.

Tickets are $75 until Sept. 30 and are available at Bud Werner Memorial Library and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Visit www.literarysojourn.org for more information about the event, author biographies and complete reading lists. Call the library at 879-0240 for more information.

Newborn Network seeks volunteers to help families

The Newborn Network is looking for volunteers to spend between two and four hours each month helping local families with newborn children. Volunteers, at the request of interested families, will visit homes to provide information about community resources and child development as well as give a gift bag to the family. The program is free to local families. For more information, call 879-0977.

Nurse association offers rotavirus vaccine

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the newly available rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus infects children between six and 24 months of age and causes three significant symptoms: high fever, vomiting and diarrhea. The vaccine is given by mouth in three separate doses at two, four and six months of age. The vaccine cannot be given outside this age range. Children's vaccines are given on a sliding fee scale, and no child will be refused a vaccine because of an inability to pay. Call 879-1632 to make an appointment for your infant.

Arts council seeks

volunteers for program

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking volunteers for its docent program. SSAC docents are trained volunteers who staff The Depot galleries, help interpret and explain exhibits and encourage visitor interaction with the artwork, furthering the mission of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. They help with unpacking exhibit items, hanging shows and hosting opening receptions. Docents also coordinate the annual Studio Tour and facilitate the "Art for Seniors" program at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Docents are available to lead guided tours of the exhibits to schools and groups if requested. Docents meet monthly for seminars as well as occasional field trips.

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