Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 24

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Hayden Marketplace offers variety of local goods

— The Hayden Marketplace, which features fine gifts and furniture from more than 25 Yampa Valley artisans, will be open from noon to 7 p.m. from Wednesday through Dec. 30, at 144 S. Walnut St. The Hayden Economic Development Commission is backing the venture, which will serve the dual purpose of boosting business development in the town and preserving Hayden's unique Walnut Street area. The Marketplace is located in a spacious frame building which dates to the early 1890s and has a colorful history. For more information on the Hayden Marketplace, call Ann Copeland at 276-3348.

Library prize drawing under way for teens

Bud Werner Memorial Library once again is holdings its annual "Sock It To Me Holiday Stocking Drawing" for teens in the sixth grade and older. Win a stocking full of books, movies and more. There are two stockings to choose from - fantasy and drama. During December, teens will receive a ticket for the drawing every time they visit the library and check out a book or movie. The drawing will be held after Jan 1.

Food assistance available at LIFT-UP offices

USDA commodities are being distributed for the fourth quarter of 2007 at LIFT-UP of Routt County offices in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek, through the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Eligible households may receive Assistance Program foods once per quarter. This quarterly distribution ends Dec. 31. Food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 870-8804 between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to ask about income-eligibility and hours of operation for each office.

'Financial Peace University' course offered

"Financial Peace University," a 13-week class aimed at helping families struggling with debt, will begin Jan. 14 at the United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs. Free previews of the course will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 30 and at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at the church.

There is a $95 charge for the class.

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