Steamboat Briefs for Dec. 29

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Tobacco "quit kits" available at VNA offices

— The Northwest Colorado VNA is offering help to smokers attempting to quit the habit for the new year. Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the VNA offices in Steamboat Springs, at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and in Craig at 745 Russell St. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and offer free support from a trained coach who guides individuals through the quitting process. Four weeks of free nicotine patches and nicotine gum are available. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or call the VNA at 871-7664.

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. through Sunday, 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.

Food for Fines program under way at library

Do your kids have overdue fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library? During December, kids can "pay" off their fines while helping local families in need by participating in the library's annual Food for Fines Program. For every can of food kids bring in to the library, the library will cancel $1 of their overdue fines, up to $10. Non-perishable items such as toothpaste and diapers are accepted, too. All items will be donated to the LIFT-UP Food Bank. This program is for children 17 and younger, and it takes place only during the month of December.

Help needed to oversee sections of local Web site

Yampavalley.info needs volunteers to oversee sections of its Web site. Anyone who loves the Web and has local knowledge could become a manager of the site's Natural Resources and Environment Center, Local Lore, or Recreation Center information pages. Managers maintain links, add new information, answer online questions and serve as an expert resource for information about the community. If interested, call Sarah Kostin at 879-0240, ext. 305, or skostin@marmot.org.

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