Briefs for Feb. 20

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Chili Cook-off comes to Steamboat March 25

The fifth annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-off is from 4 to 6 p.m. March 25 at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. The cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 15, and there is a maximum per-family charge of $35. Food categories include red and green chili, soup and "To Die For Desserts." There will be hot dogs and chips for children, and live entertainment will be provided by 3-Wire. There also will be an auction and a cash bar. All proceeds from the event benefit the North Routt Preschool and the Hahn's Peak Area Historical Society.

Judges and food entries are needed. For more information, call Brian or Shaunna at 871-1979.

Defensive driving program for students is March 13

The Alive-At-25 defensive driving program, for drivers ages 15 to 24, will be offered from 4 to 8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The cost is $30, and students can register online at Alive-at-25.org or by calling (866) 605-3900.

The course includes risk identification, interactive video participation, discussions among participants about personal experiences, role-playing exercises to help students learn to control various situations and local traffic and driving laws. New drivers who have not completed a formal drivers education program can apply for a learners permit at age 15.5 after completing this program, and all young drivers may benefit from substantial discounts offered by some automobile insurance companies.

Youth basketball registration is ongoing

Registration for the city of Steamboat Springs' youth basketball program is ongoing on a first-come, first-served basis until the programs are full. The program is for children in grades three through six. The season is from March through May. The program is designed for youths who want to learn more about the fundamentals of basketball in a non-competitive atmosphere. Stop by Parks and Recreation office to complete a registration form or call 879-4300 for more information.

Knitting, quilting volunteers needed

The Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Office is looking for volunteers to teach knitting and quilting to local youths during the upcoming 4-H Fiber Arts Camp from Feb. 20-23. Also needed are donations of 100 percent cotton fabric and wool yarn. Call extension agent Karen Massey at 879-0825 for more information, or stop by the Extension Office in the Routt County Courthouse Annex.

Building available for horseback riding

Don't let your horse get out of shape. The Routt County Fairgrounds multi-purpose building is open to the public for horseback riding. The cost is $5 an hour. Horses are not provided. The schedule is posted at www.routtcountyfair.org, or call 276-3068 for more information.

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