Briefs for May 9

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Calling all teen rock stars for Battle of the Bands

Registration is ongoing for the fourth annual Teen Battle of the Bands to be held May 19 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The event, sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs' Teen Programs, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, The Local and Z-Rock radio, will feature bands from Steamboat, Hayden, South Routt and Craig.

Registration forms are available at the city's Parks and Recreation Office, 245 Howelsen Parkway, and at www.steamboatsprings.net/rec. Registration forms must be turned in by May 11. For more information, call Teen Programs at 879-4300.

Environmental fund applications available

The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation's Employee Environmental Fund annually awards grants to support charitable projects that benefit environmental issues in the Yampa Valley. Funds may be requested for nonprofit purposes contributing to improvement or development of environmental projects, programs or facilities.

Applications can be found at www.yvcf.org or by stopping by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation offices (465 Anglers Drive, Suite 2-G). Applications are due by 5 p.m. May 30 at the Community Foundations office. Call 879-8632.

Tobacco quit kits available for smokers and chewers

Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the Visiting Nurse Association office in Steamboat, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and helps individuals through the quitting process. Research shows you are seven times more likely to end your tobacco habit with help from QuitLine than if you try to quit on your own. Eight weeks of free nicotine patches are available. Call (800) QUIT-NOW. Call the VNA at 871-7639 for more information.

Immunization clinics for kids held Wednesdays

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will hold immunization clinics for adolescents ages 11 to 18 each Wednesday during May from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Steamboat VNA office, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Vaccinations will be offered for Meningococcal (offered only to students age 11 to 12 years old, freshmen entering high school or graduating seniors attending college in fall 2007), Tdap (tetanus booster), Hepatitis A and HPV for females. No appointment is necessary. Students younger than 18 must have a parent present and bring their vaccine records. The VNA charges on a sliding scale of free to $14 per shot. A Spanish interpreter is available on May 14 and May 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 879-1632.

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