Steamboat briefs for Nov. 19


Thanksgiving dinner donations needed

Routt County United Way and Wells Fargo Bank are sponsoring the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Holy Name Catholic Church at 524 Oak Street. All are welcome. The sponsors are in need of prepared food donations including turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry salads and desserts. Call Routt County United Way at 879-5605, or Wells Fargo Bank at 870-2021.

Last day to see Festival of Trees

The 13th annual Tread of Pioneers Museum Festival of Trees, sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs and Ace at the Curve Home and Hardware, concludes today at the museum on the corner of Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat Springs. Public viewing of the 26 decorated trees, created by local businesses and organizations, is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free for Routt County residents. For nonresidents, the cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for children. Call Candice Lombardo at 879-2214 for more information.

Bell ringers needed to help Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer bell ringers needed to raise money to help local families meet their basic living expenses. To volunteer to ring the Salvation Army bell for an hour during the holidays, call Pat at 879-0233.

Singers wanted for Handel's "Messiah"

Singers are wanted for holiday performances of Handel's "Messiah," to be performed Dec. 22 and 23 at Steamboat Christian Center. Rehearsals are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Methodist Church.

The concerts will feature the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and professional soloists, plus a chorus of more than 100 members from the community. Performances are sponsored by the orchestra, Emerald City Opera, Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Rocky Mountain Community College and the Community Chorus. Call Marie Carmichael at 871-4883.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs looks for volunteers

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is recruiting interested volunteers to assist with its programs. Mainstreet is a comprehensive program created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revive and strengthen the historic cores of communities across the nation. More than 2,000 communities are using the Mainstreet Four-Point Approach, which address design elements within the district, promotion of events and image, economic restructuring to gauge and strengthen economic health, and organization of the entities within the district as a unified voice. If you would like more information on becoming active with the Mainstreet organization, call Tracy Barnett at 846-1800 or e-mail

County fair board looks to fill vacancies

The Routt County Fair Board has three vacancies. Two vacancies are at-large positions that expire Dec. 31, in 2008 and 2009. The third vacancy is for District 3, which includes Steamboat Springs, and expires Dec. 31, 2008. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month. The Fair Board is a nine-member board responsible for the management of the fairgrounds, and planning and executing the annual Routt County Fair. Call Jill at 276-3068.

Transportation to medical centers available to vets

Transportation to the Grand Junction and Denver VA medical centers is available for veterans who are unable to drive and who have an appointment Monday through Friday at either hospital. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Veterans Affairs Officer of Routt County at 879-5489 or e-mail to arrange transportation.

Veterans are encouraged to take advantage of the medical services available to them through the VA. Entering the VA medical system requires a copy of your DD 214 and about 20 minutes to fill out a form with the VA officer. The Routt County office is in the Workforce Center in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center. The office is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.


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