Briefs for September 18

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Mahogany Ridge wins People's Choice award

— Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill took the People's Choice award at the Downtown Hoedown and Chili Challenge on Saturday, beating out about 25 other competitors with a Smokey Red Chili. George Trujillo, who won the popular vote last year, took first place in the green and firehouse categories. Jo Stanko and Mary Kay Monger, as the Routt County CattleWomen, won the red category with a chocolate- and tequila-infused chili, and Kristin Cronin won the white chili category with her (Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney-inspired) chicken chili. Runners up in each category: Channing Reynolds and Mahogany Ridge (red); Jill Lindberg and Matthew Burditt (green); Penny Martyn and Adolfoh Pietro (firehouse); and Maggie Beckenbach (white).

'It's a Girl Thing' book discussion begins Oct. 12

Bud Werner Memorial Library is continuing its popular book discussion series for girls and women called "It's a Girl Thing." The free fall program is for girls ages 10 to 12 and a woman partner such as a mom, grandmother or friend. Registration is limited. Pairs may register for one or two discussions. Book discussion dates are 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/kids or call 879-0240 for more information.

Steamboat Dance Theatre accepting applications

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is accepting applications for Dance Scholarships for Fall Dance. Anyone with financial need, child through adult, is welcome to apply for tuition assistance to study dance. Scholarship application forms are available through local dance teachers, on the Web at www.dance-steamboat.org, or by calling Wendy Smith Mikelsons at 736-1005. Applications may be given to your dance teacher or mailed to the theatre at P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477. Feel free to call Wendy or e-mail steamboatdancetheatre@yahoo.com. All applications are strictly confidential.

Mainstreet Steamboat offers mystery shopping

The Economic Restructuring Committee of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is offering its members a free mystery shopping service designed to provide an outsider's impression of their business. The goal is to improve customer service and stay competitive. The Economic Restructuring Committee is looking for a few members to help design the program as well as members who are interested in having their businesses shopped. All participants will be offered a pre-meeting visit to personalize the shop to their business, a written report, and a one-on-one recap of the customer experience, including perceptions of the exterior and interior of the business. All information will be confidential and provided only to the business owner. For more information or to express your interest, call or e-mail Kim Dye at 879-6948 or kimdye@frii.com.

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