Steamboat briefs for Jan. 12

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Emerald City Opera seeking young singers

— Emerald City Opera is accepting registration for its Youth Performance Workshop, an after-school, multi-disciplinary performing arts training series for children in grades three through eight. Classes begin Jan 21. Sixteen slots are available. Twelve weekly workshops cost $212. For more information, contact Trish O'Connell at 879-7791.

Library to continue book discussion group for girls

Bud Werner Memorial Library will continue its book discussion series for girls and women, "It's a Girl Thing," this spring at the library. This free program is open to girls ages 10 to 12 and adult female partners including mothers, grandmothers, friends and teachers. Registration is limited and begins Jan. 3. Pairs may register for one or two discussions. Book discussion dates are Feb. 8, March 7 and April 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The library will give each pair a copy of the discussion book to keep. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/kids, or call the library at 879-0240 for more information.

Energy assistance available through LEAP

The Routt County Department of Human Services is accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program through April 30, 2008. LEAP is a federally funded program designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating.

Household income may not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $1,574. Applications can be picked up at the Human Services office, 135 Sixth St. in downtown Steamboat Springs. For information, call Ruth Ann at 879-1540, or 1-866-432-8435.

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