Steamboat briefs for July 2

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Northwest VNA warns about firework risks

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents that fireworks-related injuries are most common on and around holidays associated with fireworks celebrations, especially the Fourth of July. Thousands of people are treated in emergency departments each year for injuries sustained from fireworks. The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov and search "fireworks."

Winter Park hosts teen battle of the bands

The first teen High Altitude Battle of the Bands is Aug. 30 at the skate park in Winter Park. Bands are encouraged to apply by Aug. 1. All band members must be 18 or younger to compete. The event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes the battle of the bands and free skate festival at Hideaway Park Skate Park in Winter Park. All festivities are free.

Six bands will compete for the title of Best Band Above 7,000 Feet. Interested bands should be ready to play 20- to 30-minute sets and must submit a three-song demo by Aug. 1. To register, call Autumn Phillips at (970) 887-3334, ext. 19600, or e-mail aphillips@grandcountynews.com.

Volunteers needed for Fourth of July in Yampa

Players, flag ladies and instruments are needed for the marching band in the Fourth of July Parade in Yampa. Players of all abilities are welcome. If you would like to participate, watch for signs at the post office in Yampa. Call Nora at 638-4511 or 638-4668 to get the music and ask questions, or to lend an instrument to the parade.

16th annual Literary Sojourn tickets on sale

Literary Sojourn is Sept. 27 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Steamboat's 16th annual festival of readers and authors features Karen Joy Fowler, Andrew Sean Greer, Nathaniel Philbrick, Elizabeth Strout and Manil Suri, with master of ceremonies Erin McKean. Tickets are on sale at Epilogue Book Co., Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Visit www.literarysojourn.org for more details about the event, author biographies and complete reading lists. Tickets cost $75 until Sept. 14. Call the library at (970) 879-0240 for more information.

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