Fourth of July events calendar

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Friday

- The Steamboat Lions Club hosts its annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Little Toots Park on 13th Street. The cost is $7. Seniors and children younger than 10 pay $5. All proceeds go to local projects.

- Yampa's Fourth of July Celebration, "Great American Heroes," begins with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. There also is a parade at 1 p.m., with line-up and judging before noon at River Park, a marching band,

barbecue beef lunch immediately after the parade on the school grounds, live music, crafts, games, horse polo and fireworks at dark. Call Tom Yackey or Arlene Porteus at 638-4496.

- The 17th annual Steamboat Sprint, part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, is at 9:30 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue downtown.

- The First National Bank of Steamboat Springs Fourth of July Parade is at 10 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue downtown. Steamboat Springs firefighters will try to "fill the boot" with donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the parade. Donations will be used in the battle against neuromuscular diseases.

- Art on the Mountain in Gondola Square is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

- Strings Music Festival and Tread of Pioneers Museum present the Pioneer Day Block Party, immediately following the Fourth of July Parade in downtown Steamboat Springs, at the museum on Eighth Street between Oak and Pine streets. The party includes a live Strings Music Festival concert with Boulder Brass, food, children's activities, the museum's famous "Routt Beer Floats" and free admission to the museum.

- The United Methodist Church hosts a Strawberry Festival on its lawn at Oak and Eighth streets, immediately following the Fourth of July Parade in downtown Steamboat Springs. The festival includes ice cream sundaes for $3, and cones and lemonade for $1. Proceeds benefit local charities.

- July's First Friday ArtWalk is from 5 to 8 p.m. at 15 downtown venues. The free event includes new artists, shows and locations, along with food, live music and several opening night receptions. For a map, stop into any gallery or the Visitors' Center, or call 846-9349.

- The 2008 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is at 7 p.m. at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill. Barbecue and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children. Children 6 and younger get in free. The Fourth of July fireworks display will follow the rodeo at dark. Call 879-1818.

SATURDAY

- The MainStreet Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sixth Street, between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street. The market includes food and craft booths and live music, and happens every Saturday through Aug. 30. Call Tracy Barnett of MainStreet Steamboat Springs at 846-1800.

- The Hahn's Peak Area Historical Society hosts an Ice Cream Social fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Hahn's Peak Schoolhouse. Event includes homemade ice cream, door prizes and a silent auction. The cost is $5. Children younger than 6 get in free.

- Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp presents "Shall We Dance?" an evening of ballroom instruction with Yvonne Marceau, at 7:30 p.m. in the Steinberg Pavilion. The evening includes dancing, instruction, food and wine. Tickets cost $75 and benefit the Perry-Mansfield scholarship fund. Call 879-7125.

- The 2008 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is at 7:30 p.m. at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill. Barbecue and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children. Children 6 younger get in free. Call 879-1818.

SUNDAY

- The Saddleback Ranch cattle drive down Lincoln Avenue is at 10 a.m. in downtown Steamboat Springs.

- The Community Agriculture Alliance hosts Cow Town Ranch Tours beginning at 1 p.m. Visit www.communityagalliance.org.

- Anchor Way Baptist Church presents a concert by Susie McEntire Luchsinger at 3:30 p.m. at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, before the rodeo. Call the church at 879-7062.

- The Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo is at 5 p.m. at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill. The rodeo is free.

- Emerald City Opera's Resident Artist Spotlight Series presents soprano Keri Rusthoi and pianist Mutsumi Moteki, with special guests, at 5 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

- A barn dance and barbecue for U.S. Rep. Mark Udall is at 6 p.m. at Green Creek Ranch in Pleasant Valley. Suggested contributions range from $500 to $50. Call Laura Warren at (303) 820-2008 or visit www.markudall.com/steamboat to RSVP.

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