Steamboat briefs for Nov. 24

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Gingerbread houses for downtown holiday event

The Promotion Committee of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is looking for amateur and professional gingerbread house decorators to submit their creations as part of the new Merry MainStreet Downtown Holiday Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Lincoln Avenue will be closed to traffic, and prizes will be awarded in three categories: children amateur, adult amateur and professional.

The houses will be displayed downtown in stores for a week following the Merry MainStreet event. The Steamboat Arts and Crafts Gym will offer drop-in gingerbread classes for several weeks before the event, and The Homesteader will offer a gingerbread house class Dec. 9. All entries are welcome and encouraged.

Call Tracy Barnett, of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, at 970-846-1800, or e-mail mainstreetsteamboat@comcast.net.

United Way announces Christmas Wishes program

Routt County United Way is looking for people to adopt needy families for its Christmas Wishes program. Any businesses or individuals who would like to adopt a family or donate can call the office at 879-5605.

'Tis the season for Salvation Army holiday bell ringers

The Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign needs volunteer bell ringers starting the day after Thanksgiving and running through Christmas Eve. A bell-ringing shift lasts one hour and helps many people through the donations that are given.

All but 10 percent of the funds raised stay here in Routt County to assist those in need, through LIFT-UP of Routt County.

To volunteer for bell ringing, call Sheri Stetman at 846-7247. For more information, call 870-0727.

Volunteers needed for Winter Sports Program

Volunteers are needed for Horizons Specialized Services' 32nd annual Ski and Winter Sports Program. Horizons, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. and volunteers from the community partner each season to provide winter sports programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The program is an opportunity to get involved, meet new people and spend seven Saturday or Tuesday afternoons helping Horizons clients enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Call Rebecca at 879-4466, ext. 111, to volunteer or to get more information.

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