Steamboat event offers family holiday activity

Optimist Club’s ‘Santa’s Workshop’ features chances to give

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What: “Santa’s Workshop,” presented by the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St.

Cost: Free

Call: Robin at 846-3356

— Games, Santa, crafts and the spirit of giving will be featured at a “Santa’s Workshop” activity fair Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.

The free event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday includes opportunities for children and their families to give to several local and national organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, LIFT-UP of Routt County and Toys for Tots.

Robin Wilson, event organizer and a member of the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs, which is presenting the inaugural event, said she hoped the chances to give would help children understand that “they can give and make somebody else’s holiday a little happier.”

That lesson was important to Wilson and her co-organizers, mothers from a playgroup for young children.

“The season is giving and spending time together with the family and having fun and having your health, and I think it was just a great opportunity to elaborate on some of those areas,” Wilson said.

Several local businesses have covered the costs of various activities, Wilson said. A cookie decorating station with Mrs. Claus is courtesy of Winona’s Restaurant, and Diane Davis, of Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, is donating her time with an ornament and holiday craft station. Sarah Kostin, youth services librarian for Bud Werner Memorial Library, will offer her services with a reading and puppet presentation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Children will be able to play a series of “reindeer games,” sing holiday jingles, write a letter to Santa and visit with Santa. Letters to Santa will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation through a program of Macy’s. For each letter to Santa delivered to a Macy’s store, the chain will donate $1 up to $1 million to the foundation for sick children. A member of the Optimist Club will take Saturday’s letters to a Macy’s store on the Front Range.

Ornaments and gifts from the craft station will be distributed to local seniors through the Meals on Wheels program. There will be drop-off boxes at the event for Toys for Tots and LIFT-UP, and the Optimist Club will accept donations for its annual scholarship program.

About 20 students from Steamboat Springs Middle School and staff members from the Boys & Girls Club will be on hand to help organize and run the event, Wilson said. Heather Martyn of the Boys & Girls Club said the afternoon of activities is a chance for families to do something together.

— To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com

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