Steamboat briefs: Chili Challenge seeks help before, during Sept. 5 event

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— The fifth annual Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge is seeking volunteers for before and during the challenge. 

The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 5 at Eighth and Oak streets. Each volunteer will get a free taster kit to try unlimited chili entries. Call Tracy at 970-846-1800 or e-mail tracy@main

streetsteamboat.com to find out what opportunities are available.

Booths available for Oct. 16 wedding expo at Depot Art Center

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has booth space available for the 2010 Wedding Expo on Oct. 16 at the Depot Art Center. Booths are $100. They are $25 for caterers serving food and can be arranged by contacting Meagan Coates at meagan@steamboatchamber.com or at 970-875-7003.

Open house for new arts program Tuesday evening

Join Hospice of Northwest Color­­­ado, a division of North­west Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council to learn more about a new free program titled Creative Expressions: Ex­­plor­ing Life in the Midst of Change. An informative open house about the initiative will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. For more information, call Dr. Jo Anne Grace at 970-871-7617 or Denise Fasolino at 970-870-8888.

2 will be honored at Doc Willett awards ceremony

The Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley will honor Dr. Jim Dudley as Health Care Professional of the Year and Steve Dawes as Community Health Care Advocate of the Year at the second annual Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards Ceremony on Wednes­day at Strings Music Pavilion. A cocktail reception is at 7 p.m., followed by a ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www.yvmc.org/docwillett.

The Tread of Pioneers Mu­­seum offers the “Doc Willett Quiz” through Friday at the museum at Eighth and Oak streets. Participants can enter to win tickets to the awards.

VNA offering tools to help residents quit nicotine use

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Colorado Quit Line can help residents quit their nicotine habit. Pick up a quit kit (no patches or gum) at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Call Liz at the VNA at 970-875-1882. Colorado Quit Line is at 1-800-QUIT-NOW and www.coquitline.org

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