Steamboat briefs: City expects to host 9,000 New Year’s visitors

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— Nearly 9,000 visitors are expected to spend their New Year’s holiday in Steamboat Springs, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s weekly lodging barometer. This weekend’s visitor forecast of 8,900 visitors is a slight increase from the corresponding weekend a year ago when 8,600 people came to Steamboat to ring in 2010. Visitor numbers are expected to continue increasing through next week, as the Chamber is projecting 10,900 guests in town Wednesday and 11,800 guests by Jan. 8. Those numbers also represent increases from last year.

This year’s Christmas weekend showed a decrease in guest numbers compared with 2009. About 9,000 people visited last weekend, compared with about 9,800 for the weekend in 2009.

Children can pay library with nonperishable food

During December, children can pay off their overdue fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library while helping local families in need by participating in the library’s annual Food for Fines Program. For every can or box of food children bring in to the library, the library will cancel $1 of overdue fines. All food will be donated to LIFT-UP Food Bank. This program is for youths 17 years old and younger only in December. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/kids or call 970-879-0240, ext. 313.

Cello Choir registration, scholarships end Tuesday

Registration for Cello Choir for intermediate to advanced teen/adult cellists ends Tuesday. Cello Choir rehearses Mondays starting Jan. 10 and is rehearsed by Steamboat Symphony Orchestra cellist Bruce Dean and by Conductor Ernest Rich­­ard­­son. Youths younger than 20 seeking scholarships should apply by Tuesday. Registration and scholarship forms are at www.steamboatorchestra.org/youth.html, or call 970-870-3223.

Cross-country skiing class is offered for area seniors

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is recommending a Cross Country Skiing for Seniors class hosted by Colo­­rado Mountain College and the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Class is from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays starting Jan. 12. The cost is $30. Call CMC to register at 970-870-4444.

Mainstreet seeking board members for 3-year terms

Mainstreet Steamboat Sp­­rings’ annual board meeting is Jan. 21, and new board members will be installed to replace retiring members. The board will have three vacancies this year, and Mainstreet is looking for members who are interested in serving a three-year term.

The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to about 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall. In addition to being on the board, Mainstreet asks each board member to serve on one of the four standing committees. These committees also meet once a month at varied times and dates. 

Anyone interested should contact Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 or tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com.

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