Steamboat Briefs: Last day for coats is today at the LIFT-UP Food Bank

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Clean, warm, free winter coats are available today to anyone who needs a coat — one per person — from 1 to 5 p.m. at the LIFT-UP Food Bank. The Food Bank is at the Lufkin Lift-Up Center, 2125 Curve Court, just down the street from Cook Chevrolet. Call 970-870-8804.

Mainstreet hosts annual tree-lighting event Friday

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs hosts Light Up the Night, the annual, holiday-season lighting of trees downtown, at 6 p.m. on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. Children can sit with Santa Claus and all can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies provided by local restaurants, sing carols with the Jewel Singers and register to win Downtown Dollars for local shopping.

The tree lighting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by a drop of ping-pong balls from a fire truck bucket above the lawn. The balls will contain offers from downtown merchants. Call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800. 

Chamber’s Winter Activity Mixer scheduled for Dec. 1

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is hosting a Winter Activity Mixer from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

The event is an opportunity to talk with front-line employees — concierges, bell staff, front desk staff, reservations, etc. — who refer visitors to local businesses and attractions. Booth space costs $125, or $25 for restaurants serving food. KFMU will broadcast from the event.

Call 970-875-7006 or e-mail sarah@steamboatchamber.com for more information. Space is limited.

Information can be included in welcome packets for $25.

Gingerbread houses sought for Merry Mainstreet event

The third annual Merry Mainstreet event is coming up Dec. 11.

Mainsreet Steamboat Springs is inviting professional and amateur gingerbread house builders to enter their creations by Dec. 3 for display in downtown Steamboat stores.

Houses may be of any size but must be made of completely edible materials. All houses must be placed on a sturdy base for transport. There is no cost to enter. Prizes will be awarded. Call Tracy Barnett at Mainstreet, 970-846-1800, for more details. 

Kum and Go to give coffee proceeds to Toys for Tots

Customers can purchase a 16 ounce coffee for 25 cents Friday, and all proceeds will be distributed to local affiliates of Toys for Tots. Steamboat has two Kum & Go locations, 80 Angles Drive and 2032 Curve Plaza.

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