Steamboat Briefs: Animal Healing Center to spay feral cats for free

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— The Animal Healing Center is holding a free feral cat spay day Saturday to reduce the number of feral cats and kittens who are euthanized in the shelter each year, lessen the burden on taxpayers and help control the feral cat population. A feral cat is a cat who has reverted in some degree to a wild state. Routt County residents are asked to trap the cat humanely, have the cat spayed/neutered, and return it to the place where it was trapped. Limited free vaccinations and feline leukemia tests are also available. Call the Animal Healing Center at 970-879-8933 to reserve an appointment, to volunteer or for more information. More information is also available at www.sacredpets.com.

Christian Center to hold weekend marriage class

The Steamboat Christian Center is hosting a weekend Marriage Seminar on Friday and Saturday. The event is sponsored by Dennis Rainey’s Family Life Ministries and is called “The Art of Marriage!” This seminar aims to strengthen good marriages, provide resources and help for those who may be struggling and offer good principles and wise counsel for anyone hoping to be married one day. The cost is $35 per couple. Sign up at www.steamboatchristian.com.

Coach-pitch registration deadline now is extended

Hayden’s Totally Kids program has extended registration for its coach-pitch league for children until May 2. Call Donna at 970-276-4213 for more information.

Summer league registration will be open through May 5

Team registration for the city of Steamboat Springs’ adult summer soccer, volleyball and softball leagues will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. May 5. For more information visit www.steamboatsprings.net/rec or call the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department at 970-879-4300.

City flushing fire hydrants; water discoloration possible

The city of Steamboat Springs will be flushing fire hydrants beginning in late April and continuing until mid-June. This may cause a slight discoloration of tap water. There is not a health hazard associated with the discolored water, the city stated in a news release. Those who notice discoloration should leave the faucet running until the water turns clear, which should take about five minutes.

Call Joe Zimmerman with questions at 970-871-8209.

Council on Aging seeking volunteers for May 6 event

The Routt County Council on Aging is seeking volunteers to help serve food and welcome guests at the Colorado Commission on Aging Centenarian Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 6. Those interested in volunteering can call Laura at 970-879-0633.

BMX track volunteers to have training on May 4

Organizers of the Steamboat Springs BMX track are seeking official volunteers for race and practice days. A volunteer training is at 10 a.m. May 4 at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Call 970-870-9500 or email steamboatspringsbmx@rocketmail.com.

Youths invited to audition for May 15 honor recital

Youth vocalists and instrumentalists are invited to audition for the 2011 Youth Honor Recital, sponsored by the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. The deadline to apply for audition is April 30. Auditions will be judged by professional musicians on May 14. Finalists will play for the recital on May 15. For more information, visit the symphony website at www.steamboatorchestra.org.

This year’s Literary Sojourn tickets to go on sale May 1

This year’s Literary Sojourn will be Sept. 10, at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Steamboat’s 19th annual festival of readers and authors features Jennifer Egan, Peter Matthiessen, Paula McLain, Julie Orringer, Jim Shepard and Julia Glass as master of ceremonies. Tickets go on sale May 1 at www.literarysojourn.org or at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Visit www.literarysojourn.org for more details about the event, author biographies and complete reading lists.

Spring flower sale orders continue through Monday

The Annual Spring Flower Sale is going on now with orders due Monday and deliveries May 26. The event is a fundraiser for several groups, including Soda Creek Elementary School, Strawberry Park Elementary School, Steamboat Springs Middle School, boys lacrosse, girls soccer and the Steamboat Tennis Association. Products include standing or hanging baskets as well as flats. To get an order form, contact someone in one of those groups or call Mary Darcy at 970-870-6428.

Teen Battle of the Bands is scheduled for May 20

The Teen Battle of the Bands is at 8 p.m. May 20 at The Steamboat Grand. The event will feature teen bands from Steamboat Springs, Hayden, South Routt and Craig. Each band must have a three-song set. Local musicians and others will judge bands based on originality, musicianship, sound, lyrics and appearance. Registration begins in May.

Call teen programs at the city of Steamboat Springs for more information at 970-879-4300.

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