Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Pilot & Today will close at 3 p.m. Friday

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— The Steamboat Pilot & Today will close its office at 3 p.m. Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday. The office also will be closed Monday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Display advertising space reservations for the Wednesday edition of Steamboat Today must be made by 1 p.m. Friday. Classified advertising phone calls will be accepted through 3 p.m. Friday. Classifieds may be placed online at any time.

Call 970-879-1502 with questions about advertising deadlines.

Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed for holidays

The Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The museum will reopen Tuesday. Regular business hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Partners in Routt County is conducting book drive

Partners in Routt County is collecting books for the statewide Literacy Matters Book Drive. Last year, more than 16,000 Colorado students, about 27 percent, were not reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Help close Colorado’s reading gap and make a difference in a child’s life by supporting the book drive. Bring a new or gently used children’s book to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or Partners in Routt County through Jan. 14. Donations will support Routt County schools. For more information, call Lindsay Dietz at 970-879-6141 or Serve Colorado at 303-866-6426.

Bust art sought for ‘Best of the Busts’ art show

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project are seeking bust art pieces that have been purchased during the past 10 years of Bust of Steamboat events. Busts are needed for loan to the “Best of the Busts” art show Feb. 3 at Library Hall. If you have purchased a bust and are willing to loan it to the library for an evening, contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay at jlay@steamboatlibrary.org or 970-367-4917. The art show will be from 5 to 7 p.m. before Steamboat Springs’ third annual Lunafest short film festival at 7 p.m. More information is at www.steamboatlibrary.org/events.

Aging Well to offer tai chi classes for older adults

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, offers beginning tai chi classes for older adults in Steamboat Springs and Hayden. Tai Chi for Health 1 is from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 3 through Jan. 31 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. An additional class is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 5 at The Haven Community Center in Hayden. There is a $3 requested donation per class. Call 970-871-7676.

Free Realtor Community Christmas Dinner on Sunday

The free Realtor Community Christmas Dinner is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The annual event is sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors. Call Penny Fletcher at 970-870-8800 with questions or to donate food.

Salvation Army is in need of volunteer bell ringers

The local Salvation Army Extension Committee is looking for volunteer bell ringers for one-hour shifts starting Christmas Eve. Ninety percent of the money collected through the local kettle drive stays in Routt County to help residents in need. The other 10 percent helps people statewide. To volunteer, call Judi Williams at 970-819-5839. For more information about the Salvation Army Kettle Drive, call 970-870-0727.

Donations needed for senior citizen gift bags

Routt County Council on Aging is accepting donations for senior citizen holiday gift bags. Call Laura at 970-879-0633 or stop by the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Sustainability Council is suggesting trees as gifts

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is suggesting tree donations as gifts this holiday season. The donated funds will be used in January to purchase trees for ReTree Steamboat, a annual tree-planting event June 9 that helps to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Last year, 3,000 trees were planted on Emerald Mountain and Mount Werner, according to a news release.

Giving levels are as follows:

Douglas Fir: $10 (5 trees)

Engelmann: $25 (10 trees)

Blue Spruce: $50 (25 trees)

Evergreen: $100 or more (50 or more trees)

Those who give $25 or more will receive a card for friends or family describing the gift.

Center for Visual Arts is seeking holiday greeters

The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, a nonprofit community art center at 906 Lincoln Ave., is seeking volunteers to assist in gallery greeting during the holiday season. Volunteers should have an interest in learning about local artists and confidence in speaking with visitors. Shifts are flexible. Contact Executive Director Linda Laughlin at 970-846-7062 or linda@steamboatartcenter.com.

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