Steamboat Briefs: Nonprofit expert to speak at 2 workshops in March

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— Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days is bringing in nonprofit sector professional Dr. Martha Vail for two workshops at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The first is from noon to 4 p.m. March 10 and is called Advanced De­vel­opment Strategy: Strength­ening Your Individual Donor Base. The cost is $75 and includes lunch. The cost is $45 for those who register before March 3.

The second workshop, from 5 to 7 p.m. March 10, is called Individual Fundraising: Making the Ask. The workshop is free for those who attended the first one with two board members, and it is $30 otherwise. Register at www.northwestrpd.org.

Registration open for teen overnight trip to Denver

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department announces that registrations for Teens on Tour overnight trip to Denver are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through Thursday. The program is for teens in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The program is offered during school days off on March 10 and 11. The trip includes indoor sky diving at Sky Ventures Colorado, dinner and shopping and the wildlife experience, including the Dolphins film and lunch at Toucan Café.

The cost is $125 and covers transportation, activity fees, dinner Thursday, breakfast and lunch Friday and hotel accommodations. Participants must bring a sack lunch for Thursday. Register at the parks and recreation office or call 970-879-4300 with questions.

3rd annual ball for autism program set for March 5

Yampa Valley Autism Pro­gram’s third annual Mas­quer­ade Ball is from 6 to 11 p.m. March 5 at the Steamboat Springs Com­munity Center.

The Mardi Gras-themed party will feature Cajun fare, hurricane drinks and dancing to Loose Change. Masks and Mardi Gras costumes are encouraged, and masks can be purchased at the door for a nominal fee. The event includes a live auction.

Yampa Valley Autism Pro­gram serves families with aut­ism and other related disabilities.

Masquerade Ball proceeds will be used to sustain and grow the project’s programs. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple and can be purchased at All That Jazz, at yampavalleyautism.org or by calling YVAP Director Lu Etta Loeber at 970-870-6257. Corporate sponsorships also are available.

Biblioteca Bud Werner buscan voluntarios

Biblioteca Bud Werner a ofrecer Cuentos Bilingües para Niños Preescolares. ¡Se buscan voluntarios! Entusiásticos, creativos y pacientes que sean fluentes en inglés y español, que trabajen bien con niños, que estén disponibles un lunes al mes por las mañanas y que se sienta cómodo/da leyendo y hablando en frente a un grupo grande de niños, padres y niñeros. Voluntarios interesados deben asistir al Entrenamiento para Narradores Bilingües el miércoles, 2 de Marzo a las 6pm en la sala de Cuentos para Niños. Para más información, contacte a la Bibliotecaria de Servicios Juveniles, Sarah Kostin al 970-879-0240, extension 314, o a la Directora Ejecutiva de Comunidad Integrada, Tatiana Achcar al 970-871-4599.

VA urges veterans to sign up for electronic deposits

The Department of the Treasury announced a new rule that will phase out paper checks for federal benefits by March 1, 2013. Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs urge veterans to sign up for electronic payment of their benefits.

On March 1, 2013, VA will stop issuing paper checks. People who do not have electronic payments for their federal benefits by that time will receive their funds via a prepaid debit card, according to a news release. Called the Direct Express card, it is issued by Comerica Bank as the financial agent of the U.S. Treasury.  

Another deadline affects people receiving VA’s compensation or pensions for the first time after May 1, 2011. Those people will automatically receive the benefits electronically.

Anyone already receiving federal benefit payments electronically will be unaffected by the changes. To learn more about the federal government’s switch to direct deposit — or to change VA benefits to direct deposit — visit www.GoDirect.org. Information about the campaign also is available at 1-800-333-1795.

Along with payments for VA benefit, the change also will affect recipients of payments from Social Security, Supplemental Security In­­come, Railroad Retirement Board,or Office of Personnel Man­age­ment.

For more information about VA benefits and programs, go to www.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000.

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