Steamboat briefs: Melanoma awareness event Tuesday at YVMC

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Dr. Maryann Wall will present “Melanoma: Know the Signs, Save Your Own Life” at 6 p.m. Tuesday as part of a free Taking Care of Me program in Yampa Valley Medical Center’s conference rooms.

The hospital’s Melanoma Awareness Month activities also include a follow-up quiz and prize drawing, available online at yvmc.org May 11 to 18, and an information booth at the Routt County Riders Bike Fest on May 14. Activities are funded in part by a Ride 4 Yellow grant.

VNA to offer free HPV vaccinations next week

In recognition of National Women’s Health Week from Sunday to May 14, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free HPV vaccinations to women 19 to 26 years old. To make an appointment, call VNA at 970-824-8233 in Craig or 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs.

Stagecoach now is open for boating; inspections required

Stagecoach Reservoir has opened to boating for the season. In order to keep Colorado waters free from aquatic nuisance species, including zebra and quagga mussels, all boats will be required to be inspected for ANS before launching. The marina boat ramp inspection station hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week beginning May 13. The Morrison Cove boat ramp inspection station will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday starting May 13, and the boat ramp will be chained closed all other times.

Before May 13, boaters may have an ANS inspection performed at the park office. Early season unmarked hazards may exist on the water, so use caution.

To speed up the boat inspection process, all boaters are encouraged to arrive at the reservoir with a boat that is clean, drained and dry. Dirty boats are not able to be inspected and will be turned away. Any boat found with ANS will not be allowed to launch, on any waters, until decontamination is performed.

Registration now is open for Kids’ Adventure Club

Registration is open for summer Kids’ Adventure Club sessions at Steamboat Ski Area. The club includes outdoor activities for children ages 3 through 12 for a day, a week, multiple days or the entire summer.

Camp sessions are Monday through Friday from June 13 through Aug. 19. Daily sessions run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids’ Adventure Club offers specialized programs for each age group. Activities include hiking, biking, arts and crafts, water sports, outdoor games, Strings in the Mountain concerts and Coca Cola Adventure Zone activities. Routt Scouts also participate in off-site activities at Steamboat Lake, Craig Wave Pool and Hahn’s Peak Lake.

Registration is open with options of single, 10- or 20-day programs. Single sessions are $55 per day, and 20 or more days cost $37 per day. Other costs include $25 for registration and $12 for the required club T-shirt. Children who are registered for 20-day sessions by Friday receive a 10 percent discount, plus another 5 percent discount for additional siblings registered.

For additional information, comprehensive activities calendar, or to register your child for the Kids’ Adventure Camp, visit www.steamboat.com/kac, call 970-871-5390 or email kac@steamboat.com.

YVEA refund to be sent to members from 1996

Yampa Valley Electric Association has authorized a refund of patronage capital in the amount of about $2.9 million, according to a news release. The refunded capital will be paid to those who were YVEA members in 1996.

YVEA is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization. Money received over the cost of service is treated as capital furnished by the member. Mail distribution of refund checks in bright pink envelopes is planned for the first week of June.

Association officials suggest that tax questions regarding a capital credit refund be taken up with a tax adviser or the Internal Revenue Service. Deceased consumers’ estates have two options: The estate can wait until the normal patronage capital is paid or take an immediate payment on a discounted basis. Applications are available at YVEA offices. Contact YVEA in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1160 or 970-879-7270.

Fluorescent bulbs to be accepted for recycling

A fluorescent light bulb recycling drop-off event is from noon to 5 p.m. May 19 and 20 at the Colorado Mountain College maintenance shop. Organizers will accept linear tubular fluorescent bulbs of any length and U-shaped fluorescent bulbs. No CFLs or no broken bulbs are excepted.

Relay For Life participants are collecting cans May 14

Relay For Life participants will collect aluminum cans to raise money for the American Cancer Society from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 at the Steamboat Springs City Market.

Center for Visual Arts now is accepting new members

The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts is reviewing applications for a limited number of open positions for local artists in painting or mixed media to join as exhibiting members beginning June 1. The CVA supports an affordable, nonjuried, nonprofit artist gallery at 906 Lincoln Ave. that is open to all emerging local artists. For more information, contact Executive Director Linda Laughlin at linda@steamboatartcenter.com or 970-846-5970. Deadline for application is May 15.

Bike fest and swap set for May 14 at Howelsen Hill

Routt County Riders’ seventh annual Bike Fest and Bike Swap is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the base of Howelson Hill and in Olympian Hall. Participants can sell or buy used bikes, and bike-related items will be on display in the expo. New this year is a kids safety and skills riding area featuring hands-on riding programs for kids and adults (bring your own bike). Food will be available for sale. The event also will include lactate threshold testing, bike fitting and information on new trails and riding areas. A $1 donation is requested to enter. Bike sellers must pay a $5 donation per bike, and buyers must pay sales tax on all bike purchases. Those selling bikes must check them in between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. For more information, call Katie at 970-846-9206 or email katie@kenteriksen.com.

Piknik Theatre auditions May 14 and 15 at Depot

Auditions for the 2011 Piknik Theatre Festival are from 2 to 5 p.m. May 14 and 15 at the Depot Art Center. Prospective actors should prepare no more than a minute of material, preferably something Shakespearean. Actors will be auditioned in the order they arrive with each audition lasting no more than 15 minutes. Auditions are open to those ages 16 and older, regardless of experience.

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