Steamboat briefs: Boat ramps at Stagecoach State Park close for season

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The boat ramps at Stagecoach State Park are closed for the season. Canoes, kayaks and other hand-launch vessels are permitted on the reservoir until ice begins to form. For current conditions, call 970-736-2436.

Twin Enviro Services starts compost program in Steamboat

The program is open to residential areas within Steamboat Springs city limits. Participants will receive a 5-gallon bucket that can be collected weekly, semimonthly or monthly at the cost of $8 per bucket. Items accepted include soiled napkins and food waste, including meat, bones, dairy, fruits, vegetables and more. To sign up, email your name, address and phone number to milner@twinenviro.com with the subject “Food waste collection.”

Donate children’s Halloween costumes through Friday

The Steamboat Springs High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be collecting children’s costumes through Friday at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools. The costumes will be stored and used for the Green Halloween costume swap in 2012. At this year’s swap, about 50 costumes were given away, a dozen families participated and $75 was collected to be donated to the American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Irene. Call Nicole DeCrette at 970-871-3689 for more information.

Strawberry Park hosts book fair Thursday through Nov. 10

Strawberry Park Elementary School hosts a book fair from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Nov. 10 in the school library. The book fair has specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult best-sellers and other great reads from more than 100 publishers. Call Mrs. Holland at 970-871-3490 for more information.

Teens on Tour registration deadline is 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Registration closes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for the Teens on Tour program for middle school students. The program is a trip to Denver on Nov. 10 and 11. The cost is $125 and includes a trip to an indoor trampoline park and dodgeball arena, shopping at FlatIron Crossing mall, hotel accommodations and some meals. Register at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department or call 970-879-4300 with questions.

Salvation Army committee seeks volunteer bell ringers

The local Salvation Army Extension Committee is looking for volunteer bell ringers for one-hour shifts starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through 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.

Northwest Colorado VNA offers vaccination for HPV

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently announced that the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is now recommended for boys and men ages 11 to 26. This is a cancer-prevention vaccine that protects men against head and neck cancers and anal cancer, all of which have been on the rise, according to a release from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The vaccine also prevents genital warts in men, which increases the risk of other sexually transmitted infections. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the HPV vaccine by appointment for $14 per shot. To make an appointment, call 970-879-1632.

Community band seeking wide range of musicians

The Steamboat Springs Community Band is looking for new musicians for all instruments and abilities. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Steamboat Springs Middle School. The December concert will showcase Broadway show tunes. Call Mark at 970-291-1254, or just show up.

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