Steamboat briefs: Registration for billiards fall session begins Wednesday

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Registration for the Yampa Valley American Poolplayers Association fall session begins Wednesday. For more information, call Sheryl Barrett at 970-734-7665 or visit www.yvapa.com.

Back-to-School Supplies Drive benefits area schools

Colorado Student Care is hosting a Back-to-School Supplies Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in front of Walmart. Proceeds benefit Routt County schools. Teenage volunteers are needed. Call George Avgares at 970-870-1733 for more information.

Tickets on sale for annual Doc Willett awards Friday

Tickets for the fourth annual Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards are on sale. This year’s event will be held Friday at Strings Music Pavilion. Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony will start at 8 p.m. The 2012 Health Care Professional award recipient is Mark McCaulley and the Health Care Community Advocate award recipient is Sue Birch. The vision of the Doc Willett awards are to recognize outstanding individuals in our community who have advanced the cause of health care in the Yampa Valley through dedication, innovation and compassion. General admission assigned tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.hfyv.org/docwillett or by calling 970-871-0700. All proceeds benefit Yampa Valley Medical Center. For more information contact the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley at 970-871-0700 or hfyv@yvmc.org.

Routt County Riders trail workday is Friday evening

A Routt County Riders trail workday is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Emerald Mountain. Meet at Blackmer Drive at 5:30 p.m. to help with trail maintenance projects. Tools will be provided as well as snacks from Honey Stinger, dinner from Mazzola’s and beverages from New Belgium Brewing Co. Bring work gloves, a backpack, sunscreen, water, sturdy shoes and a hat. RSVP to trails@routtcountyriders.org or Gretchen at 970-819-1564.

7th annual Chili Challenge entries are due by Friday

Registration is open for the seventh annual Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge on Sept. 2. The event brings chili, cornbread and salsa contestants from throughout the region to vie for the coveted People’s Choice Award as chosen by the event attendees. Competitors can obtain entry forms and rules under the “Events” tab at www.mainstreetsteamboat.com. The entry fee is $10, and awards will be given for the best and runner-up in each category. Categories include red chili, green chili, other chili, cornbread and salsa. Creekside Cafe & Grill is donating 10 pounds of grass-fed beef to each competitor who plans to use ground beef in his or her chili. Entries are due by Friday. For more information, contact Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 or tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com.

Completed Wee Readers Incentive Maps due Friday

Completed Wee Readers Incentive Maps are due to the Kids’ Desk at Bud Werner Memorial Library by Friday to receive a free board or picture book for children as old as 4 as well as a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Mambo Italiano and free babysitting for grown-ups.

Biking the Boat charity ride slated for Saturday

STARS and Routt County Riders present Biking the Boat on Saturday. The ride includes 26-, 46- and 55-miles rides through the scenic roads of Routt County as well as a five-mile all abilities and unicycle ride. The registration fee includes food, New Belgium Brewing Co. beer and live music. Proceeds benefit recreational programs for people with disabilities. Register or donate at www.steamboatstars.com. Those who would like to volunteer are asked to call Craig at 970-846-9859.

VNA urges others to be safe in bat encounters

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to remind readers that bats can be dangerous and offered the following tips in a news release:

■ Contact an animal-control or wildlife conservation agency for assistance with bat-proofing your home. Most bats leave in the fall or winter to hibernate, so these are the best times to bat-proof your home.

■ Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, dead or alive.

■ Wash any wound from an animal thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.

■ Have all dead, sick or easily captured bats tested for rabies if exposure to people or pets occurs.

■ People often know when they’ve been bitten by a bat, but most types of bats have very small teeth that may leave marks that disappear quickly. If you are bitten by a bat or have any direct contact with infectious material, such as saliva or brain material if it is killed, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and get medical advice immediately.

■ If you woke up because a bat landed on you while you were sleeping or if you awakened and found a bat in your room, you should try to safely capture the bat and have it tested. A higher level of bat contact suspicion should be used with adults who cannot reliably report contact (intoxicated, dementia) or with young children.

Find more information about safely capturing and submitting an animal for testing at www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/contact/capture.html.

Travel to Ireland in fall with Chamber Resort Association

Travel to Ireland in the fall to learn more about the history and see the sights with the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. The Irish Splendor package includes roundtrip airfare from DIA to Dublin, Ireland, with departure Nov. 5 and a return to Denver on Nov. 12. The trip includes eight days, nine meals, transportation and lodging accommodations. The cost, based on double occupancy, is $2,599. For more information or to register, contact Lana O’Neil at 970-875-7004 or lana@steamboatchamber.com.

Food bank in Hayden will distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

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