Steamboat briefs: Horizons receives $15,000 from El Pomar Foundation

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Horizons Specialized Services has received a $15,000 grant from the El Pomar Foundation to assist with the construction of an eight-unit apartment complex for adults with developmental disabilities, according to a news release. The new building, Soda Creek Apartments, will be located in the 400 block of Eighth Street, and construction is set to begin in April, according to the release.

“A transitional apartment building has been part of our vision for years. Now we’ll be able to care for individuals across their lifetimes and in the least restrictive environment. Soda Creek Apartments will help us deliver services that are truly client centered,” Horizons Resource Development Coordinator Deirdre Pepin was quoted as saying.

Horizons initially was awarded a $1.27 million grant for the Soda Creek Apartments from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in November 2011, and the Colorado Division of Housing recently awarded Horizons an additional $233,000 for the project.

Horizons has raised 73 percent of the total funds needed for construction, and in the release, Horizons Executive Director Susan Mizen thanked Routt County for supporting the organization and its clients.

Stuart Handloff offering fall acting class at CMC

Stuart Handloff, artistic director of The Great American Laughing Stock Co., is offering an acting class at Colorado Mountain College from noon to 2:20 p.m. Fridays from Sept. 14 to Dec. 14. The class costs $168 and covers topics including public speaking, storytelling, vocal skills and expanding your bag of acting tricks. Register by calling 970-870-4444.

7th annual Chili Challenge contest entries due 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 Friday. For more information, contact Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 or tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com.

Steamboat Dance Theatre annual meeting is Sunday

Steamboat Dance Theatre will hold its annual membership meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday in the conference room at Creekside at Torian Plum on Ski Time Square Drive.

The local dance nonprofit is entering its 41st year and will announce the production team for the 2013 annual concert, which is set for March 14 to 16.

All Steamboat Dance Theatre members, prospective members and those interested in learning more about the annual concert are invited to attend. At the meeting, there will be a vote on the annual budget, a discussion of the theme for the 2013 concert, an opportunity to fill board vacancies and a chance to learn about Steamboat Dance Theatre’s outreach programs. Feel free to bring a side dish or beverage to share. For more information, visit www.steamboatdancetheatre.org.

Historical Society to host Labor Day weekend tours

The Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg will host several historic tours Labor Day weekend.

The Foidel Schoolhouse tour is from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 2. Meet at Oak Creek’s Tracks and Trails Museum. Linda Long will share history and stories.

The historic roadside mine tours are from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 2. Meet at the museum. The tour by Paul Bonnifield will feature the mine areas along Colorado. Highway 131 from the early 1900s to the ’50s.

The tours are free, but donations are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call the museum at 970-736-8245.

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