Steamboat briefs: Thursday is deadline to vote for Steamboat in ski town contest

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Powder Magazine is having a Ski Town Throwdown contest to find the best ski town in North America by bracket-style, head-to-head battles decided by votes on Facebook.

One of this week’s matchups is Steamboat Springs’ second-round contest against Crested Butte.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Steamboat was behind by more than 300 votes. “Like” Powder Magazine on Facebook, cast a vote for Steamboat and then share your vote with others.

The winner of the Steamboat-Crested Butte matchup will face Rossland & Nelson on Wednesday and Dec.13 in the Elite 8.

Toys for Tots in need of donations for holidays

Toys for Tots is in need of new, unwrapped toys; cash donations; gently used, clean winter items, including scarfs, gloves, hats, fleeces, coats, blankets and comforters; and gently used bikes. 

Donations can be dropped off at the following businesses: Central Reservations on Pinegrove Road, City Market, Edward Jones in Central Park Plaza, F.M. Light & Sons, Laurel Street Preschool, Safeway, Starbucks at Sundance Plaza, Steamboat Christian Center, The Steamboat Grand, Steamboat Lumber, Steamboat Motors, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. gondola building (third and fourth floors) and Vectra Bank. All donations stay in Routt County.

To request gifts for a family, contact Teri or Gary Wall at 970-819-5620 or t4trouttcounty@yahoo.com, or visit www.toysfortots.org, click on “Request Toys” and select Colorado and Routt County. Then click on “Family Toy Request Form.”

To make a monetary donation, visit www.toysfortots.org, and click on “Donate” and then “Donate now.” Type Routt County in the Suite or Additional Address Information box.

Toys for Tots will distribute toys from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 to 20 at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Commissioner candidates to be interviewed Saturday

The Routt County Democratic Party vacancy committee received applications from Robert Grover, Steve Ivancie and Ken Brenner for the Routt County Board of Commissioner District 3 seat. The vacancy was left by Diane Mitsch Bush, who was elected last month to serve the new House District 26 representing Routt and Eagle counties. She resigned from her Board of Commissioners seat effective Wednesday.

The vacancy committee will meet at 9 a.m. Friday in the Commissioners Hearing Room to review the applications and at 9 a.m. Saturday in the same location to interview candidates before voting on which candidate to appoint.

All interviews, deliberation and voting are open to the public. View the applications at www.site4sound.com/RCD. Call 970-870-2896 for more information.

Year’s last Global Cooking Series class is Saturday

A pad thai cooking class as part of the Global Cooking Series is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at City Cafe. The $25 class is the final one of the year. Call 970-846-1135 to register or for more information.   

Andrew Beckham author talk is Saturday afternoon

“The Lost Christmas Gift” author Andrew Beckham will be at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to discuss his Christmas book about a wintertime adventure in Steamboat. Learn more about the book at www.vimeo.com/53184137.

Library’s Book Club Bash set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents the annual Book Club Bash at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Library Hall. The free gathering is designed to offer ideas for reading lists for the new year. Book clubs will share favorite recommendations about what they’re reading and best bets for group discussions, and library staff will offer book ideas for 2013.

Registration extended for adult coed sports leagues

Registration has been extended for the city of Steamboat Springs’ winter adult coed sports leagues. Registration continues through Sunday for the city’s basketball and volleyball leagues as well as its new dodgeball league. Games start in early January. Interested adults can sign up a team or register as an individual player. For more information, visit www.steamboatsprings.net/recreation, or call 970-879-4300.

Apply for Safe Routes to School funding by Friday

The Colorado Department of Transportation is accepting applications for 2013 Safe Routes to School funding, according to a news release. Eligible applicants include schools, school districts, cities, counties, tribal entities or any other local or regional government entity. Nonprofits may apply by partnering with any of the above entities. Applications are available at www.coloradodot.info/programs/bikeped/safe-routes. The deadline is Friday.

Free photography portraits given to families in need

A group of local photographers and other volunteers will be giving away free portraits to families in need from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Each family will receive a large framed portrait at no cost. Visit www.facebook.com/helpportraitsteamboat for more information. Interested families must RSVP by calling 970-871-4572.

In the past several years, the Help Portrait movement has given away more than 200,000 portraits in 60 countries. This is the inaugural year for the event in Steamboat.

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