Steamboat briefs: Partners in Routt County collecting books for drive

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— Partners in Routt County is collecting books for the statewide Literacy Matters Book Drive. Last year, more than 16,000 Colorado students, about 27 percent, were not reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Help close Colorado’s reading gap and make a difference in a child’s life by supporting the book drive. Bring a new or gently used children’s book to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or Partners in Routt County through Jan. 14. Donations will support Routt County schools. For questions or more information, call Lindsay Dietz at 970-879-6141 or Serve Colorado at 303-866-6426.

Today is last day to sign up for spring ensembles

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is accepting registration forms and scholarship applications for spring education ensembles through today. The Orchestra is offering a cello choir, flute choir and string ensemble groups. Musicians of all ages meet once per week culminating in a concert under the direction of Ernest Richardson in March. For more information, visit the education section at www.steamboatorchestra.org or call 970-870-3223.

Aging Well to offer fitness classes for older adults

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is offering fitness classes for older adults at Colorado Mountain College beginning in January. Advanced N’Balance is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today to April 9, and physical conditioning for seniors is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to April 11. Classes are at the CMC location at Curve Plaza. The cost is $53 for Advanced N’Balance and $40 for physical conditioning for seniors. To register, call 970-870-4444.

Yampa Valley Singers to begin concert rehersals

The Yampa Valley Singers begins rehearsal Tuesday for the spring concert “Amazing Grace: Music of our Heritage,” which will be performed April 13 and 14. Interested singers are welcome to rehearsals from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St. Registration is $35. For more information, call Ruth at 970-879-2641.

Fireman’s Ball fundraiser planned to be held Jan. 28

The annual Fireman’s Ball fundraiser is at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at The Steamboat Grand. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner and dancing, with music by the Brian Smith Band. Proceeds benefit the Fire Fighter Community Assistance Fund, which offers assistance to individuals after an emergency, and the Public Safety and Education Program, which teaches ways to stay safe and healthy and how to deal with emergencies.

Tickets for the formal-attire event are available at Steaming Bean Coffee Co., Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, and from Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters. Call 970-879-8231 for more information.

History museum looking for front desk volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. Friday and Saturday afternoon shifts are especially needed.

The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Call 970-879-2214 or email storemgr@springsips.com for more information.

Grand Futures is seeking members for its boards

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, a nonprofit organization that works to reduce substance abuse throughout Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, with particular emphasis on youths in grades six through 12, is seeking interested community members to serve on its county and tri-county coalition boards. Send emails of interest to Susie Baird at susie@grandfutures.com. No phone calls. For more information, visit www.grandfutures.org.

Horizons provides free screenings for children

Horizons Specialized Services provides free screenings for children. If you’re a parent and are concerned about your child’s development, call Kathy Northcutt at 970-871-8558. The screenings can answer questions such as “Should he be walking by now?” “How many words should she be saying?” and “Is her hearing and vision what it should be?”

¿Tiene usted preguntas como estas con respecto al desarrollo de su nina/o? ¿Deberia estar caminando a esta edad? ¿Cuantas palabras deberia mi nino/a estar diciendo? ¿Es su vision y audicion normal? Podemos contestar sus preguntas con un chequeo gratuito. Llame a Natosha al 970-756-5014.

Christmas tree recycling at Howelsen through January

Christmas trees can be recycled through the end of January in the northeast corner of the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot. All tinsel, lights, nails, decorations and ribbons must be removed. Wreaths will not be accepted. The resulting mulch is given to residents and used in city parks. For more information, call Ernie at 970-879-4300, ext. 325.

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