Steamboat briefs: Forms to enter 99th Winter Carnival parade are available

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— Entry forms for the 99th Winter Carnival Diamond Hitch Parade on Feb. 12 are available at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club office or at www.sswsc.org. The theme for the Winter Carnival is A Yampa Valley Tradition. The entry deadline is Feb. 3. Call the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100, for more information.

After School Youth Chorus meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday

The After School Youth Chorus, under the direction of Keri Rusthoi, is from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs sanctuary. The chorus trains young singers ages 7 to 12 in the art and joy of classical choral singing and performance etiquette. No experience is required. Call Laurin Cooke at 970-879-8809 to register for the 10-week session. The cost is $115 and includes a final concert.

Northwest Colorado VNA offering flu vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone ages 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting confirmed cases of influenza resulting in hospitalizations. It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Drop-in flu clinics are held from 9 to 4:30 Thursdays through January at the Steamboat Springs Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office. Flu shots always are available by appointment. Adult flu shots/FluMist are $16, and children’s flu shots/FluMist are $14 or less. For more information, visit www.nwcovna.org or call the flu hotline at 970-871-7624.

Mainstreet Steamboat is seeking letters of support

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs has been named a semifinalist for a Great American Main Street Award by the National Main Street Center. Of the 10 semifinalists, five will be selected as winners. Semifinalists have three additional submission requirements — maps, a video with interviews and 30 letters of support from the community. Mainstreet Steamboat is asking the public to supply the 30 letters of support if you see the value of the Mainstreet program in regards to the improvements and vibrancy in downtown Steamboat. It would help to note any particular improvement, program or activity that you find particularly appealing. Send your letters of support to Mainstreet Steamboat, P.O. Box 774611, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. To learn more about the GAMSA award and past winners, visit www.preservationnation.org/main-street/awards/gamsa/.

Aging Well winter class calendars are available

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, has winter class calendars available. Fitness classes for older adults are offered in Steamboat, Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa. The winter schedule includes Beginner Tai Chi for Health, Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Healthier Living, a chronic disease self-management workshop. There is a $3 requested donation per class unless otherwise noted. Stop by the office at 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101, to pick up a calendar or visit www.nwcovna.org to view a class schedule. For more information, call 970-871-7676.

VNA offering meningitis vaccinations for students

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading medical groups recommend the meningococcal vaccine for youths ages 11 to 18, as well as those ages 19 to 21 who attend college. College students younger than 22 who received a meningococcal vaccine before age 16 should receive a booster. For more information or to schedule an appointment for vaccination, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632 or 970-824-8233.

Newborn Network offers resources for parenting

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children as old as 3. Newborn Network’s free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags. Parents of a child as old as 3 can call 970-879-0977 for more information about support services.

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