Steamboat briefs: Hunters establish petition online to back crane hunt

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Hunters who favor a proposal before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to establish a limited fall hunting season for sandhill cranes in Routt and Moffat counties have established a Web-based petition.

Former Ducks Unlimited regional director and Steamboat Springs resident Ken Constantine initiated the petition.

In an introductory letter, he wrote, “As anticipated there has arisen vocal opposition to this hunt. ... We must let the wildlife commission know that hunters and nonhunters alike favor wildlife management based on science.”

Parks and Wildlife Commission officials told an audience at a public meeting here last week that petitions must be submitted formally before a preliminary May 10 meeting of the commission.

Find the petition here.

Piknik Theatre Festival in search of actors and staff

The fifth annual Piknik Theatre Festival will produce Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” as part of this summer’s outdoor theater program. A yet-untitled original musical comedy also will be part of the program.

Auditions for actors are from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Depot Art Center. Interested performers can prepare an audition piece or just show up. Those interested in production — costume building and marketing — should email director Stuart Handloff at shandloff@hotmail.com.

The annual Piknik Theatre Festival is a collaboration between local performers and a group of professional actors who travel to Steamboat each summer from New Zealand.

Colorado Mountain College credit is available for actors and support staff. Opening night of the festival is July 6 at the Yampa River Botanic Park. The free series runs for about a month.

Tennis Association’s flower basket deadline is Wednesday

The Steamboat Tennis Association is selling flower baskets to support youth tennis programs in the Yampa Valley. The deadline to order is Wednesday, and flowers can be picked up May 23 at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Visit the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs for more details, or download an order form here.

Teen Council applicants are encouraged to apply Wednesday

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council is looking for new members for the 2012-13 school year. The all-teen organization works to “give teens a voice in our community.” Learn leadership and team-building skills while helping to guide community decisions that affect teens. Students in ninth through 11th grades are encouraged to apply by Wednesday. Download an application at www.steamboatspringsteencouncil.org. For more information, call Brooke Lightner at 970-879-4300.

Egeria Park Roping Club accepting memberships

The Egeria Park Roping Club is accepting memberships for the upcoming season. Roping and nonroping memberships are available to individuals or families. The group ropes and rides in an arena between Yampa and Toponas on Colorado Highway 131. For more information, call 970-638-4270.

Registration deadline for summer sports is Thursday

The registration deadline for summer adult recreational sports — including softball, soccer and beach volleyball — is Thursday. For more information or to register, visit www.steamboatsprings.net/recreation or call 970-879-4300.

Yampatika seeks volunteers for variety of opportunities

Yampatika is in need of volunteers. Opportunities include Wild Edible Feast support, program host, driver and summer camp support. For more information, contact 970-871-9151 or info@yampatika.org.

Success Steps luncheon on sustainability is May 10

A Success Steps luncheon about sustainability is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 at Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave. Topics that will be covered include:

■ Defining the sustainability and what it means to your business.

■ How a sustainability mindset helps find waste to reduce costs.

■ Educating and engaging your employees for maximum results and greater productivity.

■ Communicating your sustainability story and benefiting from it.

■ Integrating sustainability into your company strategy.

Presenter George Danellis is principal at The Vector Group, a sustainable business consultancy with offices in Seattle and Steamboat Springs. The $15 cost includes lunch. Register by calling 970-870-4491.

Visiting Nurse Association offers $14 MMR vaccine

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for $14 for a limited time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended two MMR vaccinations for anyone planning to travel to Europe, including children as young as 6 months old. For more information or to make an appointment, call the VNA in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632.

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