Steamboat briefs: Toys for Tots will start to place donation boxes today

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Toys for Tots will begin placing donation boxes across town starting today. Business owners who would like to have a box at their stores are asked to call Teri Wall at 970-819-5620.

The organization is in need of new, unwrapped toys; cash donations; and gently used, clean winter items, including scarfs, gloves, hats, fleeces, coats, blankets and comforters. All donations stay in Routt County.

To sign up a family, go to 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, go to 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 in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. 

Routt County school lunch menus for week of Nov. 26

■ Steamboat Springs High School

Monday: fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy

Tuesday: Tuscan-style pasta, mustard greens, roasted squash and hazelnut salad

Wednesday: beef goulash, spaetzle

Thursday: pork with apple cider sauce, creamy millet with roasted portobellos

Friday: beer-battered cod, chips

■ Steamboat Springs middle and elementary schools

Monday: fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy

Tuesday: Tuscan-style pasta, mustard greens, roasted squash and hazelnut salad

Wednesday: beef goulash, spaetzle

Thursday: pork with apple cider sauce, creamy millet with roasted portobellos

Friday: homemade pizza

■ Hayden School District

Monday: beef soft tacos, refried beans, Spanish rice, pear halves, milk

Tuesday: pork green chili, pasta salad, coleslaw, blueberries, milk

Wednesday: chicken wraps, baked beans, roasted chick peas, applesauce, milk

Thursday: sloppy Joes, potato salad, snap peas and onions, Granny Smith apples, milk

Friday: Asian chicken pad thai noodles, vegetable stir fry, mandarin oranges, milk

■ South Routt School District

Monday: taco salad with whole-grain tortilla chips, fruit and veggie bar, milk

Tuesday: spaghetti with meat sauce, bread sticks, fruit and veggie bar, milk

Wednesday: deli combo sub sandwiches with Swiss cheese, fruit and veggie bar, milk

Thursday: chicken noodle soup, fruit and veggie bar, milk

Friday: sloppy Joes, oven potato wedges, fruit and veggie bar, milk

■ Heritage Christian School

Monday: chicken burrito, tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream

Tuesday: turkey wrap with bacon and cheddar dipping sauce, fruit, cookie

Wednesday: barbacoa taco, refried beans, tortilla chips

Thursday: cheese, pepperoni and sausage pizza

Friday: half-day, no lunch

Echo Valley hosts a pick, cut a Christmas tree hike

Echo Valley Family Farm, 33545 Routt County Road 41, hosts a pick and cut your own Christmas tree hike with hot chocolate and snacks on Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas. Families and pets are welcome. Call 970-367-6622 or 970-871-8023 for more information.

REPS seeks volunteers for suicide prevention program

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is looking for volunteers for its Suicide Prevention Advocates program. Trained volunteers are advocates in Yampa Valley Medical Center’s emergency room for those who have attempted suicide.

ASIST training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a prerequisite for this position. The next ASIST training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Concordia Lutheran Church. The training is free. Anyone interested in the training or in becoming a volunteer may call Ronna Autrey at 970-846-8182.

AARP driving class for senior citizens is Monday

Senior citizens who want to become safer behind the steering wheel of their vehicle and save on insurance rates can take a special driving course from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday in the American Legion room at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

The fee for the four-hour course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The AARP is offering the class for free to military veterans and their dependents who register online this month, according to local organizer Bud Romberg.

The class teaches strategies for dealing with age-related changes and has shown over a period of years a statistically valid reduction in the numbers of crashes and injuries among those who have taken the class, Romberg said.

State law requires insurance companies to extend discounted rates for a period of three years to drivers who have taken the class.

For more information or to sign up, call Bud or Jane Romberg at 970-879-0064.

VNA provides wellness clinics; flu shots available

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides wellness and foot care clinics for adults throughout Routt County. Wellness clinics include a blood pressure check, blood glucose reading, medication review and weight assessment. Flu and pneumonia shots also are available. Foot care clinics include a thorough foot cleaning and check for potential problems. Clinics are free for adults 60 and older, but donations are appreciated. Clinics are offered in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa. Appointments are required for foot care. Find a clinic schedule at www.nwcovna.org/wellness_aging.php or call 970-871-7676.

Grand Futures looking for volunteers for campaign

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is looking for community volunteers, ages 21 to 35, to assist in development of content and messaging for a new impaired driving prevention media campaign. The group will be meeting no more than twice in November, with limited additional meetings during the next year. Those who are interested are asked to contact Kate Elkins at kate@grandfutures.org or 970-879-6188. 

Habitat for Humanity is seeking skilled volunteers

Routt County Habitat for Humanity needs skilled volunteers who can help install trim and base and case at the new duplex at 2750 Honeysuckle Drive. Experience is necessary, and volunteers are needed any day and anytime. Visit www.routtcohabitat.com and click on “Volunteer Now” to sign up, or call 970-871-6101.

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