Steamboat briefs: USA Pro Challenge informational meeting set for Monday evening

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The community is invited to attend a USA Pro Challenge informational meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in Centennial Hall. Steamboat Springs will host a stage stop Aug. 21 and a stage start Aug. 22 for the annual professional cycling race.

At the meeting, law enforcement officials as well as community and business representatives will discuss road closures, detours and events related to the Bike Week schedule.

Find more information at www.steamboatprocycling.com.

Registration is required for upcoming Yampatika events

■ A bighorn sheep count is from Friday through Sunday in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. This is a physically challenging three-day, two-night trip with about 8 to 12 miles of hiking per day. Participants will be required to pack in their own gear and food. A pre-trip training will be required to learn how to properly count and classify bighorns. 

■ Join children’s nature writer and educator Garry Pfaffmann, author of “Rocky Mountain Birds,” for a hands-on exploration of bird nests, flight and behavior. Participants will build their own nests and play a hike-and-seek game as they hide their nests out on the ranch. The program for children ages 7 to 12 is from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, and registration is required by Monday. The cost is $5. For more information, email morgan@yampatika.org.

Registration is required for both events by calling 970-871-9151.

Parks and Wildlife offering free entrance to parks Monday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day on Monday by offering free entrance at state parks, including Stagecoach Reservoir, Yampa River, Pearl Lake and Steamboat Lake state parks in Routt County.

“This day is also the agency’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of our residents and visitors who enjoy our state parks for their continued support,” Gary Thorson, assistant director for information and education for Parks and Wildlife said in a news release.

All other fees, including camping and reservations will remain in effect Monday.

Tibetan meditation master to give talk Aug. 16, 17

The Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs hosts Tibetan meditation master Tsoknyi Rinpoche III for a talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and a retreat from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

Rinpoche will discuss the essence of love during the evening talk, and the cost is $10. During the morning retreat, he will guide participants through meditation methods, and the cost is $40.

Rinpoche also will discuss his work in supporting the education and development of more than 2,000 monks and nuns in eastern Tibet and Nepal.

For more information, contact Tim Olmsted at 970-846-2699 or tim@zirkel.us.

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