Steamboat briefs: Parade of Homes is Saturday and features 6 locations

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The seventh annual Parade of Homes is Saturday and will feature six homes, including four in Marabou Ranch. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children 13 and younger and can be purchased at Colorado Group Realty’s downtown office, 509 Lincoln Ave.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations throughout the Yampa Valley. Since 2006, the foundation has gifted more than $75,000.

For more information, call 970-870-8800.

Shell Oil gives grant to entrepreneurship center

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College has received a grant from Shell Oil Co. to provide rent assistance for as long as six months to two startup businesses that locate their offices in the Entrepreneurship Center, according to a news release.

The Entrepreneurship Center provides a professional office space and a mentoring program.

The first of the two rent subsidies has been awarded to Mark Traum, who recently left TIC and is starting his own consulting business. The second rent subsidy still is available. For an application and guidelines, contact Randy Rudasics, manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, at 970-870-4491.

Council on Aging senior menus for week of Aug. 12

■ Steamboat Springs Community Center 

Monday: shepherd’s pie

Tuesday: baked ziti

Thursday: salisbury steak

Friday: fish tacos

■ Hayden American Legion Hall

Tuesday: baked ziti

Thursday: salisbury steak

■ South Routt Community Center

Monday: shepherd’s pie

Wednesday: baked ziti

Friday: fish tacos

All lunches are served at noon. There is a recommended donation of $3 per lunch for those 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. A $30 punch card is good for 10 lunches for seniors 60 and older or five lunches for those younger than 60. Find detailed menus at www.rccoaging.org. Call 970-879-0633 to make a lunch reservation, request Meals on Wheels or arrange for a van pickup.

Phippsburg resident working as a tour guide at college

Kirsten Williams, of Phippsburg, is working as a student tour guide this year at Susquehanna University, according to a news release.

To become a tour guide, students must complete a written application and personal interview with the admissions staff. Once selected, students complete a training program, including shadowing veteran tour guides and becoming familiar with the admissions process and frequently asked questions.

Williams, a junior majoring in music performance, is a 2011 graduate of Christian Heritage School and the daughter of Michael and Sally Williams.

Parks and Wildlife warn of violations when hunting

Every hunting season, officers for Colorado Parks and Wildlife hand out thousands of tickets for violations that cost hunters hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a news release.

Following are some of the more common violations that occur every year:

■ Not wearing fluorescent orange

■ Carrying loaded firearms in or on vehicles

■ Shooting from a road

■ License not voided: After you kill an animal, you must void the license immediately. 

■ Improperly attached carcass tag: The carcass tag must be attached to the animal.

■ No evidence of sex: Be sure to leave evidence of sex naturally attached to the carcass. Evidence includes the head, the vulva or the scrotum.

■ Waste of game meat: Even in cold weather, a carcass should not hang outside for more than 36 hours.

■ Shooting a spike-antlered elk: Be sure of your target. If you are not absolutely sure, do not shoot.

■ Illegally tagging an animal: You can only place a tag on an animal that you shot. You cannot trade tags with other license holders or use tags of other license holders. 

For more information about hunting in Colorado, go to www.wildlife.state.co.us/HUNTING/PagesHunting.aspx.

Tibetan meditation master to give talk Friday, Aug. 17

The Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs hosts Tibetan meditation master Tsoknyi Rinpoche III for a talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday 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 those who would like to participate in the Aug. 17 retreat, attendance is required at the Friday talk. For more information, contact Tim Olmsted at 970-846-2699 or tim@zirkel.us.

Atmos Energy gives tips on preventing poisoning

Atmos Energy is reminding customers to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and prolonged exposure can be fatal. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest. If you or your family members experience these symptoms, call 911, stop using the suspected gas appliance until it has been inspected, and call Atmos Energy at 1-866-322-8667.

To help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

■ Install carbon monoxide detectors on all floors where bedrooms are located.

■ Do not idle a car in an attached garage.

■ Make sure chimneys and flues are clean and unobstructed and that appliances and portable heaters have proper ventilation systems.

■ Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters, and change furnace filters regularly.

■ Do not use natural gas ovens as a heating source.

■ Do not use charcoal indoors.

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