Steamboat briefs: Steamboat All Arts Festival seeking volunteer greeters

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The All Arts Festival in Steamboat Springs is looking for volunteer greeters for this weekend’s event. Shifts needed include 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  All volunteers will receive a T-shirt. To sign up, contact Maren McCutchan at 970-875-7005 or maren@Steamboat

Chamber.com.

Humble Ranch fundraiser carnival is 4 p.m. Sunday

The annual fundraiser for the Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center in Steamboat Springs will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the ranch. This year, the benefit will feature a carnival theme with games, the opportunity to meet the therapy horses and llamas, a silent auction and donation stations. Food will be catered by The Drunken Onion Get & Go Kitchen, and Gib Manzanares & Friends will provide music.

The cost to attend the benefit is $35 for adults and $15 for children. Event proceeds will benefit Humble Ranch’s therapy programs, which include hippotherapy, mini camps or private therapeutic riding, and will help provide full or partial scholarships. The ranch is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International premiere accredited center, serving special needs kids in Routt County.

To make a reservation, call Pat or Kay at 970-879-3443 or email pat@humbleranch.com by Thursday. Space is limited. To learn more about programs or volunteer opportunities, visit www.humbletherapy.org.

Volunteers sought to spray paint storm drains in town

Yampatika is in need of volunteers to help spray paint “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream” reminders near storm drains across Steamboat Springs. Help is needed from 5 to 7 p.m. today, and volunteers should meet at Little Toots Park. Call 970-871-9151 for more information.

Coffee and a Newspaper event is Wednesday at Pilot

The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s monthly Coffee and a Newspaper gathering in August has been moved to Wednesday. During the gathering from 7 to 9 a.m. in the newspaper’s office, 1901 Curve Plaza, readers are invited to meet with the newspaper’s new editor, Lisa Schlichtman, as well as Suzanne Schlicht, who will resume the role of publisher and take over day-to-day operations of the newspaper. Schlichtman and Schlicht will be available to answer questions and chat about issues involving the newspaper or the community.

Talking Green presentation on Aug. 27 is about GMOs

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a Talking Green presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Colorado Mountain College auditorium. A panel of experts will speak about Genetically Modified Organisms, called GMOs.

Experts include: Tisha Casida, of www.thatsnatural.info in Aspen; Anne Halloran, of Bamboo Market in Steamboat Springs; Alicia McCleod, nutritional health coach for Natural Grocers in Steamboat; and Shawn Yaussi, agricultural ecologist and anti-GMO activity that grew up in Grand County.

The event is free, and open to the public. For more information, visit www.yvsc.org.

Donations are being sought for the Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado is seeking donations of the following items: a sturdy pingpong table, baseball/softball mitts for youths ages 6 to 13, XBOX 360 and Wii game systems with games, small Legos, a 30-inch or larger flat-screen TV, and two patio tables with chairs and umbrellas. Donations can be made from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the club, 325 Seventh St., or by calling 970-871-3160.

Northwest Colorado VNA is offering free HIV testing

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers free drop-in HIV testing for all ages from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Testing also can be done by appointment during regular business hours. For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-879-1632.

VNA offers birth control, STD screenings for women

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Women’s Health Clinic is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings, pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat at 970-879-1632 or in Craig at 970-824-8233.

Northwest Colorado VNA seeks Hospice volunteers

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers for its Hospice program.

Direct service volunteers may provide transportation, run errands, provide respite to relieve the primary caregiver, do household chores, read to the patient or sit and listen to them. Volunteers also assist in bereavement, community outreach and fund development. Volunteers who work with patients must complete a 20-hour training program and make a commitment to be available for at least one year.

Those who are interested should contact Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682 in Craig or Katy Thiel in Steamboat at 970-871-7628.

Tread of Pioneers Museum is looking for volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact Jill Lindstrom at 970-879-2214 or storemgr@springsips.com for more information.

Parks and Wildlife offers tips to avoid bear conflicts

Colorado Parks and Wildlife provided the following tips to prevent conflicts with bears:

■ Put trash out only after 6 a.m. on trash pickup days unless it is stored in a bear-proof container. Ratchet straps work to secure trash cans where bears have figured out the cable system. Make sure Dumpsters always are latched. Clean garbage cans regularly to eliminate food odors.

■ Parks and Wildlife recommends feeding birds only when bears are hibernating. If you feed birds while bears are active, bring bird feeders in at night or hang them 10 feet off the ground and 10 feet away from anything a bear can climb.

■ Don’t leave pet food outside. 

■ Keep your garage door and all ground level windows closed. Keep car doors locked.

■ Clean barbecue grills after each use and store them inside, if possible. Clean up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck.

■ If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe, and don’t allow fruit to fall and rot on the ground.

■ If you keep chickens or other small livestock, build a secure enclosure and bring the animals inside at night. Clean up up pens regularly to reduce odors.

■ Bear-proof your compost area or don’t compost food scraps.

Find more information at www.wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Pages/LivingWith.aspx.

Free tobacco cessation text message program available

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds young adult smokers that a free text message program is available to help them quit tobacco.

SmokefreeTXT is a free mobile service providing encouragement and tips to help young smokers quit for good. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show support, including text message programs, can significantly improve a person’s chance for success

To sign up, text QUIT to IQUIT (47848) or go to www.smokefree.gov. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Local groups reach out to returning service members

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to greet locals returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans. The American Legion also is looking for new members. For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

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