Steamboat briefs: Routt County Riders hosting a trail workday Wednesday

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Routt County Riders will host a trail work day from 5 p.m. to dark Wednesday at Bear River Bike Park. Volunteers are needed to assist with the trail maintenance project and are asked to meet at the bike park at 5 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided. For more information, visit www.routtcountyriders.org.

Entries sought for Chili Challenge event Sunday

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is seeking entries for the eighth annual Chuck Wagon Chili Challenge on Sunday. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Eighth Street. Competitors can enter the red, green or other chili as well as salsa and cornbread categories. Taster kits are available to the public for $10 and will include a ballot for choosing your chili. Entry forms are available at www.mainstreetsteamboat.com or by emailing tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com. For more information, call 970-846-1800.

Grand Futures urges against driving under the influence

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition would like to remind readers that impaired driving crashes killed 10,228 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S., according to a news release.

Grand Futures is encouraging people to take a few steps to ensure their celebrations don’t end in tragedy.

■ Designate a sober driver before the festivities begin.

■ If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. If you are impaired, find another way home: Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

■ If someone you know is drinking, do not let him or her get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement by calling 970-879-1090.

Visit www.grandfutures.org/summersafety to download an impaired driving prevention flier as well as the R-U-Buzzed BAC Calculator App for iPhone and Android.

Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is seeking members

The nonprofit Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is in need of members. In addition to the Pumpkin festival, the club puts on the annual Fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast; the annual Bike Rodeo, during which Steamboat Springs Police Department officers teach children about bike safety; and the Literacy Bug bug reading program for Steamboat fifth-graders. The group also runs the Teen of the Month club — which recognizes area high school students for their contributions to school, church and the community — and awards a $1,500 Teen of the Year scholarship.

For more information, call President Mark Lynch at 970-819-5137 or past presidents Rob MacCarthy at 970-879-5283 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

Newborn Network offering resources for area families

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children as old as 3. Newborn Network’s free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags. Parents of a child as old as 3 can call 970-879-0977 for more information about support services.

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