Steamboat briefs: All About Sketchbooking workshop at the library

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— Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting a free All About Sketchbooking workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall to offer information, inspiration and guided instruction for anyone who wants to participate in The Sketchbook Project.

In 2014, the library will be hosting The Sketchbook Project, a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. The project’s mission is to allow anyone to be able to participate in art and to create a collection of work that represents the current state of artists worldwide.

The library has a limited number of blank sketchbooks available for members of the Steamboat Springs community who want to contribute thoughts, images and tales to the global story. “Sketchbook” is a loose term for experimentation in creativity, as the blank pages can be filled with prose, photography, poems, drawings, doodles, paintings and/or passionate thoughts and experiences. Discounted sketchbooks cost $10 for adults and $5 for youths 17 and younger, and will be available at this event.

Toys for Tots collecting new, unwrapped gifts

Toys for Tots of Routt County is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1 to 18 as well as gently used blankets, coats and other winter items such as scarves, gloves, hats and gently used boots. The group also will accept bikes in good condition.

Collection boxes have been set up at the following locations: City Market, F.M. Light & Sons, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Safeway, Starbuck’s, Steamboat Christian Center, Steamboat Lumber, Steamboat Motors, Steamboat Ski Area, The Tile Shop, Wildhorse Salon and Yampa Valley Tire Pros.

Toys for Tots is accepting sign-ups for families who need help this Christmas. To sign up or for more information, contact Teri Wall at 970-819-5620 or T4TRouttCounty@yahoo.com. Toys will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Dec. 16, 17 and 18 on the second floor of Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Rotary Club accepting applications for grants

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs is accepting applications for its latest round of grant funding.

Each year, the local service organization awards about $10,000 in grants to nonprofits. The club has established several areas of focus that guide its grant-making decisions. Some of these guidelines include: activity that improves the quality of life in Steamboat Springs and Routt County; activity that primarily serves seniors and youths; grant funds must be used for specific activities, not operational purposes; and grants will support distinctive, one-time activities and should not be depended upon for multiple years.

A grants committee will review all applications and then award grants of as much as $1,000 to worthy nonprofit groups. Applications and a complete set of grant submission guidelines can be accessed through the club’s website at www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Home.aspx?accountid=3667. Completed applications should be returned to jane.toothaker@gmail.com by the Dec. 15 deadline.

Information sessions held about Affordable Care Act

Yampa Valley Medical Center and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association are teaming up to help people understand the Affordable Care Act and obtain health insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado website.

An informational sessions will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Attendees may learn about the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and schedule appointments with insurance brokers and Certified Health Coverage Guides.

Health insurance enrollment sessions on the Connect for Health Colorado website also are being offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Certified Health Coverage Guides will assist in navigating the website and answer questions.

All sessions will be held in the conference rooms at YVMC, 1024 Central Park Drive.

Attendees who wish to enroll are asked to bring Social Security numbers for all household members, current insurance policy information, a household income estimate for 2014 and a laptop. Limited computers are available and must be reserved by calling 970-871-7647.

Those interested in insurance information but unable to attend these sessions are encouraged to call Erin Gleason, community and small business health insurance coordinator at the VNA, at 970-871-7647.

Registration open for middle school programs

Registration is now open for the city of Steamboat Springs’ winter 2014 middle school programs, which include baby-sitting training with First Aid and CPR and Girls Reaching Out Wider. Register online at www.steamboatsprings.net/teen. Spots are limited, and scholarships are available. For more information, call 970-871-7054.

Northwest Colorado VNA offers low-cost vaccines

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering $21.50 immunizations for adults who are uninsured/underinsured including measles, mumps, rubella, HPV, chicken pox, pneumonia, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and hepatitis A and B.

The VNA also is offering a vaccine for shingles. Adults ages 60 and older who are uninsured/underinsured are qualified to receive the vaccine for a $21.50 fee. Medicare enrollees with Part D are not eligible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading medical groups recommend being vaccinated against meningitis for youths ages 11 to 18 as well as those ages 19 to 21 who attend college. College students younger than 22 who received a vaccine before age 16 should receive a booster.

To schedule an appointment, call 970-879-1632.

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