Steamboat briefs: Annual Yule Log hunt to start Monday in Steamboat

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The Yule Log hunt will begin across Steamboat on Monday. The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association sponsor the 34th annual event.

The clues will be released in the Happenings section of the Steamboat Today and on the radio for 10 successive weekdays or until the log is found. The clues will take readers on a virtual journey from last year’s hiding spot, the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Clues often include information that refers to community history or past events.

The 3-foot-long, 25-pound log is hidden within city limits and is distinctively marked with the words “Yule Log” in red letters. According to tradition, at least a portion of the log will be visible from its hiding place and the log will not be on private property, inside of a building or in an area that charges a fee to enter.

When the log is found, the winner should call the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 970-879-2214 and ask for Katie Adams, museum curator. The log must be physically presented to a museum staff member.

This year, the grand prize again is a $150 Steamboat Chamber gift certificate and a framed plaque.

Tree donations suggested as gifts this holiday season

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is suggesting tree donations as gifts this holiday season. The donated funds will be used in January to purchase trees for ReTree Steamboat, an annual tree-planting event in June that helps to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Giving levels are as follows:

■ Douglas Fir: $10 (five trees)

■ Engelmann: $24 (12 trees)

■ Blue Spruce: $50 (25 trees)

■ Evergreen: $100 or more (50 or more trees)

Those who give $25 or more will receive a card for friends or family describing the gift.

Saplings can be prepurchased from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Park Elementary School. For more information or to purchase trees, go to www.yvsc.org/retree.

Kiwanis Club ornament honors Perry-Mansfield

The Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club will be selling a specially designed Christmas ornament commemorating the 100th anniversary of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. This marks the 31st year the local club has been selling unique ornaments as its major fundraiser. The 2013 ornament is bright red and features a picture of world-renowned dancer Harriet Ann Gray. The ornaments are $8 each and will be on sale at the following locations: City Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22; the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Craft Fair at Strawberry Park Elementary School, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and at the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association, Tread of Pioneers Museum, Insure Me and most area banks.

Free self-defense class is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday

A free self-defense class for men and women 13 and older is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Anytime Fitness, 1875 Central Park Drive. The class will be led by Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kiel Petkoff.

Holiday Wishes program is collecting gifts Saturday

Holiday Wishes program volunteers are hoping to collect gifts this year for more than 400 local families selected by Routt County United Way.

The Young Professionals Network, Rotary Club members and Steamboat firefighters will be collecting gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart. Volunteers will have a list of gifts that can be purchased at Walmart, and those who purchase gifts elsewhere also can drop them off at Walmart during that time.

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