Steamboat briefs: Colorado Gives Day is today; donations are made online

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Colorado Gives Day is today. The 24-hour fundraising event, which ends at midnight, is designed to encourage people to donate to nonprofit organizations in their hometowns.

Routt County organizations participating in the event include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, Family Development Center (Discovery Learning Center, Newborn and Child Care Networks), Integrated Community, Partners in Routt County, Routt County Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Selah, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampatika.

Donate to any of these organizations by going to www.coloradogives.org, click “Donate to your favorite nonprofit” and schedule the donation for Colorado Gives Day.

Oak Creek Holly Festival is all day on Saturday

The town of Oak Creek will host the Oak Creek Holly Festival Saturday with a full day of festive holiday events planned. The daylong celebration begins with Coffee with the Mayor at 10 a.m. at Kate’s Cafe. There also will be a Skate with Santa from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the ice rink, pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bonfiglio Drug, pictures with Santa’s horse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tracks & Trails Museum and a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the corner of Main and Sharp streets. In addition, there will be caroling, a scavenger hunt and special promotions held at local businesses throughout the day.

Grand Futures reminds readers not to drink, drive

Grand Futures of Routt County is joining with highway safety partners and law enforcement organizations across the country this December to remind people that during the holidays and throughout the year, drinking alcohol and driving do not mix and that “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

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

■ Plan ahead; be sure to designate a sober driver before the festivities begin.

■ If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Even one drink too many increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

■ Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 

Grand Futures will feature free Impaired Driving Prevention flyers that employers can post at their place of work. Also available for free download is the R-U-Buzzed BAC Calculator App for iPhone and Android. Please visit www.grandfutures.org/rubuzzed to download these free items.

Fiesta for the Future days are Wednesday, Thursday

Fiesta for the Future days will be held at Fiesta Jalisco restaurant, 445 Anglers Drive, Wednesday and Thursday. On those two days, 20 percent of each customer’s bill will be donated to Colorado Student Care, Grand Futures and Advocates. Those unable to participate can still donate by calling George Avgares, director of Colorado Student Care, at 970-870-1733.

Mile High Red Cross in need of nominations for award

The Red Cross Mile High Chapter is seeking nominations for Colorado heroes who have performed heroic acts, saved lives or performed outstanding service to their country or community, according to a news release. Heroes will be honored in the following categories:

■ Disaster relief or response

■ Saving lives by administering CPR or using an AED

■ Military service or supporting those in the military

■ Preparing communities or individuals for the next disaster

■ International humanitarian service

Nominations must be submitted at www.redcross.org/

Colorado-nominate by today. Winners will be honored at the Century of Champions Red Cross Ball in March. For more information, call 303-607-4791.

Christmas bird count is scheduled for Saturday

On Saturday, volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center to travel to several nearby defined count zones to participate in this annual National Audubon Society Citizen Science event. Each zone will have an experienced birder as leader and anyone interested in learning more about winter birds in the Steamboat area is invited to participate in this free event.

Organized by the Yampa Valley Birding Club and Yampatika, Steamboat Springs’ Christmas bird count will be one of 50 similar counts in Colorado. The decades of data from Christmas bird counts has helped identify birds in need of conservation action.

It’s also possible to participate in the count by being a feeder watcher. To obtain guidelines for reporting birds seen at your bird feeder, email count organizers at birdsNboat@com

cast.net. There also will be a group on skis counting birds at Steamboat Ski Area. To join the skiing group, call Yampatika at 970-871-9151.

Salvation Army seeking volunteer bell ringers

The holiday Salvation Army kettle campaign runs through Christmas Eve. Every year, the Salvation Army relies heavily on volunteer bell ringers for the success of its community effort. Ringing the bells is a one-hour commitment, and 90 percent of the funds collected stay in Routt County to help local people in need. To volunteer, call Salvation Army bell ringer coordinator Susan Phillips at 970-846-9958 or email steamboatbellringers@gmail.com.

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