Steamboat briefs: Free community Christmas Dinner will be held Dec. 25

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A free community Christmas Dinner, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, is planned for Dec. 25. The meal will be served from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. The annual holiday event is open to the public, and there will be live music. Volunteers and food donations are welcome. To sign up to help, call Lorraine at 970-819-3115 or Sandi at 970-819-6556.

Public skate has been canceled for maintenance

The public skate at the Howelsen Ice Arena originally scheduled for Monday from 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. has been canceled for maintenance. For more information, call the arena at 970-871-7011.

North Routt school is selling holiday wreaths Saturday

North Routt Community Charter School and Preschool will selling holiday wreaths, centerpieces and sprays beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ace at the Curve. The sale will serve as the schools’ winter fundraiser. The schools will also be hosting a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at City Market. Proceeds from both events support the school.

USDA offers loans to farmers, ranchers in state

The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers.

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include but are not limited to:

■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures, and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage

■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility

■ Remodeling existing storage facilities to increase storage capacity

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Additional security is required for poured-cement open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.

For more information, visit the local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.

Applications being taken for CenturyLink grants

Applications are being accepted for CenturyLink’s Teachers and Technology grant program, which recognizes Colorado teachers who are using technology in the classroom in innovative ways. In 2014, the grant program will give away $145,000 for technology projects, according to a news release.

Applications are due Jan. 10. For more information, go to www.centurylink.com/teachersandtechnologyCO or contact Colorado Mesa University Center for Teacher Education Director Valerie J. Dobbs at vjdobbs@coloradomesa.edu.

Habitat ReStore center is in need of volunteers

Steamboat’s newly expanded Habitat ReStore is open in Riverside Plaza next to Pisa’s and needs volunteers to help price and sell donated furniture, lighting and building supplies. Shifts are available from noon to 2 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 970-367-8001.

Food bank in Hayden will distribute food as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

Mainstreet Steamboat group needs volunteers

The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Design Committee is looking for volunteers. The committee focuses on how downtown Steamboat looks and functions. Some of the projects of the committee have included the downtown bus shelters; adopting Eagle Scout Park for cleanup, plantings and ongoing maintenance; assistance with the design and execution of the streetscape plan on Lincoln Avenue; and flower baskets. Upcoming projects will include the the Yampa Street revitalization and advocacy for sidewalks on Oak Street. The committee meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 for more information or to sign up for a meeting reminder email list.

Haven offers overnight and respite care for older adults

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden offers daytime and overnight respite care for older adults who need supervision. The Adult Activity and Care program is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The program includes lunch, activities and help with personal care needs. The cost is $75 per day or $50 for a half-day. Temporary overnight care is available for as many as 30 days for qualified individuals. Clients with memory care needs are welcome at a cost of $100 per day.

The Haven, which does not provide skilled nursing care, also has private and shared rooms available for qualified older adults. The Haven accepts Medicaid. For more information, go to www.havenseniorliving.com or call Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

Home ReSource in Milner is seeking volunteers

Home ReSource at the Milner landfill is in need of volunteers to help organize donated items, including furniture, lighting and building supplies. Those who are interested are asked to call Jenn at 970-879-6985.

Volunteer tutors needed to teach English to people

Integrated Community is looking for volunteers to teach English. The in-home tutoring program trains and matches volunteers with limited English speaking community members. Get to know residents from other cultures while helping them learn English. For more information, call Laura at 970-819-3720.

Integrated Community also is looking for volunteers to help with its resource and referral program. Practice your Spanish skills while assisting community members from other cultures. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.

Parks and Wildlife seeking nominations for award

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking nominations for its Wildlife Landowner of the Year award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made by private landowners to conserve wildlife, enhance wildlife habitat and provide public access for hunting and fishing, according to a news release.

Nominees must be a resident of Colorado or own at least 160 acres in the state and be actively engaged in farming or ranching business as an owner, lessor, lessee or manager. Winners will be selected by Parks and Wildlife based on land management practices, wildlife habitat improvements, accommodations for public hunting and fishing access and leadership in the promotion of sound wildlife practices on private lands, according to the release.

Find a nomination form at http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/PrivateLandProgram/Pages/LandownerRecognitionProgram.aspx. Nominations are due Dec. 20.

Recycle bins for holiday lights are at grocery stores

Recycle bins for old or broken holiday strand lights are at Natural Grocers, Walmart and Ace at the Curve through Feb. 15. Proceeds benefit families that have a child with cancer. For more information, visit www.yvsc.org or www.lightsforlifeinc.com.

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