Steamboat briefs: Realtors host free Community Christmas Dinner on Wednesday

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The 25th annual Community Christmas Dinner, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, will be held at the Steamboat Community Center from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The dinner is free and open to everyone. Last year, almost 500 guests participated in the dinner with Realtors and other community organizations preparing homemade food and volunteering their time.

Dinner co-chairs Lorraine Morrison, of Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, and Sandi Martin, of Colorado Group Realty, are recruiting volunteers to help with the dinner and to donate side dishes such as stuffing, potatoes, salads and desserts. Those wishing to volunteer or donate food items should call Lorraine at 970-819-3115 or Sandi at 970-819-6556.

Transportation is available for Steamboat residents who are unable to drive or take the free city bus. In addition to the bountiful supply of food, there will be live entertainment provided by local musicians.  

City offers Christmas tree recycling at ice arena lot

Now through the month of January, Christmas trees may be dropped off anytime at the northeast corner of the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot. Those dropping off trees are asked to remove all tinsels, lights, nails and decorations. Wreaths should not be left. The resulting mulch will be given to residents and used in city parks, according to Ernie Jenkins, city of Steamboat Springs parks supervisor.

Teen Sock it to Me holiday stocking drawing ongoing

The Sock it to Me holiday stocking drawing for teens in sixth grade and older is ongoing through December at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Win a fantasy- or drama-themed stocking full of books, movies and more. Teens will receive a ticket for the drawing each time they check something out. The drawing will be Jan. 6.

Lt. Col. Allen West to speak in Steamboat on Saturday

The Steamboat Institute presents Lt. Col. Allen West and his wife, Angela Graham-West, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Steamboat Grand.

The cost for dinner is $100. VIP seating is $250. VIP tickets include preferred seating, reception, dinner and a photo with Lt. Col. West. Business professionals younger than 30 can attend the dinner for $50. Sponsor tables are $2,000 for 10 VIP seats.

For more information or to register, email jsa@steamboatinstitute.org or call 970-846-6013.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area has special holiday schedule

The Howelsen Hill Ski Area special holiday operating hours are as follows: closed Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 2; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 3. Normal operating hours will resume Jan. 4.

For additional information on operating hours and pass and ticket rates, visit www.steamboatsprings.net/ski or call 970-879-8499.

Library holding Food for Fines Program for youths

During December, youths ages 17 and younger can pay off their book fines by participating in Bud Werner Memorial Library’s annual Food for Fines Program. For every can or box of food brought to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $1 of overdue fines.

The following items will count toward $2 in waived fines: canned fruits, canned soups, jars of spices, pasta sauce and healthy cereals (no high-fructose corn syrup). All food will be donated to the LIFT-UP Food Bank. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org for more information.

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