Steamboat Briefs: Lineup for spring author series at library announced

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Bud Werner Memorial Library has scheduled its spring series of free author talks. The lineup includes: Jim Davidson, Colorado climber and author of “The Ledge,” on March 18; Cheryl Strayed, The New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of “Wild,” on April 11; Chris Bohjalian, author of bestsellers including “The Night Strangers,” “Secrets of Eden,” “Skeletons at the Feast,” “The Double Bind,” “Midwives” and his newest book “The Sandcastle Girls,” on April 17; award-winning science writer Mary Roach, author of “Stiff,” “Bonk” and her new book “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” on April 30; and National Book Award finalist Kent Haruf, who will introduce his new book “Benediction,” on May 15. 

Each author will speak about his or her literary works during a talk in Library Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. Each talk will be followed by a Q-and-A and an opportunity to have authors sign copies of their books. Books will be for sale on-site at each event courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Learn more about the authors and their reading lists at www.steamboatlibrary.org/events.

Tobacco cessation kits available in Steamboat

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free QuitKits and information about how to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

The kits are available in the lobby of the Steamboat VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. The Colorado QuitLine is available at 800-QUIT-NOW.

Yampa Valley Youth Chorus session slated for March

The Yampa Valley Youth Chorus begins its next seven-week session at 4 p.m. March 18 in the Soda Creek Elementary School music room.

The chorus is open to all singers between 7 and 12. The cost is $90 per child for the entire session. For more information, search Yampa Valley Youth Chorus on Facebook.

County issues instructions for snowplow drivers

The Routt County Road and Bridge Department is asking snowplow drivers to plow snow to the sides of a street and that plowing snow across a street is unsafe and, in some cases, illegal.

For more information, call the Road and Bridge Department at 970-879-0831.

Medical services offered in Hayden community building

The Solandt Memorial Hospital aims to continually pay tribute to the memory of pioneer physician John Solandt by maintaining, preserving and using the community building in Hayden for health and well-being services that provide for the needs of the community.

Dr. Louise Thielen, of Steamboat Medical Group, is available from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Thielen can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-0203. Dr. Brian Harrington, of Yampa Valley Medical Associates, is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Harrington can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-3327. Bear River Dental services are offered starting at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Evening appointments are available by calling 970-276-3123. Mental health services are available through Jody Ginger, M.A., by calling 970-213-5418.

Local groups reach out to returning service members

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service.

The VFW also is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

MS fundraiser Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area

Vertical Express for Can Do MS is Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area. To participate in the fundraiser — which benefits Can Do MS, a national nonprofit based in Edwards that helps families living with multiple sclerosis — skiers and snowboarders are asked to raise a minimum of $250.

Those who raise $500 will receive a free lift ticket to access the day’s activities, which include a giant slalom race and other on-snow events as well as a party.

The nonprofit hopes to raise $20,000 this year. Register at www.mscando.org/verticalexpress or call 800-367-3101 or 508-404-7222.

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