Steamboat briefs: Library, project seeks bust art pieces for Friday event

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Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project are seeking bust art pieces that have been purchased during the past 11 years of Bust of Steamboat events. Busts are needed for loan to a Best of the Busts art show from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in Library Hall. If you have purchased a bust and are willing to loan it to the library for an evening, contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay at jlay@steamboatlibrary.org or 970-367-4917 before Wednesday.

YVMC offers free program to promote healthy weight

Get help with your New Year’s resolution through Weigh and Win, a free program to help you achieve a healthy weight, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Call Lisa Bankard at 970-871-2500 for more information.

HPV vaccine is available at VNA for boys and girls

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The HPV vaccine is for boys and girls ages 11 to 26. The $21.50 vaccine is available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Make a vaccination or pap test appointment in Steamboat Springs by calling 970-879-1632 or in Craig by calling 970-824-8233.

Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek offer tree drop-offs

Christmas trees can be dropped off in the northeast corner of the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot in Steamboat Springs through January. Trees must have all tinsels, lights, nails and decorations removed. Wreathes cannot be dropped off. The resulting mulch will be given to residents and used in city parks. Call Parks Supervisor Ernie Jenkins at 970-879-4300 with questions.

Oak Creek and South Routt residents can drop off their tinsel-free trees above the sheds at the community garden and ice rink parking area off Nancy Crawford Boulevard. Call Mary Alice Page-Allen at 970-736-2422 with questions.

Partners is raising money through flamingo fundraiser

During National Mentoring Month in January, Partners in Routt County is working to raise funds through a flamingo fundraiser. For $15, Routt County residents can request a flock of 10 plastic flamingos be placed in a yard of their choice. The flock will roost for about 24 hours before migrating to another yard. Partners also is offering anti-flocking insurance for $15. By purchasing the insurance, Routt County residents can ensure that no flamingos will roost in their yard. For more information visit www.partnersrouttcounty.org/national-mentoring-month or call 970-879-6141.

Job search tools now are available to area veterans

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs ongoing implementation of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, the VA has developed a comprehensive toolkit for veterans and employers about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. Find more information about the programs and application procedures at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW or call the VA National Call Center at 1-800-827-1000. 

A new website also has been designed to help military veterans find jobs in the transportation industry. According to a news release, the site allows former members of the armed forces to enter their specific military work experience and see how it translates to civilian jobs in five categories: aviation pilot, aviation maintenance technician, air traffic controller, commercial motor vehicle driver and emergency medical services. Job seekers can find what training and certification is needed for civilian jobs, determine what career fits best with their backgrounds and search for available jobs in their field. Learn more at www.dot.gov/veteranstransportationcareers.

Mainstreet seeks volunteers to help create programs

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is in need of volunteers to help create programs and events that will benefit downtown businesses and the community. Volunteers are asked to work two to four hours per month. Specifically, volunteers are needed for the Promotion Committee, which plans special events, retail events and branding. Those who are interested are asked to call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800.

Steamboat Optimist Club looking for new members

The nonprofit Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is in need of members. In addition to the Pumpkin festival, the club puts on the annual Fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast; the annual Bike Rodeo, during which Steamboat Springs Police Department officers teach children about bike safety; and the Literacy Bug reading program for Steamboat fifth-graders. The group also runs the Teen of the Month club — which recognizes area high school students for their contributions to school, church and the community — and awards a $1,500 Teen of the Year scholarship.

For more information, call President Mark Lynch at 970-819-5137 or past presidents Rob MacCarthy at 970-879-5283 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

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