Steamboat briefs: Tickets on sale for 5th annual Doc Willett awards

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Tickets for the fifth annual Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards are on sale at www.hfyv.org/docwillett or by calling 970-871-0700.

The event is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Strings Music Pavilion. General admission tickets are $50, and premium reserved tickets are $500.

The 2013 Health Care Community Advocate Award will be presented to Diane Moore, executive director of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. The 2013 Health Care Professional Award will be presented to Dr. David Wilkinson, medical director of the Emergency Department at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The awards are a tribute to the roots of hospital care in Routt County. They are named after Dr. Frederick E. Willett, who served Steamboat Springs and neighboring communities for 56 years.

Work on Bear River Park access resumes this week

Work to create a paved public access to the skateboard and bike jump parks at Bear River Park on Lagoon Road on the west end of Steamboat Springs will resume this week. There will be intermittent closures followed by a full closure of the access road through the first part of August.

Park users are asked to use the Yampa River Core Trail for access to the skateboard and bike jump parks. Call city project manager Danny Paul at 970-871-8210 for more information.

Becky Goldsmith to give talk on quilting Thursday

Becky Goldsmith, of Piece O’Cake Designs, will give a talk titled “It’s Not a Quilt until its Quilted” at the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Goldsmith will lead a workshop titled “Texas Tulips” at 9:30 a.m. July 20 at the Selby Senior Center. For more information or to register, call Maria at 970-819-4790.

H3N2 cases associated with exposure to swine

Cases of influenza A (H3N2) have been reported this summer in association with exposure to swine at agricultural fairs, according to the Visiting Nurse Association. People who are at high risk for influenza complications — including those with asthma, diabetes, heart disease or neurological conditions; pregnant women; and those younger than 5, older than 65 or who have weakened immune systems — should avoid exposure to pigs and swine barns at fairs this year, according to the release.

Those who come in contact with swine at fairs should wash their hands frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to animals, avoid eating or drinking in animal areas and avoid close contact with animals that look or act ill, according to the release.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/swineflu/h3n2v-fairs-factsheet.htm. If you experience flu-like symptoms, see your health care provider.

Literary Sojourn tickets go on sale online Monday

Literary Sojourn will be held Oct. 5 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Steamboat’s 21st annual festival of readers and authors is presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library and features Augusten Burroughs, Emma Donoghue, Jennifer Haigh, Ron Rash, Jess Walter and master of ceremonies Andre Dubus III. General admission tickets cost $75 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday at www.literarysojourn.org/tickets. Visit www.literarysojourn.org for more information about the event, author biographies and reading lists.

Free seminar offered about business plan development

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center again is hosting a business plan competition. In its second year, the program encourages well-written, comprehensive business plans to help solicit funding from investors or lenders and promote the vision of the business to partners, key employees and customers, according to a news release.

A free business plan development seminar will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Entrepreneurship Center.

The city of Steamboat Springs is offering $10,000 for the creators of the winning business plan and $5,000 to the second-place plan. The winner also will receive three months of office space in the Entrepreneurship Center as well as other business education opportunities.

Plans are due by Sept. 16 to Randy Rudasics before they are presented in early October to a panel of judges including Yampa Valley SCORE business counselors and a regional business consultant. Guidelines, rules and judging criteria are available at www.coloradomtn.edu/yvec. Register for the Thursday seminar by calling Rudasics at 970-870-4491.

Rally for the Cure golf tournament is Tuesday

Steamboat’s Rally for the Cure golf tournament, in its 14th year, is Tuesday at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. A shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The cost of $114 per golfer includes lunch, prizes, cart and golf. Call Rollingstone at 970-879-1391 to sign up or Robin Crossan at 970-871-1284 to make a donation or sponsor a hole.

Success Steps seminar scheduled for July 25

The July Success Steps Seminar at Colorado Mountain College is intended to help those seeking a new career understand the challenges they will face in the labor marketplace. A panel of local human resource professionals will discuss a few of the following topics:

■ Online applications and job websites

■ Challenges applicants will face in today’s rapidly changing labor marketplace

■ Effective career web sites and what they offer

■ Resume screening software and how to get noticed by it

■ Common mistakes made by job seekers

■ What hiring managers look for in candidates

■ Following through on your job search

The seminar is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 25 at Colorado Mountain College’s academic center in Room SB213. The cost is $10. Register by calling 970-870-4491.

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