Steamboat briefs: Hayden Valley Preschool screenings are this week

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Hayden Valley Preschool developmental screenings are Thursday and Friday. The free screenings are for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old. Areas of development screened include vision, hearing, dental, concept development, speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, and social and emotional development. Schedule an appointment by calling Danielle at 970-276-3756. For more information, call 970-276-3756, ext. 1107. 

Doak Walker Care Center recognized for 3rd year

The Doak Walker Care Center has been listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Nursing Homes in Colorado for the third straight year, according to a news release from Yampa Valley Medical Center

Doak Walker also received the highest overall rating of five stars from the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a perfect score of zero deficiencies in the 2012 unannounced inspection conducted by the Colorado Department of Health, according to the release.

“I attribute our successes to the incredibly caring people who work here and the national Eden Alternative model of care, which we have embraced and practiced since 2005,” Doak Walker administrator Lee Dickey said in the release.

“The Eden Alternative is dedicated to changing the culture of nursing homes through the development of meaningful relationships between residents and staff,” Dickey said. “Our focus is on making life worth living by working toward eliminating loneliness, helplessness and boredom.”

Steamboat Springs Little League needs volunteers

Steamboat Springs Little League is in need of volunteer coaches for girls fast-pitch softball, ages 8 to 18. The season runs for eight weeks in May and June with practice from 5:30 to 7 p.m. or 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games are in June on practice days or at 11 a.m. Saturdays. Away games require travel to Craig, Dillon, Granby, Kremmling, Meeker and Vail. For more information, call 970-819-0485.

Alive at 25 driving course at high school Wednesday

An Alive at 25 defensive driving course is from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Steamboat Springs High School. The class is required for Steamboat students who want to park on campus or earn open campus privileges. New drivers who have not taken a formal drivers education class can get a learner’s permit at age 15 1/2 after completing the class. Students can register and pay the $39 class fee at www.coloradosafedriver.com or call Mr. Hensen at 970-871-3685.

Special Olympics needs volunteer starting in April

Steamboat Springs Special Olympics is in need of a volunteer aquatics coach for six weeks beginning in April to lead six Special Olympics adult athletes in weekly practices and at two competitions. One competition will be in Craig in May and the other is June 1 and 2 in Grand Junction. Those who are interested are asked to call Western Area Manager Julie Fite at 970-319-0901.

Daffodils go on sale this week to benefit the VNA

Bunches of daffodils will be on sale Wednesday to benefit the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Hospice and Palliative Care. The daffodils are $5 per bunch, $23 for five bunches or $46 for 10 bunches, and can be purchased at the VNA, City Market, Walgreens, Ace at the Curve, Hayden Mercantile, Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek and the Clark Store. Daffodils also can be purchased online at www.nwcovna.org. For more information, call the Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632.

Kremmling residents start Antlers for Orphans program

Kremmling residents Kelsey and Thadd Hargadine have started Antlers for Orphans, a program to help fund the Kremmling-based Rural Orphans & Widows AIDS Network, which serves orphans and widows in more than 30 rural villages in Eastern Uganda, according to a news release.

As part of the new program, the Hargadines are asking residents to collect and donate found antlers, the proceeds of which will go toward scholarships and health care for orphans in the program.

Volunteers are need to search for antlers, and the couple also is seeking landowners who would permit volunteers to search on their land. Donations also can be made at www.loverowan.com.

All donations to the nonprofit organization are tax deductible.

For more information, got to www.antlersfororphans.com.

Donations are needed for after-prom event May 18

Donations are needed for the Routt County after-prom event May 18. The event provides an alcohol-free and safe environment for students after attending prom. Juniors and seniors from Routt County high schools are invited to participate in the free event. Checks can be sent to SSHS After Prom, 45 E. Maple St., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487. All donations are tax deductible.

Routt County spelling bee registration now is open

Registrations are being accepted for the Routt County Council on Aging spelling bee from 2 to 4 p.m. June 9 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Each team of three spellers must have at least one member 60 or older. Teams will be given one minute to confer on the spelling of the word and then must spell the word for the judges. Teams will be eliminated as they misspell words. Prizes will be awarded to the winning spellers and for best team costume.

The cost to register a team is $50 by March 29 or $60 thereafter. There is no admission fee for spectators, but donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds will fund a senior dance and potluck.

“While proceeds from the event will benefit senior services in Routt County, we hope that people of all ages will participate,” Council on Aging Executive Director Laura Schmidt said in the release. “Our goal is to get the community involved with our seniors and provide a fun family event.”

For information, rules and registration forms, contact the Council on Aging at 970-879-0633 or communityspellingbee@rccoaging.org, or go to www.rccoaging.org.

Camp Invention summer program registration open

Registration is open for Camp Invention, a weeklong summer enrichment program for children entering first through sixth grades.

The camp runs from June 17 to 21 at Strawberry Park Elementary School and focuses on problem solving and teamwork through hands-on activities. The cost is $220. Those who register at www.campinvention.org by March 28 will receive a discount.

Old Town Hot Springs is offering lifeguarding class

A junior lifeguarding class will be offered from 2 to 7 p.m. April 7 at Old Town Hot Springs.

The class is for 13- to 14-year-olds, and the cost is $75. Register at the front desk, or contact Sam Huff at shuff@sshra.org or 970-819-4331 for more information.

Performers sought for Soroco talent show

Those interested in performing in the Soroco Student Council talent show from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 23 are asked to email hjohnson@southroutt.k12.co.us.

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