Steamboat briefs: Girls to Women in need of volunteers for conference

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Girls to Women, an annual conference for eighth-grade girls in Northwest Colorado, is in need of volunteers and donations for the 2013 conference to be held May 7 at Colorado Mountain College. Donations payable to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, marked for Girls to Women, can be sent to P.O. Box 770754, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. For more information about volunteering, contact Pegge Warwick at edpegge@aol.com or 970-819-6476.

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Shari Wright Woody

Steamboat resident picked for Mrs. Colorado Pageant

Steamboat Springs resident Shari Wright Woody, 42, has been selected to attend the Mrs. Colorado Pageant on May 18 in Denver. Woody needs local sponsors to help cover the costs associated with the pageant, including entry fee, evening gown, swimsuit and sarong.

Woody is the office manager at the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center and a billing and chiropractic assistant at Rinn Chiropractic Center. She and her husband, Richard, have nine children.

Those who are interested in making a donation by April 1 can email Woody at mrssteamboatsprings@gmail.com. For more information about the pageant, go to www.mrscolorado.com.

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. April 6 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 Friday or $60 thereafter. There is no admission fee for spectators, but donations will be accepted at the door. Proceeds 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.

See greater sage grouse mating dance on tours

Conservation Colorado, Rocky Mountain Wild, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Friends of Northwest Colorado and The Wilderness Society are hosting guided Sagebrush Safaris to see the greater sage grouse mating dance.

Tours will leave the Conservation Colorado office in Craig, 529 Yampa Ave., at 4:30 a.m. daily from Thursday to March 31 and April 4 to 7. The cost is $25 for Routt County residents. Register at www.conservationco.org/2013/02/sage-grouse-tours or contact Sasha Nelson for more information at sasha@conservationco.org or 970-824-5241.

VNA is offering free HIV tests throughout March

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free HIV tests throughout March. Make an appointment by calling 970-879-1632.

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