Steamboat briefs: Vote for Steamboat projects to receive grant funding

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■ ReTree Steamboat

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is vying for a $5,000 grant from Alpine Initiatives to help purchase and plant tress at Steamboat Ski Area, Stagecoach and Steamboat Springs High School as part of ReTree Steamboat. Votes are needed to help the Sustainability Council win the grant. To vote, visit www.yvsc.org/retree and follow the link to the contest on the Alpine Initiatives Facebook page. The deadline is Tuesday.

■ Bear River Bike Park

The project in west Steamboat is one of four pump track project finalists and 12 overall finalists for a Bell Built bike grant. The projects voted most deserving by the public in each category — pump track, flow trail and downhill trail — earn a share of the $100,000 prize. The Steamboat project currently is in second place. Vote for the project at www.facebook.com/BellBikeHelmets/app_228716427271717. Voting ends April 12.

Routt County CattleWomen now offering scholarships

The Routt County CattleWomen is offering scholarships to Routt County students who are a member of a family currently involved in Routt County beef production or pursuing a degree related to or benefiting the beef industry. Find an application at yvcf.org under the Scholarship page. The deadline is April 10. For more information, visit www.routtcountycattlewomen.com.

Hayden Congregational Church hosting fundraiser

Hayden Congregational Church is selling Krispy Kreme Donuts as a fundraiser for its upcoming youth mission trip to Venezuela. Orders will be taken through Monday, with doughnut pickup Saturday in Craig and Steamboat Springs. Call the church at 970-276-3510 to place an order or for more information.

Emerald Mountain launches new after-school programs

Emerald Mountain School has launched a new selection of after-school programs for kindergarteners through eighth-graders. The programs are open to all children, not just EMS students. Each program meets from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. for five weeks and costs $100. The four programs, which begin the week before spring break, are Jiu Jitsu, Mindful Yoga, Beginning Knitting, and Math: When Will I Use It? Information and sign-up forms are available at www.emeraldmountainschool.org/#!inspiration-programs-afterschool/cdj. Enrollment deadline is Monday.

Local businesses participate in the 9PetCheck service

Pet Kare Clinic, Steamboat Veterinary Hospital and The Animal Healing Center of Steamboat are participating in the 9PetCheck, an effort to help economically disadvantaged pet owners get wellness examinations and rabies vaccinations for their dog or cat Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release.

The service is for pet owners who live on restricted or low incomes or those who have recently lost their jobs. To make an appointment, call 1-855-699-6397 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Hunting application for fall now are available

Big game hunting applications for fall are available, according to a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The big game brochure is available at www.bit.ly/coloradobiggame. Those who need help planning their hunt can call 303-291-7526 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. A list of upcoming hunter education classes can be found at www.wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/HunterEducation/CourseCalendar. License applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat and bear are due Tuesday.

Steamboat high school girls tennis selling flowers

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team is selling flowers as a fundraiser. Flats of pansies, petunias, lobularia and snapdragons as well as hanging baskets of assorted flowers for $32. Pick up an order form at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. All orders are due by Monday. For more information, contact Mary Labor at 970-846-8982 or mlabor@buysteamboat.com.

Mainstreet Steamboat is in need of volunteers

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.

Optimist Club in Steamboat 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 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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