Steamboat briefs: Volunteers sought for April Stools Day cleanup event Saturday

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Volunteers are needed from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for April Stools Day. As part of the event, participants are asked to pick up dog poop and bring the bags to an approved Dumpster. Volunteers should bring gloves and a scooper if they have one. Those interested in participating are asked to meet at Pet Kare Clinic, 102 Anglers Drive. For more information or in case of inclement weather, call 970-879-5273.

North Routt Chili Cookoff starts at 1 p.m. Sunday

The North Routt Chili Cookoff is from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse. The cost is $10 to enter a red chili, a green chili, soup or dessert. Entries should be submitted by noon in slow cooker or similar pot. Attendees can sample the entries for $10 for adults and free for children younger than 7 with a maximum cost of $40 per family. The event includes activities and food for children as well as live music by 3-Wire. Proceeds benefit the North Routt Community Charter School and the North Routt Preschool.

Fundraiser benefits Dudley family and marrow registry

Rocky Mountain Day Spa & Boutique in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, will host a fundraiser for the family of former Steamboat resident Matt Dudley, who was diagnosed with leukemia in March. As part of the Dudley Day fundraiser, the spa will donate 100 percent of its proceeds from spa and hair services from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to the Dudley family and Be the Match, a national bone marrow registry. Make an appointment by calling 970-871-6111. For more information about services and prices, visit www.steamboatmassage.com.

Orders taken for school’s tree sale through May 13

Orders are being accepted for the annual Steamboat Springs Middle School tree sale fundraiser through May 13. Items for sale include aspen, cottonwood, spruce and crabapple trees as well as shrubs and bushes. The cost ranges from $25 to $230 depending on the type and size of the plant. Proceeds benefit Everything Outdoor Steamboat, outdoor education, science camp scholarships and community tree donations.

To place an order or for more information, call Tracy Bye at 970-871-3570 or Jeff Keller at 970-846-4270 or email trees@sssd.k12.co.us. Trees may be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at the middle school.

Economist Scott Ford will lead Success Steps seminar

Local economist Scott Ford will lead a Success Steps seminar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday for business owners about understanding your target market. Topics that will be covered include how to structure market research to determine whether a market exists for a product or service, where to find free tools and resources, and whether sales leakage will be a factor. Ford, the former manager of the Small Business Resource Center at Colorado Mountain College, will present case studies. The seminar is $10 and will take place in CMC Room 127. Register by calling 970-870-4491.

Parks and Wildlife reminds about wild animal safety

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding people to keep their distance from wild animals. Often, well-meaning people try to provide assistance to young animals that appear to be abandoned, according to a news release.

“If 24 hours go by and the parent does not return, it is possible the newborn was abandoned or something happened to the adult animal,” Parks and Wildlife’s Jenny Campbell said in a news release. “Call our office and we will work with a certified wildlife rehabilitation center to get aid for the wildlife if possible. Don’t move the animal yourself.”

Handling most wildlife also is illegal. People attempting to rehabilitate animals without authorization from Parks and Wildlife face fines. Additionally, wildlife can carry diseases, and handling it can lead to human illness or serious injuries from scratches and bites from sharp teeth and claws, according to the release.

For more information, call the Steamboat Springs office at 970-870-2197.

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