The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off is Monday in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium, 1275 Crawford Ave.
Those who would like to put their baking skills to the test can register at ExploreSteamboat.com by clicking on the Holiday Dessert Bake-Off link and filling out the registration form or by stoping by the Pilot & Today office, 1901 Curve Plaza.
Dessert categories include pies, cakes, cookies and miscellaneous desserts, and participants can submit one entry per category. Recipes are due by Friday, and no secret entries are allowed.
Participants must bring their baked desserts to the CMC auditorium from 7 to 10 a.m. Monday. Contestants and their desserts will be photographed. A panel of community judges will determine the winners, and gift certificates will be awarded to the winner of each dessert category in addition to best presentation and community choice. Winners will be featured in the Steamboat Holiday Guide available Nov. 29.
A Community Coffee and Dessert Tasting Open House with Editor Lisa Schlichtman will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday in the auditorium. For more information, call 970-871-4243.
BOCES, Colorado Humanities host family literacy training
Northwest Colorado BOCES is partnering with Colorado Humanities to bring unique early childhood and family literacy training to Steamboat Springs from Thursday through Saturday as part of Colorado Humanities’ statewide Motheread/Fatheread Colorado program.
According to Beth Melton, SPED literacy grant coordinator with Northwest Colorado BOCES, there will be 25 teachers total participating in the three-day training institute, including two from Strawberry Park Elementary School, two from Soda Creek Elementary school, one from the Steamboat Child Development Center, one from North Routt Community Charter School, two from Hayden School District and two from South Routt School District.
During the training, participants will design implementation plans for Motheread classes for parents and other childcare providers in their respective communities. Working with Greenwood Village-based Colorado Humanities to create plans that reflect best practices for Motheread classes, teachers will receive stipends from the nonprofit organization for sets of the Motheread books that drive the curriculum — as many as 16 titles of quality children’s literature.
In Motheread classes, parents are taught parenting and literacy skills, and even those who cannot read at all learn to share Motheread books with their young children at home. Colorado Humanities works with 280 partners statewide to design and implement the program to fit the specific needs of each community, and the partnership with Northwest Colorado BOCES particularly will help build the capacity of 25 educators in Northwest Colorado to support parents in reading with their children.
These teachers will be provided training and the proven Motheread curriculum, lesson plans and other Motheread materials designed for four different age levels aligned with Colorado Department of Education State CASAS competencies. They will then work within their schools to deliver the Motheread curriculum to groups of parents.
Northwest Colorado BOCES is the recipient of a grant from the Colorado Department of Education to support kindergarten through third-grade students with disabilities. Parents can get involved in local Motheread/Fatheread classes by contacting their local elementary school.
Winter Sports Club is collecting unwanted skis
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is collecting unwanted skis that will be turned into Christmas wreaths and sold for a fundraiser. Skis can be left on the trailer in the Howelsen Hill parking lot near the Dumpsters. See an example of the wreaths at www.skiwreaths.com.
Kids Night Out program on Friday to feature ‘Croods’
The next Kids Night Out program is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Igloo at Howelsen Hill. The PG-rated movie “The Croods” will be shown, and dinner is pasta and garlic bread. Registration for children in kindergarten through fifth grade is available by calling the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department at 970-879-4300 or at www.steamboat
springs.net/youth. The cost is $15 per child in advance or $20 drop-in.
Yampa Arts and Crafts Fair at Yampa school Saturday
The Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa.
The fair features more than 80 booths of crafters and artisans from across Colorado and will include a free gift basket drawing as well as visits with Santa at 3 p.m.
Lunch will be available for purchase from fair sponsor Edith Chapter No. 61 Order of the Eastern Star, which uses proceeds to help fund community service projects.
Business networking event to be held at SmartWool
A Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium networking event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at SmartWool. President Mark Satkiewicz will talk about success in sustainability in addition to an annual awards presentation. Members can attend the luncheon for free, and nonmembers are $10. For more information, contact Lyn Halliday at email@example.com or 970-879-6323.
Yoga Center of Steamboat has temporarily relocated
The Yoga Center of Steamboat has relocated for six to eight weeks to the Steinberg Pavilion at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp during construction at its current location. During the construction, class fees have been reduced to $10 per class. Find a class schedule at www.yogacenterofsteamboat.com.