Steamboat briefs: Tree auction looking for nonprofit participation

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Nonprofit organizations are needed to participate in the annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 365 S. Poplar St., Hayden.

The auction will feature decorated wreaths, trees and centerpieces, with proceeds benefiting the community and youth groups that created the items.

For more information, call Lori Laird at 970-846-0782.

Family skate party today at Howelsen Ice Arena

The city of Steamboat Springs is hosting a family skate party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today at Howelsen Ice Arena, 285 Howelsen Parkway. The free event includes admission, skate rentals, bumper cars and Beau Jo’s pizza.

Concordia Lutheran to be collection point for event

Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Lane, will serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child again this year. Through Operation Christmas Child, Steamboat Springs residents will help send more than 100 million shoe box gifts to needy children in more than 130 countries. The boxes will be filled with Christmas gifts including school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement.

Steamboat residents are asked to pack their own boxes and drop them off at the church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Monday. A $7 check also should be included to cover shipping costs.

Learn more about filling a box at www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC. For more information about collection of the boxes, call the church office at 970-879-0175 or Marvin Lindsey at 970-871-4770.

City seeking feedback on sites for police facility

The city of Steamboat Springs is asking residents to provide feedback on potential sites for a new police facility at www.steamboatsprings.net/newpolicefacility. The site includes information about the history of the current police headquarters, the process used to selecting potential sites, the pros and cons of each site, and a detailed map. For more information, please contact Director of General Services Anne Small at 970-871-8249 or asmall@steamboatsprings.net. 

Digital US Forest Service maps now are available

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

Self-defense class to be held at Anytime Fitness

A free self-defense class for men and women 13 and older is from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Anytime Fitness, 1875 Central Park Drive. The class will be led by Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kiel Petkoff.

Tennis camps are this week at center in Steamboat

The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs is hosting a series of tennis camps during the week of Thanksgiving to help attendees burn off some of those extra holiday calories.

Classes for adults are from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday to Friday. The cost is $90 per person, and instruction includes movement, technique and strategy.

Classes for juniors are from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday. The cost is $75 per person, and instruction includes stroke mechanics, strategy and match play.

Sign up for the classes at the front desk, 12500 Pine Grove Road.

Parks and Wildlife offers grants to nonprofits, others

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering Partners in Outdoors Grants to nonprofits, public shooting ranges, and local city and county governments that participate in hunting and angling outreach and education, according to a news release.

Applications for the grants, which range from $10,000 to $25,000, are due Dec. 31. For more information and to download a grant application, go to www.wildlife.state.co.us/Education/Pages/PartnersGrant.aspx.

Atmos gives steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Atmos Energy is reminding customers to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas and prolonged exposure can be fatal. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest. If you or your family members experience these symptoms, call 911, stop using the suspected gas appliance until it has been inspected, and call Atmos Energy at 1-866-322-8667.

To help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

■ Install carbon monoxide detectors on all floors where bedrooms are located.

■ Do not idle a car in an attached garage.

■ Make sure chimneys and flues are clean and unobstructed and that appliances and portable heaters have proper ventilation systems.

■ Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters, and change furnace filters regularly.

■ Do not use natural gas ovens as a heating source.

■ Do not use charcoal indoors.

Local VNA offers birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat by calling 970-879-1632 or in Craig by calling 970-824-8233.

Tread of Pioneers Museum is looking for volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact the museum’s volunteer coordinator at 970-879-2214 or storemgr@springsips.com for more information.

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