Steamboat briefs: ‘Light Up the Night’ event at courthouse lawn Friday

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The annual “Light Up the Night” community tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Friday on the Routt County Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Children can visit with Santa starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Santa House. There will be caroling with the Jewel Singers, hot chocolate and cookies donated by local restaurants and an opportunity to register to win Downtown Dollars to spend in downtown Steamboat.

The finale of the event is the ping pong ball drop with hundreds of ping pong balls, all containing offers from downtown stores, dropped on the crowd from the top of the firetruck ladder. The event is free and open to the community. For more information, call 970-846-1800.

Sustainability training to be launched by foundation

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is launching a sustainability training course composed of in-person trainings, webinars and mentored peer-learning sessions for nonprofit organizations to design and implement a sustainable financial model.

A Q-and-A session about the course will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 in the Crawford Room at Steamboat Springs City Hall.

The training is being offered free to eligible nonprofit organizations and is being funded by Shell. In return, nonprofits accepted into the program must commit to participating in all sessions and the completion of the associated work that includes creation of a funding plan.

Award grants will be distributed to the top four participants. For information, contact Erin at erin@yvcf.org.

Representative to answer questions about insurance

A representative from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be available to answer questions about health insurance at the Bud Werner Memorial Library on Fridays during December. Dates and times are as follows: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13; and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20. The informational Q-and-A sessions are for families, individuals and small businesses interested in learning their options for insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. Those unable to attend but still wanting information can contact the VNA in Steamboat at 970-871-7638 or assistroutt@nwcovna.org.

Steamboat grad Fosdick receives her doctorate

Bailey Draper Fosdick, a 2004 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School and a 2008 summa cum laude graduate of Colorado State University, received her doctorate in statistics from the University of Washington in Seattle in July. After completing a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute and Duke University in North Carolina, she will become an assistant professor at Colorado State University in the fall.

Alcohol Responsibility classes are on Dec. 12

Grand Futures is hosting two Alcohol Responsibility Training Classes at the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Dec. 12. The first class will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the second will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The class is an accepted certification for alcohol responsibility training for servers, distributors and sellers of alcoholic beverages in Steamboat Springs and Routt County and now is accepted by the State of Colorado.  Grand Futures is a nonprofit organization, and fees collected from this class go directly to programs and activities that promote healthy lifestyles for youth. The cost of the class is $35. Registration is mandatory. To sign-up for the class, call Kate at 970-879-6188.

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