Steamboat briefs: Free winter coats given out in Hayden this week

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Hayden Congregational Church in conjunction with Love INC will have free winter coats available for those in need from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave., Hayden.

Mainstreet seeks volunteers for Promotion Committee

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.

Tobacco counseling is available through VNA

Counseling is available through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association to help tobacco users quit, according to a news release. Counseling can help tobacco users set quit goals as well as receive support for weight management, nutrition, heart health and stress control. The free service is available in English and Spanish. Call 970-871-7634 for more information.

GED students reminded to take exam by Dec. 31

Colorado Mountain College is reminding students working toward a GED to complete the existing exam by Dec. 31 before the new computerized test is put into place across the country.

Those who do not pass every section before the end of 2013 will have to start over, according to the release. 

To learn about the upcoming changes in the GED test, go to www.gedtestingservice.com.

Public Works’ Pine Street water main work ongoing

Steamboat Springs’ Public Works Department has begun replacement of a water main along Pine Street between Fifth and Ninth streets. Work will begin at Pine and Fifth, then will progress down Pine to Ninth. One-block closures of Pine will be in place during the construction, and detours will route motorists and bicyclists along Oak and Aspen streets. Completion is expected by Nov. 1. For more information, call Jon Snyder at 970-871-8207.

Planned Parenthood helps with women’s annual exam

Planned Parenthood can cover the cost of an annual exam for women who are uninsured or underinsured, according to a news release. Call 970-879-2212 for information or to make an appointment or stop by the health center on 11th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

Grand Futures encourages impaired driving prevention

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition would like to remind readers that impaired driving crashes killed 10,228 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S., according to a news release.

Grand Futures is encouraging people to take a few steps to ensure their celebrations don’t end in tragedy.

■ Designate a sober driver before the festivities begin.

■ If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. If you are impaired, find another way home: Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

■ If someone you know is drinking, do not let him or her get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement by calling 970-879-1090.

Visit www.grandfutures.org/summersafety to download an impaired driving prevention flier as well as the R-U-Buzzed BAC Calculator App for iPhone and Android.

Steamboat Optimist Club in need of 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 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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