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.

Newborn Network offering resources for parents

Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children as old as 3. Newborn Network’s free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags. Parents of a child as old as 3 can call 970-879-0977 for more information about support services.

New members welcome to join local ukulele group

Ukrazy?, a group for ukulele players, meets weekly at 625 S. Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat Springs. The group is for those interested in practicing, improving and having fun and plays everything from Beatles to Mama Cass and oldies to Elvis. New players with some experience are welcome. Call Dan Tyler at 970-871-4641 for meeting times and other information.

Steamboat Art Museum is in needs of volunteers

Volunteers are needed at the Steamboat Art Museum and museum shop. Those who are interested are asked to contact Dottie at 970-870-1755 or sam@steamboatartmuseum.org.

Volunteers are sought to help with ESL program

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is in need of volunteers to teach English in the ESL program. Each volunteer is trained and matched with a limited-English speaking community member. Pairs are asked to meet for one hour per week. No previous experience is necessary. Those who are interested should email Laura at laura@ciiccolorado.org or call Sheila at 970-871-4599.

Horizons seeks committed volunteers to be mentors

Horizons Specialized Services is seeking caring, committed volunteers for individual mentors as well as people who enjoy group activities such as gardening, swimming, dancing and community events. For more information, call Tommy Larson at 970-879-4466, ext. 115. Horizons works in partnership with families and communities to expand opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Motor vehicle donations can help fund Habitat homes

Routt County Habitat for Humanity is reminding residents that motor vehicle donations help fund new Habitat homes through the Cars for Homes program. Motor vehicles — including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, etc. — can be donated by calling 1-877-277-4344 or by going to www.carsforhomes.org. The cars then are sold at auction or to recyclers or salvage yards, and the funds are used to build Habitat homes in partnership with low-income families.

Parks and Wildlife gives tips on conflicts with wildlife

With fall nearing and bears working to put on their winter weight, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding readers to take steps to prevent conflicts with the wild animals.

During fall, bears forage for as many as 20 hours per day and consume nearly 20,000 calories, which can lead bears into residential areas looking for food, according to a news release.

“Taking steps to keep your house and property free of potential food sources can prevent a bear from being killed,” Colorado Springs district wildlife officer Sabrina Hurwitz said. “Once a bear has gotten a taste of human food sources, conflicts start, and most conflicts end with a bear being relocated or euthanized.”

Parks and Wildlife tips:

■ Follow your community’s trash ordinances, and be sure to put your garbage out the morning of pick up instead of the night before.

■ Keep all ground floor windows and doors closed and locked. Keep garage doors closed.

■ Never feed bears. It is illegal and risks the safety of you, your family, your neighbors and the bear. Don’t put out food for other wildlife, including birds and small animals, that might attract bears.

■ Pick fruit as it ripens and don’t let it rot on the ground.

■ Always lock your vehicle and don’t leave odorous food, trash or air fresheners inside.

For more information, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/bears.

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