Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Dance Theatre auditions at 8 a.m. Sunday

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Auditions for the 42nd annual Steamboat Dance Theatre concert will be at 8 a.m. Sunday at Sundance Studio. The community performance welcomes dancers of all levels and styles to participate in the concert, which takes place March 20 to 22, 2014. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and dancers must be present at auditions to participate in the show.

To audition, participants must sign up to become a Steamboat Dance Theatre member. Membership fees start at $40. Dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes for the audition, which features 18 pieces that range from jazz to lyrical, belly to hoop and break-dancing to flamenco.

Steamboat Dance Theatre will hold a short special meeting at 9 a.m. during auditions to vote on an amendment to the nonprofit’s articles of incorporation.

The concert is a fundraiser to provide dance scholarships and community enrichment through dance outreach. For more information, email pt@steamboatdancetheatre.org.

Library to waive overdue fines for teens this week

As part of Teen Read Week, the Bud Werner Memorial Library will waive overdue fines for teens ages 13 to 18 who visit the library from today through Saturday. Teen Read Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association, which encourages teens to read just for the fun of it. Teens also are invited to visit the library to discover which books got voted the 2013 Teen Top Ten. For more information, call the library at 970-879-0240 or visit www.steamboatlibrary.org.

Concordia takes boxes for Operation Christmas Child

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 during business hours from Nov. 18 to 25. 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.

Event for Hayden Homies Thanksgiving is Nov. 28

A Hayden Homies Thanksgiving celebration is at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Hayden American Legion Hut. Attendees are asked to bring one side dish to the event. Registration is required to Debby Shaw at 970-276-4778, Dana Haskins at 970-276-3338 or Kathy Hockin at 970-276-3610.

VNA offers low-cost 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.

Atmos issues reminder about carbon monoxide

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.

Tread of Pioneers Museum is searching 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.

VNA: Text program helps young adults quit smoking

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds young adult smokers that a free text message program is available to help them quit tobacco.

SmokefreeTXT is a free mobile service providing encouragement and tips to help young smokers quit for good. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show support, including text message programs, can significantly improve a person’s chance for success

To sign up, text QUIT to IQUIT (47848) or visit www.smokefree.gov. The service is available in English and Spanish.

Scholarship fund launched in memory of Alfred Kahn

The Steamboat Tennis Association is memorializing Alfred Kahn, a longtime Steamboat resident who loved playing tennis, through a youth scholarship fund. To make a donation to the fund, email STA board member and Treasurer Robin Schuellein at robinschuell@comcast.net or mail a check to STA, P.O. Box 770533, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, with a note that the funds are for the Alfred Kahn Scholarship Fund.

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