Steamboat briefs: Costume exchange Saturday at library in Steamboat

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Steamboat Springs High School’s National Honor Society hosts a Green Halloween costume exchange for children ages birth to 12 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Costumes for the free exchange can be dropped off in advance at all Steamboat Springs public schools, Emerald Mountain School, City Market, Kid’s Kabin, Young Tracks Preschool and the Discovery Learning Center. After Halloween, costumes can be dropped off at the above locations for next year’s exchange.

Optimist Club’s Pumpkin Festival is Saturday at Howelsen

The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club will host its 23rd annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday in the Howelsen Hill parking lot. The free event is for children ages 2 to 12 to paint pumpkins. Registration is at 10 a.m., painting is at 10:30 a.m. and judging is at 11:45 a.m. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Rob MacCarthy at 970-879-5283 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.

Booths available for Hayden airport’s art and craft show

Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden will sponsor the third annual airport art and craft show Nov. 2. A variety of products will be available, including handmade jewelry and wood carvings. For information about renting a booth, call 970-276-5001 or email amcmenamin@co.routt.co.us.

SportsMed hosts ski fitness class Mondays, Wednesdays

SportsMed at Yampa Valley Medical Center hosts a ski fitness class beginning Monday. The class continues from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Nov. 20 for a total of 10 sessions. The cost is $105. Call 970-871-2500 to register. 

Hayden Congregational Church to hold fundraiser

Hayden Congregational Church will be hosting a Waffle Bar Dinner fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in the fellowship hall at the church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 16, $35 for families and free for children younger than 5. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Front Range flood victims. For more information, call 970-276-3510.

Work on US 40 bridge over Elk River ongoing

The Colorado Department of Transportation is continuing work to replace the U.S. Highway 40 bridge over the East Fork of the Elk River, according to a news release. Remaining work includes curb construction, bridge rails and guardrails, asphalt paving and striping, removing the temporary bridge, and final grading and revegetation.

Work is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and drivers should expect delays as long as 10 minutes.

The $3.1 million project is scheduled for completion in November.

For more information, call 970-846-2446 or go to www.coloradodot.info/projects/us40elkriver.

Cancer support group meets each month on 1st Sunday

A cancer support group for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors meets the first Sunday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the community room at Natural Grocers, 335 Lincoln Ave. Group members will discuss fears related to cancer as well as talk with other patients and long-term survivors about how to deal with the experience. For more information about the free group, call Ken Farmer at 970-846-4717.

LIFT-UP distributes TEFAP boxes at various locations

LIFT-UP of Routt County will distribute The Emergency Food Assistance Program commodities boxes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to eligible households at each of its locations at the following times: from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays in Hayden, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Oak Creek and from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays in Steamboat Springs. Call 970-870-8804 for more information.

Unattended vehicles idling illegal under Colorado law

As part of the anti-idling education campaign Spare the Air, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council would like to remind drivers that leaving an unattended vehicle idling is illegal under Colorado law. A state law approved in 2011 also limits idling of diesel engine vehicles of more than 14,000 pounds to five minutes per hour.

Join the Spare the Air initiative to save money, engine wear and air emissions by limiting unnecessary idling to 30 seconds. According to the Consumer Energy Center, idling is not an effective way to warm up a car engine. On winter days, the best way to warm an engine is to drive after idling no more than 30 seconds.

Learn more at www.yvsc.org/programs/spare-the-air.

New website helps veterans find jobs in transportation

A new website has been designed to help military veterans find jobs in the transportation industry. According to a news release, the site allows former members of the armed forces to enter their specific military work experience and see how it translates to civilian jobs in five categories:  aviation pilot, aviation maintenance technician, air traffic controller, commercial motor vehicle driver and emergency medical services. Job seekers can find what training and certification is needed for civilian jobs, determine what career fits best with their backgrounds and search for available jobs in their field. Learn more at www.dot.gov/veteranstransportationcareers.

Pap tests, mammograms free for qualified women

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free mammograms and pap tests for women 40 to 64 who are uninsured or underinsured, have not had a pap test or mammogram in the past 12 months and meet income requirements. Call the VNA at 970-879-1632 or 970-824-8233 to determine eligibility.

Cultural integration group seeking bilingual volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community and be respectful and mature. Training is provided. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.

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