Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a six-week reading group focusing on William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” led by veteran English teacher Sally Frostic and a team of local Shakespeare aficionados. The free workshop will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 12 through March 19. First-time and experienced Shakespeare readers are welcome. The overall emphasis is on enjoyment of “King Lear” through discussions, reading brief excerpts aloud and learning about the playwright and his world. Participants are asked to commit to the reading and attending most of the sessions. To register, contact Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay at email@example.com or 970-879-0240, ext. 317. The workshop is limited to 30 participants, and the library will loan copies of “King Lear” to all participants. More information is available at www.steamboatlibrary.org/events.
Arts Council seeking ideas from artists for exhibit
Steamboat Springs Arts Council is asking artists to submit ideas for “Palettes: A taste for the Arts.” The idea is for the artist to provide an experience that engages all five senses of the viewer. All mediums are considered, and collaborations are encouraged. Submissions should be sent in jpeg form with a brief description to Gregory Block at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are due Jan. 13 and installation is Feb. 4.
CMC culinary program open house is on Wednesday
An open house for the Restaurant and Culinary Management program at Colorado Mountain College will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Students, parents and counselors are welcome to speak with professionals about a career in the food and beverage industry. The event will be held in the kitchen on the third floor of the Academic Center, 1275 Crawford Ave.
Website is available to help veterans find jobs
A 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.
VNA offers free pap tests, mammograms to 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.
Mainstreet Steamboat is in need of volunteers
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.
Counseling available from VNA to aid quitting tobacco
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.
Planned Parenthood can assist with costs of 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.
Readers reminded about impaired driving crashes
The 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 is seeking 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 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.
Registration now open for winter adult sports leagues
Registration now is open for the city of Steamboat Springs’ winter adult sports leagues. Volleyball leagues play Monday nights and basketball leagues will play Wednesday nights at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Indoor soccer league games will be played Sunday nights at Colorado Mountain College. All leagues are first-come, first-served, and space is limited. To register or for more information, visit www.steamboat