Steamboat briefs: 10,175 visitors expected in town this weekend

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This weekend should see plenty of visitors in town once again, with about 10,175 visitors expected to be here Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer.

The figure represents 61 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 85 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 77 percent capacity and condos are expected to be 51 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 9,291 visitors Wednesday.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Parsons selected as Teen of the Month for January

Dylan Parsons, a senior at The Lowell Whiteman School, was named the Teen of the Month for January.

Parsons was chosen by members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council because he is an outstanding teen in the community and embodies the values of Teen Council, according to a news release.

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council, in its seventh consecutive year, works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community at large and provide substance-free and alternative activities for youths.

Parsons is involved in School Prefect, a member of the schools standards committee and a member of the National Honors Society. He is a Spanish 1 co-teacher and helps coordinate the talent show. He has volunteered in the community with Yampatika, LIFT-UP of Routt County and the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, where he currently works. He is involved in Jiu Jitsu martial arts, enjoys close-up card magic and likes reading books on the hill next to a pond in his neighborhood while his dogs swim around.

Parsons thinks “kids are the future,” — beyond that, he thinks “having faith in the younger generation is immeasurably important in building our confidence, ambition and capacity.”

Parsons said it is important for the Steamboat Springs community to value teens.

“Providing guidance when appropriate, support where it’s needed and patience at all times works wonders for helping kids find direction, motivation and passion in their lives,” he said.

Parsons’ peers said “he is a leader and a role model among the students in our community.” His peers think that he is an “exceptional teen that should be recognized for his kind heart, intelligence and passion for life.”

Parsons will attend Bowdoin College in Maine next year, where he aspires to become an astrophysicist and work in the surrounding fields of cosmology, theoretical physics and quantum physics. He is anxious to begin college and knows his career path may change depending on his studies and experiences at Bowdoin.

“Whatever I’ll be doing, all I want is to be happy doing it,” Parsons said.

Parons will be awarded with a $25 Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association gift certificate.

The Teen Council is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and is funded through a grant from Routt County United Way. To learn more about the Steamboat Springs Teen Council, visit www.facebook.com/ssteencouncil.

Hayden library to host book club meeting Thursday

The Book Discussion Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hayden Public Library to discuss “Lost in Shangri-La” by Mitchell Zuckoff and “What’s so funny? My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway. The group hosts a potluck dinner, and new members are welcome to join.

Business center hosts class on cloud-based financials

The Colorado Mountain College Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center in Steamboat Springs will host a seminar, “Cloud-Based Financial Record Management,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the CMC Academic Center, Room 127.

The program, which will focus on options for cloud-based bookkeeping and record-keeping, will be presented by Scott Ford and Stacia Gondusky, and the cost is $15 per person. To register, call 970-870-4491. The seminar is the second in the Success Steps Seminar Series held monthly at the college.

Library hosts Mountainfilm series Thursday and Friday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents Mountainfilm On Tour, a selection of this year’s finest films from Telluride’s Mountainfilm documentary film festival, today and Friday. With a unifying theme of adventure, each screening features different films.

Today’s program has an environmental thread and starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday’s screening has an adrenaline-fueled lineup and starts at 7 p.m. Each evening screening costs $10 at the door.

The library also is hosting a free after-school Mountainfilm Kids Keno at 4 p.m. Friday, featuring 10 family-friendly films from the festival.

The Kids Keno is appropriate for ages 6 and older. All films are being shown in Library Hall. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Hayden church kicks off Sunday parenting classes

Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden, will offer “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” on Sundays beginning at 4 p.m. Feb. 9. 

This is a six-week program, and the class size is limited. There is a $35 per person fee or a $50 per couple fee. Please call the church office at 276-3510 to register.

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