Steamboat briefs: Scott Tipton to speak at Lincoln Day luncheon

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The Routt County Republicans Lincoln Day luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs.

This year’s guest speaker is congressman Scott Tipton.

If you have questions, call Tina Kyprios at 970-819-6028.

Horizons Specialized Services gets CDOT grant

Horizons Specialized Services was awarded $81,400 in Federal Transit Administration capital funding through the Colorado Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

CDOT issued its first Consolidated Call for Capital Projects in October 2013, soliciting proposals for Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) and FTA funding programs. Horizons requested funding from Section 5310 for replacement rolling stock to be used to purchase four vehicles based in Routt and Moffat counties.

Section 5310 makes funding available to private nonprofits in rural and small urbanized areas.

“This grant award will help us stay aligned with our core value of the paramount importance of health and safety,” said Deirdre Pepin, Horizons resource development coordinator. “We have 22 vehicles to serve the 219 children, adults and families in our 14,000-square-mile service area. Our vehicle average age is nine years. The four vehicles we’re replacing are the oldest and in the poorest condition.”

In the five counties of Northwest Colorado, Horizons speech and occupational therapists drive to families’ homes to provide early intervention services to children ages birth to 3.

Vehicles also are used for day-to-day transportation for adults with disabilities to get to work, doctor appointments and community activities.

Horizons Executive Director Susan Mizen emphasized the importance of inclusion.

“Especially in Craig, where there is no public transportation, we use our vehicles to make sure the adults in our program are out and about in the community. It’s so important for them to exercise with Aging Well, shop at thrift stores, do their grocery shopping and so much more.”

Bonfils needs blood, offers gift for summer donations

Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy all the activities the season has to offer, but unfortunately it’s often a difficult time of year, and Bonfils Blood Center experiences as much as a 20 percent decline in donations because of travel and other warm weather plans. 

This year, make a positive impact in your life and the lives of others and help ensure the community blood supply remains stable. All donors who give blood June 1 through Aug. 2 will receive a small red cooler bag (while supplies last).

The next community blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. June 12 in Yampa Valley Medical Center’s conference rooms.

Bonfils Blood Center provides blood and blood products to nearly 100 hospitals and health care facilities throughout Colorado and beyond. Bonfils needs nearly 3,000 people to donate blood every week to meet the needs of the community and to be prepared for any unforeseen events. 

For more information about Bonfils Blood Center, visit www.bonfils.org or call 303-363-2300 or 800-365-0006.

Boys & Girls Club to host summer program meeting

Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs will host a summer information meeting for parents and guardians at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Boys & Girls Club.

If your child is planning to attend the Boys & Girls Club summer program, you are strongly encouraged to attend. The club will discuss summer camp programs, schedules, rules, safety practices, costs, hours, closures and general information.

The club will be open to serve kids during the meeting, and siblings are welcome. Call 970-871-3160 with questions.

Auditions for Piknik Theater Festival are next weekend

Auditions for acting and production roles for the 2014 Piknik Theatre Festival will be held at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council baggage room from 4 to 6 p.m. May 17 and 18.

Rehearsals will begin mid-June with productions from Aug. 1 to 17. No preparation or experience is required.

The 2014 Piknik Theatre Festival productions will include “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare and “Botanica,” an original musical comedy about romance and intrigue in the Yampa River Botanic Park.

For more information, call Festival Artistic Director Stuart Handloff at 970-355-9403 or email shandloff@hotmail.com.

Business group to host fundraiser, bar opening

On Wednesday, the Downtown Steamboat Springs Business Improvement District Board will host a fundraiser for the BID campaign at Schmiggity’s.

This will be Steamboat residents’ first chance to experience Schmiggity’s, but also a chance to learn more about the benefits of a business improvement district for downtown, hear some great music and be a part of “Schmistory.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. and ’70s and ’80s music will kick off the evening, followed by the “Wish You Were Pink” Pink Floyd tribute band.

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