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Coffee with Council continues town hall format in December in Steamboat Springs

Coffee with Council will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The December town hall session will discuss city council's 2018 preliminary goals. No RSVP is necessary, and community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Steamboat Nordic Council set to host team relay Sunday

The 2017 Team Relay, hosted by the Steamboat Nordic Council, will take place Sunday, Dec. 10. The race is a two-person freestyle team sprint with 1.2 to 1.5 kilometer laps with hand-to-back tags. Adults will do four laps, U12 to U14 will do two laps and U8 to U10 will do one lap each.

The race will start at 10 a.m. at Romick Rodeo Arena. Race registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and the fee per individual is $5. People are asked to bring cash to pay their race fee.

To participate, racers will need a Howelsen Nordic pass or valley pass or daily Howelsen trail pass.

Area Cen$ible Energy home, business assessments available

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The community-funded Cen$ible Energy program offers home energy assessments for residents living in Yampa Valley Electric Association territory. Residents can sign up for a free comprehensive home energy review performed by a local certified auditor by visiting energysmartcolorado.com.

The audit is free for customers with YVEA service as well as primary home heating by Atmos natural gas. Funding for free home audits is available on a first-come, first-serve each heating season. Customers with only one of those utility services can pay half price or $150 for an audit.

New this year, Cen$ible Energy is offering commercial or small business energy assessment rebates with a $200 allowance to the first 10 customers to sign up this heating season. A mid-level commercial assessment is available locally for $500 for businesses up to 10,000 square feet. For questions, email suzie@yvsc.org.

Local author shares hidden Perry-Mansfield stories at event

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs presents an evening with author Dagny McKinley talking about her new book, "Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature," as she shares intriguing photos, stories and interviews that didn't make the book's final cut, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 in Library Hall.

The inspiration for this book began when McKinley saw an image of Portia Mansfield and Charlotte Perry dancing. The women appeared to be filled with such joy she felt pulled to find out more about them. Four years and hundreds of pages of research later, this is their story.

In 1914, Perry and Mansfield envisioned a secluded institution nestled in the mountains, where art and nature could intersect. By the 1920s, their remote Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs was serving as a hub for top dancers such as José Limon and Harriette Ann Gray to hone their craft.

In addition to training thousands of pointed toes and arched feet, the school showcased equestrian jumping and performed plays by masters, including Shakespeare, García Lorca and Tennessee Williams. The theater program eventually attracted budding actors like Julie Harris, Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Biel.

McKinley presents the story of America's longest continuously running performing arts camp. Books will be available for sale and author signing courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

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