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Craig briefs: Deadline to submit comic contest entries is Thursday

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grades are invited to enter the 2015 Book Feast Monster Comic Contest. Children are asked to write and illustrate a one-page comic story that features the Book Feast monster as the main character. All entries will be judged, and winners will receive a special prize. The grand prize winner will have their comic published.

Entries can be brought to either the Strawberry Park Library, Soda Creek Library or the Bud Werner Memorial Library's kids desk. Entries can be submitted anytime before Spring Break, but the last day to turn in entries is Thursday. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/childrens-book-feast/book-feast-monster-art-contest for more information.

Bill would allocate $750K in state funds for grants

The House Transportation & Energy Committee passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, to provide more funding for Colorado's Safe Routes to School Program.

The program allows schools, nonprofits and local governments to apply for grants for non-infrastructure-related projects like crossing guard training or instructional materials for teachers and parents. HB15-1219, also sponsored by Rep. Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, allocates $750,000 in state funds for the grants.

"This program increases public safety for our kids in rural, urban and suburban communities across Colorado," said Rep. Mitsch Bush after the 6-5 committee vote. "Parents, students, teachers and communities have and will continue to benefit from increased safety and opportunities for healthier transportation choices, making every school day more successful."

The bill will now be heard in the House Appropriations Committee.

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Talent showcase to be held May 2 at Chief Theater

A Yampa Valley talent showcase, "Playing for the Playground Benefit," will be held May 2 at the Chief Theater. Young Tracks, which will benefit from the fundraiser, is currently looking for entertaining acts to participate in the showcase. Call Kim at 970-879-5790 for more information or to register. Space is limited. 

The Pet Kare Clinic is hosting April Stools Day, a spring clean-up day, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Participants will volunteer to pick up dog poop at popular city parks and trails. Volunteers should meet at noon at Pet Kare Clinic, 102 Anglers Drive, and bring gloves and a poop scooper if possible. For more information, contact the Pet Kare Clinic at 970-879-5273.

Girls to Women Conference needs volunteers for event

The 2015 Girls To Women Conference, an annual career day for eighth-grade girls, is seeking volunteers. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 5 at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. Volunteers are needed for all or part of the day. For more information or to volunteer, contact Pegge Warwick, volunteer coordinator, at 970-819-6476 or at edpegge@aol.com.

Rotary Club offers flower barrels to be placed in town

Summer is right around the corner and flower barrels can now be ordered through the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs' annual flower barrel fundraiser, which helps beautify downtown while generating funds for Routt County nonprofit organizations. Annually, the fundraiser produces around $7,000 that goes directly back into the community.

Anyone who would like to purchase a flower barrel or barrels can place their order at colomark.com/rotary-flowers.  The number of barrels available is limited, so they will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Delivery is currently scheduled for the evening of June 9 and pick up will be in early to mid September, weather depending.

Call Kathy Elliott at 970-846-8544 or Gillian Morris at 970-846-1953 for more information.

12th annual Steamboat Wine Festival tickets on sale now

Tickets for the 12th annual Steamboat Wine Festival are now on sale. This year's event takes place Aug. 5 to 9, and thousands of visitors are expected to ascend upon Steamboat Springs for this popular celebration of food, drink and the great outdoors. This year's food and wine festival features more than 500 different wines from award-winning wineries, premium spirit purveyors and tastings from the best local restaurants and the nation's most prestigious culinary enthusiasts.

"For 12 years, we have created an experience and destination set in the Rocky Mountains that puts wine and food enthusiasts face-to-face with world-class chefs, sommeliers, brewers and vintners," Jason Ornstein, owner of Team Player Productions that organizes the festival, said in a news release. 'We are honored to host the food and wine industry's best and brightest in Colorado to participate in this unique experience."

The Steamboat Wine Festival has once again partnered with the Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, and to date, the event has raised more than $250,000 for STARS. The funds have provided scholarships for wheelchair-bound children and wounded war veterans, as well as Paralympic and Special Olympic skiers.

For event and ticket information, visit steamboatwinefestival.com.

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