Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed for tree identification at Howelsen |

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed for tree identification at Howelsen

Steamboat Springs teen Foster Ramirez spent the past two summers volunteering for ReTree Steamboat, an effort to plant and care for young trees in areas of Routt County decimated by the pine beetle epidemic. Now, as part of his effort to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, Foster is leading a group of volunteers this weekend up Howelsen Hill to identify and document the status of the 514 trees planted in June.

Foster, 15, said he needs 30 volunteers to join him from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on Howelsen Hill. A team leader will be assigned to each of the eight areas on Howelsen Hill where trees were planted. The volunteers will locate each planted tree and record its location via GPS devices. Volunteers also will document the species, height, girth and any other relevant information that could impact each tree's survival.

Foster said he then will compile the information collected by volunteers and publish a report to be used by the Colorado State Forest Service and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. His hope is that the project will help determine the viability of the ReTree program as well as provide a measurement tool for the trees in future years.

Interested volunteers are asked to RSVP to or call 970-819-3882. Volunteers will need to wear sturdy hiking shoes, warm work gloves and clothes, and take a water bottle. People with their own GPS devices are asked to bring them. Lunch will be provided to volunteers courtesy of Ciao Gelato.

Eat Art collaborative dinner event at Harwigs/L'Apogee

Literature, performance art and fine dining fuse into a harmonious evening of food for the senses at Eat Art: "La Vie En Rose," a collaborative dinner event Thursday.

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Created by local artist Kim Keith and author Dagny McKinley, the event will be presented at 6 p.m. at Harwigs/L'Apogee in conjunction with Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and RED Contemporary.

Tickets are $65 and include a live performance piece inspired by imagery in the new book "Wandering Rose" by Dagny McKinley, a six-course dinner menu and a copy of the book. Nine VIP tickets for a private reading, original art and entertainment with the creators are available for $150. The event is for adults only. Call 970-879-1919 for reservations.

Winter Sports Club Ski & Sport Swap is Nov. 9, 10

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Ski & Sport Swap is Nov. 9 and 10 at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Consignment tags for sports gear can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Winter Sports Club office, and consigned or donated items can be dropped off at the middle school Nov. 9. Early birds can attend for $5 at 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Admission is free from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. The event supports the Winter Sports Club, and all donations are tax deductible. Call the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695, ext. 100, for more information.

Chamber now is accepting applications for funding

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is accepting applications for summer 2013 special event funding. The application deadline is Dec. 26. Applications can be found at or by contacting Sarah Leonard at or 970-875-7006.

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