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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club accepting 2018 Winter Carnival button art submissions

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is now taking submissions for the 2018 Winter Carnival button artwork from all local artists under the age of 18. This year's theme is "Lighting the Flame" in honor of Steamboat's Winter Olympians and the upcoming Olympics.

Any art medium is accepted, and bright colors are highly encouraged. Buttons should be designed in a circle the size of an 8.5-inch by 11-inch piece of paper or larger. Designs should be  submitted to WinterCarnivalButtonArt.com before Nov. 23.

SK8 Church plans Fall Affair fundraiser for 6 p.m. Friday

SK8 Church will host a Fall Affair fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Community members are invited to attend for a semi-formal, adults-only evening of stories and celebration along with an elegant meal. "Broken Hearts" art pieces will be on display and available for purchase during a silent auction, and those attending will learn about SK8 Church's mission to "See Lives Changed." The dinner will be held at SK8 Church, 2851 Riverside Plaza, Unit 260. Those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP to office@steamboatsk8church.com.

Songwriter Series opens for season Saturday at Chief Theater

The Chief Theater announces the 2017-18 Songwriter Series beginning with Vance Gilbert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Special guests will include Randy Kelley and Jon Gibbs. Tickets for the show are $15.

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Additional shows in the series are:

• Dec. 8 and 9: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay

• Jan. 12: Lucy Kaplansky with special guest Tera Johnson

• Feb. 2: Lead singer of The Samples, Sean Kelly

• Feb. 25: Peter Mulvey and Danielle Ate the Sandwich

• April 7: Hardin Burns

Season tickets are $110 for all six shows or $145, which includes a catered meet and greet with Furay. For more information, visit chieftheater.com. Individual show tickets are also available at All That, 601 Lincoln Ave.

Medicine Bow, Routt National Forests to begin pile burning

As temperatures cool and days shorten, fire personnel on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests in Colorado and Wyoming are beginning preparation for slash pile burning.

Hundreds of piles are estimated to remain on the two national forests, even after many years of this type of work. Forest users and the public should be aware of and expect to see smoke, as many piles will be burned near communities, travel routes, and popular recreation areas. The burning of highly visible piles will be advertised closer to the date of ignition and questions should be directed to local Ranger District offices.

"Burning piles remains a staple in our annual program of work," said Jay Miller, fire management officer for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, in a news release. "It is a good way to remove undesirable fuels, and our staff is experienced in this area."

The main objective of the pile burns is to reduce the remaining dead fuels, which is in the best interest of long-term public safety.

Fire managers will monitor weather forecasts prior to igniting piles. Burns are only initiated if conditions are within established parameters for safe, effective fires. Smoke from all prescribed fires is closely monitored to ensure that the conditions for smoke dispersal are being met.

Tickets to December shows at Strings Music Festival on sale

Tickets are now on sale for December concerts at Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs. The general public may purchase tickets to Del McCoury Band on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday on Thursday, Dec. 28.

McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. Tickets start at $50.

This year's holiday show, Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday comes directly from New York. Five of Broadway's brightest stars will take audiences on a journey through Broadway history, featuring hits ranging from classic shows such as "My Fair Lady" and "South Pacific" to current blockbusters like "Jersey Boys" and "Wicked." Tickets start at $25 for juniors, $48 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased at stringsmusicfestival.com or by calling 970-879-5056, ext. 105.

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