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Steamboat briefs: Annual Rubber Ducky Race rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday

The Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23. The race will start at 11 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge. The finish line will be at West Lincoln Park.

Ticket holders of the winning ducks win a total of $3,000 in cash prizes, including a $1,000 grand prize. You don't need to be present to win. Tickets are $10 and available at north
westcoloradohealth.org/rubberducky. Tickets also will be available at the bridge before the race.

All proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health's hospice program, which provides services to anyone who needs end-of-life care, regardless of their ability to pay. Volunteers are needed to catch duckies at the finish line and retrieve stuck ducks from the river after the race. Call Kyleigh Lawler for more information at 970-871-7609.

Library announces One Book Steamboat read for 2017

Each year, Bud Werner Memorial Library presents One Book Steamboat, a community read for Steamboat Springs. This fall, the book is "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant," a contemporary nonfiction story of the American West and its landscape, resources, social challenges and rewards, written by award-winning author Alexandra Fuller.

Fuller tells the unforgettable, true story of Bryant, a soulful boy with a mustang-taming heart who comes of age in the oil fields and open plains of Wyoming. After surviving a sometimes-cruel adolescence with his own brand of optimistic goofiness, Bryant goes to work on an oil rig. There the biggest heart in the world can't save him from the new, unkind greed that has possessed his beloved Wyoming during the latest boom.

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Throughout the fall, the library offers a series of free community programs and discussions to delve deeper into "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant."

A documentary film, "Faces in the Oil Patch," screens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Library Hall. Three facilitated book club discussions will convene in the library's conference room on the following dates: noon, Monday, Oct. 30; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1; and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

The library has purchased extra copies of the book so it will be readily available for everyone read it and participate in the community conversation. Sign up for a book discussion at the library circulation desk, by phone at 970-879-0240 or online at steamboatlibrary.org.

The grand finale for the 2017 community read will be a free community talk by the bestselling author. Fuller visits Library Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 to share insights into her reporting, reveal personal perspectives on Wyoming and the oil patch she has watched evolve around her, and answer questions that arise from the community conversation about "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant."

Read more about the book, the author and all these special One Book library events at steamboatlibrary.org/events/one-book-steamboat.

Club hosts 3rd Thirsty Thursday at Sunpie's

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club will host its third Thirsty Thursday Watering Hole event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at Sunpie's Bistro. The meeting is open to everyone and is a great way for people to learn about the local Lions Club in an informal atmosphere.

The group is Steamboat's oldest civic organization, chartered in 1923. Meetings are open to members as well as those who are interested in learning more about the Lions Club.

For more information about joining the club, email ed@digthis.info or call 970-846-2484. For general information on the club, visit skilions.org or find the club on Facebook at facebook.com/skitownlions.

Dance on Film returns with new documentary

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield and Steamboat Dance Theatre present a Dance on Film screening of "Restless Creature," a new feature documentary by Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger about prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall.

One of the modern era's most acclaimed dancers, Whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, throughout the course of her celebrated career, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky.

Many roles were made specifically for Whelan. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company.

Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

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