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Best Bets: Events for October 2007 to January 2008

Late fall and early winter are busy times in Steamboat Springs, particularly as the holiday season approaches. Whether it’s taking your kids to the Downtown Halloween Stroll or volunteering at the community Thanksgiving Dinner, there are plenty of Best Bets to keep you occupied.

Steamboat Ski & Sport Swap

8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Steamboat Springs Middle School

Call 879-0695, ext. 100

The Ski & Sport Swap is a chance to get rid of your old ski and snowboard gear and pick up new and used items at discounted prices. Admission to the Early Bird Sale on Oct. 19 costs $5, with proceeds going to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Entry to the Ski & Sport Swap is free on Oct. 20. Used summer and winter sports equipment and apparel that is in good, working condition can be put on consignment from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the middle school. Ski clothing donations also will be accepted at that time. To pick up consignment tags early, stop by the Winter Sports Club offices at Howelsen Hill from Oct. 11 to 18.

Downtown Halloween Stroll

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5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 on Lincoln Avenue between Fifth and 10th streets

Whether you are 5 or 50, this annual event is a tradition not to be missed. City officials close Lincoln Avenue from Fifth to 10th streets, and local businesses provide candy and treats for trick-or-treaters. There often are booths offering hot chocolate and cider, and a few businesses even go so far as to host haunted houses. Children and adults are encouraged to don a costume and stroll the town to see Steamboat locals’ creativity.

13th annual Tread of Pioneers Museum Festival of Trees

Public viewing is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 to 19 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, Eighth and Oak streets. Call 879-2214.

The 13th annual Tread of Pioneers Museum Festival of Trees will get you in the holiday spirit. The event is sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, Ace at the Curve and the museum. The event features about 25 trees decorated by school groups, organizations and local businesses. Businesses and groups can purchase the trees, and all proceeds benefit the museum. Public viewing is free for Routt County residents.

Scholarship Day/Opening Day at Steamboat Ski Area

Nov. 21

Call 879-0695

Get a specially priced ticket and break in your skis on the day before the official Opening Day of Steamboat Ski Area. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. donates opening day lift revenues to support Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Season passes are not valid on Scholarship Day. Lift-ticket prices are typically announced the week before Scholarship Day, so call the ski area or check the newspaper for prices.

Dinner with all your friends

2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 and afternoon on Dec. 25

Call 879-5605 for information about the Thanksgiving Dinner and 879-4663 for information about the Christmas Dinner

If you want to enjoy a holiday meal without cooking or if you’re looking for a great volunteer opportunity, community dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas can be the perfect outlets.

The United Way sponsors the community Thanksgiving Dinner each year. The location was still being determined at press time because the new community center, where the dinner has typically been held, is under construction. The agency accepts donations of turkeys, mashed potatoes and other holiday fare. Volunteers are needed to help set up, prepare and serve food, and do clean up. For information or to volunteer, call the United Way at 879-5605.

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors sponsors a community Christmas Dinner on the afternoon of Dec. 25. The dinner is open to anyone, and about 400 people usually attend. Volunteers are always needed, as are side dishes. For more information and the location of the event, call Jody Condie at the Board of Realtors at 879-4663.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

7 p.m. Dec. 31 on Mount Werner at the Steamboat Ski Area

Call 879-6111

You haven’t truly been to Steamboat if you haven’t been out for a torchlight parade. Ski and snowboard instructors carry lit torches and ski down the mountain. Bundle up and grab a hot chocolate before you watch the fireworks. Gondola Square fills up early, so try to stake out your spot before the crowds.

– At Home staff