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Mountain Tap Brewery’s Token Tuesdays to focus globally in January

Since its first Tuesday open for business in July 2016, Mountain Tap Brewery's Token Tuesdays have focused on local organizations that make the Steamboat Springs community a special place. Recognizing that there is a world of need beyond the Steamboat community, in January Mountain Tap is featuring organizations that work to solve challenges far beyond Steamboat Springs, but with a Steamboat tie. This month's Token Tuesday beneficiaries are El Puente, the Maya Sherpa Project, Ultimate Peace and last month's King of the Mountain Tap Northwest Colorado Center for Independence.

Each Tuesday, guests receive a wooden token for every craft beer they purchase. Before leaving Mountain Tap Brewery, they select which of the four organizations they want to support by depositing their token in that organization's Token Tuesday box. At the end of the month, Mountain Tap Brewery empties the boxes, adds up the tokens for each organization and presents each one with $1 for every token they received. The organization that collects the most tokens is crowned "King of the Mountain Tap" and stays on as a beneficiary for one additional month.

Since Token Tuesday's inception, Mountain Tap has donated $12,347 to 40 organizations. For more information on Mountain Tap Brewery's Token Tuesday program, visit mountaintapbrewery.com/community/token-tuesdays.

Early bird pricing for pentathlon available through Dec. 31

Individuals and teams are encouraged to register for the 27th Annual Steamboat Pentathlon by Dec. 31 to receive special early bird registration rates for the pentathlon, slated for March 3.

Organized by the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services department, the Steamboat Pentathlon is a five-stage, multi-sport race that includes: Alpine skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, mountain biking and running. Participants can register as a team, dynamic duo or as an individual, for the short course, totaling nearly 14 miles, or the long course at almost 24 miles.

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For more information and to register, visit steamboatpentathlon.com or call 970-871-7031.

Ring in the new, recycle the old with sustainability council

With the holidays in full swing, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council encourages community members to take advantage of local recycling options and the organization's tips to reduce waste.

For holiday feasts, an online portion estimator will help determine how much food to cook. If there are leftovers, eat them the next day or put them in the freezer.

Since most wrapping paper is not recyclable, wrap gifts in newspaper or reusable materials. Christmas trees can be recycled at the Howelsen Ice Arena from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31, 2018, and old holiday lights can be recycled at Ace Hardware. The holidays are a common time for people to get new electronics, and recycling old electronics is the law in Colorado. In partnership with Blue Star Recyclers in Denver, Aces High is now accepting electronics and some batteries for recycling at their location on the west side of town for a fee. Old cell phones can always be recycled for free at YVSC's office at 141 Ninth St. For more information on recycling locally and YVSC's tips for greening your holidays, visit yvsc.org.

Free, confidential Medicare help available to area residents

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado has established a new local office to provide free, confidential counseling to anyone with questions about Medicare.

The office is located at 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite E, and the local phone number is 970-819-6401.

The office is available by appoint-ment.

For more information, contact Betsy Packer at 970-819-6401 or medicareship@gmail.com.

LED bulb rebates available for Oak Creek Electric customers

Oak Creek Electric customers are eligible for rebates to cover the purchase of up to 10 energy-saving LED bulbs up to $100. Funding for the rebate program is made possible by Routt County with assistance from nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis as funding lasts through early summer. Rebate forms can be found at Oak Creek Town Hall, Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek and Flat Tops Ranch Supply in Phippsburg. Bulb receipts and rebate forms should be submitted to Oak Creek Town Hall or YVSC. For questions, pick up a rebate form or contact suzie@yvsc.org.

Northwest Colorado Health expands dental services to all

Northwest Colorado Health is now offering preventative and comprehensive dental services for individuals of all ages and income levels. Preventative care, including screenings, cleanings and education, is available at  Northwest Colorado Health's main clinics at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat and 745 Russell St. in Craig.

Patients can receive more comprehensive care, including fillings, crowns and non-surgical tooth extractions, at Northwest Colorado Health's new dental clinic at 485 Yampa Avenue in Craig. Most insurance, including Medicaid, is accepted. Individuals with limited or no insurance can pay on a sliding fee scale.  Visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/dental for more information.