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Steamboat briefs: 7-week art class taught by visiting artist starts Tuesday

The Routt County Council on Aging will be offering a seven-week art class from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons at the Steamboat Springs Community Center beginning Tuesday. The last class will be held Aug. 18.  

Coming from France, Jacqueline Berkman will be guiding these classes, which will introduce various mediums, including pencil, watercolor and acrylic painting, foundation of design and the power of colors. Berkman was brought up with the philosophy, "to work with your head is not enough, you must be able to work and create with your hands."  She has developed a fondness for Colorado's picturesque landscape and hopes to inspire other artists in the community as well.

The cost of the classes for seniors 60 and older is $15. The cost for those younger than 60 is $30. Space is limited. To register, call 970-879-0633.

Screening of 'Beats of the Antonov' slated for Tuesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of the film "Beats of the Antonov," winner of the People's Choice Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall. The film by Hajooj Kuka is about music, identity and the war in Sudan, a country that has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. "Beats of the Antonov" explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Spots open in BookTrails Tomb Raiders Camp

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BookTrails, a reading and writing enrichment program, now has spots open for its Tomb Raiders Camp, which runs Monday though July 17. Tomb Raiders Camp is all about ancient Egypt, and students will learn to write in hieroglyphics, read Egyptian legends and more. The camp is open to first- through third-graders. To register visit mybooktrails.org or call 855-426-6587 with questions.

Steamboat Springs home tour celebrates 20th anniversary

The Guild of Strings Music Festival will be hosting its summer home and garden tour for the 20th year this summer from 9 to 3 p.m. Saturday The tour features six beautiful property sites located in Steamboat with live music from local musicians at every home.

This year the homes and gardens will be located in Old Town Steamboat, Strawberry Park, the Sanctuary, Stone Bridge and Anglers Drive. Each home is unique in style, ranging from a converted historical cabin with a Craftsman addition to a modern mountain home with the latest in home automation. Featured gardens include wildflower gardens that house hummingbirds, hillside mountain rock gardens with views for miles and an Old Town charmer that features a fish pond and yard art. Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer questions at each garden.

The Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour kicks off at the Strings Park with a continental breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. There are self-guided tour tickets available for $40 in advance and $45 the day of the event or a VIP tour for $75, which includes transportation in an air-conditioned bus, a private Master Gardener and a gourmet luncheon at Aurum Food and Wine.

Tickets are available at Strings Music Festival by calling 970-879-5056, ext. 105, visitng stringsmusicfestival.com or visiting the box office.

Red, White & Blue Bash set for 5:30 p.m. July 16

The Steamboat Institute will host its first Red, White & Blue Bash at 5:30 p.m. July 16 at the Coal View Ghost Ranch 5.3 miles west of Milner. The event will include Smokehouse barbecue, libations, live acoustic country rock by Jesse Christensen and a silent and live auction. The cost is $75 per person, and the dress is jeans with a hint of red, white and blue. To register, email Angela at alieurance@gmail.com or call 303-919-5214. All proceeds from the event will be used to support Steamboat Institute programs.

Storm spotting and weather safety training provided

The National Weather Service will present a storm spotter and weather safety training from 6 to 8 p.m. July 20 at Steamboat Today office, 1901 Curve Plaza. The training is free and open to the public. Visit weather.gov/gjt for more information.

USA Pro Challenge cycling race in need of volunteers

USA Pro Challenge cycling races are coming to Steamboat Aug 17 and 18, with numerous ancillary events scheduled around the two race days. More than 500 volunteers are needed to run the event, including more than 250 course marshals along the race route.  Sign up now to get the best volunteers jobs, including close-up views and interaction with the world's best cyclists. Go to prochalle

nge.com/volunteer and select the Steamboat stages.  No experience necessary; training will be provided. All volunteers receive a T-shirt. Email anne@barounos.com for more information.

Forest Service accepts proposals to protect lands

The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners.

The program authorizes the USDA Forest Service or the CSFS to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. July 24 for federal fiscal year 2017 funding. Proposals must be submitted by mail.

The purpose of the Colorado Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important private forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights.

The Colorado State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will evaluate proposals and recommend to the state forester those proposals that have sufficient merit to forward to the USDA Forest Service. Forwarded proposals will then compete at a regional level; those selected at the regional level will compete nationally for funding.

For additional information or to obtain an application packet, call Naomi Marcus at 970-491-6303. Applications also are available online at csfs.colostate.edu/funding-assistance.

Volunteers are needed for summer reading program

The Boys and Girls Club of Steamboat Springs is looking for volunteers to help with its summer reading program. Listen to kids read for 45 minutes from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m. with a flexible schedule. The club is also looking for a terrarium for a turtle. To volunteer or to donate, call Bonnie at 970-871-3160.