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Steamboat briefs: Celebration of Light event slated for 5:30 p.m. Thursday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a Celebration of Light event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. Individuals who have lost a loved one are invited to place a personalized ornament on the VNA's community tree. Refreshments, ornaments and supplies for notation will be provided at the free event. Participants are welcome to take their ornaments home after the holidays. Call 970-871-7628 for more information.

Town Challenge race series kick-off party is Thursday

The 33rd annual Town Challenge Ski Race Series kick-off party is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McKnight's Irish Pub & Loft in Wildhorse Marketplace. For more information about the series or the party, call 970-879-7879.

Nearly 5K visitors expected to be in town this Saturday

About 4,941 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 31 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 42 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 37 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 25 percent full.

Lodging is expected to dip to 3,442 visitors by Wednesday.

The Chamber's lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

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Author Marilyn Johnson to speak at library Thursday

Marilyn Johnson, the award-winning journalist and author of "Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble," will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Bud Werner Memorial Library's Library Hall.

In her new book, the bestselling author of "The Dead Beat" and "This Book is Overdue!" turns her piercing eye and charming wit to the real-life avatars of Indiana Jones — the archaeologists who sort through the muck and mire of swamps, ancient landfills, volcanic islands and other dirty places to reclaim history for us all. Johnson digs and drinks alongside contemporary archaeologists in order to offer up an absorbing and entertaining look at their lives as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past.

This Library Author Series event is free, and books will be available for sale and author signing after the talk. Visit http://www.steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.