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Steamboat briefs: Coffee, newspaper event to focus on local education







— The Community Committee for Education, CC4E, will be the featured topic at Steamboat Today's next Coffee and a Newspaper, which will be held 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza.

CC4E is a group of 18 community members formed in response to the failed facilities bond issue proposed by the Steamboat Springs School District last fall. Several members from CC4E will be present at the Coffee and a Newspaper event to talk about the group's mission and also discuss feedback received at recent community forums. There also will be a Q&A.

Publisher Suzanne Schlicht and Editor Lisa Schlichtman will be present to help guide the discussion. Coffee and a Newspaper is open the community. Pastries and coffee will be served.

LiftUp donation center to be closed Wednesdays

The donation center for LiftUp's Thrift Store in Steamboat Springs will be closed Wednesday's starting May 4 until the store expansion is complete in July. During the project, the donation center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 970-879-3374 for more information.

Guinean to lead dance, drum classes at Perry-Mansfield

The Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and Steamboat Dance Theatre present community drum and dance classes with master teacher Alhassane "Papin" Camara from Guinea, West Africa, on Wednesday, May 4 in the Steinberg Pavilion at Perry-Mansfield.

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A mixed-level drum class will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., and students should bring their own drums, though a few drums may be available for loan. A mixed-levels dance class with live drumming will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Dancers should plan to dance in bare feet and wear comfortable clothes to move in. The cost for each class is $15, cash or check at the door. No pre-registration is required for either class, and both classes are suitable for all experience levels.

Camara was born in Guinea to Susu parents. At age 11, he joined Ballet Tayely and excelled to become a lead dancer and choreographer. Camara is also a fully trained musician, knowing all of the musical rhythms of the drums and accompanying instruments of the traditional Guinea dances.

Contact Jennie Lay with questions at 970-846-9695.

Attorney, part-time local makes industry's best list

Attorney and part-time Steamboat Springs resident Richard A. "Dick" Sayles of Sayles Werbner law firm in Dallas recently was selected to D Magazine's list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for the eighth consecutive year.

Sayles is a part-owner of Trout Creek Flies in Dutch John, Utah, along with Steamboat resident Rob Burden and Johnny Spillane, a three-time Nordic combined Olympic medal winner. Sayles and his wife, Veronica, split their time between Steamboat Springs and Dallas.

D Magazine's annual listing of the city's top attorneys is based on nominations submitted by lawyers throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, in addition to a review conducted by the publication's editors and a handpicked panel of local legal leaders.

Questers chapter seeks new members; $30 annual dues

The Steamboat Springs Questers Chapter is seeking several new members. Founded in 1975, Steamboat Questers is a group of women who support historic preservation and appreciate antiques and collectibles. The chapter currently has a membership of 15 and hopes to expand.

Questers is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, conservation and preservation of historical objects for the benefit of today and tomorrow. The Steamboat chapter has supported numerous Routt County historic preservation projects through contributions and grants. It also has donated to statewide preservation endeavors and national scholarship funds.

The Steamboat chapter holds morning meetings nine times per year on the second Tuesday. Members pay annual dues of $30. Every two years, each member is required to host a meeting and present an educational program.

Call Christine McKelvie at 970-879-2854 for more information.

Home energy assessments free in Routt, Moffat counties

Homeowners in Routt and Moffat counties are encouraged to sign up for a free home energy assessment to learn how best to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The energy audits are free for homeowners who have Yampa Valley Electric Association service for electricity and have Atmos Energy for the primary source of home heating.

This service has a value of up to $350 and is available by signing up via the Energy Smart Colorado website energysmartcolorado.com and clicking on the "For My Home "link.

Atmos heat customers can receive a free "quick-fix kit" valued at $50 for gas saving measures installed on site by the energy auditor such as a hot water heater blanket or programmable thermostat. Customers who have only YVEA service and no Atmos natural gas service can receive the home energy audit for half price or $150.

The residential assessment includes an extensive walk-through and review of a home, blower-door test and infrared imaging to show areas of air leakage. A comprehensive report is sent to the customer afterward with a list of recommendations.

Homes larger than 3,000 square feet will have an additional charge of 5 cents per square foot, and home assessments in outlying areas may incur a small travel fee.

Call the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council at 970-871-9299, ext. 104, or email suzie@yvsc.org for more information.