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Steamboat briefs: Projects on Yampa and Oak streets continue this week

The city of Steamboat Springs has released a list of ongoing Yampa Street improvements scheduled for the week of July 10. These include the following.

  • Work will continue along the south side of Yampa Street in front of the public parking lot at Ninth Street and extending in front of a portion of the ambulance barn. The area between Yampa and the 10th streets parking lot entrance will remain closed until mid-week as crews finish up a storm sewer installation. Work in these zones is expected to last several weeks.
  • A storm sewer crossing 10th Street will require this street to be closed between Yampa and the 10th streets parking lot access, until the middle of the week. Vehicular traffic will be detoured to alleys and Ninth and 11th streets during this time.
  • Two areas outside of travel ways between 10th and 11th streets and at the intersection of 12th and Yampa streets will remain fenced off for construction staging purposes. The public parking lots at Ninth and 10th streets will remain open throughout the construction work in these areas.

Pedestrian and bicycle access will remain open via the core trail and bike lanes on Yampa Street in all work areas. All businesses will remain accessible at all times

In addition to Yampa Street work, crews will be working along Oak Street, as well, in the coming week.

Both sides of Oak Street from Ninth to 10th streets will be hydro-seeded, and the south side of Oak Street from Third to Fourth streets will see sidewalk, curb and gutter and handicap ramps installed. All parking and bike lanes will be closed including the upper Wells Fargo parking lot and the east bound Oak Street right turn lane onto Third Street.

Information on the overall project is available diggindowntown.com.

Open house to be held at The Reserves of Steamboat

Yampa Valley Housing Authority is planning to hold a public open house at The Reserves of Steamboat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 10. The free event will offer tours of The Reserves, 2100 Elk River Road, and beverages and light appetizers will be served. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to B. Torres at btorres@yvha.org.

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Wednesday Wonderings set to return to Yampa Botanic Park

Yampa River Botanic Park is launching this summer's Wednesday Wonderings series on Wednesday, July 12. The free, fun and informative gardening-related classes are held weekly on Wednesdays at the park through August.

Classes include: July 12, 5 to 7 p.m., permaculture with Eva Luna; July 19, 5 to 7 p.m., fun with plant names and families with Kathy Keeler, the Wandering Botanist; July 26, 5 to 7 p.m., fun with fairy gardens with Allison Mecklenburg; Aug. 9, 8 a.m. to noon, creative iPhone photography class with Karen Schulman; Aug. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., using plants as medicine with Mary O'Brien; Aug. 23, 5 to 7 p.m., "To Bee or Not to Bee" with local beekeeper David Truly; and Aug. 30, 5 to 7 p.m., macro photography with Andy Kennedy.

For more information about instructors and class descriptions, visit yampariverbotanicpark.org.

Steamboat Art Museum set to offer summer workshops

The Steamboat Art Museum is currently enrolling art lovers in several summer and fall workshops and art talks.

Upcoming summer workshops include: July 22 and 23, Outdoor Intensive Painting Workshop with Chula Beauregard, $225; July 29, Botanical Watercolor Workshop with Trish Murtha, $85; Aug. 11 to 13, Landscape Painting in Watercolor with Dennis Pendleton, $350; Sept. 22, Fall Botanical Watercolor Workshop with Trish Murtha, $85; and Oct. 13 to 15, Painting with Pastels Workshop with Mike Beeman, $300.

In addition, Tina Weintraub will be leading a series of lectures, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chief Theater on the following dates: July 11, Regionalism; July 25, Harlem Renaissance; Aug. 8, Pop Art; Aug. 22, Photo Realism; and Sept. 5, Neo-Expressionism.

The cost for the lectures is $25 per talk or $110 for all five. Visit steamboatartmuseum.org for more information or to register.

Public radio's David Baron talks about 'American Eclipse'

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents award-winning science and environment journalist, public radio broadcaster and author David Baron, talking about his new book, "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 in Library Hall.

Baron will talk about both the 1878 eclipse that he researched for his book and the 2017 eclipse, which crosses the U.S. on Aug. 21.

On a July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age and the height of the Wild West, the moon's shadow descended on the American frontier, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. The rare celestial event — a total solar eclipse — had been predicted by astronomers, who coveted the brief night-of-a-day as an opportunity to solve some of the solar system's most enduring riddles.

"American Eclipse" tells the story of three pioneering scientists — planet hunter James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell and inventor Thomas Edison — who gathered in the West with an extraordinary cast of supporting characters on a day when the sun hid and far more was revealed. An untold tale of ambition, failure, and eventual triumph, the book brings to life the intellectual and technological flowering of late 19th century America, a period that laid the foundation for the country's eventual rise to scientific greatness.

Baron has spent his 30-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environment correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston's WBUR and health and science editor for PRI's The World. In the course of his reporting, Baron has visited every continent and earned some of the top honors in journalism. Baron's written work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Outside, Lonely Planet and Reader's Digest. His 2003 book, "The Beast in the Garden," received the Colorado Book Award.

Books will be available for sale and signing at this free Library Author Series event courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.