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Steamboat Briefs: Rabbi to visit Steamboat Friday through Sunday

Rabbi Mark Asher Goodman, spiritual leader of Har Mishpacha, the Jewish congregation of Steamboat, will visit Steamboat from Friday to Sunday.

A Tot Shabbat service will be held at 5:15 p.m. Friday at the Hanukkah menorah in front of the United Methodist Church, 736 Oak St. A regular Shabbat service will follow at the church and close with an Oneg Shabbat. Members and visitors cordially are invited to attend.

A short morning service will be held at the Ragnar's Sleighs at the top of the gondola at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. Access to the gondola is free if people do not carry any snowshoes, skis or snowboards with them. A Torah study group will meet at 2 p.m. later in the day at the Ptarmigan Inn.

The weekend will close with a Hanukkah party at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Steamboat Community Center. Participants are asked to bring latkes, a salad and a menorah.

Phipphsburg's Christmas rummage sale ends Thursday

The Phippsburg Rummage Shop's Christmas sale's last day is Thursday. 

Professionals network appoints new committee

The Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network appointed new committee members for 2015 at a meeting last month. The group met during a five-hour retreat to discuss the organization's goals and direction for the new year.

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Executive committee members include Stephany Traylor, chairperson, Matt Eidt, vice chair, and Reed Jones, secretary. The advisor committee consists of returning board members Maggie Griffith and Will Melton and new board members Casey Barnett, Cole Hewitt, Beth Melton, Geoff Petis and Chris Wadopian. Past chairperson Tyler Goodman will also attend the committee's bi-monthly meetings.

"The current forward momentum that YPN has developed shows no sign of slowing anytime soon," Jones said in a news release. "I am truly excited to be a part of this amazing organization and look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the coming year."

YPN is an arm of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and was established in the spring of 2009.

Visit http://www.steamboat-chamber.com/ypn or contact Jones at jrjones@steamboattoday.com for more information about YPN.

Students from Routt County have graduated from UNC

Dana Shaffer, of Oak Creek, and Sydney Swanson, of Steamboat Springs, graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley during fall graduation ceremonies Dec. 12 and 13. Shaffer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human services, and Swanson was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration-accounting.

Registration now open for after-school teen programs

Registration now is open for Session III of the city of Steamboat Springs' after-school teen programs, which will take place from January to March. Programs offered include G.R.O.W – Girls Reaching Out Wider, archery, Cross Fit and theater club. Prices vary from $100 to $200 per program, and scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit http://www.steamboatsprings.net/teen. Space is limited so register today.

First Day Hikes sponsored by CPW to take place Jan. 1

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will sponsor guided First Day Hikes in 27 of their 42 state parks on New Year's Day. One of the hikes will take place on the Tombstone Snowshoe Trail at Steamboat Lake on Jan. 1.

"We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into state parks," CPW Director Bob Broscheid said in a news release. "First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks."

According to the National Association of State Park Directors, nearly 28,000 people hiked 68,811 miles in state parks across the country during the 2014 First Day Hike.

First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts.The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks.

Last year marked the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park.