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Steamboat briefs: School district’s Safe Routes to School program launches

The Steamboat Springs School District and Bike Town USA Initiative are teaming up for the 2015 Safe Routes to School program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation, this program aims to get more kids out hiking and biking to school this school year.

New this year is the Hike and Bike to School Challenge. It begins with the first Hike and Bike to School Day on Sept. 11 and continues each Friday throughout the school year. Students will use in-class posters to tally the days they "commute" by hiking or biking to school. Prizes will be awarded to kids who commute at least five days during the year. Additional prizes will be awarded for most days commuting, and a grand prize drawing will take place at the spring Safe Routes Bike Rally at each elementary school, with a great prize going to one lucky commuter at each school.

All kids in kindergarten through eighth grade at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary Schools and Steamboat Springs Middle School are eligible to participate in the program, even if they ride the bus to school. Bus riders can be dropped off (with signed permission slip) at Steamboat Springs High School and hike the last 3/4 mile to school on Butcherknife Trail. Hikers and bikers can also follow other specifically mapped safe routes. All routes have adult volunteers posted to ensure safe crossing at significant intersections. Routes are posted at saferoutessteamboat.org and on the Bike Town USA website at steamboatbiketown.com.

Integrated Community set to host event Sept. 12

Integrated Community will host a World Fiesta event from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Steamboat. Springs Community Center. Attendees will enjoy an evening of world music, cultural cuisine, drinks and dancing. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $10, and each ticket enters its bearer in the grand prize drawing for a Denver sports trip for two, including a downtown Denver hotel for two nights, two Avalanche tickets, two Denver Nuggets tickets and a $200 certificate for dinner. Tickets are available at 443 Oak St.

In addition, the event will include local artisan crafts for sale and a bouncy house and face painting for kids.

Success Steps seminar to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday

A Success Steps seminar about understanding financial statements will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus. Randy Rudasics, manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, will present the session. Topics to be covered include elementary rules of accounting that guide financial statement creation; income statements/profit-loss statements; balance sheets and cash flow statements; the benefits of accurate, up-to-date financial statements; and how to define and track critical success factors. The cost of the seminar is $10 per person; coffee provided. To register or information, call 970-870-4491. The series is a collaborative effort of the Entrepreneurship Center and Yampa Valley SCORE. It is sponsored by Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.