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Steamboat briefs: Skyview Lane reduced to 1 lane, parts closed Thursday

Drivers should be aware that Skyview Lane between Whistler and Chinook roads will be reduced to one lane during a project at Skyview Apartments Thursday. Work will take place along the northside of Skyview Lane, requiring the eastbound lane to be closed. Westbound service will remain open, and detours will be provided. Brinkman Construction is contractor for the project.

Liz Forster interns at Pilot & Today for summer 2015

Liz Forster, a junior at Colorado College, is spending the summer working as an intern at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Her love for journalism started late in high school in her hometown of Wilton, Connecticut. She began as a general reporter for the high school newspaper before becoming editor in chief the following year.

In the fall of 2013, Forster began her freshman year at Colorado College. The second week of school she published her first article in The Catalyst, the school's independent, weekly newspaper. She continued to work at The Catalyst as a staff writer, city news editor, news editor and, now, editor in chief. She hopes to pursue a career as a journalist for a daily newspaper or an outdoor recreation magazine.

Forster has been coming to Steamboat with her family to ski since she was a toddler. As her outdoor interests expanded beyond skiing to hiking, backpacking and biking, Steamboat became her second home. When she's not working or outside, Forster loves reading, especially memoirs, cooking and seeing live music.

Steamboat home tour to celebrate 20th anniversary

The Guild of Strings Music Festival will be hosting its summer home and garden tour for the 20th year this summer from 9 to 3 p.m. July 18. The tour features six beautiful property sites located in Steamboat Springs with live music from local musicians at every home.

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This year the homes and gardens will be located in Old Town Steamboat, Strawberry Park, the Sanctuary, Stone Bridge and Anglers Drive. Each home is unique in style, ranging from a converted historical cabin with a Craftsman addition to a modern mountain home with the latest in home automation. Featured gardens include wildflower gardens that house hummingbirds, hillside mountain rock gardens with views for miles and an Old Town charmer that features a fish pond and yard art. Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer questions at each garden.

The Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour kicks off at the Strings Park with a continental breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. There are self-guided tour tickets available for $40 in advance and $45 the day of the event or a VIP tour for $75, which includes transportation in an air-conditioned bus, a private Master Gardener and a gourmet luncheon at Aurum Food and Wine.

Tickets are available at Strings Music Festival by calling 970-879-5056, ext. 105, emailing stringsmusicfestival.com or visiting the box office.

Partners in Routt County seeks board members

Partners in Routt County is seeking passionate, connected members of the community to join its board of directors. The organization's mission is to serve area youth by connecting them with positive adult mentors. Those with fundraising and human resources experience as well as alumni parents, volunteers or junior partners are of special interest. Visit partnersrouttcounty.org for more information or call Executive Director Michelle Petix at 970-879-6141, ext. 302.

Volunteers needed for upcoming wine festival

Volunteers are needed for the Steamboat Wine Festival from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8. In appreciation for the time commitment, each volunteer will be offered one free ticket to the Friday Stroll in Downtown Steamboat, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7. Proceeds from this annual event benefit STARS, which provides life-changing experiences for people with disabilities. To volunteer, sign up online at steamboatwinefestival.com. Contact Melissa or Emmie at 970-870-1950 or email info@steamboatstars.com for more information.

Routt County Riders set trail work day for Saturday

Routt County Riders will lead a trail work day on Emerald Mountain from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The group will trim foliage on Larry's Trail. Volunteers are needed to assist with the trail maintenance project and should meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Blackmere Drive trailhead. Volunteers can bring their bikes and ride down afterward.

This trail workday is sponsored by Yampa Valley Bank. Tools will be provided; volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, a backpack, sunscreen, rain gear, a cap and water. Following the work session, volunteers may enjoy lunch donated by a local restaurant and beverages donated by New Belgium Brewing Company at approximately 1 p.m.

To RSVP for a free lunch and trail builder T-shirt. email trails@routtcountyriders.org or visit goo.gl/ptvtsq. For more information on Routt County Riders, visit routtcountyriders.org.

'Every Gift Matters' event set for 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12

Routt County United Way will be hosting "Every Gift Matters" from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Colorado Mountain College's Allbright Auditorium. The presentation will feature an engaging panel discussion on how to maximize the impact of donations, no matter the size.

The panel will feature Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation and author of "Every Gift Matters," and Christine Benero, CEO of Mile High United Way. Complementary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with the program in the Neas Dining Center.

"As a home owner in Routt County, I understand the unique and special opportunities to give back," Morgridge said. "Each one of us can make a difference. Routt County folks don't want a hand out — they work hard, but sometimes life happens, and sometimes there is a need for a hand up. Come join us for a thoughtful discussion on how you can make a difference."