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Steamboat briefs: Steamboat to see more than 7K visitors on Saturday

About 7,271 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 46 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 60 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 44 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 44 percent full.

Lodging is expected to drop to 6,337 visitors by Wednesday.

The Chamber's lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Mainstreet Steamboat annual meeting is Jan. 15

Members and interested parties are invited to attend MainStreet Steamboat's annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at Aurum Food and Wine, 811 Yampa St. Tickets for the luncheon meeting are $20. Reservations for the meeting can be made by calling 970-846-1800 or emailing tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com.

The program will include presentation of awards to Urbane for Business of the Year and Sally TeStrake and Jenni DeFouw as Volunteers of the Year. Kelly Landers, Phil Armstrong, Sarah Freese and Josh Kagan will be inducted as new board members.  There also will be a presentation on the state of MainStreet and an open discussion on the plans for downtown projects and programs, including the Urban Renewal Authority, wayfinding and directory signage, Yampa Street plans and changes in MainStreet leadership and staffing in the coming year.

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After-school science program offered at Mountain School

A Fun with Science after-school science club will be offered on Feb. 9 and 23 and March 2, 9 and 16 at Steamboat Mountain School. The club is open to all middle school students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Fun With Science will show how the basic physical sciences — physics and chemistry — provide the building blocks for the more complex ideas that give rise to the studies of biology and environmental science. The cost is $100 per student. For more information or to sign up, email fws@steamboatmountainschool.org or call 970-879-1350. The enrollment deadline is Jan. 15.

Business seminars offered at Entrepreneurship Center

A pair of business seminars will be held at the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College in January. The first class, "First Steps: How to Start a Business," is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in conference room 127 and will be offered for free. "Human Resource Issues for Small Businesses" will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 for a $15 fee. For more information or to register for either class, call 970-870-4491.

Vocal group CU Baffoons to perform in Steamboat

The CU Buffoons, recognized as one of the top 10 college vocal groups in the country, are returning to Steamboat Springs on Jan. 17. The concert, sponsored by Emerald City Opera and Colorado Mountain College, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Allbright Family Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students and free for those 12 and younger. Tickets can purchased at All That or online at http://emeraldcityopera.com/tickets.

CPW invites snowmobilers to get safety certification

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting novice and experienced snowmobilers to earn their Colorado Snowmobile Safety Certificate by attending a free course from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17, at Steamboat Lake State Park.

The session will cover a variety of topics including snowmobile safety and trail etiquette.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling Steamboat Lake State Park at 970-879-3922.

Anyone between ages 10 and 16 who wishes to operate a snowmobile on public lands must possess a safety certificate while riding or be supervised by someone who does, according to park ranger Jason Crenshaw.

Adults are not required to have a safety certificate but it is strongly recommended, he said in a news release.

The session begins with classroom instruction followed by an optional basic-skills session for those who bring their own snowmobile. There is no charge for the safety course, however, a $7 daily parks pass or a $70 annual pass is required.

For more information about snowmobile safety, visit http://www.cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/pages/snowmobilesafety.aspx.

Club seeks members who are passionate about service

Steamboat Springs' Kiwanis club is looking for new members who would be interested in providing service to the community as well as attending weekly meetings Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Annual dues are $125. Kiwanis was chartered in 1948 and is Steamboat's oldest service club. For more information, call Bud at 970-879-0064 or Johanna at 970-879-0211.

Young professionals group is seeking new members

The Young Professionals Network is looking for additional members. The group focuses on networking, professional development, volunteer opportunities and social events. An annual membership is $45. For more information or to join, visit http://www.steamboatypn.com or email Glen Traylor at glen@skibutlers.com.