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Steamboat briefs: Summer music programs to present free, live events

Enjoy two different free evenings of chamber music provided by the Rocky Mountain Summer conservatory and Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in downtown Steamboat Springs. In each concert, students and faculty will present a variety of music for harp, cello and piano, from lively folk music to the sublime work of Arvo Pärt and much more.

The Rocky Mountain Summer Conservancy, a training program for young string musicians, and the Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program, three weeks of intensive study for harpists, make their summer home in Steamboat. For several weeks each summer, students hone musical skills, learn how physical health impacts music-making and take advantage of the beauty of this area.

For more information, call 806-570-0540.

Group seeks vendors for upcoming Yampa Market

Friends of Gateway Yampa are looking for artisan, garden and farm vendors, along with any other community groups, interested in having a spot at the new Yampa Market on Aug. 22 and Sept. 19 in the town of Yampa. Registration is $10. For additional information, email yampahomegrown@gmail.com.

Emerald City Opera seeks development director

The Emerald City Opera is looking for an experienced non-profit performing arts administration and development director. The position is approximately half-time, but a successful incumbent could grow the position to a full-time executive director within 24 to 36 months.

For more information, email Jack Dysart at info@emeraldcityopera.com

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Summer session classes are set to begin from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 21 at the Howelsen Ice Arena. Classes, which are 25 minutes in length, include: Snowplow Sam for ages 3 1/2 to 5; Basic Skills 1-8, for ages 5 to 12; Youth Beginner Hockey and Youth Initiation to Hockey. A four-week session is $40 and includes skate rentals, helmet, four-week public skate punch card, and 30 minutes of practice time. Registration is open, and early registration is recommended. Email smcallister@steamboatsprings.net or call 970-871-7040 for more information.

Tread of Pioneers Museum seeks front desk volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact the museum's volunteer coordinator at 970-879-2214 or storemgr@springsips.com for more information.

Forest Service maps now accessible on smartphone

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

Farm storage facility loans available through USDA

The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers.

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to:

■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage.

■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Additional security is required for poured-cement open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.

For more information, stop by the local FSA office or visit fsa.usda.gov.

Food boxes made available to low-income seniors

Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes are designed to supplement the diets of low-income seniors 60 and older. The boxes, distributed monthly by LIFT-UP of Routt County to area seniors, contain a variety of nonperishable food items and cheese. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, call the LIFT-UP Food Bank at 970-870-8804 for more information.