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Steamboat briefs: Surprise Celebrate Life party slated for 3 p.m. Monday







A Celebrate Life party for Craig Kennedy will be held Monday beginning with an on-hill surprise on Vertigo at 3 p.m. followed by a party in the Steamboat Grand's Burgess Creek Room at 6 p.m. Friends and community members are invited to attend and celebrate Craig's achievements since his spinal cord injury 20 years ago. The event is a surprise.

Hunter education classes to begin at 6 p.m. Monday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold basic hunter education classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 1 at Hayden High School. Range day will be held Saturday, April 2.

Basic Hunter Education is required for hunters who were born after Jan. 1, 1949. Participants in this class must be at least 9 years old, and children 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. The hunting manual is written for a third-grade reading level.

Cost is $10, and attendance at all class sessions is required. Pick up the manual at registration and review prior to the first class.

Contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Steamboat Springs at 970-871-2855 to register.

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Women warned about risks of Zika virus, travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant consider postponing travel to areas where there is ongoing risk of Zika virus. This includes Mexico and countries in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Zika virus is spread by mosquitos and is potentially associated with birth defects. The virus is usually mild with symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The mosquitoes that carry Zika virus are aggressive daytime biters.

Travelers can protect themselves by covering exposed skin, using insect repellent containing DEET and sleeping in air-conditioned or screened in rooms.

Those who think they might be ill with Zika virus should contact their healthcare provider. For updated travel warnings and Zika virus information, visit cdc.gov/travel or call COHelp at 877-462-2911.

Art and Culture Coalition applications available

Applications for the Steamboat Springs Arts and Culture Coalition 2016 Common Grant grant program are now available. Any 501(c)3 organization that provides arts and cultural services to benefit Routt County residents is eligible to apply for funding. Contact Steamboat Springs Art Council Executive Director Kim Keith at 970-879-9008 or kim@steamboatarts.org for more information or application assistance.

Steamboat Questers chapter seeks new members

The Steamboat Springs Questers Chapter is seeking several new members. Founded in 1975, Steamboat Questers is a group of women who support historic preservation and appreciate antiques and collectibles. The chapter currently has a membership of 15 and hopes to expand.

Questers is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, conservation and preservation of historical objects for the benefit of today and tomorrow. The Steamboat chapter has supported numerous Routt County historic preservation projects through contributions and grants. It has also donated to statewide preservation endeavors and national scholarship funds.

The Steamboat chapter holds morning meetings nine times per year on the second Tuesday. Members pay annual dues of $30. Every two years, each member is required to host a meeting and present an educational program.

Call Christine McKelvie at 970-879-2854 for more information.

Food boxes available for 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 LiftUp 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 LiftUp Food Bank at 970-870-8804 for more information.