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Steamboat briefs: United Way hosts final $20K Day today at City Market

— Routt County United Way's final $20K Day of the season will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at City Market in Steamboat Springs, and is a critical part of helping the organization meet its overall fundraising goal of $525,000. Money raised during $20K Day goes toward much-needed education, health and income stability services in Routt County. Last year's November $20K Day raised $26,000, and this year, Routt County United Way is hoping to exceed that benchmark by $4,000. 

People can donate today by texting "COMMUNITY" to 91999, visiting routtcountyunitedway.org/donate2015 or calling 970-879-5605. Donations can also be dropped off at City Market between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or at the Routt County United Way office, 443 Oak St., between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Local museum presents 21st annual Festival of Trees

The Tread of Pioneers Museum's 21st annual Festival of Trees is a Steamboat tradition not to be missed. The event will feature beautifully decorated holiday trees created by local businesses and nonprofits on display throughout the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Public viewing runs daily, Saturday through Monday, Nov. 23. Special events include the "Senior Tea" on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 2pm and 3pm and "Pioneer Christmas Storytime" for kids Nov. 21 at 11am and 2pm. Enter our drawing to win many prizes including the grand prize, a fully decorated Christmas tree. Free for all Routt County residents and fun for all ages. 800 Oak St. For more information visit treadofpioneers.org, or call 879-2214.

2015-16 Howelsen Hill Ski Area passes available online

Howelsen Hill Ski Area 2015-2016 season passes are now available for purchase online. To purchase a 2015-16 season pass visit steamboatsprings.net/ski and click on the "Purchase Membership" button at the top of the page, which will direct to the online registration site where passes can be selected and purchased.

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Those purchasing passes online will still need to visit the Howelsen Hill concession stand to take their pass photo and submit a 2015/2016 liability form.

Visit steamboatsprings.net/ski or call 970-879-8499 for additional information.

CMC features presentation on recent canoe expedition

On Tuesday, Nov. 17 Colorado Mountain College adjunct instructor Luke Kimmes will lead a special presentation sharing photos and memories from the recently concluded Rediscovery North America Canoe Expedition.

After eight months, 244 days, 12 states, four provinces, two territories, 11 rivers and roughly 5,230 miles, the six men who embarked on the expedition in January completed their excursion Sept. 2 in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada.

Adam Trigg, Winchell Delano, Jarrad Moore, Daniel Flynn, John Keaveny and Kimmes paddled upstream, connecting the Mississippi River, the Red River, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Athabasca, Great Slave Lake and the Hood River to reach their destination in Kugluktuk.

All are welcome to attend the presentation, which will take place in the Allbright Auditorium at the Colorado Mountain College from 6 to 8 p.m.

Foreign film series continues Wednesday at Chief Theater

Bud Werner Memorial Library's free foreign film series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Chief Theater with "Amour Fou," an international film festival favorite from Austria, Luxembourg and Germany directed by Jessica Hausner.

Forever under-appreciated and melancholy, Heinrich is a young poet in Romantic Era Berlin who determines his best way out of despair is to end it all, and he sets about finding a woman to join him in his predetermined departure.

Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, the well-off, but unremarkable Henrietta, fascinated by Heinrich's controversial "The Marquise of O," finds his offer intriguing, if a bit strange. Yet she agrees to navigate the uncharted journey towards a suicide pact with him, a proposition that is at once awkward and enlightening for them both.

Rather than a declaration of passionate devotion, the film — inspired by the actual suicide in 1811 of Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel — goes against expectations to become a wry and curious denunciation of dying for love. The film screens in German with English subtitles. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

United Way seeks volunteers for holiday bell ringing

Routt County United Way is seeking volunteers to be part of the timeless bell ringing tradition by greeting holiday shoppers and spreading Christmas cheer in front of Safeway and City Market.

The bell ringing will begin on Nov. 27 and continue through Dec. 24. Civic groups are encouraged to volunteer. Organizations are needed to take an 11 to 6 p.m. shift.

To volunteer as a bell ringer or make a donation to Routt County United Way, visit routtcountyunitedway.org. For more information, call Nikke Knoebel at 970-846-2083 or email nknoebel@catamountranchclub.com.

Hayden Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run slated for Nov. 28

The Hayden Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 28 at Dry Creek Park in Hayden.

The event will include a 5K run/walk, plus a one-mile fun run for kids. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in the 5K and for kids who grab a feather from running turkeys during the fun run.

The event will also include a raffle, and hot cider and healthy snacks will be available at the finish. Water will be available, but participants are asked to bring their own water bottles.

Cost for the event is a donation to the Hayden Valley Elementary Health & Wellness Team.

Hayden church to distribute food to those in need

Hayden Congregational Church Food Bank is distributing free food to those in need. For more information, call Hayden Congregational Church at 970-276-3510 or 970-757-0000, email hayden-ucc@qwestoffice.net, or stop by 202 E Jefferson, in Hayden between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Collection now available for throwaway electronics

The Copper Magnate reminds Routt County residents that it is against the law to throw away anything with a cord. The Copper Magnate does offer a newly permitted free metal and electronics public drop-off site.

All electronics and car batteries, with the exception of televisions, are free to recycle, as are all things metal with the exception of refrigerators. For more information, call 970-846-6991.

Volunteers needed to tutor local immigrant youths 

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is seeking volunteers for its adult and youth English tutoring programs. 

Volunteers are trained and matched with either an immigrant student in need of academic support or a limited-English speaking community member, depending on preference. 

Pairs are asked to meet for one hour per week. No foreign language experience is necessary. Contact Erin at educate@ciiccolorado.org or 970-819-3720.

Seminar offers insight to 529 college saving plans

Gene Bridgewater, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, will present a college saving seminar from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 18 at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The free event will cover strategies to help people reach their savings goal and features and benefits of 529 college savings plans and answer questions to consider when establishing a college savings goal. Call 970-879-2300 for more information.