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Steamboat briefs: You can give where you live on Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, and you can give where you live at http://www.yampavalleygives.org, where you can find your favorite nonprofit or cause and donate locally with 40 nonprofits to choose from. All donations receive a boost from a $1 million FirstBank Incentive Fund as well as $20,000 in prizes and incentives from Yampa Valley Gives on the day of giving, which begins at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. Yampa Valley Gives is partnering with Yampa Valley Community Foundation and is supported by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. For more information, email info@yvcf.org. A Yampa Valley Gives Party will be held tonight at McKnight's Irish Pub & Loft beginning at 5 p.m.

There will be drink specials, live music and games with $3,500 in game prizes awarded to nonprofits. The event is open to the public.

Library to present screening of 'Uranium Drive-In' Tuesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free community screening of the award-winning documentary "Uranium Drive-In," an intimate portrait of the American West and the effects of its nuclear industry by "Bag It's" Suzan Beraza, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall. The film follows a proposed uranium mill in southwestern Colorado — the first to be built in the U.S. in 30 years — and the emotional debate pitting a population desperate for jobs and financial stability against an environmental group based in nearby Telluride. "Uranium Drive-In" illustrates the questions individuals face when determining how to best preserve one's community for future generations and offers a springboard for national debate about rural poverty, economic development issues, environmental concerns and energy extraction. The film aims instead to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue. For more information, visit http://www.steamboatlibrary.org/events.

Depot Art Center to host art talk with Esteban Blanco

The Depot Art Center will be hosting an art talk with Esteban Blanco, a Cuban-born sculptor who will reflect on the journey from illusion to reality and back using the subjects of toys and cities. The talk will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Refreshments will be provided.

Then from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Blanco will lead a figurine workshop. He will teach about how to artfully modify and/or repair vintage figurines and ceramics. No experience is necessary, and all materials and tools will be provided.

The class will be limited to 15 artists and will cost $50, though Steamboat Springs Arts Council members will receive $15 off.

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For more information, contact Kim Keith at 970-879-9008 or kim@steamboatarts.org, or register online at http://www.steamboatarts.org.

Sign-up is now open for library's book clubs for kids

Sign-up is open for the next two sessions of Bud Werner Memorial Library's Book Clubs for kids in fourth through sixth grades and an adult partner. It's a Girl Thing and Guys Read are free book discussion groups that meet once per month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May in the Teen Project Room. Led by a member of the library's youth services staff, the hour of fun includes hands-on activities, lively book discussion and related media. 

Tuesday, the Guys Read group will discuss "Wings of Fire: Book One" by Tui T. Sutherland, and on Dec. 16, It's a Girl Thing will talk about "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio.

Register online or at the kids' desk or call 970-879-0240, ext. 313. Space is limited to 10 kid/adult pairs per meeting. For more information about book titles and dates and to register, visit http://www.steamboatlibrary.org/services/kids/books-more/bookclubs.

Coffee with Council has been canceled this month

Steamboat Springs City Council members have canceled Coffee with Council set for Friday at Centennial Hall. The meetings typically take place the second Friday of each month and will start again in January. The goal of the monthly Coffee with Council is to provide an opportunity for community members to meet with City Council members in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss any issues of interest to them.

Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs offering grants

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs will receive grant requests for its next grant cycle through Monday. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations in Routt County, and the focus of grant activity is youth and senior programs. The grant application and grant information can be found at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3667 by clicking on "Community Grant Application" on the right side of the home page. For more information, contact Karl Gills at 970-846-4326. Grants will be awarded around Jan. 15.

Parks Ranger District to host Holiday Open House

The Parks Ranger District will host its annual Holiday Open House at the District Office in Walden from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Festivities will include coffee, cider, cookies and a limited selection of pre-cut Christmas trees. The trees will be available for purchase with a $10 permit for those who are unable to get into the woods and harvest their own. For more information on this event, call the Parks Ranger District office at 970-723-2700 or stop by at 100 Main St. in Walden.

VNA to offer drop-in flu clinics starting Wednesday

Flu cases are increasing in Colorado, and drop-in flu clinics are being offered from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 16 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Flu clinics also are held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Northwest Colorado VNA. The vaccine is $21.50 for adult and children's flu shots and $21.50 for children's FluMist. Insurance will be processed, so bring your insurance cards. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. For more information, call 970-824-8233.

Coffee and a Newspaper to be held Wednesday

Steamboat Chamber Resort Association CEO Jim Clark and Chamber President Randy Rudasics will be the featured speakers at Wednesday's Coffee and a Newspaper, sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today. The monthly event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Coffee and pastries will be served, and the event will be hosted by Editor Lisa Schlichtman and other members of the newspaper staff.