From the editor: What’s happening, Steamboat? | SteamboatToday.com

From the editor: What’s happening, Steamboat?

Newspaper launches new events calendar online, in print

— There's plenty to explore in Steamboat Springs, and when it comes to activities and events, our town can keep you busy. From symphonies to author's talks to First Friday Artwalks to live performances at the historic Chief Theater, Ski Town USA is bustling from sunup to sundown and late into the night.

To help readers discover all Steamboat has to offer when it comes to entertainment, art, music, film, meetings, educational lectures and the performing arts, we are launching a new online calendar and Happenings events listing.

The new look is being introduced March 4, and the first difference you'll notice is that Happenings has been moved from pages 6 and 7 to our Friday Explore arts and entertainment section. This allows us to showcase top events in the area within the pages of Explore and in color.

On the other days of the week, Happenings will return to its regular location in the newspaper, but the new design will offer readers a more engaging layout with photos of upcoming events and a curated list of the activities handpicked by your editor — that's me — and arts and entertainment reporter Audrey Dwyer.

In addition to design changes in our print edition, the online calendar has been improved and enhanced.

Starting today, event organizers and community members can enter their own events into the calendar at calendar.steamboattoday.com or calendar.exploresteamboat.com. The process is very simple and easy to use and eliminates the need to send event information to happenings@steamboattoday.com and have our staff re-enter event into our content management system. This should help eliminate errors and streamline the process.

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In order for events to be vetted and confirmed by our editorial staff, it will take four hours for your event to appear online after you enter the information onto the site. Therefore, we are shifting the Happenings deadline back from noon to 9 a.m. if you want an event to appear online, and possibly in print, on the same day you enter it.

Not all events will appear in our print edition, but everything will be included in our new online calendar, which is much improved and more visually appealing. The calendar can still be accessed from both the Steamboat Today and Explore Steamboat home pages.

Venues and event organizers now have the ability to post photos with their event listings, and there is an advanced search feature that allows people to search for events and activities by day, keyword, venue, event category and location. The new calendar also includes detailed movie information and a listing of "featured" and "most popular" events.

As with anything new, we expect there will be a learning curve for users. Those of you who are used to submitting your events to happenings@steamboattoday.com will receive step-by-step instructions detailing the process for entering an event online if you send us an email. Or go to calendar.steamboattoday.com and give it a try. I think you'll discover the new system is easy to navigate and easy to use, and the site itself will bring more attention to your event.

Our ultimate goal in revamping the calendar is to help highlight all the world-class activities and events that take place in Steamboat Springs and Routt County on a daily basis and to create the region's most comprehensive calendar of events — a resource locals and visitors alike can access to plan their days or plan their trips here.

And as always, I'm interested in feedback. Please let me know what you think of our new calendar, both online and in print, by emailing me at lschlichtman@steamboattoday.com.

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email lschlichtman@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman

What events qualify for Happenings?

• Free events excluding business promotions or business open houses

• Fundraisers and paid events that benefit a nonprofit

• Live entertainment events, including films, art shows, theater and music performances

• Nonprofit events