Briefs for Nov. 24

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The Moffat County School District and the Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free parenting class at the beginning of 2007.

The Nurturing Parenting Program is for mothers and fathers of children as old as 5 years old. The program, which runs 16 weeks, offers tips on effective behavioral management tools, encourages the development of empathy and promotes healthy child relationships.

The class starts at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 in Craig. Dinner will be served.

The class will meet every Tuesday evening. Class sessions are expected to last three hours.

While tuition is free, there is a $25 book fee. Payment plans are accepted to cover the book fee.

To pick up an application or for more information, call Sandy Beran at 824-8233, ext. 7682, or Lynae Ellgen at 824-7457. Every family wishing to join the class must fill out an application.

Don't let your horse

get out of shape

Don't let your horse get out of shape. The Routt County Fairgrounds multi-purpose building is open to the public for horseback riding. The cost is $5 an hour. Open riding sessions last through the winter with a varied schedule. Horses are not provided. The schedule is posted at www.routtcountyfair.org, or call 276-3068 for more information.

Figure Skating Club's fundraiser Dec. 8

The Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club's annual Silent Auction and Wine-tasting Fundraiser is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Catamount Ranch and Club clubhouse. There will be food, wine and live music performed by Todd Musselman. The silent auction includes art, music, food, fishing, skiing, sleigh rides, getaways and more. Tickets to the event are $35 a person and can be purchased at Howelsen Ice Arena or from Figure Skating Club members. The club is a nonprofit organization. For more information, call 846-3352.

Get your ServSafe

manager's certification

A ServSafe manager's certification course, in English, for restaurant managers is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Routt County Courthouse Annex building on Sixth Street. The cost is $165 a person, which includes training materials and an exam. Certification is valid for five years. RSVP to (303) 669-4024 by Nov. 8.

Employee food safety training on Dec. 5

An employee food safety training course (in Spanish) is from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 5 in the Annex building. A course in English is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Annex building. The cost is $30 a person, which includes materials, a certificate and a wallet card. RSVP to (303) 669-4024 by Nov. 28.

Main Street Steamboat seeks street performers

Main Street Steamboat Springs is looking for performers who want to help add ambiance to Lincoln Avenue for the Christmas shopping season. Often, groups like to get together to sing carols for a fun winter activity. In the past, performers have included Girl Scouts troops, church groups, school classes, musicians, singers and jugglers. Any type of entertainment would be appreciated. Performers could provide entertainment on weekends, in the evenings or during the week. Call Tracy Barnett, Main Street manager, at 846-1800.

Visiting Nurses aim

to form ALS support

Anyone interested in joining an ALS support group is asked to call Katy Thiel of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 871-7628. The VNA is attempting to form a monthly support group.

Hayden offering youth hockey lessons

Hayden Parks and Recreation is now offering Introduction to Youth Hockey. The class is Monday and Wednesday evenings in Craig. Classes for children 5 to 11 years old are from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Classes for children 12 and older are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Show up the first night of practice, sign up, get gear and learn basic hockey skills. Call Chris Reilly at 620-0975 or the Hayden Parks and Recreation Department at 276-3741.

Get a permit to cut down Christmas trees

Christmas tree permits are now available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices, including the Steamboat Springs office, for $10. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest system lands. There is a limit of five permits a household. Trees must be for personal use and cannot be sold. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area.

Some areas of the forest may be closed to tree cutting, so contact your nearest Forest Service office for more information. Cutting is prohibited in the Fish Creek Falls area and within the boundaries of the Steamboat Ski Area. Designated wilderness areas also are off limits. Other reminders include: trees may not be cut within 100 feet of roads or 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic pullouts and administrative sites; choose a tree that is growing with other trees in a cluster; maximum tree height is 20 feet; cut the tree 6 inches or less from the ground; do not cut boughs from other living trees.

For more information, call 879-1870 or 638-4516.

Winter Carnival open for registration Feb. 1

Registration for the 94th annual Winter Carnival street events opens Feb. 1 at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association visitors center at 1255 S. Lincoln Ave. The visitors center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Winter Carnival street events will take place Feb. 10 and 11. Call Jody at 879-0882, ext. 203, for more information.


Aging Well program offers arthritis class

The Visiting Nurse Association's Aging Well program is offering a new Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class at 11 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Nov. 29. The class, for adults 50 and older, is at the Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson Ave. The first five weeks of the class are free, and a minimal charge will apply thereafter. For more information, call Dace Kramer at 879-1632 or e-mail dkramer@nwcovna.org.

Mark your calendars

for Ski Ball and Auction

The New Ski Ball and Auction begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The evening will begin with a silent auction and continue with hors d'oeuvres, a live auction, dancing and music by the 17th Avenue Allstars. The event benefits Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes. Tickets are $125 a person, and corporate tables are available. For more information or to contribute items to the auctions, call the Winter Sports Club at 879-0695, ext. 106.

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