Steamboat briefs for Sept. 4

Readers sought for Editorial Board position

The Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board includes two community representatives and five members of the newspaper staff. Newspaper staff members on the board are publisher Bryna Larsen, editor Brent Boyer, city editor Mike Lawrence and reporter Tom Ross. The Editorial Board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Editorial Board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should send a letter of 500 words or less expressing their interest in the board to Boyer at bboyer@steamboatpilot.com or to P.O. Box 774827, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Letters also may be dropped off at the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Call Boyer at 871-4221 with questions.

Advocates begins training for volunteers Saturday

Advocates Against Battering and Abuse will begin volunteer training Saturday. Volunteer training takes 25 hours and will prepare volunteers to respond to its 24-hour crisis line. The training takes between four and six weeks to complete. Volunteers offer support, advocacy, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence and all other crime victims. Volunteers are asked to work between two and three shifts a month. Shifts are from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. weekdays and from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. weekends. Call Marchele McCarthy at 879-2034 if you are interested.

The Artists Way class starts Thursday

The Artists Way, a 12-week class taught by Susan de Wardt, begins Thursday at the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym. The class is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will emphasize analytic skills, intuition and a lifelong passion for writing and art to support people in their quest for a more satisfying life. The cost is $295. Call 870-0384 to register.

Visiting Nurse Association seeks office volunteers

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to perform general office duties. Hours are flexible. Contact Laura at 879-1632 or stop in at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, for more information.

Registration under way for chili competition

Registration is under way for the Chuckwagon Chili Challenge on Sept. 15 at Little Toots Park in downtown Steamboat. The competition is part of the Downtown Hoedown. Everyone is encouraged to enter a chili in this year's competition. Chili will be judged and awards presented for the best red, green and firehouse chilis, and a People's Choice Award will be presented. Taster kits will be $5. All who buy a taster kit will be eligible to vote for the coveted People's Choice Award for best overall chili.

The event also will include live music, square dancing, food and crafts vendors, the Boy Scouts Meadow Muffin Plop, a children's area and much more. For entry forms and more information, call 871-1371 or 846-3352. Entry deadline is Sept. 7.

Tobacco-free quit kits available at VNA offices

Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the VNA offices in Steamboat, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and in Craig at 745 Russell St. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows tobacco users are seven times more likely to end their habit with the QuitLine than if they try to quit on their own. Eight weeks of free nicotine patches are available, a $200 value. Call (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Locally, call 871-7639 for more assistance.

Comunidad Integrada looking for volunteers

Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community needs volunteers to help plan and carry out this year's Mexican Independence Day/Festival of the Americas fundraiser from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in Little Toots Park. Volunteers are needed in advance to assist with marketing and other coordination. Several people also are needed the day of the event for set up, greeting, face-painting, beer and T-shirt sales, fence moving and other duties. For more information, call or write Genah Burditt at (720) 394-0251 or snoweasel@hotmail.com.

Book discussion series continues at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library is continuing its popular book discussion series for girls and women called "It's a Girl Thing." The free fall program is for girls ages 10 to 12 and a woman partner such as a mom, grandmother, friend or teacher. Registration is limited and begins today. Pairs may register for one or two discussions. Book discussion dates are 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. The library will give each pair a copy of the discussion book to keep. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/kids or call 879-0240 for more information.

YVMC needs volunteers for lobby information desk

Yampa Valley Medical Center is seeking volunteers for the lobby information desk. Shifts are 8 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If interested, call volunteer services coordinator Mindy Fontaine at 870-1146.

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