Steamboat briefs: LIFT-UP will distribute coats donated starting Monday

Coats that were collected as part of the LIFT-UP Community Coat Drive will be distributed from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Oct. 29 at the Lift-Up Food Bank, 2125 Curve Court. One coat will be distributed per person in need. For more information, call 970-870-8804 or go to www.liftupofrouttcounty.org.

Design Committee seeking volunteers for Mainstreet

The Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Design Committee is looking for volunteers. The committee focuses on how downtown Steamboat looks and functions. Some of the projects of the committee have included the downtown bus shelters; adopting Eagle Scout Park for cleanup, plantings and ongoing maintenance; assistance with the design and execution of the streetscape plan on Lincoln Avenue; and flower baskets. Upcoming projects will include the the Yampa Street revitalization and advocacy for sidewalks on Oak Street. The committee meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 for more information or to sign up for a meeting reminder email list.

Tennis Committee meeting to improve participation

The first meeting of the Steamboat Tennis Committee was held Wednesday with members Patti Asbury, Carol Baily, Colleen Grubbs, Dave Schuiling, Bo Stempel, Meg Tully, Hal Unruh and Jim Webster, according to a news release. The committee intends to pursue activities that promote the use by residents and visitors of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and liaise with concessionaire Jim Swiggart on possible changes or events that could improve participation at the city-owned facility. The next meeting is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Tennis Center. For more information or to offer a suggestion, email Webster at jrwebster@comcast.net.

Community service project collecting socks seeks help

Socks for Seniors, an annual community service project that collects new socks and distributes them to seniors, is in need of volunteers to host sock drives. The program kicks off Saturday and runs through Christmas. Those who are interested are asked to sign up at www.socksforseniors.com/register.html.

US Capitol Christmas tree to stop Nov. 6 in Steamboat

Colorado’s White River National Forest is donating this year’s Christmas tree to be erected on the White House lawn in late November. The tree will be cut down Nov. 2 near Meeker before beginning its 23-day journey to Washington, DC. The tree will be in Steamboat Springs on Nov. 6 and will be on display from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill. Attendees are encouraged to wear ugly Christmas sweaters and be part of a community photograph to be taken at about 6:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus are traveling with the tree, so children are encouraged to bring their Christmas wish letters to share with Santa. Commemorative glass tree ornaments will be available for $10 to benefit Mainstreet Steamboat Springs. For more information, contact Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 or tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com.

3-on-3 coed basketball league registration open

The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is hosting a new 3-on-3 coed basketball league this winter. The league plays Sunday evenings from Nov. 11 to Dec. 16 at Steamboat Springs High School. Registration is open until Nov. 5 or until spots are full. The cost is $25 per player. Find more information or register online at www.steamboatsprings.net/index.aspx?nid=222 or call 970-879-4300.

Anti-bullying advocates to speak at event in Florida

Members of the group It Takes Courage, a community outreach team dedicated to raising awareness about bullying and preventing suicides, are traveling to Florida in November to speak at an Erase Hate Tampa Bay event.

It Takes Courage founder Heather Savalox, of Routt County, will share the story of her 15-year-old niece, Kristina Calco, who committed suicide after being bullied for years. 

“They want real stories from real people who have been bullied or experienced the tragedy of bullying to share with their crowd, to drive the message home that we all have the capability to stand up and make a difference against these kind of hateful behaviors,” Savalox wrote in an email about the Erase Hate event.  

Savalox is seeking donations to help cover travel expenses. Donations can be made to the It Takes Courage account at Wells Fargo. For more information, call Savalox at 970-430-1325.

VNA provides free clinics for adults 60 and older

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides wellness and foot care clinics for adults throughout Routt County. Wellness clinics include a blood pressure check, blood glucose reading, medication review and weight assessment. Flu and pneumonia shots also are available. Foot care clinics include a thorough foot cleaning and check for potential problems. Clinics are free for adults 60 and older, but donations are appreciated. Clinics are offered in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa. Appointments are required for foot care. Find a clinic schedule at www.nwcovna.org/wellness_aging.php or call 970-871-7676.

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