Steamboat briefs: Extension Office to offer pressure canning session

Colorado State University Extension and its Master Food Safety Advisors will offer an introductory pressure canning session from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22 at the Routt County Extension Office, at Sixth and Oak streets in Steamboat Springs.

The session will cover the basics of pressure canning for preserving foods at high altitudes.

The cost is $15 per person.

To register, call the Extension Office at 970-879-0825.

United Way to celebrate 20th annual Day of Caring

Routt County United Way will host its 20th annual Day of Caring on Wednesday, May 24, in an effort to bring together the community for one day of impact in Routt County.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers help at more than 30 project sites across the county, with tasks ranging from cleaning, repairs, painting and more. This Day goes a step further than a standard spring clean-up day, as projects serve the elderly, nonprofits, and those who cannot perform much-needed jobs themselves. 

Last year’s projects included yard maintenance at The Haven Assisted Living Facility, painting and cleanup at The Boys & Girls Club and helping a senior in Oak Creek with yard work.

This year’s event will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon, followed by lunch and awards at Bud Werner Memorial Library. 

To sign up to volunteer or request a project, visit routtcountyunitedway.org.

Deadline for signups is May 15.

The event is sponsored by Mountain Mattress & Furniture, and Ski Town Lions Club will provide lunch.

Local truck driver recognized for 17 year safety milestone

Gabriel Michael, of Hayden, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 17 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.

The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward OOIDA members for their safe, accident-free years while operating a commercial vehicle. Safe driving awards are available to all eligible OOIDA members who qualify based on the number of years for which the member has operated a commercial vehicle without being involved in a preventable accident.

OOIDA, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is the national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. The association currently has more than 158,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.

Social host ordinance will be focus of question and answer session

Grand Futures, in partnership with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, will be holding an informational and question-and-answer session on the social host ordinance from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4 in Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Library Hall. 

The city’s social host ordinance, which was passed in 2009, holds adults accountable for allowing underage drinking parties in their homes. With prom season and summer just around the corner, parents are encouraged to attend to learn about the ordinance. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Library streams 2017 TED conference live for a day

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs presents a free live stream of the 2017 TED Conference on Thursday, April 27 in Library Hall. This year’s TED Conference theme is “The Future You,” and this single-day simulcast will feature four of the conference’s curated sessions as they transpire in Vancouver, Canada.

Live stream schedule:

■ 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Session 7 — “Planet Protection”

■ Noon to 1:45 p.m.: Session 8 — “Bugs & Bodies”

■ 3:15 to 5 p.m.: Session 9 — “It’s Personal”

■ 6 to 8 p.m.: Session 10 — “Tales of Tomorrow”

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. The popular TED talks, found on ted.com, are gleaned from the conferences, such as the one that the library will live stream.

The community is welcome to drop in for all or part of any sessions. This TEDxSteamboat

LibraryLive event is free. Read more about the featured speakers for each session at steamboatlibrary.org/events.

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council gives away bags

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will be at City Market handing out free reusable shopping bags, “Remember Your Bag” hangers and information about the negative impacts of plastic bags starting at noon Saturday, April 22, which is Earth Day.

Every year in the U.S., consumers use about 100 billion plastic bags. To produce these plastic bags, 14 million trees are destroyed, 3.9 billion gallons of fresh water is used, and 2.7 million tons of carbon dioxide is produced.

Reusable shopping bags are an easy, affordable, environmentally-friendly option. The average reusable bag has a lifespan equal to that of more than 700 disposable plastic bags. Only one person using reusable bags throughout their lifetime would remove more than 22,000 plastic bags from the environment. Reusable shopping bags can be purchased for a nominal fee near the check-out stands at all local grocery stores. 

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