A Parkinson’s exercise class will start for people with Parkinson’s disease or those who would like to improve balance. The class includes seated warm-up, standing exercises for balance, strength and agility and group camaraderie.

The classes will run from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesdays starting this week at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs at Eighth and Oak streets. Use the alley entrance.

Costs are $10 for drop in, $80 10-punch card, and care partners are free.

Contact Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or jacqueline.teuscher@gmail.com or Eva Gibbon at 970-846-9887 for more information.

Hayden club collects shoe donations Wednesday at Walmart

Hayden High School Travel Club is conducting a shoe collection drive Wednesday to raise funds for a trip to Spain and Italy while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes.

Collections will take place 10 a.m. Wednesday in Steamboat Springs at Walmart.

By donating your gently worn, used shoes to the Hayden High School Travel Club, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families.

“We are very excited to be conducting this shoe drive in Hayden,” said Jenny Lewis, Travel Club adviser. “This campaign will raise funds that directly benefit the students and be used for their trip to Spain and Italy. The additional advantages of diverting shoes from the waste stream to create commerce and sustainability in peoples’ lives make this a win-win for everyone.”

She said the club’s goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes.

If you or a local organization are interested in learning more about the shoe drive, contact Lewis by phone at 970-276-3761 or email jlewis@haydenschools.org.

‘Walkable City’ webinar scheduled for noon Wednesday

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs and DOLA are hosting a webinar on the “Walkable City” at noon Wednesday in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

The webinar is free and is presented by Jeff Speck, a city planner and author of the award-winning “Walkable City, How Downtown Can Save American, One Step at a Time.” 

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch, or a “brown bag” lunch will be offered for $8.64 and prepared by the City Cafe.

For more information, contact Mainstreet Steamboat at 970-846-1800 or tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com.

Churchs hosts community dinner Thursday evening

The United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs in downtown Steamboat Springs is having a community dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Everyone is invited. The theme is a taco bar and Mexican food. Donations are being accepted for the teenagers to go on a mission trip to work in the soup kitchens of New York City this summer. For more information, call 970-879-1290.

Fundraiser for Free Summer Concert Series is Friday

Organizers from the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series will host a fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Chief Theater. The cost is $20. There will be a silent auction along with live music from the Brian Smith Band, All About Me and Wish You Were Pink. A cash bar will be available. Organizers also will release the lineup for the summer schedule. Tickets are available at All That Jazz or online at www.chieftheater.org. 

YoungLife variety show fundraiser tickets on sale

YoungLife of Steamboat Springs is hosting its annual fundraising event, “The Tonight Show with Steamboat YoungLife,” a variety show featuring local teens and special guests.

The event is at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at the Chief Theater, and food will be provided. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.chieftheater.org.

Colorado Mountain College named 1 of top 150 in US

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Colorado Mountain College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. 

A full list of the 150 community colleges is available at www.aspenprize.org. Prize winners will be announced in early 2015.

Colorado Mountain College and 149 other community colleges were selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes. 

Colorado Mountain College has been invited to submit an application containing detailed data on the four aforementioned. The school must demonstrate that it delivers exceptional student results for all students — including those from racial minority and/or low-income backgrounds— and also use data to inform decisions and continually improve throughout time.

Colorado Mountain College is located in Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Aspen, Edwards, Dillon, Breckenridge, Leadville and Buena Vista. Of these locations, its three campuses in Spring Valley, Leadville and Steamboat Springs are residential. The college’s Central Services administrative offices, which serve all other locations, are located in downtown Glenwood Springs.

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