Participants of the fourth Scale the Summit Chamber Music Camp present a concert at the Dillon Community Church, 371 East La Bonte St., at 4 p.m. today as the culmination of their weeklong camp. Students, ages eight to 18, will present "Pirates of the Caribbean" and small ensemble pieces in the concert, which is free and open to the public. Participants spent the past week studying strings, woodwinds, piano and harp under the guidance of Dercum Center director Chas Wetherbee and faculty. Contact Janet Harriman for info at (970) 468-0110.
Up-and-coming Denver singer-songwriter and saxophonist Rob Drabkin plays a 5 p.m. concert at Copper Mountain Saturday following Hike MS, an event benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. During the day, participants are invited to hike one of three routes ranging from a two-mile "green" route to a 10-mile "black diamond" route on Copper Mountain's trail system. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the first hike starts at 8 a.m. Donations support programs, services and research benefiting the 88,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming affected by MS. Afterward, Drabkin, 2010 winner of Westword's Best Singer-Songwriter, takes the stage to round out the day's activities. Info and schedule, including activities this evening: www.nationalmssociety.org.
Carpe Diem String Quartet plays a 7 p.m. concert Saturday at the Dillon Community Church, 371 E. La Bonte St. The program consists of String Quartet No. 8 by Shostakovich, "Iron City" by Joseph Kern and Piano Quintet, Op. 34 by Brahms. Guest pianist Cameron Bennett joins the musicians for this performance, part of the Snake River Chamber Music Festival, which is run by the Dercum Center as of last year. The event is free with donations accepted at the door. For more info, call Karina Wetherbee at (970) 513-6556.
Visit Summit County private gardens for one day only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday as part of the Summity County garden club's annual self-guided tour. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event, available at Neils Lunceford, Alpine Gardens, Summit Landscaping and the Summit County Community & Senior Center in Frisco, as well as online at www.eventbrite.com. Registration takes place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the senior center, 0151 Peak One Blvd., Frisco, where participants exchange their tickets for a map book with directions to the gardens. There will be coffee and pastries and an art show featuring Women of Watercolor. Artists from the group will be painting in the gardens during the tour.
Writer Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer returns to Colorado Mountain College in Dillon for one more seminar on Saturday, this time to teach participants how to make money blogging. Hornik-Beer has been earning money blogging since 2004. Her seminar will cover promotional blogging, how to get jobs writing blogs for other businesses and how to pass employers' tests when seeking a blogging job, among other topics. The three-hour seminar takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday and costs $20. For more information, call CMC Dillon at (970) 468-5989.
Keystone Resort is hosting a new summer Military Appreciation this weekend. Tonight through Sunday, servicemen and women, including all military personnel, Department of Defense employees, retired military and Veteran ID cardholders are eligible for 25 percent off all resort lodging. Participating guests will also receive two-for-one horseback rides and a barbecue dinner at the Keystone stables. Call (866) 768-2583 and provide the promo code RMBFEST.
The Fuqua Livery Stable in Breckenridge offers two art classes this week for Summit County kids and guests. On Monday, children can learn about the petroglyphs of the Southwest and create their own paintings on a sandstone-like material. On Thursday, kids can paint with acrylics on canvas to create a summer floral scene in an impressionistic style. Both classes begin at 2 p.m. and take place at the livery stable, 110 E. Washington Ave. Each costs $25, and one-day advance registration is required. Call (970) 453-3364 for more info and to register.
The Summit Historical Society presents a new talk and tour program led by local historian and author Sandra Mather. Meet at the Dillon Schoolhouse, 403 E. La Bonte St., at 10 a.m. Thursdays throughout the summer. The program starts with a talk based on Mather's book, "Dillon, Denver, and the Dam," followed by a walking tour highlighting some of the buildings moved from Old Dillon. The tour costs $5; proceeds benefit the Summit Historical Society. Reservations are not required. Info: (970) 468-2207 or www.summithistorical.org.
With all this rain, it's getting to be mushroom season. If you plan to harvest mushrooms, pick up a permit from the Dillon Ranger District. Permits are free but required to collect mushrooms for personal use. The permit allows the holder to collect 67 pounds of mushrooms. Commercial collectors must also obtain a permit; the cost structure varies by quantity and collection is limited to designated areas. Pick up your permit at the Dillon Ranger District Visitor Center at 680 Blue River Pkwy in Silverthorne or call (970) 468-5400 for more information.
Los Angeles-based Belldini, a contemporary fashion company, is hosting a contest in which the winner receives an entire fall wardrobe. Beginning August 1, contestants can write Belldini explaining why they think someone they know deserves the wardrobe makeover. The company aims to help mothers in need. The contest ends Sept 1 and the winner will be announced Sept 7. For more information on entry and contest rules, visit www.belldini.com.
The Arts Alive Gallery is putting out a call to all artists. The gallery is having a show highlighting original works done at the Breckenridge Alpine Gardens, which are located at 150 W. Adams St. All mediums are encouraged. Work should be dropped off at the gallery at 500 S. Main St. between July 26-30. The show will be hung July 31 with an opening reception at the gallery on Aug. 11 between 4-8 p.m. as part of the Second Saturday Art Walk. For more information, contact the gallery at (970) 453-0450.