Join local authors/historians Bill Fountain and Sandra Mather, PhD., at the Edwin Carter Discovery Center, 111 N. Ridge St., Breckenridge, from 4-6 p.m. today to celebrate their latest collaboration, "Chasing the Dream: The Search for Gold in French Gulch." The new book describes mining in French Gulch, near Breckenridge, where prospectors discovered gold in 1859. The authors will give a short presentation at 4:30 p.m. followed by a book signing. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. The event is through the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Info: www.breckheritage.com
The Summit Historical Society hosts a hike-and-lunch event Saturday. Participants can choose from The Mines of Frisco, a hike along the recpath with author Charlotte Clark, Boreas Pass Road ghost towns with author Roger Thweatt, the Iowa Hill Hydraulic Gold Mine with Rich Skovlin and Royal Tiger Mines Co. mills and mines with Bill Fountain. Sandra Mather will also offer a 10:30 a.m. talk on the women of Summit County at the Dillon Schoolhouse. Participants rejoin for lunch in Dillon. The cost is $20/members and $25/nonmembers. For reservations, call (970) 333-8001. Info: (970) 468-2207 or www.summithistorical.org
Wilderness Workshop of Carbondale offers a tour of a proposed wilderness area on Hoosier Ridge Saturday. The free outing is a moderate, 5-mile roundtrip hike with approximately 1,500 feet of elevation gain through open wildflower meadows and conifer forests. The area is considered to be a critical roadless link between the White River and Pike-San Isabel National Forests and is included within Senator Udall's Central Mountains Outdoor Heritage Proposal. Register at www.whiteriverwild.org or contact Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 405-6702 for details.
The Backstage Theatre seeks talent for its annual Riverwalk Center production. Actors, singers, dancers and families, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Contact Chris Willard at (970) 453-0199.
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.
Puffballs and short-stemmed slippery jacks (Suillus brevipes) have been spotted since last Friday, but is it porcini (Boletus edulis) season yet? If you plan to harvest mushrooms, pick up a permit from the Dillon Ranger District. Permits are free but required for personal use. Commercial collectors must pay for a permit and collection is limited to designated areas. Permits are available at the Dillon Ranger District Visitor Center at 680 Blue River Pkwy in Silverthorne. Info: (970) 468-5400.
On Monday, Aug. 6, children are invited to work with Sculpey clay to construct real and imaginary animals with instruction by Janis Bunchman at the Fuqua Livery Stable, 110 E. Washington Ave. in Breckenridge. Then on Wednesday, Aug. 8, children and teens 9-13 can sharpen their drawing skills with the help of artist Emily Zoeller. Call (970) 453-3364.
Keystone Resort added stand up paddleboarding to its slate of summer activities last week. The fast-growing sport involves standing upright on a surfboard-like board and maneuvering around water with a paddle. Stand up paddle boarding offers a full body workout and the ability to take in scenery at the same time. Keystone now offers it daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 5-acre lake in Keystone Village. Rentals costs $25/half hour or $40/hour and include a board, paddle and life vest. Info on Keystone summer activities: www.keystoneresort.com
Mark your calendar for the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, which celebrates its 15th season Sept. 9-14. The festival includes two public concerts at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon and two soirees at private homes. Artistic direction is by Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa and Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills, both longtime participants of the festival. Several guest musicians join this year, including a vocalist. The soirees sell out, so advance booking is recommended. Info: (970) 468-4774 or www.alpenglowmusicfestival.org