The Summit County Library is excited to announce that the Summit Reads Community Project will be back this spring, with a new book, new events and new speakers. The book chosen by the Summit Reads planning committee is "The Blue Revolution" by Cynthia Barnett, which exposes the truth about the water crisis in the U.S. The book discusses how Americans use more water than any other culture in the world and how our daily habits and attitudes jeopardize the world's water supply. More than just a doomsday outlook, the book offers a reason for hope. Award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett reasons that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for America - and learning to live within our "water means."
After much discussion, the Summit Reads committee believes this book is relevant to Summit residents, who have witnessed the fall and rise and fall, again, of our own local body of water - Dillon Reservoir. As we suffer through another drought year, those water levels are threatened even more and the book's message is that it is up to each one of us to learn strategies on preserving our water supply and protecting our most valuable natural resource.
The first step of participation in this year's project will be to simply read the book. Copies of this book will be available at the Main Summit County Library, the north and the south branches in Silverthorne and Breckenridge, respectively; or available for purchase at The Next Page book store, Frisco.
If you would like to host an event or lead a discussion related to "The Blue Revolution," contact Jen Miller, at email@example.com. The committee hopes to have as many people as possible reading the book prior to the third week of March, with events and activities kicking off near the end of March and running through early June.
Please watch the Summit Daily News, or the Summit County Libraries website, at www.summitcounty
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The CMC Summer Technology Institute is accepting applications for the Summer 2013 Institute, running July 22-26. The institute is a weeklong, technology-packed learning adventure for students who will be entering the sixth, seventh, or eighth grades this September. Working in the new CMC Computer Lab, students will learn about the technical, creative and business aspects of technology. Subjects include website development, digital photography, Photoshop, digital video production, e-commerce shopping carts and more. All subjects are taught by experienced instructors and professionals. Students must have a GPA of 3.0, Summit School District average of 4 or better. Tuition: $495 includes daily breakfast and lunch. More info and applications are available at sum
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The Summit County Community and Senior Center will offer a computer seminar on "Working with Windows 7" today from 9-11 a.m. Cost is $5 to attend. You may bring your Windows 7-based computer to the seminar to follow along but be aware that we won't be able to stop to help you on your individual computer. Class size is limited to 25, so call (970) 668-2940 to pre-register. Walk-ins will need to be turned away if the class limit is reached on the day of the event.
Free tax assistance is being offered for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, and seniors who may be unfamiliar with the new tax codes, or who might have difficulty paying a fee for their tax report preparation. If you're eligible, be sure to claim earned income credits, dependent care credits and child care tax credits. Credits actually reduce your tax burden while deductions reduce your taxable income.-
This free service is being offered by IRS trained and certified individuals (Colorado Mountain Tax Volunteers) at two locations in the area: the Summit County Community and Senior Center and at the Edge at Copper Mountain. Dates at the center are Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 13, 19 and 26 and March 2. Sign up at the center, call (970) 668-2940, or for more information. Dates at the Edge are Thursdays, Feb. 7, 15, 21 and 28, and March 4. To make an appointment at the Edge, call (970) 968-3060. More dates may be added if there is demand
The Leon Joseph Littlebird Benefit Concert at Lord of the Mountains Church is slated for Wednesday, 7 p.m. Silent auction begins at 5, followed with performances by professional musicians who are friends of Leon's. All proceeds go to support Leon's holistic treatments for his leukemia, which has returned.
Additional auction items are needed. Contact Cheri Breeman, firstname.lastname@example.org and 468-7696 or Evie at The Lord of the Mountains Church, (970) 468-2857.
We're looking for Summit High School graduates who want to be included in Tiger Tracker, the monthly profiles chronicling what people have been up to since graduation. If you are a SHS grad, or have a suggestion, contact Jessica Smith at email@example.com or (970) 668-4633.
The town of Frisco's sustainable business program is now accepting a limited number of business. Go to www.highcountryconservation.org/FriscoCleanTracks.htm to sign up. Businesses receive a $200 cash stipend toward a green project, a free energy audit and free sustainability audit. This program is designed to support and recognize businesses that are doing good things for the environment.
The Keystone Science School is currently in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In order to continue on in its current site, the school plans to purchase the land from The Keystone Center. Due to the center's need to meet certain obligations within the first and second quarters of 2013, the school needs to raise $2.5 million to buy the land by Thursday.
Currently, the school serves more than 5,000 students and several hundred teachers each year. Throughout the year, school programs give students the opportunity to learn more about the environment and methods of scientific inquiry. The goal is to teach students to develop critical thinking skills in a natural outdoor setting.
Please consider being a part of preserving the school's legacy. Contact KSS's executive director, Ellen Reid, firstname.lastname@example.org or Development Associate Liz Trower, email@example.com, to provide your support or to get more information. Or visit www.keystonescienceschool.org to read the Campaign for KSS Case Statement and Frequently Asked Questions. Donations can also be made online via the website.
High Country Conservation Center is looking for community garden leaders to join the 2013 Garden Steering Committees for both The Living Classroom (Frisco) and Breckenridge Community Gardens. Committee members will help plan and coordinate community garden programs and projects. You do not need to be a community garden plot holder to participate. All community members are welcome! Future plot holders can also complete required volunteer hours by serving on the committee. Contact Jen Santry if you are interested in participating at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.highcountryconservation.org for more info about HC3's community gardens.