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Bike n’ Art Bash in Silverthorne raises funds for Kids on Wheels

A new program created by Keystone Science School (KSS) will help get Summit County's youth on bikes this summer. Created to accompany its Coordinated Approach To Child Health, or CATCH, program, Kids on Wheels will provide children with a bike and the knowledge on how to safely ride and maintain it.

KSS, Breckenridge Film Festival (BFF) and the town of Silverthorne are partnering to host the first annual Bike n' Art Bash to help raise funds for CATCH's new Kids on Wheels program. The event will be Thursday, April 21 at the Silverthorne Pavilion, and will feature bicycle workshops, a Specialized mountain bike give away, bike-themed films, local artist displays for sale and several interactive children's activities.

Bike donations are currently being accepted at Keystone Science School and Red Buffalo Café in Silverthorne, and will also be accepted at the Bike n' Art Bash.

"There's a ton of research around what we learn as a child is what we carry with us for the rest of our life," said Dave Miller, director of education and program sustainability at KSS. "If we can really start getting kids on bikes, we think it will carry over, and it will make for a healthier Summit County and larger community."

CREATING HEALTHY KIDS

KSS, in partnership with Summit School District, the town of Silverthorne, Summit County Government, Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), The Colorado Health Foundation and The Summit Foundation, offers a full-day Summer CATCH Camp to students entering grades 1-5, enrolled in Silverthorne Elementary or Dillon Valley Elementary. The Kids on Wheels program will provide each child with a bike at the beginning of the summer, and the student will receive instruction on how to tune, ride and maintain their bicycle safely. At the end of the session, the child is then allowed to take the bicycle.

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After completing the program this summer with the CATCH camp, Miller said organizers hope to expand Kids on Wheels to its after-school and other programming areas as well.

"The goal is to get kids riding bikes, and riding bikes safely," he said. "We have this amazing bike path system, and it's really something that can give kids lots of freedom."

CATCH is focused on teaching students about health and fitness, Miller said.

"We look at research all the time about how we can have a fit, healthy community and it's not always easy to have fitness in your every day life," he said. "That's where I think if we had more people riding bikes instead of driving, we would see the impact in mental in physical health and as well as environmental health."

BIKES AND ART

Breckenridge Film Festival (BFF) will present two sets of bike-themed films approximately 20 minutes long at the Bike n' Art Bash to illustrate the impact of the bicycle. One of the highlights from the films is a story about a man's relationship with his bike, going through the life of the bike from its constant use to eventual ending in a dumpster, shown through the perspective of the bike, said Janice Kurbjun, executive director of BFF.

Specialized also donated a couple of films that exemplify how bicycles are changing the world. The Specialized Foundation "uses cycling as a tool for children to achieve academic and social success," according to its website, and has a Riding For Focus program that uses cycling as a tool for health and academic performance, with a focus on students with learning differences such as ADHD. The BFF will be showing the Specialized film, "Riding For Focus," at the event.

"It's a short film that basically talks about the impact of the bicycle on some kids with ADHD — how it helps them, inspires them, and gives them a fun way to focus their energy," Kurbjun said.

In between films, Wilderness Sports will be hosting free bicycle maintenance and proper bike fitting technique clinics.

In addition, Specialized has donated a bicycle for giveaway. Each entrance ticket to the Bash receives a chance to win a full suspension Specialized Stumpjumper Pro or women's Rhyme bicycle in the winner's size. Additional tickets to win the bicycle can also be purchased for $10. Specialized has been very supportive of the Kids on Wheels program, Miller said.

"They are very focused nationwide on improving child health through bike riding," he said.

There will be a variety of bike-themed art available for purchase at the event, with a portion of the proceeds going to Kids on Wheels, from artists Julia Taylor, Shirley Fox, Eric Dube and Jessica Vogel. There will also be student artwork on display from local elementary schools. KSS will also be hosting several art activities that anyone can participate in.

DONATIONS

KSS is accepting donations of all sizes of bikes, but kids bikes are encouraged. Miller said they need about 60 to 70 bikes for the summer program, and funds raised from the Bash will go toward parts and purchasing more bikes from Specialized if needed.

IF YOU GO

What: Bike n’ Art Bash

Where: Silverthorne Pavilion

When: Thursday, April 21, 6:30–9 p.m.

Cost: Adults are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; kids under 12 are $5 in advance and $10 at the door; $10 additional Donate to Win tickets at the door for the chance to win a Specialized Stumpjumper Pro or women’s Rhyme full suspension bike in your size

More information: breckfilmfest.org/event/bike-n-art-bash/

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