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Breck’s Blue River Bistro is hosting a Kentucky Derby fundraiser for the Summit Foundation on Saturday. This is the Summit Foundation’s annual fundraiser and is open to the public with food and drink specials, contests and raffles. The Summit Foundation was established in 1984 as a community charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and neighboring communities. The event begins at noon and plenty of viewing space with be made available on the Bistro’s three large-screen televisions. Specials include: $5 Maker’s Mark mint juleps, Skyy Vodka Oak Lilly cocktails, sangria, house braised Bourbon barbeque baby back ribs, crawfish boil and prime rib sliders with a roasted red pepper and fire roasted tomato salsa. VIP passes are on sale now, providing bottomless drink specials from noon to 6 p.m. and a square on the quinella board. For more information contact the Blue River Bistro at (970) 453-6974.

Breckenridge summer activities will kick off June 17 with the sixth annual Outhouse Races at 2 p.m. Registration is free with a June 15 deadline, and competitors stand to win $1100 in cash prizes. The race is part of Breck’s annual heritage celebration, Kingdom Days, June 16-17. The Gold Throne is worth $500, the Silver Moon wins $300, the Bronze Bucket is awarded $200 and the People’s Choice Golden Plunger award is worth $100. Competitors will also be awarded beer and merchandise. Outhouses may be built out of any solid material. Teams can have up to five people with at least one person riding in the structure. The weekend will also feature free entry to Breckenridge Heritage Alliance sites, blacksmithing demonstrations, gold panning, history hikes and more. Email or call (970) 453-5055 for more race details and registration questions.

All three sessions of the summer Lake Dillon Youth Workshops are still accepting applications. Sessions begin June 8, July 9 and July 23. Participants will perform the Hysterical History of the Trojan War, a historical comedy interpreting the famous epic by Homer, featuring all of the best-known Greek gods and goddesses and famous heroes. Sessions will have between 20 and 40 children each with ages ranging from 7 to 13. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and registration is $375. Some scholarships are still available. The education director for the summer programs is Debbie Swartz. Each group will put on two performances of the show on the final day of the session at the Dillon Amphitheater. Call (970) 513-9386 or visit for more information and all class dates.

Beginning tonight, ladies of Summit County have a new place to spend their Friday evenings. The Sporting News Grill, inside the Frisco Holiday Inn at I-70 and North Summit Blvd., will host a new weekly ladies night every Friday from 8-11 p.m. The event features free drinks for ladies, a live DJ, and other specials in conjunction with their local’s special card obtained from any Sporting News Grill bartender. The bar boasts 16 high definition flat screen TVs and 14 beers on tap. Daily happy hour begins at 4 p.m. with half-price appetizers and $3 draft beers. The Grill also offers daily breakfast, lunch on weekends, and dinner. For more information contact or call (970) 668-1234.

Despite it’s early closing date of this weekend, the Arapahoe Basin inaugural Chili Cook-off is on for May 19, taking place at the base of the ski area from noon to 4 p.m. Contestants will compete in both green and red categories, with prizes in each as well as an overall best chili title worth $500. A People’s Choice winner will also be chosen. Judging criteria is based on taste, presentation and creativity. The band Great American Taxi, featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, will play for free from 1 to 4. Special tasting packages will be offered for $20 that include 15 chili tastings and three beers. Download a registration form at

Create Denver Week is taking place again this year, this time over the weekend of May 10-13, partnering the city of Denver with local creatives to inspire and share ideas and opportunities. The event kicks off Thursday, May 10, with a launch party at Battery 621, the collaborative office spaces located at 6th and Kalamath in the Santa Fe Arts District. The party will feature a kinetic film installation, live music, murals and a special Catalyst beer by Wynkoop Brewery. The weekend continues with innovative and interactive gallery events, and the Create Denver Expo on Saturday, May 12, at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. Sunday features more than 65 open studios and an after party in Denver’s RiNo Art District. Visit for more information and to register for the Expo.