A&E briefs: 100-plus pounds of Halloween candy collected in Frisco | SummitDaily.com

A&E briefs: 100-plus pounds of Halloween candy collected in Frisco

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
kdriscoll@summitdaily.com
Special to the Daily
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The town of Frisco, the Stork & Bear Co. and Around the World Toys will be sending 123 pounds of Halloween candy donated by the community to Operation Gratitude, a group that sends care packages to U.S. veterans and active-duty service members.

“We are excited to have such great participation from the community, and that it enables us to donate 123 pounds of Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude to support our troops is amazing,” said Mary Elaine Moore, owner of Stork & Bear Co. and Around the World Toys.

At each drop off location, Stork & Bear Co. provided a 10 percent off coupon good for a toy purchase for every child who donated candy. The Frisco Information Center also offered a small gift at their location for any donated candy. Vanessa Agee, town of Frisco marketing and communications director, said 18 kids brought their candy to the info center to donate.

“Unfortunately, because there were four drop-off locations and some of them were ‘self drop off,’ we have no idea how many kids donated candy at all the locations,” she said, adding that the candy collected was way more than the 1,200 pieces handed out by the Frisco Information Center during Trick-or-Treat on Main Street in Frisco.

Stork & Bear collected the most Halloween candy, coming in at 41 pounds, followed by the Frisco Visitor Information Center at 34 pounds, Frisco Elementary at 29 pounds and Summit County Preschool at 19 pounds.

“Four of us sorted all of the candy, separating chocolate candy from non-chocolate (as per the directions from Operation Gratitude), and it was quite an undertaking,” Agee said. “Honestly, it made all of us not want to eat candy — major candy sensory overload. The new diet: Sort 100-plus pounds of candy.”

Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends care packages to United States military, annually shipping more than 150,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items. The organization’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of active-duty and veteran communities and to provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of the military. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1 million care packages.

For more information about the candy collection, call (970) 668-5937. To learn more about Operation Gratitude, visit http://www.operationgratitude.com.

Tap it Tuesday, trivia at Dillon Dam Brewery

The Dillon Dam Brewery will host its monthly Tap it Tuesday on Tuesday, Nov. 11. A 5-gallon keg of the brewmaster’s special stash will be tapped at 5 p.m., with $5 half-pints while they last.

This month’s special beer is a Citrus IPA, India pale ale aged with citrus hops and oranges.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, is the return of live trivia with Steven A. The fun starts at 9 p.m., with no cover, $5 drinks from sponsor Crown Royal and Dam prizes for the winners. For more information on these and other events at the Dam, visit http://www.dambrewery.com.

Lineup announced for Vail Snow Daze concert series

Vail Mountain recently announced the entertainment for its early-season celebration, Vail Snow Daze. This year, the resort’s annual festival to kick off the winter season will take place over two weekends, Friday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 19, through Sunday, Dec. 21.

Lukas Nelson, American rocker and son of Willie Nelson, and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) will get the show started with a free concert on Saturday, Dec. 13. Nelson and his band have played with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King and Bob Dylan. The Wallflowers will close out the first evening of free concerts. Fronted by co-founder Jakob Dylan, the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band is now in its 25th year. During the course of its career, The Wallflowers have released six studio albums including hits such as “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache,” sold more than 7 million records worldwide and have taken home several Grammys.

The following weekend, on Saturday, Dec. 20, Snow Daze features live performances from 10,000 Maniacs, followed by the eclectic musical powerhouse Rusted Root. Throughout their 30-year collaboration, 10,000 Maniacs have sold more than 9 million albums and helped define college rock. The powerhouse ensemble Rusted Root will cap off the Snow Daze celebration with a sweat-inducing and hypnotic live performance.

All Vail Snow Daze concerts are free of charge and will be held at Solaris in Vail Village. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the shows start at 5:30 p.m. each night. The schedule of activities for Vail Snow Daze will also include the return of the sponsor expo village and gear demos at the base of Gondola One, as well as apres and after-dark parties in the town of Vail. For more information on Vail Snow Daze, including the full schedule of events, visit http://www.vail.com/snowdaze.

Girl Scouts host mother-daughter dance in Silverthorne

Local Girl Scout troops 14061, 13829 and 10501 will host a Mother Daughter Dance and Shop ’Til You Drop event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne.

Tickets include pizza, drink and dance lessons, where attendees will learn the cupid shuffle, the wobble, belly dancing, pom-poms and even musical theater. Shopping vendors include the Pampered Chef, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Mary Kay, Jamberry Nails, Origami Owl custom jewelry, Isagenix, Nerium and Essential Advantage, plus candles, body lotions and oils.

Tickets are $15 per girl (Mom gets in free) in advance or $20 at the door. Email joanjardon@comcast.net or call (970) 406-0778 for tickets or more information.

Women’s Artisans Marketplace at Molly Brown house in Denver

iTHRiVE, Denver’s distinctive educational organization promoting women over the lifespan, announces its 11th anniversary Marketplace and Artisan Gift Boutique, Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Molly Brown Summer House and Events Center, 2690 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Denver.

This marketplace is a celebration of the extraordinary talents and skills of Colorado artists. A refreshing alternative to traditional retail, the Artisan Gift Boutique & Marketplace is the ideal place to find one-of-a-kind gifts, from hand-created jams, botanicals and amazing soy candles to breath-taking ceramic sculptures, unique pottery pieces and stunning designer jewelry. More than 25 talented women artists from around Colorado will display their imaginative creations.

“The connection to the Molly Brown Summer House was a natural,” said Daniela Abbott and Randi Waldman, two local entrepreneurs, psychotherapists and co-founders of iTHRiVE. “Molly Brown was an incredible, dynamic woman, who was full of live. She advocated on behalf of other women. That’s what we strive to do at iTHRiVE.”

For more information on this and other iTHRiVE events, visit http://www.ithrivewoman.com or join the email list by contacting ithrivewoman@hotmail.com.

Copper Environmental Foundation grants available

Copper Mountain employees recently announced the opening of the 2014-15 Copper Environmental Foundation’s grant cycle. The Copper Environmental Foundation focuses on providing funding for youth (ages 5 to 18) environmental programs for projects in Summit and Lake counties. The Copper Environmental Foundation supports a variety of youth environmental projects producing tangible results in the surrounding communities.

“The Copper Environmental Foundation is funded by Copper Mountain Resort employees with over 25 percent of staff participating by donating each year,” said Steve Miller, president of the CEF. “Additionally, Copper matches each employee donation at 100 percent, so we are extremely lucky and grateful to have such support within the resort’s community.”

Grant applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Dec. 31, to be considered for 2014-15 grants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Miller at smiller@coppercolorado.com to discuss potential projects before submitting an application. Eligible recipients include private or nonprofit organizations, government agencies or individuals. Past beneficiaries include High Country Conservation Center, Girl Scouts of America, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Summit School District. Proposed projects should have an aspect of environmental education and/or environmental action resulting in a positive impact on the environment. Projects that have the potential to be replicated or continued in future years are also strongly encouraged.

Applications can be downloaded at http://www.coppercolorado.com/environment. Completed applications can be emailed to environment@coppercolorado.com. Applications submissions are only accepted by email.

Keystone Resort and Conference Center receives Pinnacle Award

Successful Meetings recently released its annual Pinnacle Awards, and Keystone Resort and Conference Center was named as one of the top properties in the West. The Keystone Resort and Conference Center is a 19-time winner of the esteemed award.

“We are proud to have received a prestigious Pinnacle Award thanks to our dedicated meeting professionals, who deliver the highest level of service to our group customers,” said Mark Barnes, director of sales at Vail Resorts. “The state-of-the-art conference center, combined with year-round opportunities for adventure, including championship golf and exceptional gastronomical pursuits, ensure Keystone continues to deliver the finest meeting experience in the Rocky Mountains.”

The 2014 Pinnacle Awards are the mark of excellence for meeting destinations, hotels and conference centers and recognize an outstanding job of meeting service, travel incentive programs, trade shows and conventions during the previous year. For more than 29 years, the Pinnacle Award has earned a reputation as the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence among meeting professionals and travel suppliers alike.

The Keystone Conference Center is the largest meeting venue in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with 60,000 square feet of unobstructed meeting space. It is equipped to provide a customized experience for groups of all kinds and its variety of cuisine and activities in the area is unparalleled.

Visit http://www.keystoneresort.com or http://www.successfulmeetings.com/pinnacle for more information.


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