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Dave Koop, water foreman for the town of Frisco.
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Dave Koop leads second Summit Reads book discussion

The 2015 Summit Reads Community Project will host its second book discussion on the committee’s book choice, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr, at the North Branch Library on Tuesday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m.

Dave Koop, water foreman for the town of Frisco, avid reader and former town of Silverthorne mayor, will lead the book discussion. All Summit County readers are invited to this free event at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne. Koop brings his government experience and working with the public to this event.

“I noticed in my past life as a mayor and through my involvement with town government, I spent quite a length of time running meetings,” Koop said. “I didn’t understand what was going on. Why were people getting involved, sharing their five minutes of opinion and then strolling off? Many people didn’t have a basic understanding of how to treat one another, how to show respect and how to discuss topics, rather than escalate discussions into arguments.”

“The Shallows” answered many of Koop’s questions and helped him to better understand why these events were happening. Copies of the book are available at Summit County Libraries for purchase or to check out and at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco. For more information, contact the Main Library at (970) 668-555.

Film fest sees record submissions, needs additional reviewers

The Breckenridge Film Festival is seeing record film submissions, with more than 300 submitted to date compared to the typical 185 to 200 films.

“This type of response is incredible,” said Janice Kurbjun, executive director of the Breckenridge Film Festival. “We will surely have a wide selection of films to choose from for our 35th year celebration, and it’s exciting to see the festival become so popular among filmmakers. We are on our way to great successes.”

The festival is seeking extra helping hands to support this level of submissions. Applications are due Monday, April 20, and the time commitment is at least eight hours of reviewing, to be completed by Monday, June 8. To apply, send the following information to Dianna Nilsson, programming director for the Breckenridge Film Festival, at

• Why would you like to review?

• Can you commit to at least eight hours of reviewing?

• Do you have access to a computer with a good internet connection? (Most films are submitted online.)

• Send a 30- to 50-word critique of one of your favorite films (mention the film in the critique).

The vision of the Breckenridge Film Festival is to inspire, educate and entertain the community and its visitors through the art of filmmaking. To learn more, visit

Breck Beer Betties host April event at Dillon Dam

The Breck Beer Betties will host their monthly event on Tuesday, April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dillon Dam Brewery, located at 100 Little Dam Street in Dillon. The evening will include a flight of five beers an choice of one item from a list of select entrees, plus a tour of the brewery with the brewmaster, for $20 per person.

The Beer Betties are a local chapter of Barley’s Angels, with a mission to expand the appreciation and understanding of craft beer among women by bringing them together with professionals to explore craft beer. This group is an opportunity for women to gather together to learn about craft beer in a fun and relaxed atmosphere in the company of other women.

Breck Beer Betties events are open to all women of legal drinking age. To be a part of the April event at Dillon Dam Brewery, RSVP to For more information about the Breck Beer Betties or to follow other events the group is hosting in the coming months, like the group on Facebook at

Ski with a Ranger at Loveland Ski Area next weekend

The U.S. Forest Service and Loveland Ski Area are teaming up on Saturday, April 25, to host Ski with a Ranger Day. Join a Forest Service Snow Ranger for a fun, free and easy run centered on the relationships between Loveland and the land we all enjoy so much.

Topics include glacial geology, winter ecology, local history and partnerships and are suited for all ages, but recommended for ages 8 and older. Meet at Ptarmigan Roost Cabin at the top of Chair 2 at either 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. for a run with the Snow Ranger; plan to get there 15 minutes early. For more information on this and other events at Loveland, visit

Save the date for Cinco de Mayo at Mi Casa

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, located at 600 S. Park Ave. in Breckenridge, will host its 32nd annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Tuesday, May 5, with all proceeds benefitting the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center’s Willie Whalen Memorial Fund.

Whalen was with BOEC for nine years, eight as an adaptive snowboard instructor and one year as a volunteer, and the Willie Whalen Memorial Fund helps the BOEC provide quality adaptive recreation and education to people with disabilities and enables people in need of financial assistance to participate.

The evening starts at 5 with a silent auction, Mexican buffet, live music, happy hour drink prices and giveaways. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Mi Casa at (970) 453-2071.

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