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Compiled by Krista Driscoll
On Monday, May 4, at 6 p.m., the High Country community is invited to come and learn more about the situation on the ground in Nepal as a result of the massive earthquake that recently struck the country, causing widespread destruction and avalanches on Mount Everest.
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‘Healing Nepal’ event in Edwards to benefit earthquake victims

On Monday, May 4, at 6 p.m., the High Country community is invited to come and learn more about the situation on the ground in Nepal as a result of the massive earthquake that recently struck the country, causing widespread destruction.

The event will be held at Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center, 32138 U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards, and will include a slideshow presentation, information sharing, community, food, friends and healing. There is no charge to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated.

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration Mission and Outreach has set up a matching grant for every dollar donated up to $5,000. The recipient of a major portion of the funds raised is the nonprofit dZi Foundation, founded in 1998 by mountaineer and former Vail resident Jim Nowak.

“This is obviously a tragic event, but we are in a position to mobilize people and help people who are hurting and in great need,” Nowak said. “We have been working in Nepal for 18 years, and we are not going anywhere.”

For more information on the event, or to donate an in-kind gift item to the silent auction, contact Betty Ann Woodland at (970) 376-3155 or To learn more about the dZi Foundation, visit

Joyce Mosher leads final Summit Reads book discussion

The 2015 Summit Reads Community Project will host its third and final book discussion on the committee’s book choice, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr, on Tuesday, May 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge.

“The Shallows is a great choice for Summit Reads, not only for its provocative ideas but also for its gnarly, personal, controversial aspects,” said Mosher, who will lead the discussion. “As our lives become more ruled by techno-bureaucracy, we blind ourselves to what we give away: privacy and the ability to concentrate and contemplate, for starters.”

Mosher is a professor of English and communications at Colorado Mountain College and a 38-year resident of Breckenridge. She volunteers time at a variety of social and cultural groups that improve the quality of life for people in Colorado.

“To build his argument, Nicholas Carr casts a wide net through contemporary life. Every reader finds a path through his many examples, and my favorite feature of ‘The Shallows’ is its cultural critique,” Mosher said. “Colorado Mountain College students appreciate a good, juicy engagement with critical, creative thinking, and Carr is a good model; we read his essays in composition courses.”

Sharing her lifelong interests in literature, the arts, and humanities with CMC’s classes, Mosher looks forward to discussing this book with Summit County residents and guests.

“Participants in the discussion will draw from a hat a tantalizing question they can use to jump into an open conversation about this year’s Summit Reads’ book,” Mosher said. “We want everyone to weigh in on this exciting book.”

All Summit County readers are invited to this free event at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge. For more information, contact the Main Library at (970) 668-555.

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park celebrates grand re-opening

Bouncing back from the damage and destruction of the 2013 fire, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is back and better than ever. The park will have a huge kick-off weekend, Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 10, to celebrate the resilience of the park and the community.

The weekend starts with free live music from Spinphony from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by the Drew Emmitt Band from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday’s music features Woodshed Red from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and the weekend wraps up with Grass It Up from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, May 22, and admission is $21 for adults, $15 for children ages 4 to 11, $18 for seniors age 60 and older, and children 3 and younger are free. For an extra fee, more adventurous guests can experience thrills on the recently installed Royal Gorge Cloudscraper by Zip Rider. This zipline travels a distance of 2,400 feet across the Royal Gorge at 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River.

Additional attractions include the brand-new aerial tramway, with six new gondolas traveling right next to the zipline, the Royal Rush Skycoaster (an extra pay feature), the Plaza Theater, the Mini-Train, a Children’s Playland with new state-of-the-art playground equipment, carousel and water pad. Visitors can also enjoy the Bridge View Barbecue and Cliff Side Patio, and a new trolley system that takes guests across the bridge.

For more information, visit

— Compiled by Krista Driscoll

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