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A&E Briefs: Arts educational panel at Lake Dillon Theatre

Panel discussion on the arts at Lake Dillon Theatre

For many years, the arts have been heralded as a solution for all kinds of problems. From revitalizing neighborhoods to improving physical and psychological well-being of participants; the arts really are a catalyst for community development.

The arts scene in Summit County is growing at a rapid pace and with rising investment in the arts, many organizations are increasing programming and opportunities for our community. But how do arts organizations actually impact the community they are settled in and how far does the reach go? Is it just those who participate in the arts or does it affect the whole community? On Saturday, Dec. 5, The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is hosting a panel discussion to explore how the arts are, and can be, used to impact more than just a community's culture and arts scene, but also stimulate local economy and quality of life.

"The town of Silverthorne has an ambitious multi-year plan that will make an exciting and vibrant arts culture that will spread well beyond the city limits," said Tim O'Donnell, director of education at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, in a statement. "This panel is a real opportunity for the community to come learn about the exciting emerging arts scene in Summit County."

The panel includes Robb Woulfe, president and CEO of Breckenridge Creative Arts, Joanne Cook, Silverthorne recreation and culture director, and Josh Blanchard, executive directive of The Lake Dillon Theatre Company. The panelists will discuss the growing trends in arts today and the challenges faced by arts organizations and communities. They will also talk about their own experiences working in Summit County and how we can continue to grow the unique and engaging arts scene in our community.

"This will be a great opportunity for people to come hear what's going on and also how they can be a participant of the process," O'Donnell said.

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This is a free event hosted at The Lake Dillon Theatre at 10 a.m. No tickets or reservations are required. Please arrive at 9:45 a.m. to enjoy the available refreshments and take your seat in time for the beginning of the discussion. For more information please visit lakedillontheatre.org/paneldiscussion or call (970) 513-1151 ext. 106.

Annual Book & Bake Sale opens this Friday

The Summit County Friends of the Library invite you to join us for our annual winter Book & Bake Sale, on Friday, Dec. 4, from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Buffalo Mountain and Mount Royal Rooms at the County Commons in Frisco. The proceeds raised from this event fund library programs and events at all three Summit County Library locations. The winter book sale covers two rooms — one for non-fiction and another room for fiction books.

The book sale hosts a "Bag of Books" time from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Simply fill your bag to the brim with books, CDs, books on cassette tape and DVDs and for one low price you can walk away with reading and listening materials for fireside reading. In addition to the reading and listening materials for sale, the Friends of the Library host a bake sale with many delicious treats. Donations of baked goods such as pies, brownies, cookies, cakes and breads are needed. Please list the ingredients such as eggs, flour and nuts which may affect persons with allergies. Drop off time for the baked goods is by 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Helping hands could also assist with take-down and clean-up, starting promptly at 5 p.m. on Saturday after the book sale. If you are available to help, please call the Main Library at (970) 668-5555.

Book signing at Next Page

On Friday, Dec. 4, there will be a dual book signing with two local authors from Frisco, from 5–8 p.m. Mark Fox will be at the event with his photojournalistic book and Johnny Welsh with his story book on Colorado's great cannabis experiment. There will be other surprise guest authors in the crowd as well. It is also the start of Frisco's Wassail Days, where you can stroll Main Street and sample the wassail recipes from different establishments.

Nutcracker Suite returns to Warren Station

Every year, students of the Summit School of Dance and the CO. Motion Dancers dazzle audiences with the "Nutcracker Suite" at the Warren Station Center for the Arts in River Run at Keystone. Under the direction of owner and instructor Melanie Frey, the troupes perform a whimsical interpretation of the classic tale and the most timeless sounds of Tchaikovsky. Join Clara during her enchanting Christmas Eve dream alongside the Mouse King and the Prince. The popular pieces of the ballet including the famous "Waltz of the Flowers" and the "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy," equate to a fairytale brought to life complete with little mice, gingerbread soldiers and a delight for the whole family. Guests can catch two community performances, a matinee at 3:30 p.m. and an evening show at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Tickets are available online at warrenstation.com for just $12 for adults, $7 for kids ages 12 and $2 for children 5 and under.

The production stars not only local dancers, but residents of all ages who have been rehearsing since September in hopes to inspire youth and lifelong memories. Each production entails an interactive Holiday Showcase featuring a jingle bell parade and community singers. Performances will be approximately one hour with general admission seating and will include a brief intermission. Advanced tickets are recommended. As with any successful arts organization, continued growth depends on the generosity of others. A large portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Summit School of Dance and the Co. Motion Dancers.

—Compiled by Heather Jarvis