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Skate with Ripperoo, the official mascot of Breck’s Ski and Ride School

BRECKENRIDGE – Ripperoo, the official mascot of the Breckenridge Ski and Ride School, will “rip’ it up on the ice with all his friends at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena during Spring Massive. Ripperoo is Breckenridge Ski Resort’s own loveable mountain dog who loves to ski, ride, and now ice skate. Plan now to come skate with Ripperoo during public skating sessions on the following dates:

– Saturday, April 5 -1:15-3 p.m.



– Wednesday, April 9 – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

– Saturday, April 12 – 1:15-3 p.m.



Admission fees for public skating sessions are as follows:

– Adults – $6

– Youth (4-17) – $5

– Child (up to 3 years) – Free

– Skate Rental – $3

For more information, contact the Stephen C. West Ice Arena at (970) 547-9974.

Nominate child-care providers

SUMMIT COUNTY – County commissioners are once again preparing to honor someone special at the 13th annual Child Care Appreciation Award.

The award will be presented at the annual Month of the Young Child Provider Appreciation Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, April 27.

The committee in charge of this award is seeking nominations.

To nominate someone who has worked tirelessly on behalf of young children and who deserves recognition for his or her work, please submit a nomination form.

Nominations will be accepted for home child care, child-care centers, school day camps or preschool.

Forms are available by calling (970) 668-4100 or at child-care centers, schools or homes.

Send nominations to: Child Care Appreciation Award, P.O. Box 869, Frisco, CO 80443.

April is Month of the Young Child

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit Early Childhood Council and county commissioners will sponsor the Month of the Young Child Art Show beginning April 15.

The event highlights the importance of families, early childhood professionals and communities working together to support children’s healthy development and early learning.

The council advocates providing professional development opportunities and adequate compensation for teachers and staff, improving programs, encouraging literacy and learning from birth and supporting the family’s role in early education.

“Quality early childhood education is one of the best investments Summit County can make for our children’s future,” said Cindi Harris-Krane, co-chair of the council and director of the Fatherhood Initiative.

Research shows that children who attend high-quality programs are more likely to develop the language, pre-mathematics and social skills they need to succeed in school.

Local celebrations are designed to build broader support for programs that nurture young children’s learning and growth. The art show reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. April 15 in the County Commons near Frisco, and the art will stay on display through May 5.

April 30 is Dia Del Nino (Kid’s Day), and celebrations will be held in schools. April 27 is the county commissioners’ Childcare Appreciation Awards dinner at the Backcountry Brewery.


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