Summit Garden Club seeks volunteers to prepare Breckenridge Alpine Garden for winter |

Summit Garden Club seeks volunteers to prepare Breckenridge Alpine Garden for winter

Put the garden to bed

Come to the Breckenridge Alpine Garden on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon for a work session followed by lunch to help tidy up the gardens in preparation for winter; trimming down, putting the gardens to bed. Just bring some favorite tools and gloves to participate. The group will go some place local for lunch after working. If it appears the weather isn’t favorable to gardening, an email message will be sent out rescheduling. If you have a friend that might be interested in joining the Garden Club bring them along. Contact coordinators Terri Belver, and Marcia Probasco,, if you have any questions.

Volunteer with firefighters

Red, White & Blue Fire seeks volunteers to assist with the annual Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 3:30–7:30 p.m. at 316 N. Main St., Breckenridge. Help families and youth as they orient themselves with fire prevention, fire trucks, the fire house and more. Assistance is needed with food service. To reserve your spot, please contact Jackie Pike or Deb Kitts at or (970) 453-2474.

Gondola evacuation training

Breckenridge Ski Patrol is looking for 150 volunteers to participate in their annual gondola evacuation training on Saturday, Oct. 11. The training exercise will begin at the base of the BreckConnect gondola at 8:30 a.m. and conclude around noon. Parking is free in the gondola lot and donuts will be available in the morning. Ski patrol will hold an optional open discussion and barbecue lunch following the training. Lunch details will be announced at the base of the gondola on the morning of the training. This exercise is a great way to educate the public on the ski patrol’s safety response techniques in the event a gondola evacuation is needed. All ski patrol members have previously acquired the necessary skills to safely conduct an evacuation. If interested in participating, please contact Duke Barlow, or (970) 453-5000 by Thursday, Oct. 9.

Optimist Club ski pass raffle supports youth programs

The Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club is now conducting its annual ski pass raffle. A $2 ticket (or six tickets for $10) buys a chance to win a season pass to Copper Mountain, Loveland, A-Basin or the Vail Epic Pass. Your local Optimist Club supports a wide variety of activities for the youth of Summit County, including basketball, volleyball, oratorical and essay contests, and chess tournaments. The proceeds from the ski pass raffle are used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Summit High School. The drawing is Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Summit Community Center and you do not need to be present to win. Tickets are available at any Alpine Bank or First Bank location, or Dillon Ridge Liquor.

HOWLaween Ball supports four local animal nonprofits

Come out to the second annual HOWLaween Ball on Friday, Oct. 24 from 7-11 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion. There will be a DJ, dancing, costume contests, silent auction, cash bar, free snacks and a new fancy dessert bar at this adult Halloween party, which benefits four local animal welfare nonprofits: L.A.P.S., Far View Horse Rescue, Swan Center Outreach and Animal Rescue of the Rockies. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest, sexiest costume, along with best couple and best group (three or more people). Check out last year’s photos and this year’s sponsors and auction items at Tickets are $18 in advance and can be purchased with a credit card (extra transaction fee charged) at, or you can buy a hard copy ticket with a check or cash only (no credit cards at these locations and no extra fees) at Horse Cents Thrift Store in Silverthorne or ARR Thrift Store and The Summit Foundation office in Breckenridge. Tickets purchased on day of event or at the door will be $25, so buy yours before and save. Email or for more information.

Volunteer at your library

As the school year begins and we say goodbye to summer, the libraries are in need of help. If you are interested in volunteering at your local library, please come in and talk. Some of the tasks you would complete include: shelving materials, sorting donations, preparing crafts for preschool storytimes, keeping the books in order on the shelves, delivering materials to homebound individuals, repairing books, polishing CDs and DVDs, processing (covering and stamping) new books, recycling and providing snacks for children’s programs. If one or many of these opportunities piques your interest please call your local library: Main Library, Frisco at (970) 668-5555; North Branch Library, Silverthorne at (970) 468-5887 and South Branch Library, Breckenridge at (970) 453-6098.

CASA offers volunteer training

When a child is abused or neglected, a judge appoints a trained volunteer to listen to the child, report the child’s wishes, and make recommendations to the court. This person is called a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, or a CASA volunteer. CASA of the Continental Divide’s trained volunteers serve children in the 5th Judicial District of Colorado (Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit counties) and commit to finding them safe and permanent homes as soon as possible. To learn more about becoming a CASA in your county, call (970) 513-9390 or go to

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