Summit Giving: LAPS annual meeting to provide information, elect board members |

Summit Giving: LAPS annual meeting to provide information, elect board members

Learn more about LAPS at annual meeting

Those interested in finding out more about League for Animals & People of the Summit (LAPS) or volunteering for animal-related events (Mardi Paws, K94K, Pet Photos with Santa & Grinch and more), can attend the annual meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the County Commons building (same place as Frisco Library). There will be snacks and a short presentation about Freedom Service Dogs and election of LAPS board members. LAPS is a local nonprofit that gives financial aid to lower income families who live or work in Summit County for spay/neuter and medical/surgical vet bills (applications can be picked up at local vet offices or at the animal shelter in Frisco). LAPS subsidizes the animal shelter’s spay/neuter program and also funds the discount vouchers for spay/neuter for any income level (available at the animal shelter with no paperwork needed). This social meeting is open to the public. For more information email Check out upcoming events at

Breck bar hosts Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Kick-Off Fundraiser

Downstairs at Eric’s will celebrate the 2nd annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Kick-Off Fundraiser on Saturday, May 2. With a $10 entry donation, you will recieve pizza, drinks and a silent auction bidder number. A percentage of Eric’s arcade earnings that day will also be donated.

Become a Peak Steward

The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative ( is seeking volunteers for service as Peak Stewards. Peak Stewards are Forest Service volunteers who go out on Colorado’s 14ers to aid and educate hikers. They provide advice about weather, proper clothing and footwear, food and water, wildlife, and safety issues. But, more importantly, Peak Stewards urge hikers to follow practices that encourage respect for the mountain and its community of life. To become a Peak Steward, you’ll need to attend a one-day training class. There are two opportunities to do that: Silverthorne (May 2) or in Denver (May 16). To sign up for the training or get more information, contact Len Shipman, CFI Peak Steward Coordinator at

Volunteer training at Swan Center Outreach begins this weekend

Swan Center Outreach is hosting a new volunteer training class this Saturday, May 2 from 9-12:30 p.m. at the ranch north of Silverthorne. The day consists of learning the history of Swan Center Outreach, animal communication and how to feed and care for over 40 different animals. Swan Center Outreach provides leadership and self-awareness programs with rescued horses for youth and adults, while demonstrating the educational, therapeutic and spiritual value of a loving relationship with animals.

Local couple to give presentation on water in Cambodia

This Sunday, Karen and Ben Little will be speaking at Father Dyer Church, 310 Wellington Road in Breckenridge about their efforts to provide water pump wells for rural Cambodians. So far, their project has provided 250 wells to 17 villages in remote Northwest Cambodia. Their goal in 2015 is to dig 45 hand pump wells and 10 cement pipe wells. Attend this Sunday, May 3 at 9 a.m. to hear about their vision for the people of rural Cambodia.

Free Caregiver Wellness training available

Those caring for a loved one are invited to attend a meeting on May 5 at the Summit County Community & Senior Center from 12:30-2:30 p.m. to learn about resources to manage the challenges of providing care, meet other families, and share experiences. Free lunch included. RSVP to or (970) 468-0295.

Call for nominations for the Theobald Award

In honor of the Theobald family’s long-standing history in Breckenridge and their commitment to historic preservation and heritage tourism, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is pleased to present the fourth annual Theobald Award. The award recognizes a person, business or project that has made an outstanding contribution to the historical preservation of the Breckenridge area. The BHA will accept nominations for the Theobald Award from the public through May 1. A committee will select the 2015 award recipient and the Theobald Award will be presented at a reception this summer (date and time TBD). Visit for more information and nomination form.

Artists wanted for The Art Forum

Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee (SCAEC) is offering local Summit County artists the opportunity to showcase their work at The Art Forum. SCAEC is looking for artists who can display an art piece in a yearlong exhibit. The Art Forum, an exciting public exhibition space is located in the heart of Summit County at the County Commons Lobby, located at 37 Peak One Drive, Frisco. The exhibition site has space limitations and guidelines in terms of size, visibility and other physical requirements and SCEAC is looking for artwork in a variety of media from individuals and groups: 2D visual art, sculpture, installations. Please contact: Deadline is May 15.

New peer group holding meetings

The Community Connection Center for Independence has a peer group. The group is now meeting the third Thursday of every month at Cameez coffee in Frisco 5:30-7 p.m. The Community Connection Center for Independence is a team building and networking group.

Swan Center Outreach receives accreditation from global animal organization

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Swan Center Outreach as of April 6. Accreditation signifies that Swan Center Outreach meets GFAS’ rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and has also demonstrated adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects.

Timberline Learning Center completes successful fundraiser

We began the food drive to feel great about donating and caring for our community. What began as a small food drive erupted into a much larger drive that included clothing, personal hygiene items, diapers/wipes and so much more. We filled over 20 boxes and contractor-sized bags and brought them to the FIRC to share amongst their families with young children who may be in need. The Timberline children and their families, in partnership with our staff, were responsible for all of the promoting, gathering and delivering of these items and we couldn’t be more proud.

BOEC thanks those who helped success of Breckebeiner 60K event

The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center would like to thank all of the wonderful community members for their involvement in the 13th annual Breckebeiner 60K Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Bash. Over $30,000 was raised for the BOEC’s Scholarship Fund that enables participants and groups who lack the financial resources to receive tuition assistance to attend our outdoor educational programs. Above all the Breckebeiner 60K is made possible also through the generosity of Gene and Therese Dayton and the great staff of Breckenridge Nordic Center. Thanks to EpicPromise who provided a delicious lunch and certificates to the top fundraisers. Major sponsors included Breckenridge Grand Vacations, Town of Breckenridge, EpicPromise, Breckenridge Nordic Center, Alpine Bank, Tim and Patti Casey, Unity Snowboards, KSMT, and the Summit Daily News. Top fundraisers were Gene Dayton, Tim Casey, Doc PJ, Bernie Moul, Jim Anderson, Jo Ann Hartwig and Dr. Aris Sophocles. Thanks to everyone who supported the Breckebeiner 60K & raised money to help BOEC. For more information about the Breckebeiner 60K or to get involved visit

Summit County Seniors seek board members

The Summit County Seniors is looking to talk to folks that may be interested in running for a board position. The commitment is for one year with a five-year maximum. The volunteer board meets once a month, the first Tuesday of every month from 3-5 p.m. The board is the decision group representing some 2,300 Senior members. The board is especially interested in talking to people with backgrounds in marketing and human services. Fundraising experience or interest is always needed, too. Interested parties are encouraged to attend a board meeting to see how the board works. The board supports the many successful committees that “run” the many activities and services the Senior and Community Center provides. They administer the annual grants awards to nonprofits that support seniors in Summit County. To learn more please call Sandy Bainbridge, current co-president (970) 584-0311.

Summer fundraising opportunity available for local nonprofits

The Lake Dillon Amphitheater and Summit Swing Dance will be offering social dances every Tuesday night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning June 16 through Aug. 25. The event will be an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to raise money for their causes. No admission will be charged, however, donations can be requested and concessions can also be a source of income. All donations and income from concessions will go to the direct benefit of your organization. For more information or to reserve a night, email or call (970) 468-4876.

New openings in FIRC home visitation program

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) offers a free home visitation program to help Summit County parents provide the best start for their child. Monthly visits cover a variety of activities that are used to help children learn new skills, improve the parent-child bond and answer parents’ questions. The other goal of the program is to help children enter kindergarten ready to learn. Developing reading, language and motor skills are main areas of focus for the activities of the home visitation program, but FIRC parent educators also work with parents on ways to use positive discipline and have patience with their children. FIRC serves over 150 children through the home visitation program and for the first time in 10 years, the waiting list for the program is almost down to zero. The home visitation program is free and open to anyone who lives in Summit County with a child or children ages 0-5. There are no income restrictions to the program. Families who are interested can contact Noelle Sivon at 970-455-0226 or email

CDLT accepted into Whole Foods Market Frisco’s Change Creates Change Program

The Continental Divide Land Trust has been selected as one of three beneficiaries this quarter for the Whole Foods Your Change Creates Change Program. Every time you shop at Whole Foods Market Frisco and bring your reusable grocery bags you receive a 10 cent bag credit. You may choose to save your bag credit or donate it to the organization of your choice. Shop any time from now until July 5 and support CDLT. The Continental Divide Land Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving open space in central Colorado through land preservation agreements, stewardship and public education.

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