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Summit Giving: Raffle ticket sales support local Optimist Club, youth scholarships

'An Evening with the Boys' concert features two Summit musicians

This Summit Music and Arts Keystone House Concert Fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. features entertainer/storyteller Jerry Brown with Summit Music and Arts artist in residence and pianist Len Rhodes performing the works of three outstanding songwriters — Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. It's not just the music, but the stories of these three songwriters that make this evening special. 1920-30s dress suggested but not required. Wine and dessert. $25. Limited seating so book now. Tickets: http://www.summitmusicandarts.org or (970) 485-2916.

Optimist Club ski pass raffle

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.

SCAEC seeking board members

The Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee (SCAEC) is seeking additional board members to assist with promoting local Summit County artists. The SCAEC is looking for members who have a good eye and would help displaying art pieces at The Art Forum at the County Commons in Frisco. Other duties could be establishing a Facebook presence or help with the website. The committee meets once a month, usually on the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m., for about one hour at the County Commons in Frisco. If you're interested contact summitcountyaec@gmail.com.

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Volunteer for Fall Fest

Volunteers needed for Breckenridge Grand Vacations Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many shifts available. Volunteers needed to help with fall crafts, caramel apple dipping and general duties at this free family event taking place at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Call Sarah Jo at (970) 547-3635 to volunteer.

Halloween Dance welcomes individuals with disabilities

The Summit Activity Crowd will present a Halloween Dance on Friday, Oct. 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1321 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne. This dance is for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, their family and friends. 18 and older. For more information contact Rebecca, (303) 587-1624.

NRO fundraiser dinner to honor Bob and Nancy Follett

Enjoy exotic cuisine provided by the Blue River Bistro as they host the "World Cuisine Wine Dinner" to benefit the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO). Bob and Nancy Follett will be the honored guests for the evening. Come enjoy a beautiful meal and take the opportunity to thank Bob and Nancy Follett for all they've done for the folks in Summit County over the years. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Blue River Bistro, 305 N. Main St. Breckenridge. Tickets for the event are only $75 per person and include an amazing four-course dinner, wine pairings, tax and gratuity. RSVP to the National Repertory Orchestra by calling (970) 453-5825 or visit http://www.nromusic.com. Seating is limited so book soon.

HOWLaween Ball needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the second annual HOWLaween Ball on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Various shifts include set up, silent auction, registration, clean up and much more. This event is a fundraiser for four local animal nonprofit organizations including LAPS, Far View Horse Rescue, Animal Rescue of the Rockies and Swan Center Outreach. All volunteers get free admission to the Ball plus a spooky night of fun. To volunteer, please visit http://www.howlaween.com and sign up online or call Gena at (970) 389-6370.

HOWLaween Ball benefits 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 http://www.howlaween.com.

Outdoor Mindset celebrates official debut

Outdoor Mindset is celebrating its official debut in Summit County. On Sunday, Oct. 26, Outdoor Mindset will hold its first annual Outdoor Impact Summit at the Breckenridge Nordic Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will celebrate one of their core beliefs that outdoor activity has a strong impact on quality of life, especially when one may be dealing with a neurological challenge. Outdoor Mindset, founded in 2010, is a nonprofit with the mission to unite and empower people affected by neurological challenges through a common passion for the outdoors, a mission that resonates strongly in active Summit County.

The event will kick off with guided hikes, followed up with food, music and guest speaker Allen Gardner, a professional athlete based out of Boulder. Live music will be provided by The Pine Beatles. Event tickets are $30 for the public and $15 for Outdoor Mindset members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Outdoor Impact Summit 2014 online. Learn more at http://www.outdoormindset.org. Please contact Kellyn Glynn at 720-251-4166 or via email at connect@outdoormindset.org with any questions on Outdoor Mindset or the Outdoor Impact Summit.

BellyWeen fundraiser for AVA

Nov. 1 is the third annual BellyWeen, a family-friendly belly dance variety show benefiting Advocates for Victims of Assault at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. BellyWeen features over 30 belly dancers from around the High Country including Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Kremmling, Eagle/Vail and Steamboat Springs who will be performing in elaborate costumes to music ranging from rock classics to alternative remixes. Tickets are $15 (cash or credit card) for every belly over 10 years old and there is a silent auction at intermission. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to by tickets in advance, please call (970) 668-3906.

Cooking Matters class

Join FIRC on Wednesdays now through Nov. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Upper Blue Elementary School for tips on how to cook healthy meals. Receive free groceries, a tour of the grocery store, and information on Food Stamps. This class is designed for both English and Spanish speaking parents of preschoolers.

Dining passports still available

The Breckenridge Restaurant Association (BRA) is offering fall dining specials in participating restaurants as a fundraiser for Summit County Cares. Summit County Cares includes the Care Clinic, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Advocates for Victims of Assault and Social Services. Breckenridge Dining Passports are each valid for two people and get specials valid now through Nov. 13. Passports are available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, the Summit Foundation and participating restaurants. The restaurants listed in the passport have teamed up to present, in one spot, their fall promotions, awesome menus and great values. Each restaurant lists its own terms, promotions and schedules. See http://www.breckenridgediningguide.com/our-events for the full listing of passport specials.

Goodies for GrownUps

All adults wishing to participate in this year's Adult Fall Reading Program can stop by the North Branch in Silverthorne, the Main Library in Frisco or the South Branch in Breckenridge and pick up a Reading Bingo card. When you read "A Book That Scares You" or "A Book Your Friend Loves" and complete a row of five boxes on the Bingo card, turn it in to receive a small prize plus an entry into the drawing for one of three prize baskets. Donations for the baskets include a gift certificate to Bread & Salt, Boatyard Grill and to Butterhorn Bakery. The drawing for three prize baskets occurs after the Goodies for GrownUps concert on Nov. 14. For more information on Goodies for GrownUps visit the website http://www.summitcountylibraries.org.