Top 18 ways to get involved in Summit County this week |

Top 18 ways to get involved in Summit County this week

Summit County Cares May Food Drive

The Summit County Cares Food Drive is going on during the month of May. Donate nonperishable items at the donation bins at City Market, Natural Grocers and the Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne Post Offices. The Summit County Cares food drive benefits the local food banks. For financial donations visit

Keller Williams RED Day

Introduced in 2009, RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams Realty’s annual day of service. Each year on the second Thursday of May, associates spend the day away from their businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities. The Frisco Keller Williams office, Top of The Rockies Real Estate will be (at the request of the town) cleaning Summit Blvd from Main St. north from 9 a.m. to Noon. The town is supplying the trash bags.

Books and bikes donations

Frisco Fun Club is collecting used children’s bikes and books to use for summer day camp for children ages 5-12. Please bring gently used and functioning items to the Frisco Day Lodge between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Monday-Friday, May 5-30. If you have any questions feel free to contact Sara at .

Open space and trail volunteer kick-off party

Summit County Open Space and Trails Department invites all community members to the 2014 volunteer kick-off party, 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at the Frisco Nordic Center. Come find out about summer volunteer opportunities, including the popular “adopt” program and upcoming summer projects. Learn about Summit County Open Space properties and hiking and mountain biking trails in the county. Eat good food and receive free swag. Please RSVP by May 9 to Katie Kent at (970) 668-4092 or

Father Dyer Church needs ‘treasures’

On Saturday, July 19, the Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge will hold its annual Treasure Sale. Proceeds of this event support the local special assistance programs (e.g. rental assistance, transportation, emergency lodging, etc.) of the Church. If you have unwanted “Treasures” and would be willing to donate them to this cause, please hold onto them until the week of July 14. No adult clothing, mattresses or electronics will be accepted. For more information, send an email to

Lake Dillon Preschool Board of Directors

Lake Dillon Preschool is looking for Summit County residents interested in becoming members of the Board of Directors. Board members meet once every other month to plan for the future of the school as well as serve on various committees such as fundraising, marketing and enrollment, building and maintenance, administration and finance. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact (970) 468-1606, or

Domuc Pacis Family Respite runs the Colfax Marathon

Come walk, run, volunteer, or fundraise on behalf of Domus Pacis Family Respite at the Colfax Marathon, Denver’s Ultimate Urban Tour. Choose between 7 different races that range from a 5k to 26.2k full marathon, each taking participants through some of Denver’s most iconic landmarks. Your participation will benefit Domus Pacis Family Respite’s mission of providing families impacted by cancer a week of respite and peace in the serenity of Summit County. The event is being held on the weekend of May 17 – 18. For more information call Vince at 547-4745 or to register please visit

Becoming a therapy team

Make a Difference with your dog at schools, libraries, hospitals and more. Come learn what it takes to be a Therapy Team. Summit Therapy Animals is holding their “How to become a therapy team” workshop from 6-7 p.m. on May 8 in the Loveland Room at the Community & Senior Center in Frisco. Contact Jan at (970) 262-1511 for more details. Please leave your pet partner at home, this is an informational event.

Breckenridge Dining Passport

Proceeds from the Breckenridge Restaurant Association’s (BRA) Dining Passports this spring will benefit the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center in the old CMC building in Breckenridge. The historic brick schoolhouse on Harris Street is undergoing major rehabilitation to become the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and South Branch Library, bringing Breckenridge a greatly expanded library, updated movie theater, office space for local non-profits and a gathering place for the whole community. For more info on the community center project, please visit is just one of the ways in which the Breckenridge Restaurant Association and its members give back to the community. The BRA supports other community events and programs, including support for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the Dew Tour, various concerts and events, customer service training and the culinary kitchen at Colorado Mountain College. With your Dining Passport make a whirlwind tour of the vibrant Breckenridge dining scene during spring, 2014. The restaurants listed in the passport have teamed up to present, in one spot, their spring promotions, awesome menus and great values. Each restaurant lists its own terms, promotions and schedules. Breckenridge Dining Passports are each valid for two people and get specials valid now through June 123. Passports are available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and participating restaurants. See for the full listing of passport specials.

Cinco de Mayo with Mi Casa

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is pleased to announce the 31st Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration to raise funds for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Willie Whalen Memorial Fund. The fundraiser begins at 5p.m. on Monday, May 5 with a special buffet featuring Mexican & Southwestern culinary creations by Executive Chef Bruce Carlton. Come early and enjoy the food and drink. Menu to include: Beef Barbacoa with guajillo, ancho chiles & avocado leaf, Home Style Pork Carnitas with pickled red onion, Chicken Chile Rellenos, Jalapeño Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeño Chalupas, Chicken Tinga and Housemade Desserts, just to name a few items. A Silent Auction will be held from 5-8:45 p.m.. There will be giveaways throughout the evening along with live music with Drew Reges starting at 8:30 p.m. Admission to this fun-filled evening is $25 for adults and $12 for kids under twelve, with all proceeds going to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Willie Whalen Memorial Fund. Tickets may be purchased at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Breckenridge. For more information about the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser, contact Tracey Roach or Julie Ludwig at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina at (970) 453-2071.

State of the river public meeting

The annual Summit State of the River public meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. The Colorado River District and the Blue River Watershed Group sponsor this update of snowpack, runoff, reservoir operation and weather conditions. After two lean snowpack years in Summit County and Western Colorado, the trend changed rapidly this winter with what is called the fourth best Summit County snowpack on record. The State of the River meeting will provide details on how the runoff will behave, flooding concerns and reservoir operations. Summit is home to two important reservoirs, Green Mountain and Dillon. Keynote speaker Nolan Doesken, the state climatologist, will discuss the weather patterns that produced the good snowpack and the outlook for the summer. He also will explain the weather pattern that produced the devastating floods on the Front Range last September. For more information, please contact: Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District:, (970) 945-8522 x 236.

Backstage seeks volunteers

2014 promises to be a grand year of entertainment and growth for the theatre. Join enthusiastic volunteers and be a part of all the excitement. Opportunities to participate abound. Contact for more information.

Brecekenridge Heritage Alliance seeks nominations

In honor of the Theobald family’s long-standing history in Breckenridge as well their commitment to historic preservation and heritage tourism, the BHA will present the 3rd Annual Theobald Award in summer 2014. The award will identify a person, business or project that exemplifies the Town’s commitment to historic preservation, celebrates the history of Breckenridge in a unique way, or demonstrates leadership and/or volunteerism for historic preservation. Visit for more information. The deadline for nominations is May 16, 2014.

Fundraising opportunities

Through the generosity of the Town of Dillon, the Lake Dillon Amphitheater and Summit Swing Dance will be offering social dances every Tuesday night from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning June 10 through the end of August this summer. The event will be an opportunity for local non-profit 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. There will be no overhead for your organization and all donations and income from concessions will go the direct benefit of your organization. For more information or to reserve a night, email or call (970) 468-4876 after 4/13.

Mountain Melee

2nd Annual “Melee in the Mountains” to benefit The Red Ribbon Project Roller Derby Mix-up Tournament at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls are hosting a roller derby mix-up tournament featuring a round-robin elimination, a coed bout and championship game. This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, 1700 Bull Pasture Road. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. The action begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at or from your favorite derby girl. Pre-sale ticket price for adults is $8, $10 at the door. Students and seniors pay $5 and children under 5 and Military are free. Available concessions include Heidi’s Deli of Eagle, draft beer from the Bonfire Brewery and team baked goods. The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls will be donating a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to The Red Ribbon Project. For more information, check out

Pre-applications for Summit wildfire protection grants

Summit County government has grant funds available for eligible neighborhoods, subdivisions and homeowners associations to conduct wildfire mitigation projects. The Summit County Wildfire Grant Program provides matching funds to assist property owners with the costs of creating defensible space by removing hazardous fuels that elevate wildfire risk. Pre-applications from eligible homeowner groups are due May 16. Successful pre-applicants will work with local wildfire mitigation experts to plan their projects. For more information, and to download a pre-application, visit, or contact Dan Schroder at 970-668-4140 or

CASA 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

Summit Seniors board members

The job of board members is to carry out and advance the mission and strategies. The mission reads “To improve the quality of life for the members of the Summit County Senior Center and other senior citizens (those over 55) of Summit County by providing services and opportunities for residents and visitors for recreation, intellectual stimulation, physical activity, volunteering and sociability through programming and philanthropic endeavors both within the Senior Center and the greater community. Elections will be held in early June and the annual term begins on July 1. Ideal skills and backgrounds being sought for board members include one or more of the following, (1) Marketing & Communication (2) 0rganizational and Leadership (3) Planning & Administration (4) Financial/Business (5) Senior Services (6) Activities/Programs (indoor and outdoor) (7) Volunteering (8) Human Resources and (9) Grant Management. Interested parties please contact Niki at the Senior and Community Center at (970) 668-2940 no later than May 6.

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