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Nonprofit beat: Be thankful… you’re not outside

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I’m going to kick this Thanksgiving Day column off by telling you what I’m most thankful for this holiday: Having no reason to go outside today.

The high temperature in Summit County for today isn’t expected to crack double digits, and as you read this, I’m in the comfort of my apartment preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my family.

If you’re one of the many transients in Summit County, stuck here for Thanksgiving because you have to work, there’s still something to be thankful for – community dinners. If you’re on the Breckenridge side of town, the Red, White and Blue Fire Station is hosting a free, traditional Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by a bevy of organizations from 1-5 p.m., and the Rotary’s free annual Thanksgiving dinner will run from noon to 3 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion, for those on the northerly side of Summit County.

Local nonprofit CASA of the Continental Divide will have plenty to be thankful for after this weekend. Friday’s Gingerbread House Competition in Beaver Creek will go to benefit the group, which advocates on behalf of children who have been victims of abuse and neglect.

The event is being held at the Park Hyatt at Beaver Creek Resort from 4-8 p.m. on Black Friday in conjunction with the resort’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The top gingerbread house at last year’s competition sold for $2,500. For more information, visit the CASA of the Continental Divide website at

Volunteer alert: A German outdoor Christmas market called ChristkindlMart is coming to the Red Village of the aforementioned outlets December 10-12, and the event will benefit Breckenridge-based Christ Lutheran Church’s Early Childhood Program. Volunteer coordinator Scott Bradley said volunteers will receive a royal blue fleece hat with the ChristkindlMart logo. Roles include ticket salespeople, German beverage servers, greeters, Children’s Nook assistors and a host or hostess for the Vendor Hospitality Suite. To volunteer, contact Bradley at (970) 423-7331 or e-mail

SDN reporter Drew Andersen can be contacted at (970) 668-4633 or

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