Summit County Community Notes: 1-13-2013 |

Summit County Community Notes: 1-13-2013

The High Country Conservation Center hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, at the Speakeasy Theater. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking and beautiful cinematography to inspire solutions to restore the earth and human communities. The films instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us. Our anchor films include “Chasing Water” and “Save the Farm.” All proceeds benefit HC3, and tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit highcountry or call (970) 668-5703 to purchase tickets.

The Keystone Science School is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help facilitate a hands-on free astronomy program for all Summit County fourth-graders and their families. No previous astronomy knowledge is required and all volunteers will have the chance to experience our on-site observatory to view the night sky. The program runs Monday through Thursday, and Jan. 22 and 29 starting at 5:45 p.m. and lasting until 9 at the Keystone Science School campus. For more info or to sign up for a date, contact Amanda Seidler at (970) 468-2098 or email

January is National Mentoring Month, and Summit County Mountain Mentors is once again honoring the great work of their incredible mentors. What is mentoring? It is a trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring adults who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. Mountain Mentors is seeking adult volunteers to apply to become a Mentor to one of the 40+ youth in Summit County on the waitlist. Together, we can make a difference not only in the lives of children, but in the overall welfare of our community. So, thank your mentor, or better yet, become one. Summit County Mountain Mentor’s mission is “to positively influence the youth of Summit County to lead healthy lifestyles, through a consistent one-on-one relationship with an adult.” For more info about Mentors, call Sarah (970) 668-9184.

We’re planning a fundraiser for the SHS Jazz Band and Chorus in early February. It will be “Dancing and Delectables,” an evening of dancing and desserts. Music will be provided by the Jazz Band and the Chorus. All of the proceeds will go to the band and chorus. Volunteers are needed to organize the event and solicit and collect donations. Call Thekla and Merle Schultz at (970) 468-4876 if you can help out.

A new year and we are looking for enthusiastic souls who want to participate in the myriad opportunities we offer. Whether staffing the box office during performances or helping to build the actual sets, intriguing possibilities await. Contact

Get ready to visit exciting new places, without having to worry about delayed flights, lost luggage and the other hassles of traveling when the Friends of the Library present the annual Travel Slide Show Series. The program begins on Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., and runs every other Friday through March 22. This event is held in the Blue River Meeting Room of the North Branch Library, 651 Center Circle, Silverthorne.

Past destinations have included Cuba, Cambodia, France, Italy and many other European countries, India, Africa, The Galapagos Islands, just to name a few. This year’s itinerary will include visits to Mount Kilimanjaro; Alaska; the Silk Road through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgystan; The Dalmatian Coast; and many more!

For more info on the series or to participate in future lide shows, call Janet at (970) 468-5887. To find out about additional upcoming events and programs, volunteer opportunities or how you can help the Summit County Library through donations, call Joyce Dierauer at (970) 668-5555 or email at

High Country Conservation Center is looking for community garden leaders to join the 2013 Garden Steering Committees for both The Living Classroom (Frisco) and Breckenridge Community Gardens. Committee members will help plan and coordinate community garden programs and projects. You do not need to be a community garden plot holder to participate. All community members are welcome! Future plot holders can also complete required volunteer hours by serving on the committee. Contact Jen Santry if you are interested in participating at Visit for more info about HC3’s community gardens.

Would you like to be a positive influence in a teenager’s life? Pre-collegiate is looking for mentors for their middle school program. A commitment of (the first Monday of the month) for a total of 2 hours (3-5 p.m). Interested? Contact Mary Lockard

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