Summit County Community Notes: 2-8-2013 |

Summit County Community Notes: 2-8-2013

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 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 slide 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

Be part of the only Mardi Gras parade in Summit County on Tuesday and win cash prizes for creative floats. First place: $500; second place: $300; third place: $200. For additional info, email

This two-part class, set for Saturday and Feb. 23, from 9-11 a.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, will cover a wide range of subjects that beginning computer users will want to master to have an enjoyable and productive time using their computers. The class will focus on computers running Windows 7, so bring your Windows 7 laptop if you have one (though that is not mandatory). Topics will include:> A basic understanding of what computers are all about and what you can do with them> The basics of using your mouse and keyboard> How to get started, from turning the computer on to recognizing the key features of the computer and learning how to find them and use them> Some of the more interesting and useful programs you may want to use> Basics of the Internet – what it is and how to get to it on your computer plus the fundamentals of Internet security.Class size is limited to 25, so call (970) 668-2940 to pre-register. Cost is $5 per person.

Have you ever wondered what steps are involved in purchasing a home? Come find out at our free homebuyer education class on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Buffalo Mountain Room at the County Commons in Frisco. You will learn the basics A-Z what it takes to purchase a home. The class is free and is sponsored by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, put on by the Summit Combined Housing Authority with help from local volunteers who will walk you through the lending process, real estate transaction, title company portion and home inspection. There will also be information on current down payment assistance programs and more. Snacks will also be provided. Register so that we know how many people to expect; call Joy at (970) 423-7041 or email to register.

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.

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. Interested? Contact for more information.

Coming up Sunday is a USASA Rocky Mountain Series Rail Jam featuring young snowboard talent at the Frisco Adventure Park. Registration is open to the public starting at 3:30 p.m. Temporary USASA memberships are on sale for the event if the participant is not already a USASA member. Test runs are from 4-5 p.m. with the competition beginning immediately after. Email, visit or call (970) 668-2558 for additional information. Come check out the park’s tubing hill beforehand with $5 single tubing runs, and watch competitors shred at the rail jam afterward. The Gold Pan Caf will be selling food and beverage items in the Frisco Day Lodge.

Summit Habitat for Humanity will be hosting an open house on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Mountain Room, County Commons – Frisco.The public is invited to see the proposed plans for the single-family house currently scheduled to begin this spring. Information on purchasing a Habitat house and requirements for becoming a Habitat Partner Family will be discussed. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, pick up an application and add your name to the growing list of volunteers.

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