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Summit County: Community Notes

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The monthly meeting will be on the second Monday (a week later than usual) because of the Labor Day holiday. Our presenter will be Bethany Hughes. Her presentation is called “Truths From the Trail” based on her trek of the entire Pacific Crest Trail in one season (2,663 miles in 169 days). Hughes is an adventuresome, energetic, widely traveled and philosophical young woman new to Summit County. She is currently exploring the trails and mountains of our area. Check out her website at: She has great pictures of her PCT trek and gives a very interesting and entertaining talk.The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center (bring your own brown bag lunch). Visitors welcome. For more info, call Allan Schutt at (970) 668-8322.

For 14 years, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival has provided an extraordinary musical experience for Summit County residents and visitors. The festival dates are Sunday-Friday.Longtime participating musicians Rieko Aizawa and Jesse Mills are returning as co-artistic directors this year. They have invited three additional musicians to join them in making beautiful music for our audiences.Public concerts will be at the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. Admission is $20 for adults, no charge for students and children. Additionally, a soire in a private home on Thursday will provide the intimate setting in which this music is meant to be played. A goal of the festival is to acquaint young people with chamber music technique and performance. Accordingly, students are invited to the public concerts free of charge and the festival musicians coordinate with high school music classes to provide a workshop during festival week. Alpenglow also awards a scholarship annually to a senior planning to continue music studies in college.

The Mountain HOPE Foundation, which is a hippotherapy program located in Summit County, is seeking volunteers for the Breckenridge Oktoberfest. The foundation has been named a beneficiary of this popular annual celebration, which will take place Friday through Sunday in Breck. Volunteers are needed for Saturday and/or Sunday for either a 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. time slot or a 2:15-6:15 p.m. time slot each day. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that benefits individuals with a variety of disabilities, including but not limited to: cerebral palsy, autism and brain injuries. The money from Oktoberfest will be used to fund scholarships for those who would otherwise not be able to participate in the foundation’s program. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for Oktoberfest to support the foundation, contact Deb Neyland at (970) 453-5048 or To learn more about Oktoberfest, visit

The Summit Foundation is seeking volunteers for the annual Summit County Parade of Homes. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday and Sept. 24-25. Portions of parade entry fees benefit The Summit Foundation. Volunteer shifts will be about 2.5 hours long and in exchange for your time, volunteers receive free entry on all four days. Volunteers will be responsible for handing out entry bracelets at parade homes to guests that have purchased tickets. Shifts are available at homes in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon. Call Chris Runyon or Jennifer Stein at The Summit Foundation at (970) 453-5970, if you would like to sign up for a shift and see some fantastic homes.

The Summit Fire Authority is seeking donated vehicles – in any condition, running or not – for use in critical “extrication” training at the High Country Training Center in which rescuers practice using the Jaws of Life and other tools needed to save accident victims.Donors may claim the value of their vehicles as a charitable contribution and know they are contributing to the vital training of local emergency crews in the Summit Fire Authority: Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District and the Copper Mountain Fire Department. Donors must be able to push, pull, drag or drive their vehicles to the center and provide written authorization and the title to the center. HCTC is located at 0225 County Road 1003 in the County Commons in Frisco.For further inquiries or additional information, contact the Summit Fire Authority at or call (970) 668-4330.

The annual Team Summit Colorado Ski Swap is Friday through Sunday during Oktoberfest in Breckenridge at the Riverwalk Center. Buy new and used skis, boards, boots, clothing and accessories for the whole family at bargain prices. Do you have gear to sell? Drop off your slightly used or new gear to sell on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come shop the swap on Friday from 5-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info, visit

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center is offering two six-session parenting classes starting the week of Sept. 19 – Active Parenting Now for parents of children 4-12 and Active Parenting of Teens. Active Parenting Now will be Mondays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Frisco Elementary. The cost is $48 per person/$72 per couple and includes dinner and childcare. Topics will cover improving communication with your children, teaching responsibility, defusing power struggles and more. Active Parenting of Teens, for parents of ‘tweens and teens will be held Thursdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Summit Middle School. Cost is $48 per person/$72 per couple and includes dinner. Topics covered will include skills for clear, honest communication, strategies to prevent risky behavior, how to be an encouraging parent and insight into teens online, bullying and depression. To sign up for either class, contact Molly at (970) 262-3888 ext. 330 or email or visit for more information.

The Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club is now conducting its annual ski pass raffle. A $1 ticket (or six tickets for $5) buys a chance to win a season pass for Copper Mountain, Loveland, A-Basin, or the Vail Epic Pass.The optimist club supports a wide variety of extra-curricular activities in the Summit School District, including volleyball, basketball, chess tournaments, oratorical and essay contests. All proceeds from the raffle will go to support these and other local programs. The drawing is Sept. 21 and you need not be present to win. Tickets are available at any Alpine Bank, FirstBank, Dillon Ridge Liquor or the Edward Jones office of Mark Nunn in Frisco. Call (970) 668-3811 for more info.

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