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Advocates for Victims of Assault is starting its fall volunteer training tonight. If you are interested in working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other traumas, please contact us for more info. The training is on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 from Sept 19 through Oct. 19. Dinner will be provided. Call Lori at (970) 668-3906 if interested.

Join Friends of the Dillon Ranger District on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for its annual volunteer celebration and National Public Lands Day at the Windy Point Pavilion/Prospector Campground. After a light breakfast, volunteers will participate in their choice of service project helping to clean up Swan Mountain Road or continuing trail maintenance along the Lakeshore Trail. The day will wrap up with a barbecue lunch and party at noon (provided by FDRD), complete with prize giveaways for volunteers! This is a zero-waste event so volunteers are encouraged to bring a reusable cup, plate and utensil and come dressed for a day outdoors. For details, directions and to register for this event, visit http://www.fdrd.org or call (970) 262-3449. All FDRD volunteers and newcomers are welcome and we hope you can join us to celebrate!

The Rotary Club of Summit County will be holding its annual Summit Showdown – a world series qualifier poker tournament on Saturday at the Best Western, Lake Dillon Lodge in Frisco. This is a no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. The doors open at 1 p.m. and play will begin at 2. The winner of this tourney earns a seat at the Denver qualifier, obtaining a chance to go to Las Vegas and participate in the World Series of Poker. The cost is $60 for a seat, food and cash bar. There will be $450 in cash prizes as well as the custom jacket for the winner and plaques for second- and third-place finishes. Register online at http://www.summitshowdown.com or call (970) 418-0207 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers advocate for children who are victims of abuse and neglect in the 5th Judicial District which includes Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties. They are appointed by the judge and speak on behalf of the children involved in these cases with the goal of finding them safe and permanent homes as quickly as possible.

CASA’s fall volunteer training begins Oct. 4. Volunteers are ordinary citizens doing extraordinary work for children – no previous experience is required. Children with a CASA volunteer spend less time in foster care and are more likely to have their cases closed permanently. We want these children to have safe productive lives like we desire for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. Therefore, we are encouraging all who are interested in becoming an advocate for these children to call the CASA office in Dillon at (970) 513-9390. For more info about CASA, check http://www.mtncasa.org.

We also welcome you to become a member of Friends of CASA. If you are unable to give of your time, consider donating financially. All donations are tax deductible and may be made online or donated by phone.

Nationally renowned nature photographer John Fielder will host a photography workshop on Tuesday at his home in Silverthorne. This event will include personal instruction in nature landscape photography and technique, as well as dinner prepared by Doug Schwartz, chef at the CMC Culinary School. The cost is $250/person, with all proceeds going to Domus Pacis Family Respite. The mission of Domus Pacis is to provide families impacted by cancer a week of respite and peace in the High Country. For info or to reserve a space, call Vince at (970) 547-4745.

The Breckenridge Resort Chamber Ambassadors are hosting the September mixer at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and in Sevens Restaurant and Bar at 1979 Ski Hill Road in Breck. The mixer will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Admission is $5 for BRC members and $10 for non members. For more info, contact the BRC at (970) 453-2913.


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