Summit County Community Notes 6-11-12

Daily News staff reports

The High Country Conservation Center is looking for volunteers for this weekend’s Frisco BBQ Challenge, Thursday through Saturday. Your primary task as a waste-reduction warrior will be to create awareness in folks as they go to “throw away their trash,” to make them stop and recognize that what they have is not just trash and that they’ve just eaten a zero-waste meal! This is a fun, fast-paced volunteer opportunity that will help divert waste from the landfill, while raising money to support conservation efforts in Summit County. Check out to learn more.

On Tuesday, join Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Go-Lite at the Salt Lick Trailhead for an evening of trailwork and fun. Volunteers will meet at the trailhead from 5:30-8. All volunteers will receive a free water bottle from Go-Lite and each volunteer attending all three events will have the opportunity to win a GoLite Jam 35L pack. Additional projects will occur at this location on July 17 and Aug. 14. For more info and to register, visit

Have you ever wondered how to set your grant application apart from others? What are the key elements to a great vs. a good proposal? Using the Colorado Common Grant application as a guide, this month’s “Souper Series” workshop, a joint venture with The Summit Foundation and Kaleidoscope Concepts, features the key elements to writing a great grant. The workshop is Friday, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and plan to join us. Seating is limited so RSVP. Part 2 of the series will be July 13 and will cover researching grant funding for your program, building strategic alliances to leverage opportunities and enhancing your programs to be funding-worthy without sacrificing your mission. For additional information, call Sharon at (970) 485-5056.

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue’s officers are available and eager to talk with homeowners’ associations and service groups this spring and summer about the threat of wildfire, how to best fortify and protect your home and what to expect in terms of a response in case “the big one” hits. Presentations can range from 5-30 minutes and can include Q&A sessions. Printed info is available, as well. LDFR would like to reach residents living along the forest boundaries, in particular, but the info can be helpful to all Summit residents and would make a good addition to the annual business meetings of HOAs. For more info and to schedule an appearance, contact Steve Lipsher LDFR at (970) 262-5209 or at

Ready to bloom? “Cast of Characters” is staging a colorful, spectacular, “Flowerama” to brighten your deck and grow The Lake Dillon Theatre Company. Beautiful patio and hanging baskets of many colors and sizes, priced right, await your “casting call” at the LDT back lot at La Riva Mall in Dillon. You may choose to join LDT “Cast of Characters” to “early audition” pots for the spots on your stage on Thursday at our “Members’ PICK O’ THE POTS Patron Party Preview” from 3-6 p.m. A $15 donation buys each new or renewing “character” a membership and entrance to the event. (A bargain!) A $5 donation admits current 2012 “characters.” Flowerama will be open to everybody on Friday, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m or until the flowers are gone!) It’s first-come, first-served at great one-day-only prices. Information: Sandi: (970) 668-0651; Debbie: (970) 468-9684; Ginger: (970) 513-6568.

The Summit Combined Housing Authority has announced a new Homeowner Lunch-N-Learn summer series. This new monthly learning opportunity for local homeowners will begin Friday at the Mount Royal Room, County Commons, Frisco. All classes run from noon to 1 p.m., and lunch and refreshments will be served.Dates and topics for the series include:Thinking about Selling your Home – FridayIncludes getting ready, knowing the market, contacting a realtor, costs of selling a home and short sales and foreclosures.Dare to Repair – July 20Focus on hands-on basic maintenance and repair, tools and repairs such as fixing a leaking faucet, a running toilet and how to caulk.Do you know your loan? – Aug. 24Includes reviewing terms of the loan, prepayment penalties and dealing with mortgage adjustments. Plus refinancing, insurance overview and escrows.Financial Fitness – Sept. 21Preparing for the future (college, retirement), how owning a home fits into the equation, investment strategies, budget review for investing.Class sizes are limited, so please register early. To sign up for one or all of the Lunch-n-Learn summer series, please call or email Joanne at (970) 423-7044 or joannevs@summithousing.usThese classes are sponsored in part by donations from the Summit Foundation, CARHOF, US Bank and Bank of the West. For information on other programs offered through the Housing Authority, please go to

The Summit County Libraries is seeking to fill upcoming vacancies on the library board. The board meets monthly for a couple hours to discuss library policy, oversee the library budget and implement the strategic plan, plus attend additional meetings for special projects, etc. Experience with fundraising and building projects helpful, but not required. Those interested should submit a letter of application and resume to: Summit County Library Board, P.O. Box 770, Frisco, CO 80443 by 5 p.m. June 15. If you would like more information on this position or on any other volunteer opportunity with the Summit County Libraries, please call Joyce Dierauer, Library Director, at (970) 668-5555. To learn more about the numerous services available at the Summit County Libraries, please visit our website at; “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or simply come by and check with us at any of our three locations, in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne.

Joining Silvana’s Community Gardens in Silverthorne is a great way to stay involved in the community, meet new people and learn more about gardening. There are still garden plots available. If interested, contact Michelle at

Summit Nordic Ski Club currently has 18 kids ranging from 12-19 training over the summer. Nordic skiers also compete in mountain biking, trail running, track and soccer. At Summit High School, our skiers often rank in the top of these teams.SNSC head coach Joe Howdeyshell states, “we set goals and monitor these throughout the summer for progress. Those that train over the summer enter fall sports with a competitive advantage.” The summer program participants are also encouraged to race in the Mountain Bike Junior League and the Summit Trail Running Series. Contact Howdeyshell at (307) 349-0713 or visit

The July 4-6 craft show in Frisco sponsored by the Alliance for Historical Preservation still has booths available. Spaces are 10 x 10 and may be shared. The fee is $250 and there is a discount for Frisco crafters. Call (970) 370-5726 or email for more info. Handmade items only.

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