Summit County Community Notes 6-28-12 |

Summit County Community Notes 6-28-12

Daily News staff report

Tonight, The Summit Foundation will award more than $1.5 million in grant and scholarship funds to our mountain communities. Ninety-seven nonprofit agencies and 100 recent high school graduates from Summit, Lake, Park and Grand counties will be recognized. Nonprofit representatives, 2011 and 2012 scholarship recipients and the general public are encouraged to attend. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at Keystone Conference Center. Grant and scholarship awards begin promptly at 6. Call the foundation at (970) 453-5970 for additional details or email to RSVP.

Have you ever wondered what steps are involved in purchasing a home? Come find out at our free homebuyer education class today from 12:30-5 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, as now sure is a great time to do so. The class 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, home inspection and more. Snacks will also be provided. Pre-register so that we know how many people to expect; call Joy at (970) 423-7041 or email with any questions or to register.

Come find out on a free guided hike. All hikes are open to the general public and take place every Thursday through Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Hikers meet at a different location each Thursday. These hikes are packed full of good info, fun activities and help us gain a better understanding of what is happening in the surrounding forest. It’s about the experience not the miles. Hikes are appropriate for all ages and are put together by CSU Extension, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Summit County government and the U.S. Forest Service. For more info, visit or call (970) 262-3449. Hope to see you on the trails.

The Alliance for Historical Preservation has announced a historic Frisco walking tour for Founders Day Saturday. The tour will start at 1 p.m. behind the information center at Third and Main and go for about an hour. Learn little-known facts about the old mining town while listening to a fascinating costumed guide and visiting many historic buildings off the beaten track. $5 donation. Further info may be obtained at (970) 370-5726 or

Breckenridge Montessori is hosting its second annual rummage sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have everything you may need; furniture, clothing, kitchen, household items, sporting goods, kids and baby items and are still taking donations. Have some treasures to part with? We will provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for your donation. Breck Montessori is a nonprofit full-member Montessori preschool and is located at 318 N. Main St. next to the firehouse. For questions, call the school at (970) 547-7661.

If you were unable to attend the Grant Writing 101 workshop offered earlier this month, mark your calendar for Friday. You’ll learn how to set your grant application apart from others and some key elements to a good vs. great proposal. This month’s “Souper Series” workshop, a joint venture with The Summit Foundation and Kaleidoscope Concepts, features the critical elements to writing a great grant and uses the Colorado Common Grant application as a guide. This session was sold out June 15, so call early for reservations. The workshop will take place from 11:45 to 1:30 on Friday. Seating is limited, so please RSVP. Part 2 of the series is July 15 and will cover researching grant funding for your program, building strategic alliances to leverage opportunities and enhancing your programs to receive funds without sacrificing your mission. For more info, call Sharon at (970) 485-5056.

Dr. Marc Shiffman will be closing his medical practice to patient visits on Friday. He and his staff are also hosting an open house starting at 3 p.m. on Friday in Suite 390 of the Medical Office Building in Frisco. Please stop by and share a bite with Marc, Shellie, Sarah, Ana and Kathy.

FDRD and Corinthian Hills HOA invite you to participate in Oro Grande Trailwork Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. We will meet at the Dillon Cemetery parking lot at 9. Wear appropriate shoes and bring sunscreen, lunch and water. We will be working as a team to repair and improve the trail above Highway 6. Questions, visit http://www.fdrd or call Barb at (970) 468-9525.

Be a part of Summit County’s premier mountain bike event! The 11th annual Firecracker 50 is July Fourth kicking off the town of Breckenridge parade on Main Street. The race will feature 750 riders and teams competing over two 25-mile laps in and around Breck. Volunteers are needed in the evenings of the three days leading up to the race, as well as throughout the day on July Fourth, and tear down/cleanup on the 5th. We’ll need help preparing and staffing the on-course aid stations, general set up, rider registration, finish line timing and post race cleanup. We will again be striving to make the race a zero-waste event, so volunteers will also be needed to handle the recycling/compost stations at Carter Park on race day. All volunteers will receive an event T-shirt and bike socks and food and drinks are provided for all shifts. Summit school students can earn volunteer hours for next year! For more info, contact Jim at or (970) 406-8394.

The town of Breckenridge Recreation Department is in need of volunteers for the Summit Trail Running Series as well as the Independence Day 10k on July Fourth. STRS races take place every other Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. and the Independence Day 10k will be held at 7 a.m. on the Fourth. Volunteers will receive a tech T-shirt from The North Face or a free entry to one Wednesday race, space permitting. For more info, contact Marika Page at (970) 453 3381 or at

Do you love BBQ? Are you a competitive cooker, looking to learn what the judges know to improve your scores? If you would like to get involved in the Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit in Dillon on Aug. 10-11, consider becoming a certified judge and sample some award-winning barbecue while doing so. We will be have a class at the Best Western Ptarmigan Lodge on Aug. 9, from 6-10 p.m. The cost is $75 per person and includes a one-year membership to the Kansas City BBQ Society. Once certified, you are eligible to sign up to judge KCBS events anywhere in the country. The first 10 students to pay their fee and become certified will have the opportunity to judge at this year’s Krystal 93 BBQ at the Summit. To sign up, or for more details, notify us at

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