Summit County Community Notes 6-9-12 |

Summit County Community Notes 6-9-12

Daily News staff reports

Are you looking for a bargain? Then stop by Valley Brook Neighborhood in Breckenridge for its first-ever neighborhood garage sale. The fun begins today, from 7 a.m. to noon. With over 30 new neighbors participating, there will be plenty of treasures just waiting for a new home. You will find everything from ski equipment to clothing to household items and more.Valley Brook is located at Tassels Loop across the street from Breck’s Public Works on Airport Road. Parking may be somewhat limited – consider carpooling with friends or taking public transportation.

Today, Horse Cents Thrift Store and Free Spirit Belly Dancers will co-host an open house at 252 Warren Ave. in Silverthorne. Both businesses operate out of the same off-the-beaten-path building just a few blocks from The Outlets. Free refreshments and dance entertainment will be offered to attendees from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as one-day-only specials at the store. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout.

The Silverthorne Elks Lodge will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser to benefit the animals of Swan Center Outreach on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $10 pre-purchased or $12 at the door, children are $5 at the door. Swan Center Outreach provides leadership and self-awareness programs, with rescued horses, that empower and support youth and adults. The event will feature live music with Randall McKinnon and Jim Shaw along with a silent auction. Pre-purchased tix may be obtained by calling Dr. Nancy Turner at (970) 333-2088 or the Elks Lodge at (970) 468-2561. Tax-deductible donations are also welcome. For more info, go to

Summit County 4-H is again holding its summer Family Gymkhana series and the first race is today at the fairgrounds in Silverthorne. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with events starting at 10. Age groups range from 8 years up through adults. For more info, contact Cindy at (970) 376-2933 or Kathie at (970) 668-4142.

The High Country Conservation Center is looking for volunteers for this year’s Frisco BBQ, June 14-16. 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.

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:

The 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, the 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 for info.

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