Summit County community notes, 9-11-2011 |

Summit County community notes, 9-11-2011

For 14 years the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival has provided an extraordinary musical experience for Summit County residents and visitors. This year the festival runs today through 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, soires in private homes tonight and 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 monthly meeting will be 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). Bethany is an adventuresome, energenic, 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 Frisco Senior/Community Center (bring your own brown bag lunch). Visitors welcome. For more info, call Allan Schutt at (970) 668-8322.

The Summit Foundation is seeking volunteers for the annual Summit County Parade of Homes. The event takes place on Sept. 17-18, and Sept. 24-25. Portions of parade entry fees benefit The Summit Foundation. Volunteer shifts will be about two-and-a-half 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 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, for parents of children ages 4-12 will be Mondays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the 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 info.

Make A Difference Day 2011 is looking for sites for the 13th annual, this is a national day of giving back to communities. It is held locally the second Saturday of each October, this year it will be on Oct. 8. In the past over 500 volunteers have provided work at over 30 sites in Summit County. Make A Difference Day sites are local nonprofits, schools and government agencies/departments. The event is a great opportunity to complete organizational projects and recruit new volunteers. To register as a Make A Difference Day site, visit Sites must complete their applications by Sept. 30. For more info, contact Carli Seeba at (970) 668-2077.

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 extracurricular 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.

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 info, contact the Summit Fire Authority at or call (970) 668-4330.

The annual Team Summit Colorado Ski Swap is Sept. 16-18 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, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come shop the swap on Sept. 16, from 5-9 p.m., Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit

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