Summit County Community Notes 9-13-12 |

Summit County Community Notes 9-13-12

Daily News staff reports

The family of Mark Gage would like to welcome his friends to a celebration of life at the Loveland Basin Lodge at Loveland Ski Area on Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m., including a reception to follow.An educational fund has been set up for his daughters, Riley and Haley, in care of the “Mark Gage Memorial Fund” at Credit Union of the Rockies, PO Box 4787, 111 Main St., Frisco CO 80443, phone (970) 668-1900.

The Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness invites volunteers to help with a wilderness trail-maintenance project on Saturday. We’ll meet at 8 a.m. at the Dillon Ranger District office in Silverthorne to carpool to the trailhead. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and bring lunch, plenty of water and gear for a day on the trail. FENW provides tools, safety equipment, a light breakfast and tailgate refreshments when we finish at about 3:30 p.m. Join us in this rewarding work. For further details, call Bill Reed at (970) 513-9741 or check

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District is partnering with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado to host a weekend-long trail project at the Keystone Homestead on Saturday and Sunday. How many times have you ridden your mountain bike or walked your dog in the network of trails between Breck, Keystone and Summit Cove? This is your opportunity to give back to those trails and help sustain them so that we can all enjoy them for a very long time. Volunteers will be feed, hydrated, given a free spot to camp and treated to live music on Saturday. Volunteers can sign up for one day or both days. This project also hosts a youth component for children ages 6-11, so now you really have no excuse. For more info or to sign up, visit or call (970) 262-3449.

Support the High Country Conservation Center by volunteering and making the Breck Oktoberfest, Friday through Sunday, a zero-waste event. Your time earns HC3 a donation which we use to help keep Summit County green. You also get two free beers and a sweet free T-shirt. All we need you to do is spend a shift educating guests about what zero waste means. If you’re unsure about what goes where yourself, don’t worry. We’ll be hosting short education sessions before each shift. Contact for more info or to sign up.

Do you want to be a part of the Rocky Mountain’s favorite street party? Volunteer at Breckenridge’s 18th annual Oktoberfest! The Breckenridge Resort Chamber is currently seeking volunteers for Friday through Sunday. Duties include: merchandise sales, pouring beer (must be 21), ticket sales, set-up, break down and much more. The shifts are short, tons of fun and all volunteers receive free stuff. For more info or to sign up for a shift, contact Gavin at (970) 453-5055.

The Keystone Science School, in partnership with Colorado River District, Aurora Water and Denver Water, will be hosting a standards-based, educational, three-day water program known as H2O Outdoors. Open to all Colorado high school students, H2O Outdoors will take place Oct. 13-15. The aim of the program is to provide students with insight into the world of Colorado’s water supply, laws and quality through hands-on experience in watershed observation. At the close of the program, students will present their findings during a “town hall”-formatted dialogue. Meals and dorm-style housing are provided to all students and chaperones come from the science school. Colorado students can enjoy this experience for only $25. Registration forms and fees are due by Friday. For more info about H2O Outdoors or to register, contact Amanda Seidler at (970) 468-2098 or visit

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Every year, the Summit County Garden Club ( mounts an educational evening to which the public is invited. The event is free of charge. This year’s event will be presented by florist Dina Sanchez at her business Petal & Bean, located at 201 Main St. in Breck. Sanchez will demonstrate two flower arrangements and answer questions as they come up. The presentation will take place on Tuesday at 5 p.m. This should be a fun evening for those who love having fresh flowers in their homes.

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 Rd. in Breck from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday. Admission is $5 for BRC members and $10 for non-members. For additional information, contact the BRC at (970) 453-2913.

Summit Advocates for Gifted Education (SAGE) presents the inaugural Fall Family and Educator event at the Keystone Center on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.There will be a presentation by Barbara Mitchell Hutton on asynchronous development in gifted and talented children. This presentation is free of charge and is geared toward educators and parents. There will also be a children’s program on wildlife ecology presented by the Keystone Science School ($15 per child). RSVP is required for the children’s program: email or call (970) 468-9244.Summit School District teachers may claim two hours of professional development for attending this event. Asynchronous development is uneven development in intellectual, social, emotional and/or physical areas, and is common in gifted and talented children. Hutton is the founder and former head of the Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative in Boulder. Hutton is a highly sought-after speaker and consultant for parents, teachers and others who work with and care about the education and life of gifted children and adults.

Timberline Learning Center hosts the third annual Wit, Wine and Dine at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Riverwalk Center in Breck. Cost: $65 per person and $360 for a table of six. The evening includes live comedy from Denver Comedy Works, complimentary wine, a fantastic dinner and a tremendous silent auction. Call (970) 453-9656 for more info.

The Summit Foundation is looking for volunteers for the 18th annual Summit County Parade of Homes. This premier home tour takes place Sept. 22-23, and 29-30. Volunteers greet attendees and exchange tickets and receipts for wristbands. As a benefit for volunteering, volunteers receive free entry to visit the parade homes for all four days. Homes may be staffed in Keystone, Breck, Frisco, Copper Mountain, S’thorne or Dillon. Volunteer shifts are from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., noon to 2:30 p.m., 2:15-4:30 p.m. If interested, contact Elisabeth at (970) 453-5970 or

Building a cohesive, dynamic team is one of the most effective ways for your organization to grow effectively. Kaleidoscope Concepts, which has been providing nonprofit training sessions in partnership with The Summit Foundation throughout this year, will be hosting a two-hour session on Sept. 21, to address “How to make your Board a Winning Team.” The session will run from noon to 2 p.m. and your includes a delicious soup/salad lunch. Consider bringing your key board members to this event. Both staff and board will find the time very useful. The training will in the Buffalo Mountain Room of the County Commons. To register or for more info, contact Judi La Point at (970) 389-6470.

An unofficial “Commanders Call” will be held at Adriano’s Bistro, 240 Lake Dillon Dr. on Sept. 29, beginning at 2 p.m. This is a chance for all retired, active duty or veterans of all branches of the U.S. armed forces to get together and meet with all those who have served the military. It will be hosted by a retired General who makes Dillon his home.Call (970) 368-0508 after 3 p.m. daily to make required reservations. Seating is limited, 18 years and older.