Summit County Community Notes: 9-29-2012 |

Summit County Community Notes: 9-29-2012

Swan Center Outreach’s Horse Cents Thrift Store is having a sale to wrap up its Winter Hay fundraiser – $1 for most items from our back room or 50 percent off priced items storewide. The easiest way to get to Horse Cents is to take Exit 203 off I-70 E at Silverthorne, go north on Hwy. 9 and turn left on 3rd Street, then go three blocks to Warren Avenue, take a left, go around the curve and the building will be on your left (site of the old health club for those of you who have been around for awhile). Horse Cents Thrift Store is right inside the front door and sale hours are today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cash, check or credit card accepted. All proceeds go toward the care and feeding of 34 rescued horses, three llamas, an alpaca and three sheep who reside at Swan Center.

Do you know someone or some nonprofit organization that has truly made a difference by their volunteer or community activities? The Summit Foundation is currently accepting nominations for The Summit Foundation Philanthropy Awards. In November, the 22nd annual celebration of National Philanthropy Day in Summit County will honor outstanding philanthropic and volunteer achievements in ten categories. Sponsored this year by Wells Fargo Bank and Climax Molybdenum, the evening is one of the most emotional and fulfilling events that The Summit Foundation hosts each year. The achievements of both the nominees and winners demonstrate why we all feel so blessed to spend time in Summit County and be a part of the activities of the charitable organizations. Over the past 21 years, 212 individuals, families, community organizations and businesses have been recognized for their generosity and support to our community. The event will be held at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.These awards are sponsored this year by Well Fargo Bank. Nominations are being accepted in recognition of outstanding philanthropic and volunteer contributions in ten categories. The categories are Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Board Member, Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Professional in a Nonprofit Organization, Outstanding Youth, Outstanding Youth Mentor, Outstanding Citizen, Outstanding Nonprofit Organization and Outstanding business. Applications are available from The Summit Foundation Office, Wells Fargo Bank Summit County Bank locations and The Summit Foundation website This is your opportunity to recognize and thank those who have demonstrated outstanding support and community involvement. Deadline for entry: No later than noon on Oct. 12. Deliver to: The Summit Foundation, 111 A Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge; or Mail to: P.O. Box 4000, Breckenridge, CO 80424. Nomination forms and criteria are available from under the “Events” tab or by calling the foundation at (970) 453-5970. For more information contact: Lee Zimmerman (970) 453-5970,

The Breckenridge Restaurant Association is offering fall dining specials in participating restaurants as a fundraiser for Summit County Cares. Summit County Cares includes the care clinic, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Advocates for Victims of Assault and social services. The restaurant community wants to give back to this collection of organizations that helps many of its employees, patrons and community members. Breckenridge Dining Passports are each valid for two people and get specials valid now through Nov. 15. Passports are available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, The Summit Foundation, FIRC and participating restaurants.

The Summit Community Orchestra is seeking more string players. If you play an orchestral string instrument, we have a spot for you. We are especially in need of violins. The SCO is a nonprofit, volunteer orchestra in Summit County under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Evans. It is composed of fine musicians from Summit and surrounding counties. Our mission is to promote joy and appreciation of classical music in the community through offering free concerts and providing educational opportunities for young musicians. If interested, call Ann at (970) 262-1880.

The business community will host a candidate forum on Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Candidates for the offices of state Senate District 8, state House of Representatives District 61, Summit Board of County commissioners and the 5th Judicial District Attorney will be on hand for introductions, audience Q&A and mingling. The Summit Independent Business Alliance and the Summit Chamber invite the business community and the public to learn more about our choices for elected office. There is no charge for the event.

Breck is jumping on board the growing craft distillery trend with its third annual Still on the Hill Craft Spirits Festival, Oct. 5-7. Activities over the weekend-long craft distillers festival include a poker run at restaurants and bars throughout town, historic saloon tours, a distillery open house, the grand tasting featuring distillers from around the country and a hangover brunch. The highlight of the event is the grand tasting where distillers introduce their products, show off their craft cocktails and interact with guests. The tasting is on Oct. 6, from 4-7 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center in Breck. Tickets are $20 and include a tasting glass, craft spirits tasting, artisan snacks and background bluegrass music by the Honey Gitters. Visit