The Geiger Counter: Cooking and cancer fighting |

The Geiger Counter: Cooking and cancer fighting

Copper Mountain Resort will host a poker run organized by nonprofit Boarding 4 Breast Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 25. Participants are encouraged to wear their best pink costume.
Courtesy Boarding 4 Breast Cancer

Don’t know what to do this weekend? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Pull up a seat to the counter, and I’ll tell you about everything that’s hot and happening.

Two events this weekend will put the “fun” in “fundraising.” Better yet, both are aimed at cancer relief. The first, a Funk Cancer Fundraiser at HighSide Brewing, is raising money to help a local family. The second, a poker run for Boarding 4 Breast Cancer at Copper Mountain Resort, supports the nonprofit’s outreach events across the country in addition to survivor support programs and retreats. 

On Friday, Jan. 24, there will be a silent auction, raffle and concert at HighSide in Frisco. From 6-11 p.m., people can enjoy food from Black Diamond Catering and Dos Locos Mexican Restaurant along with live music from local bands Hobo Village and the Chris Bauer Trio. Raffle tickets cost $5 each or $20 for five, and all of the proceeds will be donated to an anonymous family in need. The auction and raffle will have products from Rossignol, Podium Sports, The Bakers’ Brewery, Alpine Veterinary Practice, Arva and others.

Also on Friday is a silent auction and happy hour from 3­-7 p.m. at Ten Mile Tavern for Boarding 4 Breast Cancer. Then the real fun begins with the on-mountain poker run at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

Over a three-hour period, teams of all ages and skills will visit checkpoints around the village and on the hill to collect pink playing cards. Those with the three best poker hands at the end of the run will win various prizes from Yeti, GoPro, The North Face, Smith, Dakine and more.

Participants are encouraged to wear their best pink costume as bonus cards are awarded for best pink spirit and attitude. An awards ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Center Village.

The poker run costs $25 and doesn’t include a lift ticket. Visit for a complete schedule and to register.

After day on the slopes, refuel at Next Page Books & Nosh. The bookstore is hosting a baking workshop with local cookbook author Vera Dawson, who also writes a high-elevation baking column published weekly in the Summit Daily News.

Dawson will share valuable tips about ingredients, techniques and equipment so one can cook successfully in the High Country. As one who loves to bake but gets easily frustrated when my meringues fall flat and dry out, the knowledge is always welcomed.

The event is free, but there is limited capacity. RSVP by calling the store at 970-668-9291 or visiting its Facebook page at

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In college I spent many hours on Netflix bingeing “The X-Files” and “Twin Peaks.” I’ve always enjoyed stories about conspiracies and the supernatural, probably because I grew up with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in “Men In Black” and reading the K.A. Applegate’s “Animorphs” books. So when Remedy Entertainment’s “Control,” which deals with the secret Federal Bureau of Control located in a strange office called the Oldest House, started winning multiple awards last year, I knew I had investigate.

The protagonist is Jesse Faden, who wants to know why the organization captured her brother when they were children, but she winds up becoming the bureau’s director minutes after walking into the building that is invisible to most members of the public. In the Oldest House — which is a shifting Brutalist labyrinth so large to have an extra-dimensional quarry with the night sky that is still somehow indoors — she meets creepy janitors, gung-ho security personnel and mad scientists while trying to stop a mysterious invasion.

While using a weapon that can change form alongside telekinesis powers is a blast, I think the most fun comes from reading paper memos scattered in the bureau that uses obsolete technology to prevent supernatural disaster. There’s the useful that describe the fighting tactics of different enemies, the bizarre that explain why one room is plastered with sticky notes and the innocuous that chronicle and intraoffice book club. Each is carefully written to not waste a single sentence in fleshing out the wonderful paranormal world.

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