Top 13 ways to get involved in Summit County this week |

Top 13 ways to get involved in Summit County this week

Gondola evacuation training

Breckenridge Ski Patrol is looking for 150 volunteers to participate in their annual gondola evacuation training on Saturday, Oct. 11. The training exercise will begin at the base of the BreckConnect gondola at 8:30 a.m. and conclude around noon. Parking is free in the gondola lot and donuts will be available in the morning. Ski patrol will hold an optional open discussion and BBQ lunch following the training. Lunch details will be announced at the base of the gondola on the morning of the training. This exercise is a great way to educate the public on the ski patrol’s safety response techniques in the event a gondola evacuation is needed. All ski patrol members have previously acquired the necessary skills to safely conduct an evacuation. If interested in participating, please contact Duke Barlow, or (970) 453-5000 by Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Creating communities in changing forests

The mountain pine beetle epidemic in the high country lodgepole pine forests has been declared over and hazard tree mitigation is off to a robust start. While there remains much mitigation work yet to do, the path forward is clear and local organizations working together with policy makers will be able to harness resources to get the work done. The Colorado Bark Beetle Collaboration (CBBC) — in partnership with the NWCCOG, Denver Water, USFS, and the Colorado Forest Service – is hosting their annual meeting which will be unlike any other. The CBBC and its partners are working to re-energize community collaboration, with the ultimate goal of assisting communities in achieving resilience. Each community needs to be aware of and empowered to protect themselves from the harmful impacts of forest disturbances like wildfire, floods and future insect and disease epidemics. In addition, this group would like to share lessons learned by the communities who were impacted by the High Park fire and last year’s flooding along the Poudre River. Each organization wants your ideas and your engagement to help build a sustainable future. The full agenda will follow shortly. To RSVP, e-mail Abbie Cobb at

Goodies for GrownUps

All adults wishing to participate in this year’s Adult Fall Reading Program can stop by the North Branch in Silverthorne, the Main Library in Frisco or the South Branch in Breckenridge and pick up a Reading Bingo card. When you read “A Book That Scares You” or “A Book Your Friend Loves” and complete a row of five boxes on the Bingo card, turn it in to receive a small prize plus an entry into the drawing for one of three prize baskets. Donations for the baskets include a gift certificate to Bread & Salt, Boatyard Grill and to Butterhorn Bakery. The drawing for three prize baskets occurs after the Goodies for GrownUps concert on Nov. 14. For more information on Goodies for GrownUps visit the website

Optimist Club ski pass raffle

The Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club is now conducting its annual ski pass raffle. A $2 ticket (or six tickets for $10) buys a chance to win a season pass to Copper Mountain, Loveland, A-Basin, or the Vail Epic Pass. Your local Optimist Club supports a wide variety of activities for the youth of Summit County, including basketball, volleyball, oratorical and essay contests, and chess tournaments. The proceeds from the ski pass raffle are used to provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Summit High School. The drawing is Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Summit Community Center and you do not need to be present to win. Tickets are available at any Alpine Bank or First Bank location, or Dillon Ridge Liquor.

Fall Food and Seed Saving Workshops

High Country Conservation Center is holding their annual Fall Food and Seed Saving Workshops. Get’n Pickled: Intro to Pickling is on Oct. 13 at the CMC Breckenridge kitchen from 6-9 p.m. Yes I Can! And Get’n Pickled are $20 each, and the Seed Saving workshop is free. Contact or (970) 668-5703 for more information and to sign up.

Health coaching program

The health coaching program at the Summit Community Care Clinic has been designed to partner with you to help you transform your health goals into actions by developing a personalized plan to help you manage your condition and prevent you from being at higher risks for cardiovascular diseases. Contact the SCCC and to help you achieve your goals related to tobacco cessation, diabetes, hypertension, etc. Call (970) 668-6687 to schedule your health coaching appointment today.

Copper Mountain Fire Department training

Copper Mountain Fire Department Center for Strategic Leadership, Education and Training is hosting an ISO (Insurance Services Organization) seminar on Oct. 3, at the Copper Mountain Fire Department, fire station 1, 0477 Copper Rd. Topics discussed will include, but not limited to: a) ISO changes in July, 2013, b) new developments since then, c) what an ISO site visit entails, and d) recommendations to prepare for a site visit. ISO representatives: David Ibarra, CFPS, Manager, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation-ISO-Commercial Property, Mike Morash, Manager, ISO Community Hazard Mitigation, and 2 other Colorado ISO reps. Registration/seating: begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Cost: $10 a person, cash please. This pays for your lunch, beverages, and snacks. Pay at the door. Parking: available on the east side of the fire station, or at the Chapel Lot, ¼ mile west of the fire station. Certificates of attendance will be given out by the Copper Mountain Fire Chief.

Guidestone’s Eighth Annual Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival

Guidestone’s Eighth Annual Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival is a weekend celebration of community and the harvest season at the beautiful Hutchinson Ranch in Salida on Oct. 10-12. Friday features a local foods harvest dinner event with live music, a live auction and moonlit wagon rides to the twinkle-lit pumpkin patch. General admission to the festival is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include horse-drawn wagon rides to a pumpkin patch, a straw-bale maze, cider press, children’s activities, food, live music and much, much more. Pumpkin Patch is the primary fundraiser for Guidestone’s award winning education programs. More information and advance tickets are available at

Short story contest

The Rotary Club of Summit County and the Summit Daily News announce the fifth annual Summit High Short Story Contest. The contest is open to all SHS students as well as home-schooled students. Guidelines: Include name and e-mail address on your submission; List the word count; Spell check; Stories will be judged primarily on creativity and good writing, but proper grammar, spelling and style will also be considered. Word limit: 2,000. Deadline: Midnight Oct. 31. Submission: E-mail as a word document to with subject: Short Story Contest. The top three winners will earn cash prizes and read their stories aloud at a Rotary meeting. Winning stories will be published in the Summit Daily News.

Shopping Extravaganza

Support Summit County 4-H by purchasing your Shopping Extravaganza tickets online. The event will take place at the outlets at Silverthorne, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 15. Tickets are $20. Purchase your tickets for Summit County 4-H online at:

Volunteer at your library

As the school year begins and we say good bye to summer, the libraries are in need of help. If you are interested in volunteering at your local library, please come in and talk. Some of the tasks you would complete include: shelving materials, sorting donations, preparing crafts for preschool storytimes, keeping the books in order on the shelves, delivering materials to homebound individuals, repairing books, polishing CDs and DVDs, processing (covering and stamping) new books, recycling and providing snacks for children’s programs. If one or many of these opportunities piques your interest please call your local library: Main Library, Frisco at (970) 668-5555; North Branch Library, Silverthorne at (970) 468-5887 and South Branch Library, Breckenridge at (970) 453-6098.

CASA flex learning volunteer training

When a child is abused or neglected, a judge appoints a trained volunteer to listen to the child, report the child’s wishes, and make recommendations to the court. This person is called a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, or a CASA volunteer. CASA of the Continental Divide’s trained volunteers serve children in the 5th Judicial District of Colorado (Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit counties) and commit to finding them safe and permanent homes as soon as possible. To learn more about becoming a CASA in your county, call (970) 513-9390 or go to

FIRC offering Parenting of Teens class

Sign up today for the Active Parenting of Teens class offered Mondays, Oct. 6 to Nov. 17, from 5:30-8 p.m. This six-session class will give strategies to improve communication with your teen and more. Cost is $48 per person and includes all six sessions, dinner and course materials. Space is limited, to sign up contact Natalia at FIRC at (970) 455-0228. For more information visit

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