Top 20 ways to get involved in Summit County this week |

Top 20 ways to get involved in Summit County this week

Community Shred Day

Alpine Bank will be hosting a Community Shred Day on Wednesday, June 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event will take place at the Alpine Bank in Dillon, 252 Dillon Ridge Road. Individuals and businesses are limited to 5 boxes each.

Zero Waste Warriors needed for Frisco BBQ!

Come to the 2014 Frisco BBQ Challenge Fri, June 13- Sat, June 14. Help keep this event a Zero Waste Event by educating guests of the BBQ challenge at the great Zero Waste tents about how to divert waste by composting and recycling. In exchange for your time each volunteer will receive a super cool waste warrior t-shirt and ten hog back bucks. You are the key to a successful Zero Waste Event so email or call (970) 668-5703 to learn more or sign up.

Volunteers needed for National Trails Day

Come one, come all to National Trails Day. The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District is looking for an army of volunteers to help forge new paths on the Frisco Peninsula. The trail project is happening this Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crown Point Road on the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area. It includes a free Pug Ryan’s sponsored “Trailgate Party” at the end of the day. Sign up now at

Lucha Cantina’s profit for nonprofits, LAPS

Please, help support The League for the Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS) while enjoying some delicious food and drink at the Lucha Cantina at 606 Sixth St. in Georgetown from 6-10 p.m. on Monday, June 9. Lucha Cantina’s Our Profits for Non-Profits event benefits a local charity every Monday night with a portion of their revenue that day going back to the sponsored nonprofit. LAPS is a nonprofit organization that works toward reducing pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs in Summit County and provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners in need. Learn more at

Bike to Work Day

The Summit County Open Space & Trails Department , FIRC and PANTS encourage you to participate in Bike to Work Day. Stop by on Wednesday, June 25, between 7-9 a.m. for free bagels, muffins, juice, coffee and raffle drawings. Meet at the Library entrance, County Commons, 0037 Peak One Drive, Frisco; Old County Courthouse, 208 E. Lincoln, Breckenridge; FIRC, 251 W. 4th St., Silverthorne (next to transfer station); Marina Park, W. Lodgepole St., Dillon. For a map of the Recreational Pathway System please visit:

Leadership & Sustainability with horses

This is an exciting class for kids (7- 17 years) with a focus on leadership development and sustainability practices while partnering with all of the animals including 35 horses. It is a 4-5 hour class with an introduction to animal communication, energetic communication, herd behavior, round pen demonstrations and more. The kids learn how to successfully partner with the animals while leading, feeding, and playing games with them. Fee: $75 per child. These classes are scheduled by reservation only – most weekdays and Saturday. Call John Longhill at (970) 468-0924 or email

Animal Communication class

This fun class introduces “younglings” (kids 4-8 years) to the basics of animal communication and how to have better relationships with animals. It is a two-hour class including an introduction to Swan Center Outreach and animals, with hands on interactions with some of the special critters, like Eeyore (miniature donkey), Minnie Whinnie the Poo (miniature horse) along with goats, sheep, llama’s and Swan Center’s No. 1 Alpaca – Macho Pichu. Fee: $25 per child. These classes are scheduled by reservation only – most weekdays and Saturday. Call John Longhill at (970) 468-0924 or email

4-H cooking classes

Summit County 4-H is offering cooking classes for kids ages 8-14 on Mondays and Tuesdays starting June 9 in Breckenridge. Culinary skills & simple recipes geared towards kids to learn how to prepare fun, quick meals and snacks. Enroll in 4-H online and RSVP to: or (970) 668-4142.

Mountain Mentors 30 in 30 challenge

Mountain Mentors is challenging all Summit County locals to step up and be a friend to one of the 50 kids waiting for a Mentor. Throughout the month of June Mountain Mentors is launching a campaign to recruit 30 Mentors in 30 days. Make a friend while making a difference. Call Sarah today for more information (970) 668-9184.

Fiz, Boom, Read!

Did you know students can lose up to two months instructional skills in literacy over the summer months and up to two and a half months in math skills? Fight the summer slide and keep your child motivated to learn all summer. Check out Fizz, Boom, Read!, the summer reading program focused on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), starting June 10 and June 11 at your local library to motivate your child to read over the summer.

Adopt-a-cat month

In celebration of Adopt-a-Cat Month, Summit County Animal Shelter is offering a 50% discount on adoption fees for cats through June 30. The shelter has dozens of cats that are in need of caring homes. There are a wide variety of ages, personalities and colors to choose from. Cats can provide excellent companionship, ward off mice and other pests and reduce stress in their human companions. They’re comfortable in smaller living spaces, such as apartments. For more information, contact the Summit County Animal Shelter at (970) 668-3230, or stop by, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The shelter is located at 0058 Nancy’s Place in Frisco, next to the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

Chefs needed

The FIRC will be running three Cooking Matters classes this summer and is looking for experienced chefs to help teach the class. Classes run for 6 weeks and teach people basic kitchen and nutrition skills. If you are interested, please contact Matt at the FIRC (970) 389-1275.

River clean up

Join The Gore Range of Trout Unlimited at the Steps in Breckenridge for Spring River Clean Up and BBQ on June 14. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. [BBQ will be at 12:30 p.m.] rain or shine. Where: The Steps in Breckenridge on the Blue River. What to bring: work gloves, waders and boots only if you have them, water, sunscreen, etc. Directions: Head south on Airport Road in Breckenridge, turn left/east at the yellow airplane nose (it will make sense when you see it). Drive straight/east through the parking lots look for signage. Please rsvp to or (970) 401-4697. All participants must sign waiver.

Run. Fun. Run.

The Carriage House will host the 3rd Annual Run.Fun.Run on August 18 at Carter Park in Breckenridge. The race will begin at 9 a.m., pregistration can be completed at Tickets are $25 for kids in advance, $30 day of and $30 for adults preregistered, $35 day of. If you are interested in volunteering, or sponsoring the event, contact Martha (970) 453-6423.

Fathers Day breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 188 Father’s Day all-you-can eat breakfast at the Summit County Elks’s Lodge on Sunday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance-purchased tickets for adults are $10, $12 at the door. Children under 12 are $5 at the door. Please contact Kendal Vaille at (970) 409-8218 for more information and to be put on the will-call list to receive the advance-purchase price. Thank you for supporting Scouting in Summit County.

Choral Society rehearsals

Rehearsals for the summer session of Summit Choral Society began on Monday, June 2, and continue each Monday until the concerts on Aug. 18 and 19. Rehearsals are held at Christ Lutheran Church, Farmers Corner 7-9 p.m. Director is Jill Schroeder-Dorn. Rehearsals begin with vocal exercises, then proceed with music for the concerts. If you have questions, please call (970) 262-2235.

Summit Historical Society needs volunteers

The Summit Historical Society, an all-volunteer organization, needs people to help with the many activities scheduled for the summer months. Do you like talking to visitors about Summit County’s exciting history? Become a trained docent leading tours through the Schoolhouse Museum on LaBonte Street in Dillon. Are you handy with tools and a paint brush? Historic sites always need minor repairs. Do you like to prepare desserts? Become part of the group providing goodies for Monday evening Pastry and the Past series of talks held at the Dillon Community Church. Do you like working with historical artifacts, photographs and maps? The Society maintains an extensive archive staffed by volunteers. Extra hands are always welcome. Do you like helping with friendly social events? Summit Historical Society needs helpers for the Ice Cream Social in Dillon on July 19. There are many other ways to help such as setting up and taking down the tent at the Dillon Farmer’s Market on Fridays. Anyone who wants to become more involved in the Society by serving on a committee or becoming board members is also welcome. If you are interested in joining a vibrant, active group of individuals, call the Society office at (970) 468-2207 and speak to administrator, Christy Nelson, or contact her at

Backstage Theatre needs volunteers

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre welcomes volunteers. As the season changes and delightful thoughts of bikes and hikes emerge, why not also consider joining the enthusiastic live theater supporters who assist in productions? The summertime shows promise to bring smiles, laughter, and an awakening of the creative within. For more information , please contact

Father Dyer Church needs ‘treasures’

On Saturday, July 19, the Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge will hold its annual Treasure Sale. Proceeds of this event support the local special assistance programs (e.g. rental assistance, transportation, emergency lodging, etc.) of the church. If you have unwanted “treasures” and would be willing to donate them to this cause, please hold onto them until the week of July 14. No adult clothing, mattresses or electronics will be accepted. For more information, send an email to

CASA 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

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