Mountain Mix

October 2016 Mountain Mix – The Best of All the Rest

October 1
Hard Rock Mining Tour
Boulder County Parks & Open Space presents a three-hour journey, Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., to explore the towns, tools and people of local hard rock mining heritage by visiting mining sites of years gone by. The tour is free and open to ages 10 and up. Some walking required and space is limited. Participants meet at the Nederland Park N’ Ride, 300 Jackson St. For more details, call 303-678-6214, e-mail or visit

October 1-2, 8-9
Pumpkin Festival Trains
The Georgetown Loop Railroad Pumpkin Festival Trains return, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9. The festival takes place at the Silver Plume car museum, where there will be a bounce castle, pumpkins to decorate and take home, games, face painting, and holiday characters. Tickets include a train ride along with all Pumpkin Festival activities. Guests can just ride the train for $2 less. Pumpkin Festival Train tickets are $27.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 3-15. For reservations and information, call 888-456-6777, e-mail or visit

October 1-January 6
Lyons Town Hall Art Show
A new Lyons Town Hall Art Show, “Lyons Art Students Present: Behind the Gradebook; Teachers Gone Real,” opens to the public, Oct. 1, at an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. featuring a community tapas potluck and music by Nancy Thorwardson and Paul Kiteck. Beverages will be available and wine for sale with proceeds benefitting Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission and local arts. The show will hang through Jan. 6. Visit or call 303-823-6622 for additional details.

October 3
CASA Jeffco/Gilpin Volunteer Training
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin counties needs community members to be a voice for abused or neglected children in court. CASA Jeffco/Gilpin needs help to ensure every child has a safe, permanent home. Volunteers provide courts with information and recommendations to ensure the best interests of child abuse victims are served. Previous experience is not necessary. The next training begins Oct. 3 and continues with 40 hours of training, Oct. 5, 12, 17, 19 and 26. All in-person sessions are at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Golden. For information, visit or contact Tiffany Schlag at 303-271-6537 or

October 6
History of MacGregor Ranch
Dr. James Pickering will speak at the Estes Park Museum, Oct. 6 from 7-8 p.m., on researching the MacGregors of Black Canyon and the major findings. This program is in conjunction with the temporary exhibit “Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch” on display through Oct. 30. Admission for the program for Museum Members is $3 and non-members $5. No reservations are necessary, and payment will be collected upon entrance. For more information on exhibits, events, tours and programs, visit or call 970-586-6256.

October 10
Root Down Estes
Celebrate the launch of Roots Community School, a place-based education alternative to public schools, in Estes Park, Oct. 10, at Elkins Whisky Distillery, 1825 N. Lake Ave. Drink specials benefiting the school will be available all day from noon-9 p.m. Live music is planned from 5-8 p.m. and a short presentation of Roots takes place at 7 p.m. Visit or to learn more.

October 14
Women’s Wellness Day
Clear Creek County Public and Environmental Health’s annual Women’s Wellness Day, Oct. 14, includes important health screenings for early detection of breast cancer in the Saint Joseph Mobile Mammography van on the north side of the Sampler Mill Recreation Center in Idaho Springs. Appointments take as little as 15 minutes. The van offers the most advanced mobile mammography technology in Colorado and award-winning breast screening services. Community partners will also offer a day of health and wellness. Call to schedule a mammogram at 303-670-7539 or visit for information.

October 14-15
32nd Annual Ski & Board Swap
Winter Park Resort hosts its 32nd annual Ski and Snowboard Swap at the new West Portal Station, Oct. 14-15. Ski and snowboard equipment, outerwear, base layers and accessories for all ages and sizes are offered at amazing discounted pricing. Products are provided by individual donors, as well as industry vendors. On Oct. 14, admission is $5 per person or $10 per family from 5-9 p.m. Entry is free, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Find gear for the upcoming season or clean out a closet. If interested in selling gently used gear or equipment, information is available online. Visit or call 800-979-0332 to learn more.

October 15
Estes Park Shred-a-Thon
Estes Park residents can help prevent identity theft and support recycling by having personal documents shredded and recycled, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or until the truck is full, at the Estes Park Rotary Club Shred-a-Thon in the Estes Park Events Complex parking lot. Safely dispose of paperwork, old bank statements, credit card offers, cancelled checks, old medical records, paycheck stubs and anything else with personal information. Clips, staples, and binders do not need to be removed. While there is no charge, donations are appreciated. For more information, call 970-586-3748.

October 15-16
Trail Building Days at Hermit Park
Volunteers will construct up to two miles of a sustainable, multi-use trail connecting the existing trail system, Oct. 15-16, at Hermit Park Open Space. Most of the tasks involved will be moderate in difficulty. Volunteers will be able to camp on-site, and wholesome meals will be provided and cooked by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Find details and registration information at or e-mail Eric Falk at

October 21-23
Creative Colorado TableSettings
Whimsy, tradition, and creativity all come together with seldom used “fancy tableware items” found in the back of closets for a new Estes Park event. The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation hosts the inaugural Creative Colorado TableSettings event, Oct. 21-23, a theme-related tablescape competition open to individuals, families, groups and children. The contest invites entrants to imagine a menu and design a table setting to match a particular theme. This year’s theme will be “High Country Celebrations: Past and Present.” Creative Colorado TableSettings 2016 takes place at the Willome Building at the YMCA of the Rockies. Participants will set up their tables on Friday afternoon, and the public will be invited to view the displays on Saturday and Sunday. A panel of local judges will review entries and prizes will be awarded to winners in each category. Complete directions and guidelines for the event, as well as entry forms, are available at the Estes Park Museum, 200 4th St. and online at

October 21-22, 28-29
Haunted Forest Halloween Trains
The Georgetown Loop Railroad presents a new night train event, the Haunted Forest Halloween Train, Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29, for everyone 12 and up. The event features a haunted house full of ghosts of the mining era and the train itself, story tellers relaying spooky tales and candy “for the brave who make it through until the end.” Tickets are $29.95 per person at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. For reservations and additional information, call 888-456-6777, e-mail or visit

October 22
Shining Ball
Halloween at The Stanley Hotel includes the “wildly popular,” Shining Ball, in the Concert Hall, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m., featuring a performance by the North Mississippi All Stars. Participants will compete for prizes with imaginative, macabre and daring costumes that will be paraded through the hotel. Festive hors d’oeuvres, delightful drink, dancing and cavorting among the imaginative, Shining-themed decor will bring new chills to the hottest night of the Halloween season. Tickets are $175 per person or $325 per couple and include access to Shining Ball, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, inclusion in costume contest with $500 cash prize, and two complimentary drink vouchers. Costumes are required and participants must be 21 or older. Visit or e-mail for more information.

October 29
Story in the Rocks: Our Changing Landscape
Join volunteer naturalists for a 1.3-mile moderate hike at Heil Valley Ranch Open Space, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-noon, to learn how this scenic landscape has changed over time. The stories in the rocks span over 200 million years, from ancient sand dunes to tidal flats to riverbeds where dinosaurs roamed. The rocks also determine the landforms and ecology of the present landscape, including the plants and wildlife we find here. For more details, call 303-678-6214, e-mail or visit

Forestry project, closures begin at Betasso Preserve

A forestry project begins in early October that will reduce hazardous fuels at Betasso Preserve in Western Boulder County. The project is expected to end by March 31, 2017.

Starting Oct. 24, Betasso Preserve will be closed Monday through Friday for tree cutting and aerial operations. Helicopters will be used to air-lift material in the project area. Aerial operations should be completed in December.

Additional trail closures for short durations may be required to facilitate safe operations. Betasso Preserve will be open on the weekends and major federal holidays.

The felling crew will begin, Oct. 10, and helicopter and processing operations are slated to begin on Oct. 24. There may be some equipment mobilization that occurs before then.

Management activity will be visible throughout much of the park and adjoining areas, including the Bummers Rock, Betasso Link, and Canyon Loop trails. There will be significant operational activity and associated noise directly adjacent to both Betasso Preserve parking areas from the nearby designated staging areas. Significant truck traffic to haul biomass off-site will also occur. Operations will be conducted Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will be weather dependent.

The Betasso Preserve management plan includes thinning of the forest to reduce risk from catastrophic wildfires. Hazardous fuels reduction is also recommended by the Sugarloaf, Four Mile Canyon, and Boulder County Community Wildfire Protection Plans as part of a community-wide effort to reduce risk from wildfire and protect critical infrastructure.

Originally Published in the October 2016 issue of the MMAC Monthly

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