Mountain Mix

November 2017 Mountain Mix – The Best of All the Rest

November 1-7
‘Giveback Week’ Fundraiser
This upcoming week, The Spice & Tea Exchange of Idaho Springs will be hosting a “giveback week” as part of a larger fundraising initiative, Spice & Tea Cares. From Nov. 1-7, The Spice & Tea Exchange will donate 10 percent of all sales to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance, a simple yet effective way for local residents and visitors to “change their communiTEA.”

November 1-11
‘Lines into Shapes’ Juried Art Show
Art Center of Estes Park’s 21st Annual “Lines into Shapes,” Oct. 28-Nov. 11, a national juried exhibition, features art from all over the country. The national showcase for a diverse collection of the fine artworks includes painting, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, pastel, photography, mixed and more. Call 970-586-5882 or visit for complete details

November 4
Robotics Team Movie Fundraiser
Join the Nederland Pirates Robotics Team for a Movie Fundraiser, Nov. 4 at 11:30 a.m., at the Backdoor Theater in the Nederland Community Center, 750 Hwy. 72. Donations to see the movie “Spare Parts,” which features George Lopez and the true story of a high school robotics team, will be accepted at the door. Learn more at and

Free ‘SEED’ Screening, Discussion
The Nederland Community Library and the Nederland Sustainability Advisory Board, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m., present a free screening of “SEED: The Untold Story ” followed by a panel discussion at Nederland Backdoor Theater in the Nederland Community Center. The film follows farmers, scientists, lawyers, gardeners, and indigenous seed keepers as they defend the future of food and revive a culture connected to seeds. The discussion will be accompanied by free refreshments and a seed giveaway. Call 303-258-1101 or visit for information.

November 5, 12, 19, 26 & Dec. 3
Denver Football on ‘Big Screen’
Cheer on Denver’s football team on the big theatre screen at the Historic Park Theater’s Denver Football Kickoff events held during regular season game days through the end of the year. Full bar and café service is available. Entrance is $10 and includes a $10 coupon toward food and beverage. Doors open a half hour before kick off and management encourages everyone to enjoy the heated theater, cheer as loud as they like and let them clean up. Food coupons can be used at the Historic Park Theatre, Park Theatre Cafe or the SLAB. If the coupon is not used during the game, save the unused part for food another day before the end of the year. Denver Football Kickoff events take place Nov. 5 at 11 a.m., Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 19 at 2:25 p.m., Nov. 26 at 2:25 p.m., Dec. 3 at 11 a.m., Dec. 10 at 2:05 p.m., Dec. 14 at 6:25 p.m., Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. and Dec. 31 at 2: 25 p.m. The theatre is located at 130 Moraine Ave. in Estes Park. Visit or call 970-586-8904 to learn more.

November 9
Gilpin County Veterans Day Celebration
All community members are invited to attend the Gilpin County School Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. The event takes place in the old gym. The Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4th grade and 5th grade students, Middle School Band, Middle School/High School Choir, High School Cheerleaders and others will participate in honoring local Gilpin County veterans. The key speaker is U.S. Army Sgt. A. Cordero. Veterans are encouraged to attend both the celebration in the gym and a Reception for Veterans in the Atrium from 10:30-11 a.m. Call Su Henry 303-582-3444 ext. 3174 with questions.

National Philanthropy Day in Estes Park
Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center’s 8th National Philanthropy Day in Estes Park, Nov. 9 from 4-7 p.m., at the and the YMCA of the Rockies, honors the spirit of philanthropy and celebrates the organizations, volunteers, foundations, funders, businesses and community members who give of their time, talent and treasures to support the many worthy causes in the Estes Park community. In 2017, National Philanthropy Day has the theme “100 Years of Enriching Estes With a Giving Heart” and will be an official Town Centennial event and will be celebrating 100 years of service and philanthropy. The evening includes food and drink, entertainment, history, and recognition of community philanthropists. This year’s event is at capacity, but a wait list is being kept for this year and next year’s event is planned for Nov. 15, 2018. Learn more at

November 11
Wilderness/Remote First Aid, CPR class
“Far Out First Aid, ” Nov. 11 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Estes Park Mountain Shop, 2050 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park is a comprehensive eight-hour course that teaches participants, using hands-on simulations, how to respond to a medical emergency in a remote or wilderness location, with emphasis on the use of field expedients at the site to make stretchers, splints, and bandages. Upon completion, receive a two-year certification good for OSHA, Fish and Wildlife Division and others. Covers more subjects than any similar course offered. Go to for a syllabus of the course and endorsements. The class is $69 per person. Limited to 12 people. Register at the Estes Park Mountain Shop or call 970-586-6548. For questions, e-mail

November 15
Author David Baron visits Lyons
Author David Baron comes to the Lyons Regional Library, 405 Main St. in Lyons, for Writing in November (WIN!), Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The popular non-fiction writer—author of author of “The Beast in the Garden” and “American Eclipse”—discusses writing and more at the free event. He is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent his 30-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environment correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston’s WBUR, and health and science editor for PRI’s The World. His written work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast, Boston Globe, Outside, Lonely Planet, Mental Floss, and Reader’s Digest. The event is open to all ages and registration is not required, but requested if possible. Visit to learn more. Call 303-823-5165 or e-mail to reserve a space.

November 19
Nederland Books & Coffee Festival
Nederland-based Sockwood Press presents its Books & Coffee Festival, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at five Nederland coffee shops: Blue Owl Bookstore and Coffee, Happy Trails, The Train Cars, New Moon Bakery and Salto Coffee Works. Independent publishers and local authors are joining together to sell and sign their books and chat about writing, authorship and publishing. All five venues will also offer coffee specials and signature drinks for the event. Authors, including George Blevins, Kay Turnbaugh, Burt Rashbaum, Angel O’Grady, Jane Wodening and Julian Taylor, will be stationed with their books at a coffee shop throughout the day. As part of the event, “Under the Devil’s Thumb, A Literary Anthology from the Peak to Peak Region,” featuring 21 writers and five visual artists, will be released. Additionally, Salto Coffee Works hosts, at 1 p.m., a live, participatory reading of the U.S. Constitution. Call 303-258-3586 or
e-mail with questions.

Gilpin, Clear Creek launch transit assessment

Gilpin and Clear Creek counties are beginning their joint transportation assessment and planning projects. The study is expected to take six months, and looks at the transit needs of both counties, including current gaps, possible solutions and funding/support mechanisms that best work for the communities. The $35K contract is funded by a Colorado Department of Transportation grant of $28K, and matching $7K from the two counties combined. Colorado firm Felsburg Holt & Ullevig was named Prime Consultant for the project.

“This is a great chance to combine our efforts and address those transportation needs our two mountain communities have known for generations,” Clear Creek County Transportation Liaison JoAnn Sorensen said.

The study encompasses project management and coordination meetings, public involvement/stakeholder engagement, analyzing existing conditions, a gaps/needs analysis, strategic service plan development and a final plan for implementation/way ahead. These will include potential partner agencies, elected officials’ engagement, stakeholders and other needs.

The project is expected to be completed by April 2018, or earlier; and, public meetings and involvement is the next step. Information will be sent out.

For more information, contact Communications Director John Bryan at 303-679-2307 and or visit

Originally published in the November 2017 issue of the MMAC Monthly

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