Beaver Creek Resort- “kids” My wish for a better world-Poetry Contest

Out of the mouths of babes!

As we get ready to celebrate the holidays, what wish or message would you like everyone to hear that would make the world a better place?

Describe that wish and send it in. The judges will review all the entries and choose the ones that best reflect the spirit of the holiday season.

This contest is open to children ages 5-12 years old. Deadline for entries is Monday, November 25, 2013 at 5 pm. Send your poem and entry form to Blue Creek Productions Inc, or fax to 970 692 2423.

The grand prize winner will receive a $ 100 Savings Bond and be invited to read their poem at the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Beaver Creek Resort.

Beaver Creek  Colorado ski and snowboard resort

Beaver Creek Colorado ski and snowboard resort

The Beaver Creek Resort Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Friday,

November 29, at 6 pm.

For more information call 970 926 5855, or visit

Entry form for Beaver Creek Poetry contest





Gift Making Day Tuesday Nov 19th, Town of Vail Public Library

Kids activities in vail

Gift Making Day

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Time: 3:30-5:30 pm

Where: in the Community Room


This event is for children in grades K-5.

We provide the materials and instructions for you to create a holiday gift that you will be proud to present to your Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Grandpa, Grandma, or anyone else on your gift list!

Parents are welcome.  Pre- registration is encouraged so we know our numbers you may also register  at the door. This event is free.  Suggested donation of a canned food item will be collected at the door on behalf of the local food pantry.

For more information call 970-479-2187 or visit

Pride and Prejudice Movie Screening Nov 20th at Town of Vail Public Library

November 20 5:30 p.m. – Pride and Prejudice Movie Screening

Winter in the sun: Keep the kids sunburn free

Children in Summit County love to ski, snowboard, sled and more. But outdoor fun combined with our high altitude environment requires extra vigilance related to sun protection. At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation is 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level. And The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that 80 percent of damaging UV radiation is reflected from snow and ice compared with 25 percent from sand or just three percent from grass.

Dr. Adam Loomis from High Country Health Care

Dr. Adam Loomis from High Country Health Care

Developing positive sun protection habits early is critical because up to 80 percent of the sun damage children will receive in their lifetime occurs before age 18 and just one childhood sunburn can increase the likelihood of melanoma in adulthood. Kids are often unaware that they’re developing sunburn on cool or windy days because the temperature and wind keeps skin feeling cool on the surface.

Combining methods of sun protection boosts the odds of avoiding a burn:

Avoid direct sunshine during prime hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Understand that clouds don’t filter out UV rays.Wear protective clothing, including sunglasses because a single day’s exposure can result in cornea damage. .

  • Only glasses labeled “100% UV protection” offer safety.
  • Double-check medications: Some drugs (antibiotics and others) can boost photosensitivity.
  • Use sunscreen consistently: For children ages six months or older, select a broad-spectrum lotion or cream with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors. Re-apply frequently. Protect lips to prevent burn and chapping that can result when kids lick their lips more frequently because of the dry air.

There’s no reason to limit our outdoor activities as long as we prepare in advance. Set a good example to create a healthy lifelong habit: show your children how to be sun safe and let them see you doing the same.

About the Author

Dr. Adam Loomis provides pediatric services at High Country Healthcare Frisco. Learn more at

Protect your kids skin and your own!

Protect your kids skin and your own!

Yoga event Sat Nov 9th at Revolution Power Yoga

JOY: A Journey of Yourself with Andrea Throne.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am at Revolution Power Yoga in Eagle Vail, Co

A workshop of inquiry in your yoga practice. We will use meditation, movement, and music to discover your personal joy. Also how to sustain your personal joy in your practice and, ultimately, share it with your loved ones and your community.

For more information call 970-748-3176


The Peak School-an option for Middle and High School in Summit County,Colorado

The Peak School – an option for Middle and High School students in Summit County, Colorado

The Peak School, Frisco Colorado

The Peak School, Frisco Colorado

If you are looking for a school where your student will thrive and flourish, where teachers individualize their students’ instruction, then consider The Peak School. An independent, non-profit middle and high school in Summit County, The Peak School ensures a challenging, intriguing and student-centered education.

With small class sizes of 12-16 students, teachers are able to individualize instruction and ensure that students receive the personal attention they deserve. Peak teachers are experts in their fields; 80 percent hold Masters degrees in education or their chosen content area. The school staff provides personalized and innovative instruction across the curriculum, focusing on “doing while learning.”


The Peak School offers freedom of curriculum which empowers a deeper way of learning. Students are not simply given information, but rather taught how to develop themselves as learners and citizens. As a member of the Independent Curriculum Group, The Peak School benefits from the collaboration and models of prestigious progressive schools around the country.


The Peak School is a committed community that cares. The school encourages involvement from parents and recognizes the power of being united around a common goal. Each and every Peak family participates in the school community by volunteering, event hosting or program coordination.At The Peak School, we want students to love school.

For more information visit, 

or visit them on facebook.

Located at 40 W. Main Street in Frisco, Colorado 80424

The Peak School, Frisco Colorado

The Peak School, Frisco Colorado


Author: Rebekah Jordan is the Head of School for The Peak School.  Rebekah’s educational philosophy reflects her belief in fostering academic excellence through concept-based mastery and is closely aligned with that of the Coalition of Essential Schools. Rebekah believes that education can and should support students in their development as engaged learners and active members of the community; whether that community is Summit County or the broader world.

November 6, 5:30 p.m. – Pride and Prejudice Lecture at Town of Vail Public Library


At 5:30 p.m, Wednesday Nov 6th at Town of Vail Public Library – Pride and Prejudice Lecture: Jenny Wing, Ph.D. of CMC will give an educational talk on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”

One of the greatest romance novels ever written.  It’s been adapted several times for screen and is the basis of so many other novels including Bridget Jones’ Diary.

Jane Austen was a brilliant writer in a time when women we not seen as much of anything but she choose to write stories, live the life she wanted and share her thoughts, making an impact on writers and readers around the world.

There isn’t a week that most of can’t pick up her book or stick in the movies and enjoy them from front to back, minute one to the credits.

Come learn more about the beloved, fascinating writer Jane Austen at The Town of Vail Public Library and from Jenny Wing Ph.D.

We look forward to seeing you there this evening.  or call 970-479-2184

November 2013: A month of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

The Town of Vail Public Library presents Evenings of Engagement for November with an exploration of Pride and Prejudice in celebration of the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s acclaimed novel!

The whole month the Town of Vail Public Library will run weekly events surrounding this Epic Novel.

Here is the full schedule.

November 6 5:30 p.m. – Pride and Prejudice Lecture: Jenny Wing, Ph.D. of CMC will give an educational talk on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”

November 13 5:00 p.m. – Pride and Prejudice Book Discussion Group

November 20 5:30 p.m. – Pride and Prejudice Movie Screening

Local resorts introduce family-friendly programming and apps

New this season- Local resorts introduce family-friendly programming and apps

Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone love families!

Summit County-  Winter 2013 – 2014

By Lu Snyder

The prospect of a new ski season in and of itself is exciting enough for most snow enthusiasts, but local resorts are giving families even more reason to celebrate this year, with new activities, designated family areas and more.


Hoping to catch some air this winter? Go for a ride on Breckenridge’s new zip line. Opening this winter, the four-line zip line will carry guests 1,500-feet, alongside the resort’s Freeway Terrain Park, at speeds up to 50-miles-per-hour. It gives big air a whole new meaning.

Ski School students – both children and adults – can share their accomplishments with family and friends using Vail Resort’s new EpicMix Academy. The latest generation of the popular EpicMix application that allows Vail Resort’s on-mountain guests to share photos of themselves through Facebook and Twitter, the EpicMix Academy allows instructors to certify students’ accomplishments.


Ski School Fun

Ski School Fun

Parents can use the application to track their children’s progress, while instructors can use it to verify a student’s abilities before they start a lesson, maximizing learning time. Students will be awarded special certified digital pins they can share online, along with pins for vertical feet, photos and racing medals. Cause if you’re going to brag, it helps to have proof to back up your claims.                                                                             Visit


Copper Mountain-

The coaches at Woodward at Copper, the indoor training facility and playground, can teach you to learn and practice terrain park tricks with the help and security of trampolines, mats and foam pits. Now that Woodward’s latest renovations are complete, the progressive learning features includes a new beginner foam pit, with 2- and 4-foot jumps.

The Barn, Woodward at Copper Mountain Colorado

The Barn, Woodward at Copper Mountain Colorado

But Woodward isn’t only about advancing your skiing and snowboarding skills. The training center is also designed for skateboards, BMX and slopestyle mountain bikes. Visit Woodward at Copper Mountain for additional information-

Families new to Copper Mountain will want to check out the resort’s new Sherpa app. The On-Mountain Intelligence App is like skiing with a local, without worrying about catching up. Sherpa gives you hands-free guidance around the mountain, letting you know where you are, where to go and what to do once you get there – locals information collected from lifelong employees, ski patrol and local experts. With Sherpa, you’ll never have to ask for directions again. Visit Copper Colorado for more information the Sherpa App


Bob Winsett

Tubing at Keystone ski resort

Keystone is a no-brainer for families looking for a winter getaway. With Kidtopia, the family-specific programming that includes the humongous Snow Fort, monthly fireworks, après-ski kids’ activities and weekly parades, Keystone makes family fun easy and, often, even free.  But this year, there’s even more reasons for families to celebrate Keystone. Kidtopia has been expanded to include a new, indoors Kidtopia Headquarters, where the fun factor is no longer dependent on good weather. More information on Keystone Resort Kidtopia events-click here!

Schoolmarm, the resort’s renowned 3.5-mile beginner run, is extra family-friendly this year with the introduction of Schoolyard. It’s not a new run, exactly, but with Schoolyard, a portion of Schoolmarm will be a designated beginner and family ski trail, complete with fun features like rock n’ rollers, banked turns and s-turns.

“It gives beginners a sense of how to ski and ride these features in an unintimidating atmosphere,” explains Tucker Burton, Keystone’s Communications Coordinator. “It’s all about progression.”

But likely the family favorite may be Keystone’s new (and free) family front-row parking. No longer will parents with small children have to endure the misery of balancing multiple sets of gear while also guiding whining tots through the often slippery parking lot. If that wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, keep in mind that Keystone also offers wagons and gear chauffeurs to help families haul kids and gear from their car to the lifts and back. Kudos to Keystone. More on Keystone Resort can found here-

Fright at the Museum Oct 26! Walking Mtns Science Center, Denver zoo & Denver Museum of Science and Nature.

Fright Night with Walking Mountains

Fright Night with Walking Mountains Science center

Fright at the Museum on October 26th from 3-7pm at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon!  A fun filled community event offering activities to uncover mysteries and learn about creepy crawly critters after dark.

The afternoon will offer “Wild Files” a program by Denver Museum of Nature and Science enticing families to solve wildlife mysteries.  The Denver Zoo will also be on hand to engage guests in learning about some of the living critters that make our hair stand on end – you might even get to hold a tarantula!  That’s not all, Walking Mountains Science Center will offer endless other fun experiences to leave kids satisfied and overflowing with excitement, such as a haunted hike, animal obstacle course, storytelling, and a mad science concoction. Enjoy tasty treats as the sun goes down and the sounds of the night come alive!

Fright at the Museum celebrates community and the season of spookiness while also raising vital support for educational programs that benefit the children, adults and families of our community. Proceeds from the eventwill be used to enhance and expand Walking Mountains’ programming so that even more people can participate and benefit from our unique, hands-on science education in the future.

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE.  They can also be purchased in person at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon to avoid internet fees.  $10/person or $15/person with the inclusion of the Denver Museum presentation.  Kids 3 and under are FREE.


DMNS: Wild Files (3 showings, 3:00, 4:30 & 6:00) - Become a scientific detective as you investigate wildlife mysteries by making observations and analyzing clues. Who has the right adaptations and motivations to commit these crimes? See if you can solve each case and uncover some incredible animal adaptations along the way!

Denver Zoo – Spiders, snakes and centipedes oh my! Come explore and interact with live critters and learn what makes them unique.  Zoo staff will explain the fascinating world of some of our favorite nocturnal animal friends.

Spine Tingling Tales – Stay warm by the fire as you hear stories of ghosts and mysterious creatures, sure to keep your eyes wide open and ears on edge.

Spooky Forest -Test your courage as you encounter spooky sounds and eerie eyes in the darkness of the forest. Don’t let your fear distract you from finding the clues to spell a mystery word to win your prize!

Creep N’ Crawl Challenge - Slip and slide on your belly, tunnel underground and avoid getting tangled in this fun and slightly dangerous animal obstacle course!

Mad Science - It’s Alive! Use rare ingredients like leech’s blood and goblin snot and work with a real mad scientist to create your very own potion!  Follow the directions carefully and stand back as your creation explodes to life!

Arachnid Art - Learn about our eight legged friends as you craft your own fantastic and furry spider.

Food will also be available for purchase!

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