Volunteer Opportunity

Are you interested in volunteering with the Winter Park Chamber to produce summer events and activities that enrich our community this summer season? Working with our partners and our volunteers, we are able to attract a wide variety of year-round events and activities to the Winter Park and Fraser area including the following:

  • Switchback Music Festival – June 22, 2019
  • Run for Independence – July 4, 2019
  • Winter Park Jazz Festival – July 20-21, 2019
  • SolShine Music Festival – August 17, 2019
  • Country at the Park – August 31, 2019

Volunteers are an essential and invaluable part of the team, without whom these well-loved events would not be possible. We recognize that each individual’s experience is unique, and we welcome the opportunity to work with you to best apply and build on your unique skill set.

In return for your service, we offer incentives for sharing your time and experience, which could include a free beverage and lunch, event ticket/or a $25 donation per shift to the non-profit of your choice. To volunteer, visit playwinterpark.com.

Winter Park Disposable Bag Fee Starts July 1

Earlier this year, Winter Park Town Council moved towards its goal of building a more sustainable community by approving a fee for retailers and grocery stores that use single-use plastic bags. Creating a “healthy & thriving environment” was identified as a primary vision for the future through Imagine Winter Park, an initiative to develop a new Town Plan. Starting July 1, 2019, a disposable plastic bag fee of $0.20 per bag will be imposed.

Retailers and food stores will retain 40% of the fees collected ($0.08 per bag) to offset expenses associated with the fee implementation. The Town will collect 60% of the fees ($0.12 per bag) to mitigate the effects of the bags through education, programs to reduce waste, contributions to “The Drop” in Fraser, etc.

A few exceptions to the fee include:

  • Temporary food vendors at farmer’s markets and other short events;
  • Restaurants or other businesses (such as salons or spas) where retail sales are clearly a secondary activity; and,
  • Customers participating in a federal or state food assistance program.

The fee does not apply to produce bags or other bags used for bulk items, meats, baked goods, flowers, prescriptions, liquor sleeves, etc.

Resources for Businesses: Businesses that will be implementing this new fee are required to display signs and messages about the change before it begins. If you own a business affected by this change, you can find communication materials at wpgov.com/312/Disposable-Bag-Fee.

Lift Summer Service

Reminder: Thursday, June 13 will kick off the “high season” summer service for The Lift! This means the bus will operating half-hour service, 3pm-Midnight, Thursdays thru Sundays.

Don’t forget, the Granby Regional Commuter Line is operating year-round! Take the free bus between Granby, Fraser and Winter Park to attend the awesome summer events and festivals in our communities. Forget about finding parking, stressing about traffic or paying for gas – take the bus instead!

For more information on schedules, visit TheLiftWP.com. To schedule a pick-up at any stop not located on US 40, call dispatch at (970) 726-4163.

Colorado Bike Month

How do you get around town? June is Bike Month in Colorado so we encourage everyone to ditch the car for a day and try riding your bike instead! Biking is a fun, efficient and healthy form of transportation, and it contributes to our community’s sustainability. And don’t forget to join in on Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 26!

Have you added your information to the WorkInGrand portal yet?  

Don’t be shy, add your company or organization, housing availability, local resources, events and employment needs to workingrand.com!  Included is a Toolkit that you can use to answer questions you may have about getting started.  

Encourage your friends and employees to visit the website. Do you know people who need a job?  Over a hundred positions are posted. Housing opportunities are listed as well as local events and organizations. New information is being added every day. This resource is helpful for people new to the county, and long-time locals alike.  

To learn more and become involved, contact DiAnn Butler at (970) 531-1343 or dbutler@co.grand.co.us.

Grand County Higher Education needs your help!  

We are seeking community input that will help us create career pathways and learning opportunities for our Grand County adults. This survey will only take FOUR MINUTES of your time and you could possibly WIN one of two $50 Amazon Gift Cards just for participating! Include your personal email for a chance to win. To complete the survey, go to: surveygizmo.com/s3/5011192/other

For information about Grand County Higher Education, contact: Darcee Kissler, (970) 531-1307 or darceegchighered@gmail.com

CRAFT Studio 101 Update

The Grand County Historical, Tourism and Economic Development organizations have received the 2019 Colorado Tourism CRAFT 101 Grant. CRAFT stands for Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism and was founded to offer training and support for rural economic development through creation and branding of new or enhanced traveler experiences.  

Community members of Grand County were able to attend three community learning labs including Rural Tourism and Readiness, Marketing, Social Media, Culinary and Agritourism, Sustainable tourism, and Cultural and Heritage Tourism.

The core team is meeting and applying for funding in order to highlight the county’s lesser known hidden gems.  The first phase would include a content inventory of local resources, the creation of tours and itineraries in the county, and making a marketing and technological plan in order to carry out the project.  The different organizations involved are thrilled with the momentum and direction provided by the Colorado Tourism Office. Updates will continue, stay tuned.

To learn more and become involved, contact DiAnn Butler at (970) 531-1343 or dbutler@co.grand.co.us.

Rocky Mountain Rep Opens the 2019 Summer Season!

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre opens a divine 2019 summer season with Sister Act this Friday, June 7th at 8:00pm and Saturday, June 8th, at 8:00pm. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she will not be found: a convent! This may not be the lifestyle Deloris chose, but using her disco moves and singing talent, this sister breathes new life into the church and community.

The very next weekend at Rocky Mountain Rep is a Disaster! waiting to happen. Disaster! is a hilarious comedy that parodies 70s disaster films and is sure to get you movin’ and groovin’! Featuring 70s disco music like “Saturday Night”, “Knock On Wood”, “I Will Survive”, and “Hot Stuff”, this jukebox musical is full of nostalgic music and nonstop laughs.

Don’t miss our fabulous 2019 season! Tickets are on sale now at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre box office, you can call us 970-627-3421, or purchase tickets online at www.rockymountainrep.com. Our website has additional information regarding all of our shows: Sister Act, Disaster!, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Always…Patsy Cline this fall — check it out! Don’t be a stranger, make Rocky Mountain Rep a “habit” this summer!