Turkey Trot 5K

Earn your Thanksgiving meal with Snow Mountain Ranch’s annual Turkey Trot! Thursday, November 28 at 8 am is the 12th annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk at YMCA of the Rockies. The Turkey Trot is free to participate. Donations will be accepted to support the summer day camp scholarship program. YMCA of the Rockies family memberships will be awarded to first place female and male, and child under 16. 

Register online at snowmountainranch.org. The day of the race, November 28, check-in and registration starts at 7 am, race starts at 8 am. Check in will be located at the Hempel Auditorium, located directly north of the Sweet Memorial Building. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a six-foot leash at all times. Strollers and walkers also welcome.

Winter Door Decorating Contest

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is hosting a Winter Door Decorating Contest and invites local businesses to “Get in the spirit of snow by getting creative with your business’s door!” using the new community brand and/or one of the brand pillars.

The theme is “Let it Snow!” and doors must be decorated by November 30 in time to be judged during the following week’s Orientation Express. Categories include Best Overall, Most Creative and Most On Brand. Winners will be announced on December 10th and will receive an Elevation Pizza party.

For more information and to register your business, visit playwinterpark.com.

Art2020 Call for Artists

Are you an artist who wants to exhibit your work at a great local museum? Submit an exhibit proposal for Grand County Historical Association’s upcoming Art2020 exhibit series! Applications are due December 31, 2019, but will be accepted on a rolling basis. For information, email erica@grandcountyhistory.org.

The Angel Tree at Cooper Creek Square 

A community tradition providing holiday cheer to Grand County families in need. Participating is easy and fun for the whole family! 

Here’s how it works:

1) Pick an Angel card from the Tree, located in the plaza.

2) Fill out the receipt at the bottom of the card and leave in the receptacle box by the tree.

3) To ensure gifts are received in time for Christmas, please deliver them to a Cooper Creek Square shop on or before December 17th.

Don’t have time to shop? Consider a cash donation, as Angel shoppers are on hand to take care of shopping and wrapping on your behalf. To make a cash donation or if you have any questions, email stephanie@skybluecolorado.com

Happy Holidays and thank you for helping bring some holiday cheer to a Grand County child!

2020 Health Insurance Open Enrollment continues

November 1, 2019 – January 15, 2020 is the open enrollment period for Colorado’s Health Care Exchange: Connect for Colorado.

Even if you have NO changes, you still need to renew your plan for 2020. Here are a few things you can do right now to make open enrollment easier:

  1. Create or update your Connect for Health Colorado account: Online, at www.healthcare.gov or www.connectforhealthco.com, or, by phone, at: (855) 752-6749.
  2. If prompted, update your password.
  3. Make sure your current contact information and mailing address is up-to-date.

For in-person assistance, call Kim Long, Certified Health Coverage Guide and schedule an appointment: (970) 531-4769.

Grand County seeks interested Medical Director candidates

After twenty years as Grand County Emergency Medical Services’ Medical Director, John Nichols MD is leaving his volunteer position mid-January 2020. The Board of County Commissioners has begun a search for physicians interested in pursuing the roles of Medical Director and/or Assistant Medical Director at EMS and Public Health. Letters of interest should be submitted to County Manager Kate McIntire: kmcintire@co.grand.co.us.

Turn Black Friday into Fresh Air Friday

On Friday, November 29, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) welcomes visitors to any of their 41 state parks by providing free entry in what has become an annual tradition of encouraging Coloradans to get out and give thanks.

CPW created Fresh Air Friday to inspire people to slow down, get outdoors and spend time with friends, family or the natural world around them. Today, we’re taking it a step further.

As you embark on your Fresh Air Friday, please keep the seven principles of Leave No Trace in mind:

  • Plan ahead & prepare
  • Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Mountain Family Center Impact Study

MFC still needs participants for their Impact Study to help evaluate programs and services! Can you help? If you are a parent or caregiver to a child under 18, you may qualify! PLUS, all participants receive gift cards in exchange for their time!!! Email julie@mountainfanimycenter.org if you’re interested!