Announcements

Annual RiverFest returns June 13

May 27, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council has announced that the sixth annual RiverFest will take place June 13. RiverFest is an annual celebration of our rivers and a fundraiser for Eagle River Watershed Council.

This year, following the theme “Discover Your Rivers,” the Watershed Council welcomes the community to join them in kicking off summer by rafting an iconic section of the Colorado River and continuing the festivities into the evening with a celebration in Wolcott.

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Starting Hearts lands office, training center

May 27, 2015 — 

VAIL — Starting Hearts has acquired a new office space and training center at the Avon Center in Avon. This is the first training center for the local nonprofit that educates the public on sudden cardiac arrest.

“Starting Hearts is on a mission to save more lives, and the acquisition of this centralized training center is getting us one step closer to this very important goal,” said Alan Himelfarb, executive director of Starting Hearts. “The organization is rapidly expanding and the time has come to organize operations under one roof. We couldn’t be happier to have our own home.”

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Wells Fargo seeking grant applicants, deadline June 30

May 26, 2015 — 

DENVER — More than 200 qualified, community-based nonprofit organizations in Colorado will receive funding from Wells Fargo through the 21st annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund.

The fund is just one component of Wells Fargo’s overall philanthropic efforts. In 2014, Wells Fargo’s community contributions in Colorado totaled $7.1 million to approximately 1,000 organizations, and the company team members logged more than 30,000 volunteer hours.

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Vail begins summer bus schedule

May 25, 2015 — 

VAIL — Town of Vail buses transitioned from the spring schedule to the summer schedule on Monday. The summer schedule, which will run through mid-December, will provide free 40-minute to one-hour service on most outlying routes during peak times and one-to-two hour service on most outlying routes during non-peak times.

New this summer will be daily service to Ford Park via Vail Valley Drive on the in-town route, which will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 14 through Sept. 30.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

May 25, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• June 1: Shopping trip to Walmart in Avon. Bus will leave the Golden Eagle Senior Center at 10 a.m. Please sign up at the Golden Eagle or by calling 970-328-8896.

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Senior calendar

May 18, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Technology training for older adults, 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Eagle library. Work with high school students to learn more about internet, iPhone, iPad, laptops, social media, etc. Please call 328-8896 for more information or to sign up.

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LKW Design relocates office

May 17, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — LKW Design Associates, a full-service boutique interior design firm in the Vail Valley, has announced the relocation to their new office space to accommodate the rapid growth of the organization. The new office space, located at 275 Main St., Suite C-104 in The Riverwalk Garnet building, will provide a location with ample space for intimate and comprehensive client meetings and project design functions. LKW Design Associates will move into their new space in June. All contact information including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

“We are thrilled to be moving LKW Design Associates to the Garnet Building in the heart of Riverwalk,” said principal and owner Jamie Critchlow. “This move will improve our client experience by expanding our services and greatly increasing space for consultations and client meetings.”

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County to partner with United Way on annual grants

May 17, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — In a change for 2016, Eagle County will partner with the United Way of Eagle River Valley to administer a portion of the county’s annual community grant program. Organizations intending to request funding for programs and services supporting social investment, including enhancing access to shelter, medical care, food, employment, safety and early childhood development, should apply through the United Way. This includes organizations that provide such services in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Applications are available at www.unitedwayeagle.org or by request to Executive Director Rebecca Kanaly at executive director@unitedwayeagle.org or at 303-994-2622. The deadline to apply is May 31; grants will be awarded in July.

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Ehrlich named executive director of SOS Outreach

May 16, 2015 — 

VAIL — The board of directors of SOS Outreach last week announced the appointment of Seth Ehrlich to the position of executive director of the youth development nonprofit organization. Ehrlich has served at SOS for nearly 10 years, most recently as interim executive director while the executive committee conducted a national search for its new leader.

“Seth’s leadership is matched only by his passion and both characteristics have resulted in a team-approach to expanding SOS nearly four-fold and fundraising by 200 percent, as well as increasing program diversity,” said board president Buie Seawell, a professor at the University of Denver. “The future of SOS under Seth is very bright as it strives to be a nationally recognized, best-practice organization. His ability to execute vision while managing day-to-day operations is extraordinary.”

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Betty Ford Gardens in Vail host volunteer training Monday

May 16, 2015 — 

VAIL — On Monday, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is hosting a training day for volunteers beginning at 9 a.m. at the Garden Shed. Refreshments will be served. The best way to access the shed is through the new northeast entrance of the Gardens just past the concession stand and adjacent to the southeast corner of the ball fields in Ford Park.

“Volunteers learn about high altitude gardening, fine-tune gardening techniques, and develop friendships that can last a lifetime,” said Jerri Powles, the gardens’ volunteer coordinator.

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Pedal Power co-hosting high altitude bike camp this summer

May 15, 2015 — 

EAGLE-VAIL — Pedal Power Bike Shop and Leadville Racing will be hosting a high-altitude mountain bike race camp this summer. This specialized camp is specifically geared toward young riders seeking to improve their racing technique and hone their competitive edge.

Designed and developed by the coaches at Leadville Racing in Leadville, this is a totally new concept in training for young athletes. This high-altitude camp takes place from June 14 through June 17 at the beautiful campus of Colorado Mountain College, the nation’s highest college campus. Cost is $375 and includes the camp, all meals and lodging at the CMC Timberline Campus dormitories

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Golf tourney fundraiser slated for June 8 in Breck

May 15, 2015 — 

AVON — The Christie Lodge and Breckenridge Grand Vacations are teaming up to host the annual Christel House Open Golf Tournament in support of Christel House and The Summit Foundation. The event will be held June 8 at Breckenridge Golf Club.

Christel House uses a holistic model designed to transform the lives of impoverished children. They do this by focusing on the “whole child.” Christel House provides for children in several aspects such as education, physical health, overall well-being. Sticking with the child from adolescence through adulthood, it is their mission to make sure that the children are prepared for the world’s challenges and succeed through hard work and dedication.

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Annual Ride in Remembrance set for Thursday

May 15, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The annual Ride in Remembrance, a tribute to fallen emergency service personnel, is slated for Thursday. The annual ride gathers motorcyclists, owners of custom cars, trucks and emergency vehicles from across the valley.

This year’s riders will gather at Freedom Park in Edwards starting at 10:30 a.m. The procession leaves Edwards at 11:30 a.m., headed for Donovan Park in Vail.

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National group invites VCHS student to event

May 14, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — Lynn Ludlow, an 11th grader at Vail Christian High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, June 28 — 30.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

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Eagles Fore Education golf tourney set for Wednesday

May 14, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Education Foundation of Eagle County will hold the second annual Eagles Fore Education golf tournament on Wednesday at the Red Sky Ranch Fazio Course. Proceeds from the event will benefit local public middle and high schools.

Special thanks to Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise for donating the Red Sky Ranch Fazio Course, and for their investment in Vail Valley public education. Vail Resorts has been a faithful contributor to EFEC throughout the years.

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Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation welcomes new VP

May 14, 2015 — 

VAIL — Brett Holleman recently joined the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation as its vice president. Originally from Holland, Michigan, Holleman moved to Vail from Rochester, Minnesota, where he was a major gifts officer at Mayo Clinic. He brings over 20 years of broad experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on philanthropy and benefactor relations.

“Brett’s experience, knowledge and warm personality complement the VVMC Foundation’s growing team of professionals,” said VVMC President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “As we embark on a Master Facility Plan to build Vail’s hospital of the future, Brett will be integral in raising funds to support this initiative.”

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Documentary screens Friday in Beaver Creek

May 14, 2015 — 

BEAVER CREEK — The Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation presents “The Mask You Live In” Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center. The special PG-13 screening is presented by Girl PowHER, a gender-specific project of the Youth Foundation. General admission tickets are on sale now for $20, or for $10 more, you can sponsor a student’s ticket which allows high school and middle school students to watch this impactful movie for free.

“The Mask You Live In” follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January.

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Vail Athletic Club kids' climbing open house is Saturday

May 14, 2015 — 

VAIL — The final local event of the USA Climbing Sport Climbing Series event for Colorado was held recently at the Vail Athletic Club and drew more than 100 competitors. Athletes traveled from Arizona, New Mexico and from all around the state of Colorado to Vail for this event. This series is a collection of climbing competitions where the athletes climb holds on the wall while tied into a rope for safety. This competition is designed for youth climbers of all ages and abilities and attracted some of the nation’s best climbers for the last event before the Regional Championships.

All Climbing Styles Represented

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Vail Christian opens wait list

May 12, 2015 — 

EDWARDS — The Vail Christian Academy, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, has opened its public enrollment waiting list for kindergarten and sixth grade for the 2015-16 school year. Limited spots are also available for other grades. Tuition assistance is offered for qualifying families.

Families living anywhere in the region are eligible to enroll, and student shuttles are available for children in Eagle and Gypsum. Pre-acceptance testing is required for kindergarten and sixth grade consideration. As spots open up, accepted students will have the opportunity to claim openings based on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Vail seeks board members for community committees

May 12, 2015 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail is seeking community members to fill three vacancies on the Vail Local Licensing Authority and one opening on the Vail Local Housing Authority. Applications are due to the town by 5 p.m. on May 25. Applicants will be interviewed by the Vail Town Council at its June 2 afternoon work session, with appointments to follow at its regular evening meeting.

The five-member Vail Local Licensing Authority meets the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 10 a.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. This volunteer board reviews all town liquor license applications. The three vacancies are for two-year terms ending June 1, 2017. To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens, registered voters within Vail, must have lived in the town of Vail no less than two years preceding appointment and have no direct financial interest in any license to sell alcoholic beverages or any location having any such license.

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Vail Valley Bizwatch: Charmian Place offers party rentals

May 11, 2015 — 

Business name: Charmian Place LLC.

Location: Eagle.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

May 11, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Technology training for older adults, 2:30-3:20 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Eagle library. Work with high school students to learn more about Internet, iPhone, iPad, laptops, social media, etc. Call 970-328-8896 for more information or to sign up.

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Rotary Club seeking nonprofit partners for holiday duck race

May 9, 2015 — 

VAIL — The Vail Rotary Club will sponsor its 17th annual Rubber Duck Race on Labor Day weekend to raise funds for the club’s service projects. Each year, Vail Rotary partners with nonprofit organizations whose members sell Duck Race tickets. Last year, the Vail Rotary Club gave out over $12,000 to those nonprofit partners.

This year, Vail Rotary wants to increase the number of nonprofit partners to share in the proceeds from this event. Each nonprofit partner is paid 60 percent of the funds it raises. The more ducks sold, the more funds each organization can raise. Members of the organizations also participate on race day, helping the hundreds of volunteers who make this event a huge success.

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Open house set for Saturday at Avon fire station

May 7, 2015 — 

AVON — The Eagle River Fire Protection District will host an open house Saturday at the fire station at 351 Benchmark Road in Avon. The event will feature fun for the whole family — including interactive displays, games and information, as well as hot dogs straight off the grill — is free and open to the public and will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

FUN FOR ALL AGES

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Starting Hearts' Blake honored as Humanitarian Service Hero

May 5, 2015 — 

VAIL — Starting Hearts’ founder Lynn Blake was nationally recognized from the American Red Cross at the recent ninth annual Heroes of Western Colorado dinner in Grand Junction.

Blake was awarded the Humanitarian Service Hero Award for her founding of Starting Hearts and the development of programs that provide critical resources and training to the community to prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest, says Eric Myers, executive director of American Red Cross of Western and Southwestern Colorado.

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Vail's annual cleanup set for May 15

May 4, 2015 — 

VAIL — The Town of Vail will once again combine its community clean up with charitable contributions when the annual event returns on Friday, May 15. The first 100 participants will be awarded $25 to distribute to one of many area non-profits approved by the Vail Town Council. The charitable contributions have been used to help build community pride and involvement in the 30-plus year-old event. Local groups and organizations are being asked to contact the town in advance to make arrangements to participate.

Volunteers will meet at the top of the Lionshead parking structure for check in starting at 9 a.m. All participating volunteers will be treated to free complimentary NY style, hand-tossed pizza and beverages donated by Blue Moose Pizza at the Arrabelle at Vail Square beginning at noon.

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Mitsch Bush to host forum in Eagle on Thursday

May 4, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush will host a “Community Conversations” at 5 p.m. Thursday in Eagle.

The event takes place at the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway.

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Public access TV station to air council meetings live

May 4, 2015 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Public Access TV 5 now offers viewers another opportunity to stay in touch with local government and watch other community events.

The station recently began remotely broadcasting Vail and Avon town council meetings live, as they happen, on Channel 5. For show times, visit www.publicaccess5.org.

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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants

May 4, 2015 — 

VAIL — The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation this year awarded more than $67,000 to 33 organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business.

The foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns the Vail Daily.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

May 4, 2015 — 

Upcoming events

• Mondays and Wednesdays: Technology training for older adults, Eagle Public Library, 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. Work with high school students to learn more about the Internet, iPhones, iPads, laptops, social media, etc. Call 970-328-8896 for more information or to sign up.

• Wednesday: Non-medical foot care (toenail rimming and foot soaks), Maloit Senior Wellness Center, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. First come, first served. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.

• Wednesday: Poker game, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 p.m. All are welcome, no sign up necessary.

• Friday: Strong People weight training program, Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. To register, call 970-328-8831. $2 per class.

• Friday: Book Lover’s Coffee Klatch, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. For book lovers to talk, make recommendations and learn about different genres. Coffee and snacks provided.

• Friday: Avon Public Library visits Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center with a selection of large print books, DVDs and audio books, 11 a.m.

• Friday: Salsa-making demonstration, Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 11 a.m.

• May 12: Medical foot care appointments with Dr. Brian Maurer. Appointments begin at 2:15 p.m. Please call 328-8896 to reserve a spot.

Ongoing weekly activities

Mondays

• Senior Spot, Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 1 to 4 p.m. A program of Eagle Valley Senior Life. Balance exercises, culinary creations, music and more. Drop in for some or all of the time. For schedule of activities, visit www.evslife.org or call 970-977-0188.

• Parkinson’s Foundations exercise class, Trinity Church in Edwards, 5:30 p.m. Class focuses on strength, balance and flexibility. Exercises are enhanced to include cognition, vocal therapy and fun. Not just for those with Parkinson’s — it is beneficial for anyone who would like to improve balance, flexibility and strength.

Tuesdays

• Senior lunch, Golden Eagle Senior Center, noon. $3 suggested donation. Rides available. Call 970-328-8896 for reservations.

• Non-medical foot care (toenail trimming and foot soaks), Golden Eagle Senior Center, third Tuesday of month, 9 to 11 a.m. Call 970-328-8896.

• Transportation for errand (post office, shopping, etc.). Bus leaves Golden Eagle Senior at 2 p.m. Call 970-328-8896.

• Joint Relief Water Class, Avon Recreation Center, 10 to 11 a.m. $2. Call 970-328-8831.

• Water aerobics class, Gypsum Recreation Center, 10 to 11 a.m. $5. Call 970-328-8896.

Wednesdays

• Senior lunch, Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 11:30 a.m. $2 suggested donation. Rides available. Call 970-328-8831 for reservations.

• Chair yoga, Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 11 a.m. Free.

• Grocery shopping, bus leaves Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m.

• Nordic Walking. Be ready to go by 10 a.m. Wear layered clothing to be prepared for all types of weather. All levels welcome.

• Poker game, Golden Eagle Senor Center, first and third Wednesday of month, 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursdays

• Strong People progressive weight training class, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 11 a.m. $2 suggested donation. Call 970-328-8896.

• Senior Spot, Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 1 to 4 p.m. A program of Eagle Valley Senior Life. Balance exercises, culinary creations, music and more. Drop in for some or all of the time. For schedule of activities, visit www.evslife.org or call 970-977-0188.

• Senior lunch, Golden Eagle Senior Center, noon. $3 suggested donation. Rides available. Call 970-328-8896 for reservations.

• Senior crochet group, Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 p.m. Make blankets for local children. Open to veteran crocheters and those just beginning. Yarn provided.

• Grocery shopping, bus leaves the Golden Eagle at 1 p.m. Call 970-328-8896.

• Parkinson’s Foundations exercise class, Trinity Church in Edwards, 5:30 p.m. This class focuses on strength, balance, and flexibility. Exercises are enhanced to include cognition, vocal therapy and fun. Not just for those with Parkinson’s — this class is beneficial for anyone who would like to improve balance, flexibility and strength.

• Water aerobics class, Gypsum Recreation Center, 10 to 11 a.m. $5. Call 970-328-8896.

• Parkinson Support Group, Trinity Church in Edwards, fourth Thursday of month, 5 to 6 p.m. For Parkinson patients and their family and friends who are looking for support and resources for dealing with the disease in a fun and uplifting atmosphere. Meetings include some type of educational presentation.

Fridays

• Senior lunch, Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center,

11:30 a.m. $2. Rides available. Call 970-328-8831 for reservations.

• Book Lovers Coffee Klatch, Golden Eagle Senior Center, second and fourth Fridays of month, 10:30 a.m. For book lovers to talk, make recommendations and learn about different genres. Coffee and snacks provided.

Locations

Golden Eagle Senior Center: 715 Broadway Eagle, 970-328-8896.

Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center (VSSA building): 1951 Highway 24 Minturn, 970-328-8831.

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