Announcements

Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event

November 25, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 9. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 million incentive fund created by the partners. Donate online at www.Colorado Gives.org or schedule your donation in advance.

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Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event

November 25, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 9. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 million incentive fund created by the partners. Donate online at www.Colorado Gives.org or schedule your donation in advance.

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ECO Transit Passenger Appreciation Day is Wednesday

November 25, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — ECO Transit is the recent recipient of several statewide recognitions and will be sharing its success with riders during Passenger Appreciation Day, set for Wednesday. Staff members will be at the Chambers Park & Ride in Eagle, Avon Station in Avon and the Vail Transportation Center in Vail from 6 to 9 a.m. to provide doughnuts, giveaways and a chance to win an annual bus pass.

This fall, ECO Transit was named “Medium Transit System of the Year” by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies for its ridership increases and for taking a lead role in partnerships throughout the state. Ridership is up 15 percent for 2014 over 2015 to-date. In addition to the overall award, ECO Transit Director Kelley Collier was recognized as one of “4 under 40” for her leadership and innovation in promoting transit in the community.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

November 24, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Minturn senior lunch is moved to the Turntable Restaurant for today, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Pile burning in Vail planned Monday

November 23, 2014 — 

VAIL — Crews from Vail Fire and Emergency Services have scheduled pile burns for Monday as conditions permit. The operations will take place in the Buffehr Creek area where the Vail wildland fire mitigation crew had been working all summer.

Pile burning is dependent on environmental conditions that allow smoke to rise and disperse rather than settling onto the highway and into residential areas. In most cases, burning will only occur when there is adequate snow cover to minimize risks. Smoke and flames may be visible from various points along Interstate 70 and some smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evening hours.

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Forest Service selling Christmas tree permits

November 21, 2014 — 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Christmas tree permits are on sale in Eagle County. A permit allows the public to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on National Forest lands, as authorized on the permit and the accompanying maps.

Persons cutting trees must have a valid permit with them when cutting a tree, and once the tree is cut the permit must be attached to the tree. Forest Service permits are only valid for trees located on National Forest system lands. Permit costs $10 per tree. Permits come with information explaining regulations and also giving helpful tips. The National Forest offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, species availability, travel management requirements and any other restrictions of note. No cutting is permitted in campgrounds or other recreation/facility sites, wilderness and/or near lakes, streams or in wetland areas.

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Real estate firm is Turkey Trot title sponsor

November 20, 2014 — 

VAIL — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties is the title sponsor for the Vail Valley Foundation’s 8th Annual Turkey Trot. This annual Thanksgiving Day event in Eagle-Vail draws locals and second homeowners together to support The Youth Foundation.  The Foundation, the educational arm of The Vail Valley Foundation, is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families throughout Eagle County.

“We are proud to support the Youth Foundation as the title sponsor of this year’s Turkey Trot,” said Michael Slevin, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties. “The Youth Foundation partners with Eagle County Schools to provide over 3,800 local children with focused early childhood education, after-school, summer, and scholarship programs that support and inspire success. Their concentrated interventions provide each child with over 250 contact hours that produce significant results and equip students to reach their highest potential.”

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Vail offers reminders on snow clearing

November 19, 2014 — 

VAIL — The town of Vail is reminding residents that clearing snow from driveways, parking areas and sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner. Private snowplow operators are prohibited from pushing or plowing snow into Vail’s streets and roads and from impeding access to fire hydrants. To operate a hydrant, fire crews need 7 feet to each side and a minimum of 4 feet to the back and 10 feet to the front of all fire hydrants. It is the responsibility of the contractor to store snow on private property or haul snow away. Private operators found pushing snow onto the public right of way will be subject to fines and other sanctions. Snow removed from the roofs of buildings in Vail Village and Lionshead also must be hauled away and not left on snow melted surfaces.

Also, extra care should be taken when driving through Vail’s neighborhoods, watching for hidden driveway entrances. In addition, the town’s snowplow drivers have already encountered several snow cave hazards in the neighborhoods and are asking for the community’s help in removing them from the public right of way. The town recommends keeping snow caves and other building activities at least 100 feet from the roadways.

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Crews to begin burning slash piles in Eagle-Vail, Wolcott

November 19, 2014 — 

VAIL — Smoke may be visible in Eagle-Vail and on Bellyache Ridge near Wolcott this week and next as crews from Eagle County and Eagle River Fire Protection District begin burning slash piles generated from wildfire mitigation projects completed last summer. Firefighters from both agencies will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable for lifting smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent the spread of fire. Burning could begin as early as today and potentially continue through early December.

“We need adequate snow on the ground before we ignite slash piles,” said Eric Lovgren, wildfire mitigation manager for Eagle County. “We have between 60 to 70 piles to burn.”

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Paid parking begins Friday in Vail

November 19, 2014 — 

VAIL — Paid parking in Vail’s parking structures and outlying lots begins Friday to coincide with the start of Vail Mountain’s 2014-15 ski and snowboard season. Parking passes are available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the season on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road. Bring proof of eligibility as restrictions apply.

The town is offering five parking pass options which provide significant discounts over the standard daily rates. Value card holders from previous seasons are being asked to stop by the Municipal Building to activate new cards. Please bring proof of employment, residency or property ownership to meet qualifications.

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Water-rate hearings are Thursday

November 19, 2014 — 

VAIL — Public hearings will take place Thursday as the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District and Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority prepare to adopt their respective proposed 2015 budgets. The boards of directors will consider the proposed 2015 rates as the third item on both the authority and district meeting agenda. The authority meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. and the district meeting begins at 11 a.m.; both meetings take place at the district office at 846 Forest Road in Vail and include time for public comment.

An average customer would see an increase of $1.08 per single family equivalent with the 2015 monthly water service rates proposed for the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority. The new rates would raise the average monthly water service bill from $48.77 to $49.85 in the authority service area, which includes Arrowhead, Avon, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Berry Creek, Cordillera, Eagle-Vail, and Edwards.

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Surefoot launches recycling program

November 19, 2014 — 

PARK CITY — It may be the world’s biggest supplier of custom ski boots, but Surefoot also wants to make sure that its operations have the smallest impact on the earth–and do some good at the same time.

With 24 custom ski boot retail stores world-wide, including a location in Vail, Surefoot manufactures tens of thousands of custom liners for their full line of ski boots. Additionally, Surefoot processes thousands more liners from customers wanting to upgrade their old liners. Disposing of all these new and used liners is problematic, since the ski boot liners are comprised of plastic and foam materials and take up to 2,000 years for the liners to biodegrade in a landfill. Disposing of the liners in landfills is not an acceptable solution.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

November 17, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Tuesday: Blood pressure checks at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 11:30 a.m.

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Active Energies’ boss honored

November 16, 2014 — 

MINTURN — Megan Gilman, president of Minturn-based Active Energies, has been named to the Denver Business Journal’s inaugural list of the Top Women in Energy. The honor was announced at an Oct. 29 reception and appears in the latest edition of the Denver Business Journal.

Gilman was recognized for her impact in energy efficiency and renewable energy both in Colorado and far-reaching areas of the globe. Gilman has led the company to be an international leader in the field of green building and energy efficiency. Active Energies is now working in nine countries on five continents, providing expertise and professional training on energy and building projects.

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Annual food drive is Nov. 15

November 13, 2014 — 

VAIL — The annual Stock the Pantry Food Drive has been scheduled for Nov. 15 throughout Eagle County. Representatives from area law enforcement agencies, including the Vail, Eagle and Avon Police Departments and Colorado Mountain Express will be heading an effort to collect food at participating grocery stores between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day.

Donation locations are at any City Market in Eagle County, Wal-Mart in Avon, Village Market in Edwards or Bella’s Market in Gypsum. Bring food, buy food or drop off cash or a check. Tax receipts are available upon request.

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Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 9

November 13, 2014 — 

Eagle County Gives has announced its support of Colorado Gives Day 2014 — an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving to Colorado charities. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour period to “Give where you live” by making online donations to the hundreds of charities featured on Community First Foundation’s online giving resource, ColoradoGives.org. As a recognized coalition on ColoradoGives.org, Eagle County Gives will benefit from this initiative.

A total of 36 local nonprofits have combined their resources under the Eagle County Gives umbrella to create an even greater local impact during these challenging economic times. Partner organizations provide programming from basic human services to youth development for the community.

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Want to give to Toys for Tots?

November 13, 2014 — 

EAGLE — Kevin Brubeck, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Eagle, will accept donations for annual Christmas toy drives from now until Dec. 15.

Brubeck’s office at 129 Broadway is one of the drop-off locations for this year’s Christmas Toys for Girls & Boys for Eagle County Child Protective Services as well as the annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys are welcome, but Brubeck’s office can’t accept cash donations. For more information, call 970-328-0361.

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Slifer Designs promotes three

November 13, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — Slifer Designs President Yvonne Jacobs recently announced the promotion of three people at the firm.

Tara Klaers has been promoted to buyer and co-visual merchandiser, Addie Lagace to co-visual merchandiser and Lisa Mikels as retail manager.

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Edwards financial office grows its team

November 13, 2014 — 

EDWARDS— The Aprisent Financial Group recently announced that Ashley Patriacca, has joined their team. Patriacca assumes responsibility for marketing, communications and social media campaigns, as well as assisting with client relations.

A native of Asheville, N.C., Patriacca graduated Magna Cum Laude from Appalachian State University in 1991 with a degree in business.  In 1999, she received two masters from the American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona, a MBA and a Masters of International Healthcare Management.

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Local broker celebrates milestone

November 13, 2014 — 

VAIL — Roger Wilkinson, a broker with RE/MAX Vail Valley, has been working in the real estate industry for more than 20 years. The staff and brokers at the company recently congratulated Wilkinson on that milestone and commitment to the broker/Realtor community in the Vail Valley.

Wilkinson has long experience in residential property sales, property management and hotel engineering. Among his list of achievements, Wilkinson has earned numerous awards including the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, for serving a high number of clients.

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Vail Police provide ‘Securing the Slopes’ trainings

November 11, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Vail Police Department, in partnership with the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), a nonprofit institute, is continuing a series of free public safety trainings to help law enforcement enhance community safety in preparation for the 2015 Vail-Beaver Creek Alpine World Ski Championships to be held Feb. 2-15. The schedule for the “Securing the Slopes” workshops is as follows: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle County Paramedic Services station in Gypsum, 785 Red Table Drive; Dec. 16 at the Eagle County Paramedic Services building in Edwards, 1005 Edwards Village Blvd.; and 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center in Vail. The workshops are limited to the first 45 participants.

“Securing the Slopes” is part of the CELL’s Community Awareness Program, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-approved public-safety training initiative designed in accordance with the nationwide “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. The program has been successfully implemented at large sporting events including Coors Field, Pepsi Center, Winter X Games, Major League Baseball All-Star game and the USA Pro Challenge.

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Bennet accepting intern applications

November 11, 2014 — 

DENVER — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is accepting internship applications from undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students for his offices in Washington, Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Pueblo.

Washington interns attend hearings and briefings, research legislative issues, meet with Congressional officials and staff, conduct U.S. Capitol tours and draft correspondence.

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Epic Pass deadline is Nov. 23

November 11, 2014 — 

BROOMFIELD — Nov. 23 is the last chance for skiers and riders to purchase an Epic Pass for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season.

Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass now offers access to 22 mountain resorts and more than 32,000 acres of skiing and riding. It costs $769 for adults and $399 for children (ages 5-12).

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Annual Food Drive is Saturday

November 11, 2014 — 

VAIL — The annual Stock the Pantry Food Drive has been scheduled for Saturday throughout Eagle County. Representatives from area law enforcement agencies, including the Vail, Eagle and Avon Police Departments and Colorado Mountain Express will be heading an effort to collect food at participating grocery stores between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day.

Donation locations are at any City Market in Eagle County, Wal-Mart in Avon, Village Market in Edwards or Bella’s Market in Gypsum. Bring food, buy food or drop off cash or a check. Tax receipts are available upon request.

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Club at Cordillera having record-breaking summer

November 11, 2014 — 

EDWARDS — The Club at Cordillera General Manager Mike Henritze recently announced that, as of Oct. 1, The Club at Cordillera has hit 450 members — a new high-water-mark for the community. This increase in members comes just 18 months after the sale to Windrose Holdings LLC and the hiring of Troon Golf’s Troon Prive.

With the 2014 golf season concluded, Henritze gave a business update for The Club at Cordillera and its real-estate sales.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

November 10, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Eagle County Caregiver/Memory Loss Support Group at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon (across from Walmart), 4:30-6 p.m. Please RSVP to Pat at pat.nolan@eaglecounty.us.

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Vail Valley Foundation athlete funding applications due Nov. 14

November 7, 2014 — 

VAIL — Vail Valley’s athletes are reminded that applications for winter funding from the Vail Valley Athlete Commission must be submitted by Friday.

To be considered for Athlete Commission funding, a competitor must be a minimum of 15 years of age; participate in international competition, outside of North America; be a resident of the Vail Valley for a minimum of three years; and apply as an individual, rather than a team. Applicants will be notified of their status Nov. 24 and funds will be distributed in December.

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Ascent Sotheby’s adds brokers

November 7, 2014 — 

VAIL — Two new brokers, Tom Dunn and Buckner Matthews, are joining the Ascent Sotheby’s International team.

Native Texan Dunn was drawn to the Rocky Mountain lifestyle over 20 years ago and moved to the Vail Valley after graduating with a business and marketing degree from the University of Texas. Immediately excited by the Vail Valley lifestyle and with his swift business acumen for real estate, Dunn moved into property management with a local developer East West Resorts to launch their Bachelor Gulch division.

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Annual CAIC benefit is Saturday

November 6, 2014 — 

BRECKENRIDGE — The Friends of the CAIC are hosting the seventh annual CAIC Benefit Bash, a benefit for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, on Saturday at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Mountain enthusiasts are invited to rally together and support CAIC in their continued efforts of avalanche forecasting and education throughout Colorado. This winter kick-off staple features live music from Shakedown Street, an array of tasty food from local restaurants and incredible beer from Colorado’s own New Belgium Brewery. Don’t miss out on the Benefit Bash’s massive silent auction, live auction and thousands of dollars worth of door prizes and giveaways.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

November 3, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Non-medical foot care at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 9 to 11 a.m. Call Pat for more information at 970-328-8831.

• Wednesday: Poker game at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 1 p.m.

• Nov. 5: Soup and chili potluck dinner at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 5 p.m. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up and to indicate what you will be bringing.

• Saturday: Craft and bake sale at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come get a head start on your holiday shopping with baked goods, jewelry, household items and more!

• Nov. 11: Eagle County Caregiver/Memory Loss Support Group at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church, 4:30 to 6 p.m. RSVP to pat.nolan@eaglecounty.us.

• Nov. 12: The Conversation Project at Edwards Interfaith Chapel, 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by Hospice of the Valley and Eagle Valley Senior Life to help people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. RSVP to Hospice of the Valley at 970-569-7455.

Ongoing weekly activities

Mondays

• Senior Spot, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1 to 4 p.m. at Eagle River Presbyterian Church. A caring and friendly place for seniors to connect with others and engage in fun, meaningful activities. Activities stimulate emotional, physical and cognitive functioning. Visit www.evslife.org or call 970-331-5355.

• Full body fitness exercise class, 9 to 10 a.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle. A full body workout incorporating both seated and standing activities. Variety will be offered with hand weights, resistance tubing/bands, circuit training, balance and coordination challenges, and cardiovascular training. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896.

Tuesdays

• Senior lunch, noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle, $3 suggested donation for diners 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available. Call 970-328-8896.

• Seated stretch and strengthen exercise class, 11 a.m. to noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. A fully seated class, incorporating general stretching and strengthening for both upper and lower extremities. Hand weights and resistance tubing/bands will be incorporated, as will seated balance activities to help engage the core. There will be some limited cardiovascular work in this class as well. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896.

• Afternoon card game, 1 p.m.

• Transportation for errands (bank, post office, etc.). Bus leaves the Golden Eagle at 2 p.m. for this service. Call 970-328-8896.

• Joint Relief Water Class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Avon Recreation Center. $2 per class. Call 970-328-883.

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

Wednesdays

• Senior lunch, 11:30 a.m. at VSSA/ Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. $2 per meal for those 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available, depending on location. Call 970-328-8831.

• Strong People senior weight-training class, Minturn Fitness Center, $2. Call Sarah Ellefson at 970-855-0492.

• Chair Yoga at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 11 a.m., free.

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

• Full body fitness exercise class, 9 to 10 a.m. at the Golden Eagle. A full body workout incorporating both seated and standing activities. Variety will be offered with hand weights, resistance tubing/bands, circuit training, balance and coordination challenges, and cardiovascular training. Suggested donation of $2 per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.

• Poker game at the Golden Eagle on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursdays

• Move to Music, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 p.m. Limber up your joints, build strength and endurance, improve your balance and stretch while you move with music and have fun! Suggested donation per class, $2. Held at Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 970-331-5355 for more information.

• Strong People progressive weight training class, 11 at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, $2 suggested donation per class. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.

• • Senior Spot, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 p.m. A caring and friendly place for seniors to connect with others and engage in fun, meaningful, and safe activities. Activities stimulate emotional, physical and cognitive functioning. Held at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. For schedule of activities, go to www.evslife.org or call 970-331.-5355.

• Senior lunch, noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle, $3.00 suggested donation for people 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available. Call 970-328-8896 for reservations.

• Afternoon card game, 1 p.m.

• Non-medical foot care (toenail trimming and foot soaks) at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Third Thursday of each month from 9-11 a.m. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up for a spot.

• Senior crochet group, 1 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Senior Center. Come join us as we make blankets for local infants and young children. Open to veteran crochet-ers or those just beginning. Yarn provided.

• Grocery shopping, bus leaves the Golden Eagle at 1 or 2 p.m., depending on shopping location. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.

• Water aerobics class, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gypsum Recreation Center. $5 drop in rate. Call 970-328-8896 for more information.

• Parkinson Support Group, held the fourth Thursday of every month at Trinity Church in Edwards from 5-6 p.m. This meeting is for Parkinson patients as well as their family and friends who are looking for support and resources in a fun and uplifting atmosphere. Most meetings include some type of educational presentation.

Fridays

• Senior lunch, 11:30 a.m. at VSSA/Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, $2 fee per meal for those 60 or older. Home pick-ups and drop-offs are available, depending on location. Call 970-328-8831 for reservations.

• Fourth Friday of every month: BINGO at the Golden Eagle, 1 p.m.

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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