Announcements

Government offices closed on Monday

August 28, 2014 — 

VAIL — Most town of Vail municipal offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Vail Public Library also will be closed. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday. Transit services will operate uninterrupted during the holiday. Also, the police front counter in the municipal building will remain open on Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Residents with curbside trash service are reminded to check with their trash removal company to determine if collection schedules will be affected by the Labor Day holiday. Vail’s wildlife protection regulations prohibit placing trash outside for pickup other than from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the scheduled trash collection day. Residents also are reminded that if they haven’t arranged for recycling pickup to contact their hauler and visit vailgov.com/recycling for information on how to recycle, recycling rebates, building permit fee waivers, low income bin rebates and other helpful tips.

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Gould joins Ron Byrne & Associates

August 27, 2014 — 

VAIL — Ron Byrne & Associates has announced the addition of Tricia Gould to its sales team.

Originally from Kansas City, Gould moved from Massachusetts to the Vail Valley in 2005 with her husband and two sons. Gould grew up spending many spring breaks on the Vail Valley ski slopes and made the trips into a lifestyle. She brings vast expertise of high-end real estate, as she played an integral role in the development of Vail Valley Getaway luxury rental company, managing a portfolio of homes valued over $100 million for the past 10 years.

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Vail Daily column: Junior livestock auction demonstrates determination

August 26, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: This column, submitted by Vail Resorts, showcases the nonprofits that the company supports through its Vail Resorts Echo program.

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Eagle Valley Land Trust names Daus executive director

August 23, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle Valley Land Trust has named Jim Daus as its new executive director.

Daus replaces Kara Heide, who held the position since 2009.

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Keay named president of Vail Rotary Club

August 23, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Elizabeth Keay took office in July as the new president of Vail Rotary Club, following Rich Segal.

In 2015, Vail Rotary will celebrate the milestone of its 45th year of community involvement in the Vail Valley. When asked about the challenges for her year-long term as president, Keay said that she wants to increase member involvement in both local and international Rotary projects and to increase membership.

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Vail Daily obituary: Beth Lenore Alexander, 1957-2014

August 22, 2014 — 

Beth Alexander, born May 30, 1957, passed away Aug. 13. She was a loving wife and mother and grandmother. Resided in Gypsum. Beth leaves behind a husband, James Alexander; a son, Nicholas Alexander; a daughter, Brianna Alexander; Beth leaves behind her mother, Elenore Winget; two sisters, Iva Briggs and Leah Alexander; two brothers, David Winget and Daniel Winget; one grandson, Jacob Spoon; and two granddaughters, Madison Alexander and Ariel Alexander.

The service will be held Saturday at the Everett Family Funeral Home in Gypsum at 5 p.m.

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‘Footgolf’ available at Eagle-Vail Golf Club

August 22, 2014 — 

EAGLE-VAIL — The Eagle-Vail Golf Club announced that it has opened the Willow Creek Par 3 Course to introduce the newest sport to hit the Vail Valley, footgolf, a combination of soccer and golf. Eagle-Vail is only the fifth golf course to introduce the sport in Colorado.

According to the American Footgolf League, the combination soccer and golf sport called footgolf is played with a regulation No. 5 soccer ball on shortened holes, such as a Par 3 course, with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. Playing in groups of four, players compete to kick the soccer ball from the tee box into the cup with the least number of kicks. Each kick is considered a stroke, much like golf. The official rules of Federation for International Footgolf can be found online.

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Galer joins Alpine Resort Real Estate

August 21, 2014 — 

BEAVER CREEK — Laddie Clark, president of Alpine Resort Real Estate, has announced the addition of Randy Galer as a full-time associate broker to their real estate team.

Galer is originally from Enid, Okla., and earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational management from John Brown University in Arkansas. He brings over 25 years of sales, marketing and customer service experience from his work in the ski and sporting goods industry to the Alpine Resort Real Estate team. Since moving to the Vail Valley over 13 years ago with his wife, Rhonda, and two daughters, Galer has worked for such ski industry leaders as Pepi Sports, Intrawest Retail Group and Specialty Sports Ventures. Even though Galer will be working for Alpine Resort Real Estate full time, he plans to continue working on a limited basis for the Vail Ski and Snowboard School.

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Mountain resorts may post summer occupancy records

August 21, 2014 — 

DENVER — Western mountain lodging business is projected to post record occupancy and revenue figures for the third consecutive year, according to the most recent results released by Denver-based consulting firm DestiMetrics in its monthly Mountain Market Briefing.

Projections for the 2014 summer, which includes May through October, are that occupancy will be up 4 percent and revenues are expected to post a 6.9 percent gain compared to last summer. This tops the all-time summer record high in mountain destinations that was set last summer. Participating destinations have now already received or booked 90 percent of their total revenue for the entire summer of 2013, with August, September and October figures yet to be fully realized.

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Vail Dermatology celebrates 10th year

August 19, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Vail Dermatology recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at its locations in the Vail and Roaring Fork valleys.

Led by founding physician Dr. Karen Nern, the Vail Dermatology team includes Dr. Clare Foss and Dr. Sarah Stechsculte as well as special dermatologic trained physicians assistant Sarah Youngblood. Combined, Vail Dermatology (established in 2004) and Aspen Dermatology (2012), employ a staff of nearly 30 people.

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New membership manager joins Vail Valley Partnership

August 19, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Vail Valley Partnership recently announced that Lorrie Johnson Cooper has joined the organization as the membership manager. Johnson Cooper’s previous employment includes local nonprofit, Roundup River Ranch, as well as working at the University of Colorado Denver and Catholic Charities. Johnson Cooper comes to the Partnership with more than 15 years of professional nonprofit experience, a master’s degree in business administration and a passion for community engagement and support.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

August 18, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Margaret “Molly” Brown Living History presentation at the Town of Vail Public Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Transportation available for seniors through Eagle Valley Senior Life. Molly Brown (1867-1932) is best remembered for surviving the sinking of the Titanic and contributing her time and money to the people and causes of Colorado.

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Vail to review Timber Ridge agreement

August 18, 2014 — 

VAIL — The Vail Town Council will review additional modifications to an earlier agreement regarding the terms and conditions for redevelopment of the eastern portion of Timber Ridge Village Apartments at its evening meeting Tuesday. The discussion items are listed sixth and seventh on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers and will include opportunities for public comment. The modifications have evolved over the past few weeks as the Town Council requests additional refinements to ensure the town’s investment in the property is protected.

The Town Council and the developer, Lion’s Ridge Apartment Homes, LLC, had previously agreed to a 35-year ground lease in which the town would retain ownership of the land and would take possession of the entire development at the end of the lease. This current agreement, Resolution No.4, Series of 2014, was approved on Feb. 18.

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Anne Frank’s step-sister to speak in Vail on Wednesday

August 18, 2014 — 

VAIL — Anne Frank’s diary — and life — ended when the Nazis sent her to a concentration camp, but her stepsister is keeping her legacy alive.

This week, Eva Schloss, who is 84 and lives in London, is traveling to Vail to share her memories of Frank and her experiences living through one of the most horrific times in human history.

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Eagle River Cleanup returns Sept. 13

August 17, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council is celebrating the 20th year of the Eagle River Cleanup. In 1994, before the formation of the Watershed Council, the local Trout Unlimited chapter organized the inaugural Eagle River Cleanup. There were two tents and 24 volunteers, half of which were Vail Resorts ski patrollers equipped with radios and trucks. There was a silent auction, which included a Vail season pass and raised a total of $400.

In the past 20 years, the Eagle River Cleanup has grown tremendously and become a fall tradition for many environmentally and community-minded families, groups and companies. This year, nearly 350 volunteers are expected to help care for our local waterways in the 20th annual Eagle River Cleanup on Sept. 13. This popular, countywide event is organized by the Eagle River Watershed Council, presented by Vail Resorts Echo, sponsored by many businesses and supported by volunteers from Red Cliff to Dotsero to East Vail.

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Eagle County increases maximum down payment assistance loan amount

August 17, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Prospective homebuyers may qualify for more assistance from Eagle County’s Down Payment Assistance Program, thanks to an increase in the maximum loan amount. Loans of up to $15,000 are now available through the program. Previously, the amount was 2.5 or 3.5 percent of the purchase price, depending on the home.

“DPA loans of up to $15,000 will help Eagle County homebuyers bridge the final financial gap many encounter when trying to purchase a home,” said Nick Brinkman, senior vice president at FirstBank and Home Buyer’s Assistance Committee member, the volunteer board that advises Eagle County on its DPA programs.

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Ascent Sotheby’s brings on new broker associates

August 15, 2014 — 

VAIL — Tapping more than 30 years of combined international banking, finance, marketing and luxury residential expertise, Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty recently added to new broker associates, Kent Petersmeyer and Mary Pope.

With more than 20 years of luxury residential real estate experience including serving as chief marketing officer for one of the top private golf communities in North America, Scottsdale-based Desert Mountain, Kent Petersmeyer brings a multi-faceted background to Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty. From driving qualified traffic to the Desert Mountain sales team enabling a record $180M in sales in one calendar year to joining the start-up team that created the Promontory private vacation home community in Park City, Utah, Petersmeyer brings knowledge, experience and business acumen to the firm and its clients. On the technology side, he also did a 10-year stint in the personal computer industry working for a large value added reseller providing hardware, software and onsite services to Fortune 500 accounts. He had extensive interaction with such prominent OEM’s as Microsoft, Apple, IBM and Hewlett-Packard when the PC industry was in its infancy.

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Free hikes set to explore potential new wilderness

August 14, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Wilderness Workshop is hosting free, guided hikes into two proposed additions to Holy Cross and Eagles Nest wilderness areas Saturday and Aug. 23.

On Saturday, venture into the No Name area south of Minturn adjacent to the existing Holy Cross Wilderness Area and the Homestake valley. It is easily accessible and an excellent place to experience solitude in a pristine alpine setting. Hiking along Homestake Ridge above the lush subalpine wetlands of Bennett Gulch provides stunning views of the Gore and Sawatch ranges, Holy Cross and the Back Bowls of Vail. This landscape contains habitat for the state-endangered lynx and is part of a very important wildlife migration corridor along the Continental Divide helping connect the Holy Cross Wilderness with the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Meet at 8 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and Forest Road 705 (just past mile marker 157 on Highway 24 south of the Red Cliff bridge). The group will carpool from there, six miles to the trailhead and begin the hike. Depending on the group capability and desire, expect six miles of hiking over four hours beginning on a jeep road and ascending above treeline, and then following the ridge toward Homestake Mountain. The group will not anticipate summiting Homestake Mountain.

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Awards program honors Eagle County first responders

August 12, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County Rotary Clubs of Eagle, Edwards and Vail, in conjunction with the Eagle County Public Safety Council, are sponsoring a new awards program to honor Eagle County’s first responders. The program was created to provide an opportunity for the men and women in public safety to be recognized for outstanding service to their communities and contributions to their profession. The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Sept. 11 at Manor Vail.

The public is invited to attend; tickets are $45 and include dinner. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

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Metteer graduates from municipal clerks institute

August 11, 2014 — 

MINTURN — Michelle Metteer, economic development coordinator for the town of Minturn, has graduated from the Colorado Institute for Municipal Clerks.

During graduation exercises in July at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Metteer was awarded her graduation certificate by Kerry Bush, president of the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

August 11, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Today: Caregiver/Memory Loss Support Group, 4:30-6 p.m., Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 970-328-8831 for more information.

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Avon lake levels to be lowered for construction

August 8, 2014 — 

AVON —Preparations for the construction of the Nottingham Park Pavilion commenced this week with releasing water from Nottingham Lake. The water level is being lowered in order to allow for the pouring of the pavilion’s foundation and the settings of structural piers for a large event terrace that overhangs the lake’s eastern edge.

Lake levels will be lowered approximately 3 feet by Friday, when the Flavors of Colorado will be hosted in Harry A. Nottingham Park, leaving enough water in the lake to be visually appealing for the event. The water levels will continue to be lowered after the event to expose the ground where the foundation and piers will be installed. Construction will take approximately one month to complete. During construction, water will continue to flow into and out of the lake in order to sustain the health of the fish population. The lake will be returned to full capacity by early winter with water from Buck Creek.

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Avon’s Can Do MS participates in ‘Shop for a Cause’

August 7, 2014 — 

AVON — Macy’s and Can Do Multiple Sclerosis invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual national Shop For A Cause charity shopping event on Aug. 23.

Macy’s Shop For A Cause is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers can participate in this year’s event by purchasing shopping passes from Can Do MS now.

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Susie Davis joins Bright Future Foundation

August 7, 2014 — 

VAIL — Susie Davis has joined Bright Future Foundation as the youth violence prevention director. Davis, who most recently served as the executive director of the Youth Foundation in the Eagle River Valley, brings more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and a passion for working with youth in the community.

“I am so happy to be part of Bright Future Foundation,” Davis said. “I will be engaging with youth in prevention services, including a program for middle school boys called EmpowerMENt, which is a school curriculum focused on a bystander approach to violence prevention.”

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United Way announces Eagle County grant recipients

August 7, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — United Way of Eagle River Valley has announced the 2014 grant recipients. Over $120,000 was awarded to help fund local community-based human and health service organizations.

“This year, we reached out to 53 local charities and programs that provide services in these core areas of need,” said John Genova, president of United Way. “After a comprehensive application and interview process, grants were awarded to 30 organizations, eight of which are first time recipients.”

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Xssentials raises new sign at location in Avon

August 7, 2014 — 

AVON — After 25 years in the Vail Valley, Thul Electronics’ link with Xssentials was recognized on the outside of the company’s office with a new sign. In addition to the new sign at the office, people will also see a new fleet of vehicles around town along, with ads in the Vail Daily and other local publications.

“Chris and I started Thul Electronics 25 years ago and it has become known for its great products, people and service,” said Mike Thul, co-CEO of Xssentials. “Over the last few years we have collaborated with Electronics Systems Consultants and Decypher Technologies from Aspen to become Xssentials. We are proud to be a part of Xssentials with offices and personnel in Vail, Aspen, Denver, Boston, Miami and Jackson, Wyoming. As we enter a new era, we would like to thank our many customers for their continued support.”

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Annual RiverFest this Saturday

August 5, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle River Watershed Council’s fifth annual RiverFest event is just around the corner; it takes place Saturday. Tickets are selling fast, so call the Watershed Council now to reserve your spot.

Presented by Oldcastle Materials Southwest Group, the theme of this annual float is “Discover Your Rivers,” and the event is a way for river users of all ages to connect to their local waterways as well as other river enthusiasts.

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Alpine Banks promotes Grant Murphy

August 5, 2014 — 

EAGLE COUNTY — Alpine Banks in the Eagle/Vail Valley recently promoted Grant Murphy to vice president/manager in the Eagle branch.

Originally from Miami, Murphy moved to Colorado in 1994 and began his career with Alpine Bank in June of 1998 He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado Mesa University. In addition to managing the Eagle Alpine Bank branch, Murphy is the chairman of the Gypsum Planning and Zoning commission.

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Road work under way in Vail

August 4, 2014 — 

VAIL — Road improvements are under way on 7.7 miles of the Frontage roads in the town of Vail. The Colorado Department of Transportation project consists of milling off the old roadway and replacing it with new asphalt, curb ramp improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and guardrail replacement. The project begins at mile marker 172.2 and extends to mile marker 179.9.

Both North and South Frontage roads will see intermittent left and right lane closures, including both the West Vail and Main Vail roundabouts. Construction hours are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to noon on Friday. No weekend hours are scheduled at this time. The speed limit is reduced to 25 mph through the work zone, with the exception of Ma Bell Road, which is reduced to 20 mph. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should pay attention to work zone signs and flaggers.

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Eagle County senior community calendar

August 4, 2014 — 

Upcoming events

• Wednesday: Fabulous Foot Day at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center. 9:30-11:30. Call 970-328-8831 to sign up.

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

• Friday: Eagle County Wildfire Mitigation presentation. 11-11:30 a.m. at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center

• Monday: Senior trip to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, sponsored by the Golden Eagle Senior Center Site Council. There are still spots available; $5 per person includes trip and lunch. Call 970-328-8896 to sign up or for more information.

• Aug. 12: Ask a Lawyer opportunity at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 12:30 p.m. Free legal advice for seniors 60 or better.

• Aug. 12: Caregiver/Memory Loss Support Group, 4:30-6 p.m., Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call Pat at 970-328-8831 for more information.

• Aug. 15: “Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers” presentation by Elder Law attorney, Bernie Poskus. Avon Public Library 3-5 p.m. Call Pat at 970-328-8831 for more information.

Ongoing weekly activities

Mondays

• Senior Spot, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 p.m. A caring and friendly place for seniors who might need more personalized attention. Also for caregivers who benefit from additional time to address their own needs. Activities stimulate emotional, physical and cognitive functioning. Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 970-331-5355 for more information.

• Men’s Discussion Group, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life; 1:30-2:30 p.m. Connect with others and discuss interesting and stimulating topics to keep your brain working to stay young. Held at Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 970-331-5355 for more information.

• 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 for more information.

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 for reservations and information.

• 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 for more information.

• 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 970-328-8831 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.

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 for reservations.

• Nordic Walking at Maloit Park Senior Wellness Center, 10 a.m. Walking poles provides. Cost: Free.

• 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. 1:30-2:30 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 of $2. Held at Eagle River Presbyterian Church. Call 970-331-5355 for more information.

• Senior Spot, a program of Eagle Valley Senior Life, 1-4 p.m. (see above description). In addition, Thursday’s program to feature Lori Barnes, Town of Vail Public Library.

• Senior lunch, noon at the Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle, $3 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.

• 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.

Friday

• 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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