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August 29, 2012
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For more than 20 years, the Eagle Fire Department's Barbecue and Barn Dance has marked the change of seasons from summer to fall for folks in western Eagle County. However, the popular family event is taking a hiatus in 2012.

"It is with regret that due to the current national wildfire crisis and the fact that we have multiple engines and personnel that are deployed to these incidents, plus an increased local call volume over last year, the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District has postponed their annual Barbecue and Barn Dance," announced fire department spokesman Tom Wagenlander.

"We know that this is an event that the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and the entire Eagle community anticipate every year. The event will be rescheduled for May 2013 with an exact date and time to be announced," Wagenlander said.

Pressure canning is the only recommended method for canning meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables and the Eagle County Colorado State University Extension Service wants to guide local residents through the proper procedures for use.

Using boiling water canners for these low-acid foods poses a real risk of botulism poisoning. During the session, the CSU extension staff will focus on selection, preparation, and processing of pressure canned vegetables and meats.

The workshop will be conducted at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 715 Broadway in Eagle on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $25 and participants should bring an apron, sack lunch and beverages. Registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 5. Contact Colorado State University Extension at (970) 328-8630.

The 2012 Vail Automotive Classic is gearing up to be the biggest and best yet.

The event hopes to attract more than 250 premium cars, airplanes and motorcycles for the show on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Registrants may enter by completing the auto online registration form or the aircraft online registration form, or by printing it and mailing or faxing to offices. The form can be found at

The complete show schedule includes a barbecue and car auction Friday night at the Vail Valley Jet Center, Wheels and Wings show Saturday at the Vail Valley Jet Center, Saturday night cocktails and concert at Beaver Creek and the Vail Automotive Classic Show in Vail Village Sunday including People's Choice Award.

Early registration runs through Sept. 5. Vehicle fees are $50 for the first vehicle and $15 for each additional vehicle. Cars and motorcycles may also register the day of the Wheels and Wings show at the Vail Valley Jet Center on Saturday. Registrants should make checks payable to Vail Valley Concours, LLC. Online payment for registration is encouraged.

New for 2012 is the 1st annual Vail Automotive Classic Car Auction taking place Friday evening, Sept. 7, in Hanger 1 at the Vail Valley Jet Center.

The car auction will feature approximately 12 cars being sold at both reserve and non-reserve prices. The special feature of the evening is a non-reserve 1995 Jaguar, which has been donated specifically to benefit Jack's Place at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

Each of the cars up for auction are being hand selected from various car collectors and automobile enthusiasts.

The Eagle County Ambulance District and the Eagle County Healthy Aging Services will present their eighth annual Senior Health Fair on Friday, Sept.14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

This Senior Health Fair focuses on the health needs of older adults with a variety of exams including vision and hearing screenings, foot and balance screenings, skin cancer exams, flu shots (with Medicare card) and a memory baseline exam. Dietitians will be on hand to discuss lab results and paramedics will check glucose, blood pressure and oxygen levels as well as performing CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator) demonstrations. New this year, is a Lunch and Learn lecture titled 'How to live to be 100' presented by Dr. Jeffery Wallace followed by a healthy lunch with a $5 donation.

"We all know health care can be expensive and hard to come by for seniors. This is a great way for seniors to gain access to a variety of providers they need," said Cathy Dulac, clinical coordinator with the Eagle County Ambulance District. "The Senior Health Fair gives our older population the opportunity to focus on their individual health care needs with free screenings and information on aging and wellness. We want to try to catch any health issues in the early stages. Eagle County Ambulance District exists to serve the health needs of our area and this is one way we can proactively help our seniors."

Please call Dulac at (970) 926-5270 or Pat Nolan at (970) 328-8831 with any questions or needs regarding the Senior Health Fair.

The next Alive @ 25 class is planned Friday, Sept. 14, at the Colorado Department of Transportation/Colorado State Patrol building in Glenwood Springs. Class begins promptly at 4:30 p.m.

Alive at 25 is a 4 1⁄2 hour driver awareness program sponsored by the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation (501c3 nonprofit). This single-class program has proven to be the most effective driver awareness class in the United States and it demonstrates a substantially lower percentage of teen deaths compared to those who did not take this class or took another class.

The cost is $39 for those taking the class to attain their drivers permit. Those who are required to attend due to courts or other authorities have a $79 tuition. This National Safety Council multimedia class is designed specifically for those drivers (or soon to be drivers) between the ages of 14 through 24.

The program is taught by current or retired Colorado State Patrol Troopers. Successful completion of this program will result in the immediate issuance of a National Safety Council Certificate, eligibility to get a driver's permit six months early, waiver of the required 6 hours of behind the wheel practice with a commercial instructor, and a possible reduction in liability insurance. For further information, to sign up, or make a tuition payment, go to or call (866) 605-3900.

People from throughout the Eagle Valley and surrounding areas are invited to join the Out of the Darkness Community Walk Sept. 15.

The fund-raising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by helping to support local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs.

The Eagle Valley Out of the Darkness Walk is one of nearly 250 Out of the Darkness Community Walks ( being held this fall nationwide. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers nationally and raise more than $7.5 million for suicide prevention efforts.

"Much more needs to be done to prevent suicide. Yet, suicide and the underlying mental disorders that can sometimes lead to suicide continue to be surrounded by misinformation and stigma," said Erin Ivie. "This walk is about reducing that stigma, raising awareness and raising needed funds for research and local prevention programs."

The Eagle Valley community walk will begin at the Eagle Town Park at 9 a.m. and end at the same location at approximately 11 a.m. There will also be a Heartbeat Balloon Launch at 8:30 a.m.

It is estimated that close to 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt, more than 36,000 die by suicide, and more than 20 million suffer from depression each year.

"Every 15 minutes someone dies by suicide in the U.S," said Robert Gebbia, Executive Director for AFSP. "This fall, thousands will be walking to raise money for prevention and awareness, and offer hope to the millions of people who have lost a loved one to suicide or who battle personally with depression, bipolar illness, addiction and other mental illnesses".

Local sponsors for the Eagle Valley Out of the Darkness Community Walk include: Peaks of Excellence, Samaritan Counseling Center, US Bank, First Bank of Vail, Eagle Ranch Association, Eagle Sinclair, Archibeque Land Consulting Ltd. and Mountain Pedaler of Vail.

• The Eagle County Historical Society is hosting an evening with Colorado historian and best-selling author Sandra Dallas at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle on Thursday, Sept. 27. The event starts at 6 p.m. and includes a cash bar. Tickets are available Sept. 1 at the Nearly Everything Store in Eagle and the Bookworm in Edwards. Cost is $25 in advance ($20 for ECHS members), $30 at the door or $200 for a table of 10. For more information, contact

• Western Eagle Valley Rotary Club is hosting its first annual Trap Shooting Classic fund-raiser Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Gypsum Shooting Sports Club. The event is planned from 3 to 9 p.m. A $100 per-person fee includes trap competition and a barbecue dinner. There is also a $25 ticket for anyone who just wants to attend and share the meal. The event is sponsored by Alpine Bank, American Gypsum, 1st Bank, Bonfire Brewery, Moe's Original Bar B Que. For more information or to register, contact Chuck Zaruba at or at (970) 328-5052.

• An Oktoberfest celebration is planned at the Lundgren Theater Park in Gypsum Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 to 6 p.m. Festivities will include a 5K fun run/walk, games, vendors and live music with libations by Bonfire Brewing. Mark your calendars.

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