Phyllis Johnson's great reaction to the news that she was going to be a great-grandmother earned the top $10,000 prize during the Nov. 4 broadcast of America's Funniest Home Videos.A couple of weeks ago, Johnson's daughter, Alexis Miller, alerted the community that the episode would be something special. “We had most of the family gathered around the dinner table when Jason (her son) handed me a card. He began to video and we were unaware he was doing so. The card had a picture of a pregnancy test on it and it was positive,” said Miller. The ensuing celebration was submitted to the television show and the family was invited to LA for a filming of America's Funniest Home Videos. Johnson's banter with host Tom Bergeron was one of the broadcast highlights.As the winner this week, the video is now a contender for the $100,000 finalist prize. “The voting for the best video of the season and for the $100,000 is this coming Sunday, Nov. 11,” said Miller.She said the family will be flying out for the final taping next week and the online voting is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. EST (5 p.m. to 5 a.m. mountain time) on AFV.com.
The Eagle Valley High School football team has earned a berth in the Colorado State 3A tournament.The 14th seeded Devils travel to face the No. 3 seed, Frederick, this Saturday, Nov. 10. Game time is 2 p.m. and driving directions can be found on the Eagle Valley High School Facebook page.The Rifle Bears are the No. 1 seed in the tournament and they handed Eagle Valley a 55-13 loss last Friday. However, the Bears are on the other side of the tournament bracket, so who knows, Eagle Valley may be primed for a championship game rematch.Go Devils!
The Gypsum Recreation Center will host a day-long Cycle-A-Thon this Saturday, Nov. 10, to raise funds for Jack's Place at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.The event, now in its fourth year, is being organized by fitness instructor-personal trainer Amy Klunzinger to draw attention to her passion for fitness, health and helping others.Saturday's Cycle-A-Thon will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person for the day. All proceeds benefit Jack's Place, which provides safe, convenient and comfortable day and overnight accommodations for cancer patients and their caregivers or family members while patients are receiving treatment at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. All fitness levels are welcome to take part in the Cycle-A-Thon and members of the recreation center as well as non-members are encouraged to take part. Admission fees for non-members will be waived for Cycle-A-Thon participants. Sign-ups may be made in advance or the day of the event. There are openings for as many as 20 spinners each hour throughout the day along with raffle prizes. Spinners are welcome to take part for an hour or as long as they'd like. Individual pledges are encouraged as well. An after-party will take place at the Dusty Boot at Eagle Ranch following the event at 6:30 p.m.To register, call Scott Ruff at 970-777-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Youth Foundation and Eagle River Youth Coalition's next free Parent Dinner & Dialogue event will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Western Eagle Metropolitan Recreation District Field House in Edwards. The topic will be “Your Child's Brain: Learn more about the Early Childhood and Adolescent Brain” with panelists Sharon Thompson and Matthew Brenner. Parents are invited to come to learn, come to share, or just come for the free dinner. There is also free child care and live Spanish translation planned for the event.Please RSVP to Maggie Jackson, by calling 970-748-5992 or emailing email@example.com.
• Last week's letter to the editor thanking businesses for their contributions to the Kyle Hall golf tournament benefit omitted one of the donors — Thanks also go to Ekahi Grill in Gypsum.• The VVF Youth Foundation urges everyone to register for the sixth annual Turkey Trot. The trot happens on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. from the Eagle-Vail pool. There will be prizes for the best costume and dogs are welcome. Pre-registration is now open and the cost is $10 per person. All proceeds benefit VVF's Youth Foundation PwrHrs after-school program and the Eric Spry Memorial Scholarship.• The fourth annual NRC 365 Winter Market and Holiday Fair is slated Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eagle River Center. The event will include holiday collectibles, wearables and edibles, a visit from Santa and holiday music. Mark your calendars.