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December 19, 2012
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The Fourth Annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Chapel.

Sacred music, punctuated by scripture passages, will be sung by college vocal performance majors, including Galen Jacobs and Meghan Jacobs (University of Denver/Lamont School of Music); Sean Pack (Carnegie Mellon University); Molly Brooks and Kate Manley (University of Colorado/Boulder).

The vocalists are all locals and will be accompanied by Dawn Poff on piano, Graham Olson on cello and Elizabeth Labensky from the Boulder Symphony Orchestra on flute.

"The chapel is resplendent this time of year, with red poinsettias and candlelight providing an intimate setting and a moment to step away from all the hectic holiday madness and focus on the true meaning of the season," said concert organizer Eileen Jacobs.

There is no admission charge but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit Amanda Painter, a third grade teacher and mom at St. Clare who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Please join local birders for the third annual Eagle Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 5, 2013.

"This year we are focusing on getting kids involved in birding, so feel free to bring youngsters," said organizer Jan Fedrizzi.

Avid birders, all skill levels and owlers are greatly welcomed for this count, which is done in the Eagle-Gypsum area. Participants meet at 8 a.m. at the Eagle Visitor Center parking lot, 100 Fairgrounds Rd. Maps will be provided and assignments will be given at that time.

After the count, there is a compilation of data and potluck at 2 p.m. at the Fedrizzi residence, 0265 Fulford Dr. Yummy soup and hot drinks provided. Potluck dishes happily welcomed. RSVP to the Fedrizzis at 328-6961 or for potluck and carpooling.

It's ok to count birds at home or in the count circle prior to and after the count day. For more information about the Jan. 5 Bird Count or Bird Count Week, contact Jerry Fedrizzi.

The Porchlight Players is proud to present it third annual Valentine's Day Dinner Theater with a production of "The Full Monty!"

"The Full Monty" tells the story of six men who lost their jobs at a factory to a bad economy. The Chippendales come to town, and Jerry gets the idea that if he could get some guys together, they could earn an easy $50,000 in one night if they put on a Chippendales-like show.

The ladies of the town let them know that they don't have what it takes to sell tickets, so Jerry promises they'll go all the way - The Full Monty.

It all comes down to the last night - will they really go "The Full Monty?"

Tickets are $50 and include dinner catered by HP's Provisions and Catering, dessert, three drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks) and the show. All shows are at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch and start with dinner at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the group's website, Click on "Get Show Tickets." All shows have sold out the last two years, so get your tickets early for a fun-filled, touching Valentine's Day celebration.

Email Ann at ann.olin@porchlightplayers for more information.

The Whistling Bullets 4-H Shooting Sports Club is firing up again for this year.

An organizational meeting was held Wednesday as an opportunity to pay the $40 registration fee for the year and address safety and questions.

Regular shooting starts on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Exhibit Hall.

For more information, call the CSU Extension office at 970-328-8630 or Dave Hammond at 970-390-2429.

• The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed the Glenwood Canyon bike path - which extends from Glenwood Springs to Dotsero - for the season. CDOT closes the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path each winter, when winter maintenance activities on I-70 above can create unsafe conditions on the path. The path typically opens in April each year, as weather permits.

• The popular Edwards Farmers Market is back in business for the winter season. Look for fresh produce and local products at the market, which is planned for Sundays, Dec. 1 through March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edwards Colorado Mountain College campus.

• Ski Cooper will open with plenty of snow tomorrow, Dec. 21, for the 2012-2013 ski season. All of its lifts and ski runs will open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. An adult, full-day lift ticket at Ski Cooper costs $46 this year and a child's full-day ticket (ages 6 to 14 years) is $26. For more information, visit

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The VailDaily Updated Dec 19, 2012 01:13PM Published Dec 19, 2012 01:07PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.