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December 31, 2012
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Just as it has for decades, the Eagle Lions Club is sponsoring a 12th Night celebration at Eagle Town Park on Sunday, Jan. 6.

The fun gets under way at 6 p.m. The Eagle Fire Department will be there to burn the trees and the Lions Club will be giving away free hot chocolate.

Along with the announcement of the 12th Night bonfire, Sarah Braucht from the town of Eagle reminds residents that there are two local options for Christmas tree disposal. The first is free and it involves dropping off your discarded tree on the south side of town park by Sunday for the bonfire.

The second option costs $15. Residents can leave their trees next to their trash cans on their usual trash pick-up day. Vail Honeywagon will pick up and dispose of trees, but the extra $15 charge will be added to town utility bills.

In Gypsum, the fire department will host a 12th Night bonfire at the vacant lot east of Columbine Market. Residents are welcome to drop off trees at the location and Sunday's bonfire will get under way at 6 p.m.

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

"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 Regional Visitor Information Center parking lot, 100 Fairgrounds Road. 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 Drive. Yummy soup and hot drinks will be provided. Potluck dishes are happily welcomed. RSVP to Jerry and Jan Fedrizzi, 328-6961,, 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.

Students enrolled in Eagle County Schools return to their classrooms Monday, Jan. 7 for the second semester.

Kids won't have to wait long for their first vacation day, however. They will be off on Monday, Jan. 22 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Additionally, students will be off from school for the mid winter break from Saturday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 24. Spring break is Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 21. And for those who are already counting, the last day of school for the 2012-13 term is Friday, May 30.

The Porchlight Players is proud to present its 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 Olin 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 recently held 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.

• This is the last week for the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District's Holiday Canned Food Drive. WECMRD is offering a free admission to the Gypsum Recreation Center, the Eagle Ice Rink or the Edwards Field House for visitors who donated three canned goods or other non-perishable items through Sunday, Jan. 6.

• Speaking of WECMRD, the rec district is ready to help local girls ages 5 to 15 discover their inner ice princess. The Eagle Ice Rink will host a special Ice Princess Skating Party Sunday, Jan. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can dress up or dress down in whatever strikes their fancy and they will enjoy a special treat during the event. Cost is $12 and includes rental. Visit for info.

• Do you have international travel plans for 2013? Local residents can apply for United States passports at the town of Gypsum offices, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Passport pictures are available for $10. For additional information visit the town's website at or call Town Clerk Danette Schlegel at 970-524-7514. All the necessary passport forms can be found at

• 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.

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