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January 16, 2013
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The Eagle Valley High School Booster Club is amping up its bingo program for 2013.

The first bingo night of the new year is planned Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gypsum Town Hall.

A $15 fee provides 37 chances to win. Proceeds from the event go to the club. Don't miss the fun!

While the frigid temperatures downvalley have some people sticking close to their fireplaces, a number of hearty souls are taking advantage of the snow cover to enjoy Nordic skiing and snowshoeing outings.

The Eagle Ranch Golf Course offers a maintained snowshoe/Nordic course. For the more adventurous winter recreation enthusiasts, there's also options around Sylvan Lake State Park which provide amazing views of the Sawatch Range. This week's Eagle Chamber of Commerce e-blast also recomends popular trails located in the White River National Forest including the West Brush Creek Trail, Sneve Gulch, McKenzie Gulch, Nolan Lake, Lake Charles and Ironedge.

While venturing out, remember that the Eagle Ranch Open Space, accessible via the Eagle Ranch Trailheads, is closed from December 15 through April 15 to protect local wildlife.

Tonight, Jan. 17, is Canvas Night at Dewey Dabbles and Kay has painted a fun skier to copy.

The cost for her instruction plus supplies is $35 and class will start around 6:30 p.m. Feel free to bring food, beverages and snacks. To reserve a space just call the store 970-328-7687.

After some local moms pointed out that there isn't any school Monday, Jan. 21, the pottery/art shop decided to open at 9 a.m. for the holiday. They will have plenty of projects on hand to keep children entertained. Determine a budget ahead of time and the staff will make sure kids stick to it.

During the mid-winter school break starting Saturday, Feb. 16th, there will be more workshops going on daily for kids and adults are always welcome. Kids can be dropped off while they are working on their art and they are welcome to bring snacks.

The U.S. Forest Service, Small Business Administration and the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center invite all small business owners interested in providing products and services to support wildand firefighting efforts to attend a free workshop Thursday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Grand Junction.

Sevices and equipment needed to support wildland firefighting include meals, copiers, heavy equipment, refrigerated trailers, ice, hardware, showers, toilets, hand-washing stations and lodging. The workshop will offer information about regulations, contracts, ordering and payment processes and the types of services needed to support fire crews.

The meeting location is the Business Incubator Center-Colorado PTAC Western Slope office, 2591 Legacay Way, Grand Junction. For additional information contact Liz Turner at 970-257-4819 or

What is your journey? Where are you on your path; where do you want to go and how are you going to get there? These are questions for deep exploration in the heart of the rainforest jungle on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, March 22-29.

Vail's Women's Empowerment Workshop of Vail has teamed with True Life Coaching and Retreats based in Durango to create an exhilarating weeklong adventure retreat called "The Heroine's Journey."

Based in the nurturing eco-lodge setting of Luna Lodge and Spa, this retreat combines the inner journey with plenty of outward adventures, including hiking to waterfalls, horseback riding on the beach, yoga, and hiking in pristine Corcovado National Park. Meals, beach time and a spa treatment add to the rejuvenating experience of The Heroine's Journey. Pre-event life coaching prepares participants to gain the most from their experience.

Group coaching, before and during the retreat, one-on-one consults with facilitators Susie Kincade and Victoria FittsMilgrim, and solo time for integrating, resting and playing make this nature adventure retreat highly unique and dynamic.

The Heroine's Journey model is based on the work of cultural historian, Joseph Campbell and has been developed by FittsMilgrim during her 20 years as a certified life coach and adventure travel guide. It particularly addresses the woman's perspective, including transitions, patterns and approach to life's challenges. Kincade will add skills for building confidence and empowerment, while helping women connect mind body and spirit through nature.

"The Heroine's Journey speaks to women of all ages at any point and in any transition in life," said Kincade. "The private and group coaching, personal explorations, solo time during the retreat, and the exquisite setting of pristine jungle, waterfalls, beach and tropical wildlife make this retreat an outstanding adventure and value. It's really unique."

Registration for The Heroine's Journey is limited and is nearly full. Learn more and register at or call 877-595-8622.

The Town of Gypsum will host a passport open house on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Appointments are not required for this event.

The town of Gypsum accepts passport applications all year long; Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 3:30pm.

If you have questions about passports, please call 524-7514. 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 Porchlight Players will present "The Full Monty," as the third annual Valentine's Day Dinner Theater production. Performance dates are Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8-10, and Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17, at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Performance tickets include dinner, dessert, three drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks) plus the show, for $50 per person. All shows have sold out the last two years, so be sure to get your place at the table. Tickets are available at the group's website, Email Ann at ann.olin@porchlightplayers for more information.

• A State of the Vail Valley Medical Center presentation is planned tomorrow, Jan. 18, at Gypsum Town Hall from 12:30 to 2 p.m.. The event will feature a talk by Doris Kirchner, VVMC President and CEO. A complimentary lunch will be provided for program attendees. For additional information about the event, email vvmcdevelopment$ or call 970-477-5177.

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