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February 13, 2013
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Eagle County 4-H Volunteers are pleased to announce the return of the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry 4-H Benefit on Saturday, March 16, at the Eagle River Center.

Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a live auction featuring western artwork, golf-passes, mountain cabin getaways and more. Local award-winning band Sometown will be playing until midnight. A cash bar will be open all evening.

Tickets are available from 4-H members or at the door. The prices are $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 6-12), and $10 for seniors (62 and older). Children age 5 and under are free.

All proceeds from the event will go to 4-H scholarships, the Greg Burton Memorial Scholarship and Eagle County Fair Awards.

Online voting continues until Friday, Feb. 15, for the People's Choice Award in Augustana College's Good Fit T-shirt Photo Contest and Eagle Valley High School student Sarah Meline needs your vote.

Potential first-year Augustana students are eligible to win one of five $1,000 scholarships through the contest. For their photos, students must wear the Augustana T-shirt they received when visiting campus.

Go to and check out the creative photos and clever captions and cast a vote for your favorite. In addition to the People's Choice Award, other categories in the photo contest include: action shot, in a famous location, at another college and with an alumnus.

"The contest is a way to get Augustana's name out in cyber-world as students share their photos and ask others to vote," said Meghan Cooley, director of recruitment communications and a 1999 Augustana graduate. "In some ways, it's like a global billboard as we have photos of students wearing their Augustana T-shirts in England, Greece and Belize, even at the Blarney Stone in Ireland."

Good luck to Sarah!

The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls are looking for new volunteers and skaters to learn the sport of women's flat track roller derby.

Volunteers are an integral part of the roller derby league. During a roller derby game, which is called a bout, there are three teams out on the track - the two teams that are playing each other and the team of officials that make it possible. A full roster for each skating team is 16 and there are 21 officials, all volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include NSO (non-skating official), Referee (skating officials), announcer and more.

Come skate with coaches Mistress Medusa and Die'an Grenade to experience this unique brand of fun on eight wheels. Roller derby is a contact sport that fosters physical and mental skills as players are required to simultaneously play offense and defense.

Practices are Monday and Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. at the WECMRD Field House in Edwards. Skates are available. Email to get more information. Sign up at the Field House in Edwards, or register online at

Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes will be the headliner for this year's Gypsum Daze celebration.

The event is planned July 19 and 20 and the country concert is the traditional highlight of the two-day celebration. Colin Raye, who performed during the 2012 celebration, will be Rimes' opening act.

The town of Gypsum is soliciting sponsors for the celebration. For information contact Marie Sanders at 970-524-174.

The Whistling Bullets 4-H Shooting Sports Club will host a Hunter Education class Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17, at the old Exhibition Hall at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Times are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Successful completion of a Hunter Education class is required to purchase a hunting license in Colorado. Class cost is $10 payable at the door on Feb. 16. The 4-H club will sell coffee, hot chocolate, breakfast items and lunch both days.

Any student 12 years old or younger is required to have a parent or guardian present both days. For more information and to pre-register, contact Dave Hammond at 970-328-7818 or 970-390-2429.

• This year's selection for the Eagle Public Library Russian literature reading club is "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov. Copies of "Lolita" are available at the circulation desk at the Eagle Public Library. For more information, call 970-328-8800. Book club participants will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 26, for celebratory zakuski (hors d' oeuvres) and discussion.

• Eagle businesses and residents are invited to the Eagle Vision 20/20 event planned Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at Eagle Town Hall. The presentation is billed as "a comprehensive update on Eagle's Vision for the future and the economic state of the Vail Valley" and will feature Eagle Mayor Yuri Kostick and Chris Romer of the Valley Partnership. Attendance is free. For more information, visit

During the month of February, Eagle County Animal Services is offering reduced pricing for cat adoptions.

Cats over three years of age can be adopted for $30, normally $70. The adoption fee covers current vaccinations, microchipping, spay/neuter and 30 days of insurance through 24PetWatch.

For information on all animals available for adoption, visit the shelter at 1400 Fairgrounds Road in Eagle between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Or, view photos and more at

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