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Pick a pumpkin, strut a mutt

The Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch is planned this Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brush Creek Park.

Families are welcome to pick a pumpkin, tour the haunted barn and enjoy games and poney rides. Children will have an option to bounce off some energy in four fantastic bouncy castles. Cost is $10 for unlimited jumping. Grown-ups peruse a silent auction benefiting the Sunshine Mountain Preschool.

In addition to the regular pumpkin patch line-up, members of Girl Scout Troop 156 are hosting Strut Your Mutt, a dog/owner fashion show along with games and crafts. The event is a fund-rasier for an Eagle dog park.

Haunted Barn

The Eagle Valley Middle School football squad is back to its scariest behavior for the annual Haunted Barn fund-raiser.

The barn event is planned at the Brush Creek Park on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (appropriate for younger children); Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost is $4 per person.

Special Olympics bowling Tournament

The 2013 Western Colorado Special Olympics Bowling Tournament is planned at the Back Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“We are in need of up to 20 volunteers for that day, with volunteer registration at 9 a.m. at the Back Bowl,” said Julie Fite, area manager for Special Olympics Colorado. “Also, a special thanks goes to The Back Bowl, The Knights of Columbus from Glenwood Springs, Craig, Steamboat Springs, Eagle, Leadville and Rifle.

The event will include around 130 Special Olympics athletes, 30 coaches, 40 families and 15 Unified Sports® partners. The day will begin with the 9 a.m. athlete, coach and volunteer registration followed by opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Competition begins at 9:45 a.m. with a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow.

For additional information, or to volunteer to help at the event, contact Fite at 970-945-0395.

Résumé Review Workshop

Whether your last job search was five months or five years ago, keeping a résumé up to date is always a wise move.

This month, the Eagle Valley Library District is joining forces with local résumé specialist Marcia Golden. Golden will offer a free résumé review workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at all three library locations.

Twenty minute appointments are available, and drop-ins are welcome as space permits. Participants are asked to bring along a printed copy of their current résumé or a saved version on a flash drive. Golden will offer a one-on-one review and critique at each session.

“Our librarians always see an influx of job-seekers this time of year,” said Michelle Marx, of the Avon Public Library. “Fall seems to be the ideal time for us to offer Marcia’s expertise to our patrons.”

Marcia Golden is a professional educator with a passion for empowering individuals with the skills needed to reach their goals. She has a master’s in counseling from Sonoma State University and a bachelor’s in psychology from California State University at Fullerton. She is the lead instructor for Colorado Mountain College’s Go2Work Program, where she assists with résumés, job applications and career exploration.

The Oct. 16 sessions are:

Avon Public Library

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call 970- 949-6797 to schedule an appointment

Gypsum Public Library

2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Call 970-524-5080 to schedule an appointment.

Eagle Public Library

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Call 970-328-8800 to schedule an appointment

“Drop Dead!”

The Porchlight Players will present the comedy murder-mystery “Drop Dead!” this fall.

The story revolves around a group of has-been actors trying to revive their careers in a run-down theater performing a mediocre play, directed by the once-touted, now disgraced Victor Le Pewe. Old animosities resurface between rival actors, and just when the show is about to go on stage, the actors start to drop dead. Who has reason to sabotage the show? Who hates the other actors enough to commit murder? Find out as you enjoy this rollicking thriller.

Tickets are $35, and include pre-curtain snacks, an array of appetizers during intermission and three drink tickets for beer, wine or soft drinks. Show dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8, 9 and 10. All performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Advance tickets must be purchased online at least 24 hours in advance.

Visit to purchase tickets and sales will begin this week.

Around Town

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce, the Gypsum Chamber of Commerce, the Vail Valley Partnership and the Eagle County Regional Airport will host a Business After Hours mixer at the county airport tonight, Oct. 10, fro 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks and give-aways and all are welcome.

The Vail Valley Salvation Army and the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Advisory Committee are sponsoring a Fall Coat Drive at locations throughout Eagle County. The list of most-needed items includes children’s winter jackets, snow pants, boots, hats and gloves. Donors may also include adult coats and fleeces. The coat drive organizers request that all items be cleaned and in good condition. Downvalley drop-off locations are the Eagle Police Department at 200 Broadway and the Gypsum Recreation Center at 52 Lundgren Blvd.

Don’t hunt on railroad property

Union Pacific Railroad urges hunters to resist the temptation to hunt on railroad property this season.

Wildlife will migrate and feed along the edges of freshly harvested fields, making these areas prime hunting spots. With many fields adjacent to Union Pacific tracks, hunters find it very tempting to hunt on or near the tracks.

In an effort to educate the public about grade crossing and pedestrian safety, UP established the Union Pacific Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (UP CARES) program, which brings together communities in a collaborative and caring effort to promote railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety. Union Pacific is committed to fostering public safety through various outreach channels, such as community events, paid advertising and media outreach, education and enforcement activities and coordination with Operation Lifesaver. UP CARES activities include:

• Grade crossing enforcement with local, county and state law enforcement agencies.

• Safety trains that provide local officials a firsthand look at what locomotive engineers see daily while they operate trains through communities.

• Communication blitzes that educate the community at events, or via media outreach and paid advertising.

Hunters are not the only ones drawn to railroad tracks – hikers, bikers, fishermen and snowmobilers are, as well.

Anyone choosing to walk on or near railroad tracks could face a tragic consequence. Last year, 433 people died and 411were injured while trespassing on railroad property throughout the United States according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

People who enter railroad property can be arrested for violating trespassing laws. They could serve jail time and/or have to pay a fine. Do not become a statistic; stay away from railroad tracks during this hunting season.

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