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Eagle Library Russian Book Club
It’s winter and it’s cold, so it must be time for another Russian classic at the Eagle Public Library.
This year’s selection is “Envy” by Yuri Olesha [1899-1960]. Published in 1927, “Envy” is cited as Olesha’s greatest work, contrasting Soviet life to life under the tsar, and comparing individualism and collectivism in the Soviet Union.
Born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine, in 1899, Olesha grew up in a Catholic Polish family. His father, once a poor landowner, became a government alcohol inspector with drinking and gambling issues. After 1902, the family lived in Odessa where Olesha was involved with a literary group called the “Green Lamp.” He eventually moved to Moscow and wrote for a railway workers’ magazine. Prolific during the Revolutionary period, Olesha found it increasingly difficult to publish under Stalin. He died of heart failure in 1960.
This year’s Russian Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library for celebratory zakuski (hors d’oeuvres) and discussion. Register an email with Jaci Spuhler, local history librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org before Feb. 1 to receive daily fascinating facts about this classic. Copies of “Envy” are available at the circulation desk at the Eagle Public Library. For more information, contact Jaci at 328-8800.
Up with People
Up with People, the international educational and cultural program has close ties to Eagle County. A number of valley residents are alumni of Up with People including Bailey Garton, who just finished her world tour seven months ago.
The group tours the globe with a worldwide cast participating in community service projects, staying with host families and performing in a multicultural show. Garton will be able to relive her Up with People days this February when the organization is in the area from Feb. 10-17. The current cast consists of 100 members, ages 18 to 29, from 20 countries around the world. The multi‐cultural performance will be Feb. 14 and 15 at Eagle Valley High School.
Garton said she decided to be a part of Up with People because of its message of tolerance and diversity.
“It’s really an amazing dream in reality,” she said. “It’s that idea of many nations working together that made this such a life changing opportunity.”
Garton spent a year traveling around the world with her cast and was also part of the educational tour that allowed her to take college classes on the road with college professors and earning college credit. Garton said the entire experience was amazing, but some of her favorite aspects were being able to travel and the many people she met along the way — both the host families and her fellow cast mates.
“We all had differences but we were able to resolve them,” she said. “We all got along for the same cause and by working together you can make that cause a reality.”
Each year hundreds of young men and women between the ages of 17-28 apply to join the international, educational and cultural program for a one or two semester experience that visits diverse communities on a multi-continent tour.
To host an Up with People Participant, contact Isaiah McGregory at email@example.com or at 719-424-6289. Up with People’s performance will be at 7 PM February 14 and 15 at Eagle Valley High School. Tickets can be purchased at Alpine Banks in Vail, Avon, Edwards, Eagle, and Gypsum.
Broncomania has hit HP’s Provisions where they have concocted Blue Thunder, Orange Crush and Broncos Confetti ice cream for Super Bowl weekend. The Eagle Ranch business is also offering game day catering and a special Sunday brunch menu. For more info stop by or call 970-328-5280.
The town of Eagle will host a town board candidate information night Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. at town hall. This spring Eagle voters will elect three members to the board and anyone who may be interested in running is urged to attend. For more information contact Eagle Town Clerk Sara Braucht at 970-328-9623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Valentine’s Day theme Italian dinner/dance for the whole family is planned Saturday, Feb. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gypsum Middle School. Music will be provided by local favorite “Already Gone” and the dinner will feature entree, salad, drink and dessert. Cost is $10 per person, $25 for a family of four and $35 for a family of six. In addition to the dinner and dance, a silent auction is planned during the event. The event will benefit the GCMS educational trip to Washington D.C. in June.
Tickets are now on sale for Porchlight Players’ 4th annual Valentine’s Day dinner theater production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” The musical performances are planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-9 and 13-15 at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. nightly with dinner service beginning at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. The $50 performance tickets include dinner catered by HP Provisions and Catering of Eagle Ranch with a dessert tray served at the table, three drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks), complimentary coffee and tea service, and the show. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.porchlightplayers.com.
The Eagle Library is hosting its second annual “Oscar Season Spectacular” this winter. The public is invited to free 1 p.m. matinees on selected Sundays. All of the featured movies were nominated for Best Picture Oscars last year. Next up is “Lincoln” on Feb. 9. An Oscar prediction contest is planned Sunday, Feb. 23 and whoever guesses the most correctly will win movie tickets, and the winner will be notified after the Oscar awards on March 2. These films are intended for adults and are not suitable to all audiences. For more information, call 970-328-8800.