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A soldier’s love story

Rachel MacVean and Jason Hallett love each other, love Vail and wanted to be married here. They were in town for a summer session of the Vail Veterans Program. So, they decided they'd just do it. They'd go to the courthouse, find a judge and get married. But it didn't turn out that way. It turned out better. But before we can tell you that story, we have to tell you this story. Young love This love story starts young. Jason spotted Rachel when they were in junior high in the Fort Collins area. They were so twitterpated that their parents thought they might run off to Wyoming and get married. "We tried to do a runaway wedding," Rachel said. They didn't make a clean getaway and D. Michael MacVean, Rachel's father and a man of strong will and Scottish heritage, put his foot down and had a little come-to-Jesus meeting with young Jason. "I told him that he needed to learn some responsibility," Michael said. "When he learned that, he could come back and court my daughter." Michael promised to buy him dinner when he came back. They were in high school by that time. Jason had been planning since the eighth grade to join the military after graduation. He walked from the commencement line to the Marines almost faster than you can say "Semper Fi." Fast forward to Jason's Alive Day, the day he was hit and did not die. He was with his unit in Saigon, Afghanistan, going through a compound that they were told contained high value targets. Learning what those targets might be was their mission. They were checking out some sheds and Jason warned his buddies to avoid wires hanging from a doorway they had not seen. They might trigger a booby trap. Moments later, on their way out of the sheds, he stepped on a homemade bomb. The pain was searing and his screams sounded like they were coming from someone else far away. He was airlifted to medical help, and so began his long, painful road back. Between the bomb and his doctors' amputations, Jason is a triple amputee left with three fingers on his left hand. He doggedly set about healing and recovery. Rachel didn't hear much from him for the better part of five years. She went to college, majoring in psychology, and got on with her life. But Jason was always in her mind and heart. Michael observed that his daughter Rachel tends to attract attention. She's beautiful, as you can see. She chose Jason. "That speaks volumes about him as a man," Michael said. About a year ago in June, Jason found Rachel on Facebook and contacted her. The man's heart is honest and true, and he let her see all the photos. She was heartbroken. But inside it all he was still Jason, the man she fell in love with at such a tender age. Jason invited her to a birthday party, and she agreed to go. By then he was walking on prosthetic legs, and walked right back into her heart. "They fell in love by the second day," Michael said. They waited all they way until their third day together to say the "L" word to each other. Love and marriage Jason, Rachel and their families live in Fort Collins. Jason had hinted around for a week or so about wanting to get married in Vail this week. Rachel got the hint, but still made him ask. Speaking of asking, you remember that dinner Michael promised Jason? Jason called Michael and said, "I'd like to have that dinner you owe me." At dinner, Jason gave a nervous speech about having learned responsibility. Finally, he asked the question he'd come to ask. "He asked for my daughter's hand in marriage," Michael said. Michael said he thought of the boy he sent away who became a Marine, the agony, the years of rehab and the man it made him. "I agreed," Michael said smiling. Jason proposed on Thanksgiving, in front of Rachel's entire family. Wedding Day At Tuesday's opening night dinner for this Vail Veterans Program session, Rachel and Jason told VVP founder and executive director Cheryl Jensen they were getting married Wednesday, probably at the courthouse. Jensen had a zillion things circling her at the time and said, "OK!" Rachel and Jason had let their families in on the plan at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, with phone calls from Vail to Fort Collins. When Jensen woke up Wednesday morning, her mind was clearer and she thought, "The courthouse?!? Certainly not!" So at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday, she started making phone calls, figuring out how to plan a wedding. They were out of cell service for the next couple of hours, transporting other Vail Veterans Program participants to rock climbing. By 2 p.m., Rachel and Jason and their families were before Rev. Erik Williams in the backyard of the Sonnenalp hotel. They had flowers, a cake and all of the regular stuff weddings have. Somewhere, somehow, Rachel managed to get a manicure and pedicure. She looked stunning. Jason's only disappointment was that his leg is broken and he couldn't stand on his prosthetics for his wedding. Jason didn't look at the minister; Rachel barely did. And why would they? They have each other. When the time came, she leaned down and they whispered their vows to each other, while they held each other like they'd never let go. Williams then pulled out Rachel's Bible and read the passage she and Jason had selected, the one from Corinthians, the one about true love. Finally, they kissed and Williams introduced them. "It is my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Jason and Rachel Hallett. A break in the afternoon clouds let a few shafts of sunlight cascade down on the ceremony. God was already smiling. Rachel, 22, is Jason's caretaker. Jason, 23, is working his way into the financial industry. "Rachel has always been a whole lot of person," said Gretchen Kenny, Rachel's mother. "Jason is the most strong-willed person I've ever met, except for Rachel." They'll move into their house in Windsor together, specially adapted to accommodate Jason. It'll be done in December. "We want it to be the Hallett House," Rachel said. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

A soldier’s love story

VAIL — Rachel MacVean and Jason Hallett love each other, love Vail and wanted to be married here. They're in town for a summer session of the Vail Veterans Program. So, they decided they'd just do it. They'd go to the courthouse, find a judge and get married. But it didn't turn out that way. It turned out better. But before we can tell you that story, we have to tell you this story. Young love This love story starts young. Jason spotted Rachel when they were in junior high in the Fort Collins area. They were so twitterpated that their parents thought they might run off to Wyoming and get married. "We tried to do a runaway wedding," Rachel said. They didn't make a clean getaway and D. Michael MacVean, Rachel's father and a man of strong will and Scottish heritage, put his foot down and had a little come-to-Jesus meeting with young Jason. "I told him that he needed to learn some responsibility," Michael said. "When he learned that, he could come back and court my daughter." Michael promised to buy him dinner when he came back. They were in high school by that time. Jason had been planning since the eighth grade to join the military after graduation. He walked from the commencement line to the Marines almost faster than you can say "Semper Fi." Fast forward to Jason's Alive Day, the day he was hit and did not die. He was with his unit in Saigon, Afghanistan, going through a compound that they were told contained high value targets. Learning what those targets might be was their mission. They were checking out some sheds and Jason warned his buddies to avoid wires hanging from a doorway they had not seen. They might trigger a booby trap. Moments later, on their way out of the sheds, he stepped on a homemade bomb. The pain was searing and his screams sounded like they were coming from someone else far away. He was airlifted to medical help, and so began his long, painful road back. Between the bomb and his doctors' amputations, Jason is a triple amputee left with three fingers on his left hand. He doggedly set about healing and recovery. Rachel didn't hear much from him for the better part of five years. She went to college, majoring in psychology, and got on with her life. But Jason was always in her mind and heart. Michael observed that his daughter Rachel tends to attract attention. She's beautiful, as you can see. She chose Jason. "That speaks volumes about him as a man," Michael said. About a year ago in June, Jason found Rachel on Facebook and contacted her. The man's heart is honest and true, and he let her see all the photos. She was heartbroken. But inside it all he was still Jason, the man she fell in love with at such a tender age. Jason invited her to a birthday party, and she agreed to go. By then he was walking on prosthetic legs, and walked right back into her heart. "They fell in love by the second day," Michael said. They waited all they way until their third day together to say the "L" word to each other. Love and marriage Jason, Rachel and their families live in Fort Collins. Jason had hinted around for a week or so about wanting to get married in Vail this week. Rachel got the hint, but still made him ask. Speaking of asking, you remember that dinner Michael promised Jason? Jason called Michael and said, "I'd like to have that dinner you owe me." At dinner, Jason gave a nervous speech about having learned responsibility. Finally, he asked the question he'd come to ask. "He asked for my daughter's hand in marriage," Michael said. Michael said he thought of the boy he sent away who became a Marine, the agony, the years of rehab and the man it made him. "I agreed," Michael said smiling. Jason proposed on Thanksgiving, in front of Rachel's entire family. Wedding Day At Tuesday's opening night dinner for this Vail Veterans Program session, Rachel and Jason told VVP founder and executive director Cheryl Jensen they were getting married Wednesday, probably at the courthouse. Jensen had a zillion things circling her at the time and said, "OK!" Rachel and Jason had let their families in on the plan at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, with phone calls from Vail to Fort Collins. When Jensen woke up Wednesday morning, her mind was clearer and she thought, "The courthouse?!? Certainly not!" So at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday, she started making phone calls, figuring out how to plan a wedding. They were out of cell service for the next couple of hours, transporting other Vail Veterans Program participants to rock climbing. By 2 p.m., Rachel and Jason and their families were before Rev. Erik Williams in the backyard of the Sonnenalp hotel. They had flowers, a cake and all of the regular stuff weddings have. Somewhere, somehow, Rachel managed to get a manicure and pedicure. She looked stunning. Jason's only disappointment was that his leg is broken and he couldn't stand on his prosthetics for his wedding. Jason didn't look at the minister; Rachel barely did. And why would they? They have each other. When the time came, she leaned down and they whispered their vows to each other, while they held each other like they'd never let go. Williams then pulled out Rachel's Bible and read the passage she and Jason had selected, the one from Corinthians, the one about true love. Finally, they kissed and Williams introduced them. "It is my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Jason and Rachel Hallett. A break in the afternoon clouds let a few shafts of sunlight cascade down on the ceremony. God was already smiling. Rachel, 22, is Jason's caretaker. Jason, 23, is working his way into the financial industry. "Rachel has always been a whole lot of person," said Gretchen Kenny, Rachel's mother. "Jason is the most strong-willed person I've ever met, except for Rachel." They'll move into their house in Windsor together, specially adapted to accommodate Jason. It'll be done in December. "We want it to be the Hallett House," Rachel said. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

VIDEO: 13-month-old twins snowboard for first time at Beaver Creek

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent Ross Leonhart reports from the base of Beaver Creek with Rachel and Jason Paez, of Denver, and their 13-month-old twins Kingston and Mason for Day 1 of snowboarding. “It was the first time we had them on snow ever with the boards with basically no practice,” Rachel said in a text. “Jason and I had zero expectations, but I think they LOVED it, so that makes it a huge success.” Kingston and Mason were on 80-cm Burton Choppers with Burton bindings and boots. “Snowboarding really needs more beginners entering the sport,” Rachel said. “We love where we live and enjoy sharing the mountains with these guys!” Vail Daily reporter Ross Leonhart is filming with a GoPro Hero 4.

We love you, Jason

Jason Duck, 1981-2007

Jason Mahvi Duck died Monday in Beaver Creek. He was 26. Jason was born in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 19, 1981 to Shireen Mahvi Duck and Allan Dickerson Duck. Jason was a graduate of Highland Park High School, class of 2000, in Dallas, Texas, and received a bachelor of arts degree in communication at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Thereafter, he entered the hospitality industry in Vail for two years prior to earning his masters of business administration degree at the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland in May 2007. His dissertation was centered on the destination club industry and he was to have begun his new professional career as a regional operations manager with Quintess in Boulder. He was an expert extreme skier who loved the majesty of God’s mountains. He also dearly loved music, traveling, rugby, and football. His sister, Amira, and his brother, Kami, fondly remember his endless practical jokes. He was always glowing and happy in the midst of his family and friends. Two years ago, he found the love of his life, Rachel Bernardo of Melbourne, Australia, and had spoken confidentially to his mother with plans to officially propose. Jason will be remembered as the greatest son you could ever have, the best brother in the whole world, and the greatest friend you could ever dream. All who were fortunate enough to know him were touched by his kindness, contagious smile, servant’s heart, his love for God, and his passion for life. In his brief 26 years, he lived life to the fullest. His journey in life began in the Swiss Alps and ended in the Rockies. Jason felt most at peace in the mountains that he loved so much and his life was intertwined by the beauty of God’s creation. Jason was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert Allen Duck. He is survived by his loving parents, Shireen and Allan Duck of Dallas; his sister, Amira June Duck, and his brother, Kami Allan Duck, of Dallas; his grandmother, Ludeen Duck, of Dallas; his grandfather, Prince Abolfath Mahvi, of Geneva, Switzerland; his grandmother, Josette Mahvi, of Paris, France; his uncle, Pascal Mahvi, and his wife, Caryl, and cousins Alex, Jackie, and Nicholas, of Novelty, Ohio; his aunt, Dr. Rebekah Lowery, and her husband, Dr. Darrell Lowery, and cousins Reagen and Barton of Rome, Ga.; his aunt, Cheryl Fisher, and her husband, “Uncle B” Billy Fisher, and cousin Dustin, of Plano, Texas; and his uncle John Duck, of Dallas. Other surviving family includes special cousin “Aunt” Lynn Allen and her family, of West Memphis, Ark. Family will receive friends from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., Friday, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jason Mahvi Duck Scholarship Fund, Tolleson Private Bank, 5500 Preston Rd., #250, Dallas, TX 75205, (214) 252-3250, http://www.tollesonwealth.com

Phelan-Alexander Invitational results

Local points scorersApril 23, 2005Girls 800 Medley2. Vail Christian (Karlie Peterson, Megan Doughty, Molly Brooks and Rachel Glandorf), 1:59.908. Eagle Valley (Krysten Guse, Courtney Best, Danielle Leniger and Miranda Hicks) 2:12.91Girls 3200 relay3. Batle Mountain, (Meagan Reigel, Max Van Dyke, MacKenzie Stevens and Marit Johnson), 11:23.25Girls 100 hurdles2. Courtney Best, EVHS, 18.47Girls long jump4. Megan Doughty, VCHS, 13-8.57. Jane Lettovska, BMHS, 13-0.5Girls 1002. Leslie Peterson, VCHS, 13.104. Molly Brooks, VCHS, 13.26Girls triple jump1. Jane Lettovska, BMHS, 28-11.253. Rebecca Richardson, BMHS, 27-25. Kelly Scholl, BMHS, 25-9.756. Lauren Vickers, BMHS, 24-11Girls shot put1. Diana Baca, EVHS, 32-3.756. Rochelle Ornellas, EVHS, 28-47. Amy Thompson, EVHS, 28-3.5Girls 16004. Rachel Glandorf, VCHS, 6:01.86Girls 400 relay2. Vail Christian (Katie Russ, Molly McGee, Karlie Peterson, Molly Brooks), 53.777. Eagle Valley (Krysten Guse, Noel Legace, Kenzie Seecrist, Danielle Leniger), 59.00Girls pole vault1. Chelsea Craig, EVHS, 7Girls 4001. Leslie Peterson, VCHS, 60.983. Katie Russ, VCHS, 65.94Girls discus4. Amy Thompson, EVHS, 90-36. Amanda Kesterson,EVHS, 88-57. Sophia Martin, VCHS, 87-6Girls 8001. Rachel Glandorf, VCHS, 2:35.892. Molly McGee, VCHS, 2:36.458. Matty Ramunno, EVHS, 2:55.95Girls 2002. Leslie Peterson, VCHS, 27.234. Molly Brooks, VCHS, 27.667. Molly McGee, VCHS, 28.15Girls 1600 relay1. Vail Christian (Katie Russ, Molly McGee, Rachel Glandorf and Leslie Peterson), 4:21.704. Eagle Valley (Courtney Best, Miranda Hicks, Jordan Sibley and Matty Ramunno) 5:02.46Boys high jump4. Caleb Pearson, VCHS, 5-4T5. Jaryd Francis, VCHS J5-4Boys triple jump3. Charlie Coats, BMHS, 36-7.55. Jaryd Francis, VCHS, 34-4.5Boys 3200 relay2. Battle Mountain (Derek Byron, Charlie Coats, Tyler Thompson and Alex Dangler) 9:03.78Boys 110 hurdles3. Charlie Coats, BMHS, 18.32Boys discus4. Maurice Mitchell, EVHS, 113-116. Johnny Waher, BMHS, 111-02Boys 1004. Maurice Mitchell, EVHS, 11.94Boys 16007. Andy Given, BMHS, 5:07.218. Ben Rogers, BMHS, 5:10.24Boys pole vault1. Clayton Griffith, EVHS, 127. Jonathan Stevens, BMHS, 8Boys 300 hurdles1. Charlie Coats, BMHS, 44.79Boys 8001. Shea Phelan, BMHS, 2:07.43Boys shot put3. Jonathan Armstead, VCHS, 406. Maurice Mitchell, EVHS, 38-7.757. Jaryd Francis, VCHS, 38-6Boys 2008. Maurice Mitchell, EVHS, 25.10Boys 32003. Jake Ball, BMHS, 11:29.475. Ryan Walker, BMHS, 12:21.82 Vail, Colorado

Beaver Creek high school slalom results

Girls results Battle Mountain 158 pints, third 1 Kendall VanHee 1:27.87 12 Haley Wallace 1:41.80 23 Trisha Bruen 1:48.28 19 Alexandra O’Brien 1:51.07 30 Brianna Johnson 1:57.06 32 Jana Weiss 1:58.11 33 Anna Tedstrom 1:59.98 34 Rachel L’Heureux 2:00.00 38 Rosie Davies 2:05.28 39 Molly Childers 2:05.67 40 Alexandra McCormick 2:06.21 42 Kelly Guarascio 2:07.87 47 Kayla Strahan 2:14.08 48 Carsyn Bock 2:15.52 50 Emily Young 2:16.91 52 Isabelle Courtois 2:20.46 53 Leala King 2:22.09 54 Rachel Edwards 2:22.17 55 Sarah Cochran 2:22.99 56 Sydney Edmonson 2:26.64 57 Gina Lovell 2:27.44 58 Breanna Barry 2:32.57 59 Kate Manley 2:38.03 Eagle Valley 148 points, fourth 8 Shanna Zoch 1:35.54 18 Rachel Landin 1:46.27 19 Pearl Nanin 1:46.46 22 Logan Kinser 1:48.19 25 Rachel Nagel 1:52.43 35 Jessie Baumgardner 2:00.96 36 Nicole Martin 2:03.54 37 Angela Giovagnoli 2:03.88 44 Megan Muehlethaler 2:10.69 Vail Mountain School 113 points, sixth 4 Clotilde Pascale 1:29.53 5 Kimberly Newton 1:32.08 Boys results Battle Mountain 166 points , first 2 Charlie Barry 1:26.07 7 Colby Childers 1:33.20 8 Ike Sheppard 1:34.47 13 Kyle Poisson 1:36.60 15 Bryan Aubel 1:37.85 16 JT Schmitt 1:38.19 19 Jake Bishop 1:39.66 20 Patrick Perry 1:42.63 25 David Shearon 1:47.43 30 Brett Murbach 1:54.55 31 Stephen Licciardi 1:55.58 33 Will Hymes 1:57.63 36 Tim Licciardi 2:05.53 37 JonPaul Ferzacca 2:06.21 39 Eric Weiss 2:21.88 40 Spencer Currie 2:27.00 Vail Christian HS 147 points, fourth 14 Gunnar Hamina 1:37.62 17 Sebastian Pierce-Duran 1:39.34 18 Ian Hamina 1:39.50 21 Corey Seemann 1:43.15 32 Sean Ryan 1:57.24 34 Steven Cheesman 1:58.91 38 Chris Purse 2:08.19 Eagle Valley HS’ 134. points, fifth 23 Adam Horst 1:45.93 27 Keaton Franklin 1:53.40 29 Steven Siefers 1:54.10 35 Austin Tafoya 2:04.23 Vail Mountain School 103 points, sixth 3 John McKenna 1:28.26 26 Shawn Byrne 1:48.84

Vail Daily column: The kids are all right

For schools, spring is a time of recognition and celebration, with continuation and graduation ceremonies happening all over the community. With those celebrations in mind, I'd like to profile a couple of exceptional Eagle County Schools graduates: Rachel Weiss from Battle Mountain High School and Miles Peterson from Eagle Valley High School. As an upfront disclaimer, I want to note that all of our community's high schools have (collectively) hundreds of successful graduates to celebrate this spring and many of them are headed off to an amazing selection of colleges, universities and career/technical training opportunities. Among all this success, I wanted to focus in on Rachel and Miles because they each are headed to universities that consistently rank among the best in the world. Rachel will study psychology and behavioral sciences at the University of Cambridge (in the United Kingdom). Miles will study mechanical engineering at Yale. Both have plans for graduate school as well, with Rachel considering a Ph.D. route and Miles thinking of graduate degrees in aerospace engineering or perhaps business. I recently sat down with Rachel and Miles because I wanted to hear their stories directly. I wanted to learn from their experiences and perspectives about how Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley High prepared them for their future. As some background, Rachel and her family moved from Florida to our community when she started attending the fourth grade. She went to Red Sandstone Elementary, Minturn Middle School (now the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy) and then Battle Mountain. I asked Rachel about her experiences in these schools and she expressed pride in and fond memories for all the schools she attended. She felt they got her ready for college, supporting and challenging her all along the way. Miles and his family are long time Eagle County residents and now make their home in Eagle. Miles came to Eagle Valley High from a home school and private school background, attending the Waldorf School in Carbondale up to eighth grade. Miles talked about feeling welcomed into the Eagle Valley High School community and that it didn't take long for all the students who came from different middle schools to become friends and come together as a class. Both Rachel and Miles took advantage of a huge number of activities available at the schools. Rachel was in the choir, involved in speech and debate, and was a star in theater – even directing a play at the school. Miles was a three-sport athlete, participating in soccer, track and hockey — noting that one of the reasons he was attracted to Yale was because he became a fan after they won a national championship in hockey in 2013. Both are members of the National Honor Society. Cambridge and Yale have very competitive application processes with multiple essays and interviews. Miles noted the Yale application had six essay questions and an interview with a local Yale graduate. Miles pointed to Eagle Valley High staff members Dr. Charles Vogel and Justin Brandt as particularly supportive and influential in the process. Both of them wrote letters of recommendation for Miles and taught him a great deal about deep-level scientific thinking. Rachel also completed a number of essays. She flew to England to interview with the psychology department. She noted that Battle Mountain teacher Tim Caudill talked with students about the science field of epigenetics and it was actually brought up during her interview at Cambridge. Rachel and Miles feel a great deal of appreciation for the variety of classes they could take in high school, including Advanced Placement, dual-enrollment courses at Colorado Mountain College and the many electives which kept them challenged and engaged. They also expressed great appreciation for the educators at their schools. Miles noted "teachers at Eagle Valley will always take the time for you — they will always help you." Rachel felt much the same way, stating "students can take incredible classes at Battle Mountain," and "the teachers want to help you – they want you to be successful." In closing, Rachel told me "I had a really great experience at Battle Mountain," and that the school taught her to think on her own. Miles said, "I'm really proud to be from Eagle Valley High School." On behalf of Eagle County Schools, we congratulate Rachel, Miles, and all of our graduates on their achievements and accomplishments. We're excited about their bright futures, looking forward to hearing about their experiences when they come home to visit and hoping that their time in our schools has provided the foundation for what's yet to come. Jason E. Glass is the superintendent of Eagle County Schools. He can be reached at jason.glass@eagleschools.net.

Movies now showing in the Vail Valley

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” The following are the movies showing in the Vail Valley, Colorado. “HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE” Unable to juggle school, friends and her secret pop-star persona, Miley Stewart heads to Crowley Corners, Tenn., for a dose of reality. With Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Margo Martindale, Jason Earles, Vanessa Williams and Billy Ray Cyrus. Written by Dan Berendsen. Directed by Peter Chelsom. (1:32) G. “STATE OF PLAY” A rising congressman and an investigative journalist are embroiled in a case of seemingly unrelated, brutal murders. With Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels and Helen Mirren. Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Tony Gilroy and Billy Ray. Directed by Kevin Macdonald. (1:58) PG-13. “FAST AND FURIOUS” Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam when a crime brings the fugitive ex-con and the FBI agent back to L.A. to confront a shared enemy. With Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz and Laz Alonso. Written by Chris Morgan. Directed by Justin Lin. (1:39) PG-13. “OBSERVE AND REPORT” A mall cop with delusions of grandeur and dreams of entering the police academy is put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. With Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Pena and Ray Liotta. Written and directed by Jody Hill. (1:26) R. “HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE” Unable to juggle school, friends and her secret pop-star persona, Miley Stewart heads to Crowley Corners, Tenn., for a dose of reality. With Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Margo Martindale, Jason Earles, Vanessa Williams and Billy Ray Cyrus. Written by Dan Berendsen. Directed by Peter Chelsom. (1:32) G. “17 AGAIN” A former high school basketball star in his late 30s is given a second chance at life when he is miraculously transformed back to age 17. With Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg and Matthew Perry. (1:42) PG-13. “MONSTERS VS. ALIENS” The president of the U.S. enlists a motley crew of monsters, confined in a secret government compound, to combat an alien robot and save the world from imminent destruction. With the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland and Paul Rudd. Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon. (1:34) PG. “I LOVE YOU, MAN” A recently engaged real estate agent sets out to find a friend to be the best man in his wedding. With Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly. Written and directed by John Hamburg. (1:45) R. L.A. Times-Washington Post News Service

Acrobatics plus yoga, equals Acro Yoga

VAIL Mountain Lotus at the Vail Athletic Club, the yoga studio located within the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, will host a two-part introduction to Acro Yoga workshop lead by Acro Yoga certified instructors Rachel Nelson and Jason Nemer. The first class will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13 and the second class take place on Thursday, Oct. 18. Both workshops will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will offer a combination of Acro Yoga elements including yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Acro Yoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage and the dynamic power of acrobatics, said Nelson, a Mountain Lotus yoga instructor. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique new practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness.Thursdays workshop will be a course designed to teach the fundamentals to the class comprised of mostly first-time Acro yogis. Attendees can expect to participate in a mixture of yoga poses with a partner, basic acrobatic positions as well as an introduction to Thai massage. The second session will also be based on basics, however will incorporate a few more advanced positions. Participants will have a lot of fun, will learn about themselves and their peers and feel like little kids again, says Nelson. It is helpful to have some knowledge of yoga, but not necessary.The cost of the class is $35 for pre-registered students and $43, the day of the workshop. The cost to attend both workshops is $60. To pre-register either of these workshops, please call the Vail Athletic Club front desk at 476-7960.For more information, contact Kelly Major Heath, Mountain Lotus director, at 445-7825 or kelly@mountainlotus.com.