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Open for Business: Habitat ReStore Vail Valley

Name of business: Habitat ReStore Vail Valley

Physical address: 751 Chambers Avenue, Eagle, CO 81631

Phone number: 970-328-1119                

Email: restore@habitatvailvalley.org        

Website: habitatvailvalley.org/restore. Shop online website: shop.restorevailvalley.org

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Moving in? Renovating? DIYing? Make the Habitat ReStore your first stop!

At the ReStore, you’ll find discount furniture, gently used appliances and other unique items that will make your home improvement project a whole lot easier—and more affordable. Plus, we have a selection of windows, doors, tile, sinks and other building materials ready for installation. And, all proceeds from the store fund Habitat for Humanity’s local building efforts.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

During the pandemic, Habitat ReStore launched a new online store: shop.habitatvailvalley.org. Curbside pick-up is available for all purchases made online.

We hope to be operating at 100% in the near future, but currently, we are open for shopping with limited hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. All ReStore shoppers are required to wear a mask or face-covering in the store and our staff is not able to help load items into vehicles. In addition, we ask that shoppers maintain six feet distance from other shoppers and ReStore staff.

We recently resumed our donation pick-up service. We accept donations of new or gently used furniture, appliances, housewares, building materials and more.

How can the community support you?

The need for affordable housing is as critical as ever. Every ReStore purchase supports the construction of six homes that Habitat Vail Valley is currently building in Gypsum at Grace Avenue. You can support the ReStore by shopping online, purchasing a ReStore gift certificate, scheduling a donation drop-off or shopping at our store in Eagle.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Like @restorevailvalley on Facebook to see photos of new arrivals to the store and to learn about upcoming sales and discounts.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

Looking to the future, we are currently hiring a donations coordinator and cashier to help the ReStore fully resume its operations. Job descriptions for both positions can be found on our website.

Open for Business: Boone’s Wine and Spirits

Name of business: Boone’s Wine and Spirits

Physical address: 65 Market St. Eagle, CO 81631

Phone number: 970-328-9463

Email: info@booneswineandspirits.com

Website: www.booneswineandspirits.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Everything we always have! We’ve got an excellent selection of wine, spirits, beer and fun accessories. Shop in-store, online or via our app. You can call in your order too. Then pull into our numbered spots for easy pickup! We also offer next day delivery Tuesdays through Fridays. 

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

Boone’s has made sure to maintain a clean facility and use masks to protect our customers when we have contact. Our online store and app have become essential business tools and helped customers easily get what they need. We’ve numbered our parking spots up front for easy quick curbside pickup. We are also offering next day delivery Tuesday through Friday to bring our excellent selection right to the customer’s door.

How can the community support you?

Keep on coming by! Summer is here! And even if we have to sit six feet apart, it’s the perfect time for summer drinks to start making their way to our patios and tables. Don’t forget Boone’s for those little fun gifts and accessories for any special occasion. We can set you up with a great gift!

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our website, email list and our Facebook page.

What’s the response been? 

Everyone has been great. One of our customers told us they wish everyone’s curbside pickup ran as smoothly as ours did. With so many things in flux and changing, we’re proud to say one thing that hasn’t changed is our superior customer service!

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

Our doors are back open! We have a safe and healthy store for our great customers. We ask people to wear masks. We also have hand sanitizer available and an easy checkout line to facilitate social distancing and safety for our staff and customers. 

Open for Business: The Home Outpost Furniture Showroom & Home Staging

Name of business: The Home Outpost Furniture Showroom & Home Staging 

Physical address: 150 Cooley Mesa Rd. Gypsum, Colorado 81637

Phone number:  970-524-1072

Email:  info@thehomeoutpost.com

Website:  www.thehomeoutpost.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Our showroom and our home staging division are open.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

This marks our fifth year in business in Eagle County. We continue to learn and grow as we move through this process of being a business owner. Moving forward we have an obligation to our people and our customers to adapt to our new normal, continue to make adjustments as we go through this together. Our team is committed to providing a safe and healthy experience inside our showroom and at our home staging projects. As we balance the government regulations, safety and social responsibilities of our business for you as our customers and team members, please know we are following all of the safety guidelines set in place by the Eagle County government.

How can the community support you?

We ask that you shop our new collections in our showroom. Work with us for all of your home staging needs. Let us help you get your property SOLD! Work with us for all of your turn-key rental properties and our Resort Rental Staging Program. Let us help you get premium rentals.

The best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Visit our website, our Facebook page (The Home Outpost) and on Instagram ( thehomeoutpost).

What’s the response been?

Our clients are very grateful we are open once again for many reasons. We have multiple home staging projects that we put on hold over the past couple of months, now we can now move forward and get them staged. As we approach the selling season in the Vail Valley it will be nice to be able to assist the real estate agents and their clients as they prepare their properties to sell. We have new furniture and decor collections arriving at the showroom weekly. We also take high-end designer consignment collections and we have had to turn away all incoming consignors over the past few months. We can now begin receiving collections as we move forward. We are also happy to announce that our Estate Sale Division will be up and running this summer season, allowing our clients to host in-home estate sales.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

No doubt this is a challenging time for businesses, but this is no time to sit back and wait, this is the time to thrive. We hope to help the real estate market in the Vail Valley create their silver lining – as we look for the upside of the opportunity that is being created.   

As The Home Outpost grapples with our new normal, we are doing our best to figure out what it means to be a company during this time, and most importantly what it means to be a human during this time. Thank you for all of your support and we are proud to be opening our doors again and we so look forward to seeing you in person soon! Stay HEALTHY, Stay SAFE, Stay UNITED, BE WELL!  

Open for Business: Moontime Cyclery

Name of business: Moontime Cyclery and Moontime Cyclery West

Physical address: 0105 Edwards Village Boulevard Unit B-105 and 700 Chambers Avenue Building 1 Unit A1 Eagle, CO 81631

Phone number: Edwards: 970-926-4516 and Eagle: 970-777-6666

Email: frank@moontimecyclery.com

Website: www.moontimecyclery.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Both Moontime Cyclery locations are open for service work, bicycle-related retail items as well as new and demo bike sales.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

Moontime Cyclery is adhering to social distancing procedures by maintaining at least six feet between customers and employees, as well as only allowing one customer in the store at a time. Curbside pickup, drop off, and sales are also available.

How can the community support you? 

Shopping local, even for something as small as a bike tire tube, is helpful in keeping our business alive.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings? 

Call us if you have any questions on anything bicycle-related or service appointment availability. Keep up with new product offerings and other updates via Facebook or Instagram:  @moontimecyclery. 

What’s the response been?

As the weather begins to warm up and allow for outdoor recreation, our customers have been delighted that we are open. We have had an incredible number of bikes in for service.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

As an essential business, we’ve been open since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to operate in compliance with public health standards as they evolve. Our hope is that our beloved Vail Valley returns to normal soon so our customers can enjoy a fun and healthy summer on the seat of a bicycle!

Open for Business: Walls+Floors / The Paint Bucket

Name of business: Walls+Floors / The Paint Bucket

Physical address: 40690 Hwy 6 Avon, CO and 212 Chambers Ave. Eagle, CO

Phone number: Avon:  970-949-4695 Eagle:  970-328-4695 

Email: katie@thepaintbucket.com           

Website: www.thepaintbucket.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Our retail locations in Eagle-Vail and Eagle are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday we are open from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Closed Sunday. Our flooring and design studio is open at our Eagle-Vail location from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can still order retail items over the phone for curbside pickup. We have buy-one-get-one-free paint samples through May!!    

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

We’re continually making necessary adjustments to our procedures to ensure the safety of customers and staff. It’s been a learning curve that changes hourly, but we continue to keep safety at the forefront. Our staff is always wearing protective equipment, and sanitizing every incoming and outgoing item and do this all while maintaining unmatched product knowledge and the highest level of customer service. 

How can the community support you?

Gift certificates can be purchased for future use! We also have great DIY paint kits that have everything you need to get your indoor painting project started.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Social media is our most up to date space, Facebook and Instagram. Feel free to call anytime! 

What’s the response been?

We’ve had a huge outpouring from the community!! Homeowners have been extremely supportive of our small business, and we can’t thank you all enough!!  (Please send us photos of all the beautiful work you’ve done on your homes during this crazy time! There is so much beauty that can come from something so uncertain.) Our fellow small businesses in the valley and our advertisers have also been incredible!! Without your support, we wouldn’t be standing this tall with our heads held high! Thank you, thank you!! We’ve been extremely lucky to be able to continue running our business, but it’s just not the same without seeing all our wonderful community members all the time, so we can’t wait to see you all again soon!!  

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

Health and safety are of utmost importance, so whatever needs to be done to ensure those two things, we will be open for business. We’ll continue this operation and adjust as needed. 

Open for Business: The Thrifty Shop

Name of business: The Thrifty Shop (Edwards and Eagle)

Physical address: Edwards – 34510 Hwy 6 #C2 Edwards, CO 81632, Eagle – 1160 Chambers Ave, Eagle, CO 81631

Phone Number: Edwards – 970-926-7134, Eagle – 970-328-1444

Email: info@vailvalleycares

Website: vailvalleycares.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are so excited to be open! Our temporary hours for donations are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. We are open for shoppers inside the store (please wear masks) from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. We can also come and pick up items, call the closest store for a pickup. Hopefully, we will get back to our regular hours as things begin to normalize.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?  

We are juggling our donors, store customers, and the nonprofits we give grants to. We’ve temporarily adjusted our hours, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. We are accepting donations outside. We know people have been spring cleaning for the past six weeks and have a lot of donations so we are gearing up for the avalanche. From 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday we can allow up to eight customers (with masks on) in the store at a time. For our nonprofit grant applicants, we have pushed our due date back from April 13 to June 1. Hopefully, this will help our applicants to get a handle on their most pressing needs as well as help us figure out how much we can give away this year as we all recover.

How can the community support you?

Help us help the nonprofits we give grants to. Basically, bring us your donations and come see what we have that’s new, which should be most things since we were still skiing when we shut down and now it seems like summer.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our Vail Daily ads, our website at vailvalleycares.com and our Instagram / Facebook pages at vvcthriftyshops.

What’s the response been?

Positive responses from everyone, and on Instagram we got a “thumbs up” from the Sheriff’s Office and a “Yay” and a “FREAKING FINALLY!”

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?  

We’ll do our best to anticipate needs but I think being able to respond to the changing needs of the community will be most important as we all come out of this and get back on our feet.

Sanitize gear with A Good Sport Co.

Celena Olden was simply trying to find quality used hockey gear for her son and also find a way to get rid of the odor of that gear when she embarked on something much greater: starting up a preowned sporting goods shop and including a disinfecting and sanitizing system as a new and unique service in the Vail Valley.

A Good Sport Co. in Eagle is filled with not only hockey gear, but also skis, snowboards, boots, camping gear, fishing gear and new merchandise. But what makes her store unique is that all the gear has been disinfected by the Sani Sport machine, which uses ozone to kill pathogens, viruses and mold that can live within our beloved gear. Olden wants to pass on this sanitizing service to the public.

“While researching this, I’ve heard of instances where people had a cut on their hand and how it got infected by the bacteria in the glove,” Olden said. “Bacteria, viruses and mold spores can colonize in athletic gear due to the moisture and heat from our bodies, despite trying to clean our gear.”

Using the same equipment owned by professional sports teams in the NFL, NHL and the MLB, and by using zero sprays and chemicals, the Sani Sport machine can kill over 98% of infection-causing pathogens.

The Sani Sport disinfecting machine uses ozone, which Olden said is 150 times stronger than bleach and works more than 3,000 times faster.  

“Ozone is a gas that is able to penetrate past surface fabrics, deep into the foam, into tiny crevices where sprays and hands can’t reach in order to combat the bacteria that has set up inside,” Olden said.

Sanitizing isn’t only limited to your boots, gloves and hockey skates. You can use it to deep-clean your running shoes, yoga mat, even items around the house like pillows, stuffed animals and your pet’s toys and foam bed.

View how this machine works and just how quickly it can sanitize your equipment by watching today’s video on www.vaildaily.com Or stop by A Good Sport Co. at 422 McIntire St. in Eagle.

More ski resorts opening, holiday craft fairs, art walks and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/8/19

More ski resorts open

Although the calendar still says autumn, winter is here in the minds of many skiers and snowboarders who are enjoying lift-accessed skiing and riding in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin and Keystone have been open since mid-October with Loveland, Eldora, Monarch and Wolf Creek opening their slopes a few weeks later. This Friday marks the opening day for two more Colorado resorts: Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. A snowy and cool October brought a lot of natural snow to the resorts and snowmaking crews have combined forces with Mother Nature to allow more than one run to be open this early in the season.

Breckenridge Ski Resort will offer nearly 200 acres of terrain on Peak 8 for opening day. Skiers and riders will have access to a variety of groomed trails on lower Peak 8 accessed by the Colorado SuperChair, Rocky Mountain SuperChair, 5-Chair and Rip’s Ride. The resort will offer skiing and riding for all ability levels on trails including Springmeier, 4 O’Clock, Columbine, Northstar, Duke’s, Claimjumper and Trygve’s.

Lifts are set to open at 9 a.m. while the BreckConnect Gondola will open at 8 a.m. to provide access from Town and the Gondola lots to the base of Peak 8. The official first chair celebration and banner-breaking will take place on the Colorado SuperChair. Before the rope drops, guests can enjoy complimentary waffles and DJ music on the snow.

Take note of some of the new conveniences at Peak 8 such as escalators, skier drop-off parking, skier services facilities, rental and retail space, public restrooms and more. You can buy a day pass or Epic Passes are still available through Nov. 24. For information on the resort, go to www.breckenridge.com. For information on Epic Passes, visit www.epicpass.com.

Copper Mountain will also open on Friday with more than 90 acres of terrain featuring skiing and riding for all ability levels. The American Eagle lift will begin turning at 9 a.m. and shortly thereafter the Easy Rider and Excelerator lifts will spin.

Trails that are expected to open Friday include Ptarmigan, Rhapsody, Main Vein, Fairplay and Easy Rider. Additionally, Lower Bouncer is expected to feature a Woodward Pop-Up park consisting of one jump and about a dozen features. Skiers and riders can look for more natural terrain to open as conditions allow.

Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy free live music, giveaways and a variety of dining and après ski options throughout Center Village.

Copper Mountain season passes are on sale for $589 for adults and $289 for children until November 18 when prices increase $40 and $20 respectively. The last chance to purchase Copper Mountain Four Packs for $279 in-person and online is now through November 18. For more information on opening day and passes, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

To show Copper’s appreciation for military veterans, the resort will offer $60 lift tickets on Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The $60 discounted lift tickets are available for one day only to all skiers and riders and must be purchased online before midnight Monday.

Vail Nordic Ski Swap

We just had the big Vail Ski & Snowboard Club swap where you could get everything you needed for alpine skiing and snowboarding a few weeks ago. This weekend, the Vail Nordic Center hosts the 35th annual Nordic Ski Swap at the Vail Nordic and Golf Clubhouse in Vail.

Winters are long in Colorado, so switch things up by switching out your activities. Taking a day off from alpine skiing or snowboarding and heading out to do some cross country skiing or skate skiing lets you experience the outdoors in a different way. Telemark gear and alpine touring gear can get you up to that next hut trip or allow you to avoid the crowds by skiing in the backcountry. Or skin up the mountain before work to get some cardio in before you start your day. Whatever your mode of transportation, it all provides a great workout (remember, the holidays are coming and you need to fit into those ski pants).

Getting into a new sport can be expensive. By going to a swap, you are able to find the gear that will allow you to try out the sport and see if it is right for you without paying retail.

Buy or sell skate skis, touring and track skis as well as telemark, backcountry and snowshoe equipment. Winter clothing will be on sale as well. Drop off Nordic gear you want to sell between 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday. The Nordic Ski Swap takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday with discounts starting after 12 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Homestake Peak School Nordic program. Please note that it is cash or check only for purchases. Visit www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2279 for more information.

2nd Friday Artwalks on Broadway

Eagle Arts presents 2nd Friday Artwalks this Friday, but this time it’s extra special because the art community in Eagle is celebrating its first anniversary. What started out as an idea artist Tara Novak of Artspace workshop+gallery hatched with the Vail Valley Art Guild and Red Canyon Cafe to host the first Eagle Art Walk last November has grown into an event that encompasses more than art.

Broadway Street in Eagle will turn into a holiday market with galleries, shops and restaurants offering art exhibitions, live music, interactive activities, sales and specials.

Presented by Eagle Arts and the Broadway Business Community, join family and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. for a fun evening out. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/eagleartscolorado. Here are a few of the participating businesses and what they will be featuring:

  • Alpaca Yarn Shop
    – Live alpacas, bring your knitting projects for a Knit Night
  • Artspace workshop+gallery
    – Art exhibit and live music
    – Eagle Arts raffle and food drive – bring a canned food item, get a ticket
    – 3 Holiday gift making mini-workshops
  • Bonfire Brewing
    – Happy hour and live music
  • Old Town Hall Gallery – Vail Valley Art Guild
    – New gallery location and exhibition
    – Live music with Jen Mack
  • Owashi Sushi & Kitchen
    – Art exhibit and dinner special
  • Katch of the Day Wine Bar
    – Fundraiser for Zehr Goat Ranch with goats
  • Brush Creek Saloon
    – Dinner specials
  • Everyday Outfitters
    – Live Music, refreshments and art
  • Fusion Hair Salon
    – Art and pottery exhibition
  • Petals of Provence
    – Holiday gift making mini-workshop

Craftsman’s Christmas Market

What’s been known as the Chicken Noodle Soup & Bazaar for years is now the Craftsman’s Christmas Market. Hosted at the Brush Creek Elementary in Eagle, the holiday market and crafts fair will feature hand-made items that are unique to this region. Shoppers will still be able to find their favorite western and vintage items as well as visit the man in the big red suit. Santa will make an appearance in Eagle County, so bring the kids along to this event.

Along with the crafts, the famous home-made chicken noodle soup and pies will be available for purchase to enjoy with friends while you shop or you can even take it home and enjoy it later.  

This holiday fair has been going on for over 40 years and is the main fundraiser for the United Methodist Women of Eagle Valley. The proceeds from this event go directly to helping women and children in our community and throughout the world. Stop by Brush Creek Elementary School from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Leading up to Veteran’s Day, which is Monday, the veterans from the Mount of the Holy Cross VFW Post 10721 out of Minturn were busy visiting 19 schools and being part of receptions, assemblies and classroom talks. Kids from all grade levels were able to learn more about what it was like to be on a tour of duty or to serve during a time of peace.

Many of the veterans wore their uniforms or fatigues and brought other items like canteens, technical backpacks and fireproof flight suits to share in the classrooms so the kids could see the gear and learn about what it was like in the jungles of Vietnam during that war or flying a B-52 bomber.

According to Military.com, Veteran’s Day honors veterans who are living or deceased who served honorably in the military during wartime or peacetime. It is sometimes confused with Memorial Day, which honors service members who died during service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Veteran’s Day is observed on Nov. 11, which was also known as Armistice Day.

A public Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Freedom Park in Edwards at 4 p.m. on Monday. The guest speaker will be retired US Navy Chaplain Rabbi Joel Newman. The VFW has enlisted the talents of community members to perform on Monday. Nicole Gustafson will sing the “National Anthem”. Gustafson is a former student of Vail Performing Arts Academy, who is currently attending Colorado Mountain College working towards a nursing degree. The 5th-grade classes from Edwards and Avon Elementary Schools will be singing also.

Freedom Park hosts many military-related ceremonies throughout the year. Along the west end of the pond, you will find the Freedom Park Memorial, a 600-pound piece of limestone from the Pentagon’s west wall. The memorial not only commemorates 9/11 but also honors fallen veterans, police and emergency personnel from Eagle County.

Turn your donations into dollars

At Vail Valley Cares your donations equal dollars for area nonprofits. Anytime you shop or donate at the Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops the money goes back into the community to support well-needed programs. This year, Vail Valley Cares granted over $300,000 to 44 local nonprofits at the 19th annual grant breakfast on Aug. 28.

The event was hosted at Trinity Church in Edwards. Greg Osteen, executive director of Vail Valley Cares and Jeff Apps, one of the board members, handed out the checks and each recipient got to come up and say a heartfelt thank you and tell the audience how the money will be utilized. During the program, there were plenty of smiles, cheers and even some tears.

Many of the representatives for the nonprofits spoke about how humbled they were to be in a room filled with people doing so much good. It’s a reminder of how many nonprofits are in the Vail Valley and that there are so many needs. “Your existence does make a difference. You are the backbone of Eagle County,” said Pat Hamilton, of the Swift Eagle Foundation.

The Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops in Edwards and Eagle were closed for part of the day so the staff could attend and be recognized for their efforts. The audience gave them a standing ovation for their service to the community.

Vail Valley Cares has a grant application process each spring. The services the nonprofits provide range from literacy programs and senior citizens care to early childhood learning and mental health services. For many of these groups, the extra funding they receive from Vail Valley Cares is vital to their operations.

In addition to the grants given to nonprofits, Vail Valley Cares also gives scholarships to Colorado Mountain College students. Since 2000, Vail Valley Cares has given away over $4 million dollars.

Consider the lifecycle of your donations and support Vail Valley Cares. To learn more visit www.vailvalleycares.com.

Steve Martin, “Tosca”, art shows and more: Tricia’s weekend picks for 7/12/19

Steve Martin and Martin Short at Whistle Pig Vail

Whistle Pig Vail returns this weekend for its second year, and will kick it off with a little comedy and music with Steve Martin and Martin Short.

The show is titled, “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t,” and comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will present new material in a variety of musical sketches as only those two can do, along with insights about their amazing careers in show business. Joining the comedic duo will be Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers. The tour also features renowned pianist and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” band member Jeff Babko.

Whistle Pig Vail is a summer-long music series that brings a new era of headliner music to the iconic Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Some of the other acts lined up to perform at Whistle Pig Vail include Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Bon Iver and The Steve Miller Band. The series is booked in collaboration with AEG Presents, one of the largest live music companies in the world, and will bring well-known rock, pop, country and bluegrass icons to Vail for shows throughout the summer.

Expect to be fully entertained during this first show of the Whistle Pig Vail series. Tickets are $65 for lawn seating and range from $179.50-$299.50 for reserved seating. Go to www.grfavail.com for more information.

Bravo! Vail presents “Tosca”

The Philadelphia Orchestra is quickly winding down its stay in Vail, but before it goes, it has a big weekend that includes a premier opera production of Puccini’s “Tosca”.

In addition to the opera, which opens on Thursday and also runs on Saturday, Friday’s Bravo! Vail performance will feature the sounds of Mozart and Rachmaninoff. With conductor Yannick Nezet-Sequin conducting and Seong-Jin Cho on piano, listen to Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor” and learn why Cho feels playing the piano is like singing and why he thinks Mozart is a genius. Read the program notes to get special insights on the performers and the pieces that are performed throughout the season.

Saturday night, sit back and be treated to Bravo! Vail’s most ambitious project to date. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will be transformed as a fully staged production of Puccini’s “Tosca” debuts in Vail. “Tosca” is a thrilling melodrama set in Rome during the Napoleonic wars. Follow the twists and turns around this fatal love triangle in this must-see event.

There’s been a lot of attention surrounding this event. To get the audiences ready for this performance Bravo! Vail along with the Vail Symposium have hosted various talks including a conductor’s guide and an immersive look at this opera earlier this week. Take advantage of opportunities to meet the director and cast on Friday or attend the pre-performance talk on Saturday. For more information, visit www.bravovail.org.

FAC at Beaver Creek

Friday’s mean FAC (Friday Afternoon Club) and Beaver Creek invites you to wind down after a day of activities at Village Plaza. From 4:30-7:00 each Friday through Aug. 23, sip on an ice cold Stella Artois or Breckenridge Brewery beer, or cheers to the day’s events with a glass of wine with friends and family while enjoying live music.

While you sit back and relax, the kids can keep going with lawn games like giant Jenga, Connect Four and ice skating from 6 to 10 p.m. Local caricaturist Ken Carpenter will be on hand as well if you want a comical portrait created of your family through his eyes.

Jade Vases, a 5-person indie band out of Denver, will be playing tunes under the pergola and will fill the Plaza Pavilion with music to get your weekend started.

For more information and the musical line up for the rest of the summer, check out www.beavercreek.com/events.

Art on the Rockies

For nearly a decade, Art on the Rockies has brought in talented artists for a 3-day event showcasing their craft in Edwards. Art on the Rockies is an opportunity to see new art, talk to artists and attain artwork at all price points.

This juried show brings in artistic styles ranging from sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, mixed metal, glass, jewelry and more. Over 130 artists from around the country converge near the Colorado Mountain College campus surrounded by a gorgeous backdrop of scenic views around Edwards.

Many of the participating artists also are known from renowned shows such as La Quinta Arts Festival in Palm Springs, CA, and Celebration for the Arts in Scottsdale, AZ.

On Friday, enjoy a little champagne during the opening reception at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the silent auction fundraiser closes at 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit free art programming for local youth.

In addition to meeting the artists and viewing the art, food and beverages will be available for purchase and a kids zone will be set up for aspiring youngsters who want to create some art at the event. For more information, visit www.artontherockies.org.

Eagle’s 2nd Friday ARTwalks and Sidewalk Sale

Speaking of art, Eagle has embraced the second Friday ARTwalks since they began in November, the event is growing to two days this weekend. Eagle’s 2nd Friday ARTwalk and Sidewalk Sale brings in local fine artist’s tents and exhibits, interactive art activities, plein air painters, food vendors, Quiet Kat demo rides, and a chance to meet local alpacas and goats.

There will also be live music at various businesses on Broadway including ARTSPaCE, Bonfire Brewery, Everyday Outfitters, and Petals of Provence.

“July’s ARTwalk will be our ninth consecutive 2nd Friday event. We started with three art gallery venues, including ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery, Vail Valley Art Guild gallery and Red Canyon Cafe,” said Tara Novak, artist and owner of ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery and founder of the event.

“This weekend we will have nine galleries and business venues exhibiting our talented local artists plus an Art Market Zone on Broadway with over a dozen local artists showcasing their work in tents on the street.”

It all starts on Friday at 4 p.m. and continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, please visit the Facebook page @eagleartscolorado.