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15th annual Taste of Vail slated for April 6-9

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VAIL – Wine and food lovers can now mark their calendars for the 15th annual Taste of Vail April 6-9. “The Chef’s Alpine Classic Ski Race will kick off the 2005 Taste of Vail, featuring chefs from the Vail Valley racing down Vail Mountain in their chef coat and chef toques,” said Susan Fritz, president of the Taste of Vail. “The Taste of Vail mountaintop gourmet picnic at 11,000 feet will once again be the signature event – a venue unmatched by any other festival in the U.S. What also sets the Taste of Vail apart is the more than 50 world-class wineries that come on by an invitation-only basis, and we insist that the winery owners or winemakers be here to personally pour their wines.” Thirty-five restaurants, 56 wineries from all over the world and more than 4,000 attendees and volunteers were involved in the Taste of Vail this past year.Taste of Vail also raises funds for valley charities. Since it began in 1990, the Taste of Vail has donated more than $240,000 to charitable programs in the valley.For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.tasteofvail.com, or call (888) 311-5665 or (970) 926-5665.There’s still time to sign up for MS U.G.L.Y. Bartender ChallengeThe Western Slope Office of the Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society announces the 2nd MS U.G.L. Y. Bartender Challenge. U.G.L.Y. is an acronym for Understanding Generous Loveable You! Establishments nominate a bartender to vie for the title of the Western Slope’s Bud Light MS U.G.L.Y. bartender. Bartenders vie to win prizes and trips, including a seven-day cruise on Holland America Line, a trip to the Caribbean, golf and ski getaways, as well as other prizes. Weekly standing will be published weekly in local papers.Proceeds will go the Western Slope Office of the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society. One in 650 Coloradoans lives with the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.For more information contact Lee Mathis, event coordinator, at (970) 256-4656 or info@msugly.org.Calling all local artists and craftersLocal artists and crafters are invited to participate in the 7th annual studio tour which is sponsored by the Coalition for the Arts of Gypsum, Edwards and Eagle (CAGEE) with the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce. One year membership fee is $50, which includes all shows which CAGEE participates in during 12 month period and 10 percent discounts at Scully’s arts supplies in Eagle-Vail.The studio tour events include: Members exhibit at the Avon Library for the month of October, members exhibit at Eagle Library for the month of November, Thursday, Nov. 11, from 5-8 p.m. there is a Meet the Artist reception at the Brush Creek Park Pavilion and Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the Individual Studio Tours.Registration forms available at Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce or call (970) 328-5220. Registration due by Oct. 8. For additional information contact the CAGEE Director at (970) 904-1819. Local author writes vampire novelLocal author David B. Riley’s new vampire novel, “The Brotherhood,” has been released just in time for Halloween. The brothers of St. Andrew’s Monastery have kept a very dark secret for centuries – they’re vampires. The story spans 2000 years and takes up the premise of what would happen if a bunch of vampires accepted Christianity and gave up killing people. The answer, for these monks, proves very complicated. The author describes the book as a character-driven vampire novel, written for people who like horror fiction that is entertaining, but not exceptionally gruesome. The book is currently available from bookstores, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com or directly from the publisher at http://www.publishamerica.com. The list price is $19.95.Riley has written short stories for over 15 years. This is his first published novel. He also has a second novel under contract with another publisher, which is due out early next year.Local artist wants to paint your gardenLocal artist Cindy Harlan Youse wants to paint your garden. She has painted all of her life. Her landscapes, garden scenes and still lifes have appeared in National Juried Exhibitions and private collections nationwide. “My artistic goals are to share an appreciation of and the naturalistic representation of something beautiful, be it a garden scene, organic forms of nature, an expressive face or my fellow artists in action,” Youse said in a press release.Youse’s paintings are almost always executed alla prima, working wet into wet, thick paint over thin paint, all in one session. If you would like her to paint your garden, contact her at her Edwards studio at (970) 926-1333.Vail resident to be inducted Oct. 13 at The Cable Center in Denver Induction into the Cable Television Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed annually to those whose achievements have contributed significantly to the growth and development of cable’s diverse industry and to the people, communities, organizations and institutions it serves. Myhren has a rich and varied background in cable, telecommunications and the media. He currently serves as president of Myhren Media in Denver. He has also served as chairman and CEO of American Television and Communication Corp. (ATC), now known as Time Warner Cable, president of Providence Journal Company (which owned newspapers, television stations, cable systems and video programming), and founded six cable networks, including the Food Network. Myhren is a past chairman of National Cable and Telecommun association. Myhren is also recognized for his lead role in the passage of the Cable Communications Act of 1984, which established a national policy concerning cable communications and municipal franchise procedures. The act established standards which encouraged the growth and development of cable systems, promoted competition in electronic communications and minimized costly governmental regulation. In addition to his duties at Myhren Media, he serves on a number of corporate and charitable boards, including the University of Denver, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, the Denver Art Museum, Advanced Marketing Services in La Jolla, Calif., and Dreyfus Founders Funds in Denver. Myhren previously served on the corporate boards of J.D. Edwards Inc., Verio, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Continental Cablevision, Peapod, Providence Journal Company and Citizens Bank. Other members of the class of 2004 are Jack Crosby, John W. Goddard, Robert L. Johnson, Geraldine B. Laybourne, Paul S. Maxwell and June Travis.Vail Colorado

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