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Avon supports Colorado Gives Day

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Vail Mountain School students and a VMS parent decorate pots for palm trees that will be sold in the VMS Online Auction. The auction is a community effort made possible through the volunteer efforts of VMS parents and students and the generosity of auction donors.

AVON, Colorado – The town of Avon Tuesday issued an official town proclamation in support of Colorado Gives Day, set for Dec. 6. Colorado Gives Day is a statewide day of philanthropy in which citizens are encouraged to “give where you live” by logging onto http://www.GivingFirst.org and investing in local charitable organizations.

“Nonprofits complement the work our governments and for-profit businesses perform,” Avon Mayor Rich Carroll said. “They have a wonderful history of protecting our resources, enhancing the vibrancy of our community, and assisting those in need. Each of these nonprofits helps weave the rich fabric of our community.”

Nine Eagle County-based nonprofits will be taking part in Colorado Gives Day: Can Do MS, Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, Eagle River Watershed Council, Eagle Valley Land Trust, Roundup River Ranch, SOS Outreach, The Salvation Army, Vail Valley Charitable Fund and Walking Mountains Science Center.

Colorado Gives Day is a project of GivingFirst.org, an online resource created by the Community First Foundation that profiles Colorado non-profits and encourages charitable giving within the state. GivingFirst.org provides comprehensive, objective, and up-to-date information about hundreds of Colorado non-profit organizations, along with an on-line donation system to support those organizations. Last year, Colorado Gives Day raised $8.7 million for Colorado charities.

Registration open for Colorado Master Gardener Training Program

EAGLE – Eagle County’s CSU Extension Office is now enrolling for the 2012 Colorado Master Gardener Training Program. Training dates will be Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Jan. 26 through March 29, with April 5 as an orientation day for volunteers. The application deadline is Dec. 9. Classes will be held in the lower level of the Eagle County Building, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle.

Two program options are available. The Colorado Master Gardener volunteer option has a return service commitment of 50 volunteer hours by Oct. 31 and costs $240 for selected volunteers. Call 970-328-8630 for more information about the volunteer selection process.

The Colorado Gardener Certificate, nonvolunteer option costs $575 and is used widely by landscape and nursery professionals, or those new to the area or new to gardening who do not wish to volunteer. The application, training information and topics to be covered are available online at http://www.eaglecounty.us/CSU/Horticulture_and_Small_Acreage/Master_Gardener_Program. Contact the Eagle County Extension Office at 970-328-8630 for more information.

HIV testing to be held next week

EAGLE COUNTY – The Red Ribbon Project will hold free HIV testing Dec. 1 and 2.

On Dec. 1, the testing will be at Eagle Care Clinic at the Edwards Pavilion from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

On Dec. 2, the testing will be at the Vail Valley Medical Center at the Vail Hospital from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome. Results via oral swab will be available within 10 minutes. Tests are confidential. Call 970-827-5900 for more information.

Christmas tree disposal offered to Avon residents

AVON – The town of Avon will offer curbside Christmas tree pick-up for residents from Dec. 26 through Feb. 3. All trees must have their lights and ornaments removed. The town will only pick up cut trees – no artificial or flocked trees, wreaths or seasonal debris will be collected.

Avon’s public works department will check for trees on a frequent basis, but if residents would like to schedule a pick-up they can call with their address and phone number. For more information or to schedule a pick up, call Gary Padilla, 970-748-4118 or email gpadilla@avon.org or Dorothy Martinez at 970-748-4132 or email dmartinez@avon.org.

Residents may also bring their Christmas trees to the county landfill just north of Wolcott at no charge. Recycled trees will be chipped for mulch.

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