Betty Ford Alpine Gardens butterfly launch scheduled |

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens butterfly launch scheduled

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The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ Butterfly Launch is May 17, sponsored by Crossroads Market.Local elementary school children will participate. Each student will be supplied with a kit that includes a viewing net, caterpillars and food. The students will raise two caterpillars, watch as they pupate, and then turn into a Painted Lady Butterfly in about 30 days. The students will gather at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and release the butterflies together.In addition, the students in each classroom will decorate a 40-inch by 30-inch butterfly cut out to be displayed at the launch event. The cut outs will be on display at Crossroads Market where the public will vote on a favorite butterfly. The winning classroom will receive a cookie party compliments of Crossroads Market.The children will arrive at the gardens at 11:30 a.m. on May 17 for a picnic lunch followed by the launch event.Call Betty Ford Alpine Gardens at 476-0103.Slow Food headed to EagleSlow Food Vail Valley and Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch executive chef Richard McCreadie will be at Eagle Smoked Salmon in Gypsum, 5-7 p.m. Friday. Owner Andrew Osborne produces smoked salmon and will discuss the process and how he obtains his products. Contact to sign up. There is a suggested $5 donation.Volunteer judges soughtThe Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau needs volunteers to help with this year’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state leadership conference in Vail April 23 through 25. The group has brought more than 2,000 people to the area each year for almost 20 years and is currently booked through 2010.FBLA is seeking volunteers from the Vail Valley to serve as a judges in their competitive event programs, including public speaking, emerging business issues and other categories. E-mail sets $20M upgradeThe Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is launching a $20 million hotel improvement that expands the Allegria Spa. Construction begins this month and includes 15 new fractional ownership units, as well as enhanced public areas, meeting facilities and guest accommodations. The improvement plan allows for air-conditioning in the 190 remaining guest rooms plus the existing 15 condominiums.Improvements to The Park Hyatt’s Allegria Spa include the addition of a second story, doubling the size of the current retreat to 40,000 square feet. The cost of this addition alone totals $12 million. The upgrades will include a water temple. Two treatment suites offer private steam shower, changing area and massage tables for two. One includes a granite soaking tub for two, while another offers side-by-side Vichy showers. The enlarged fitness area introduces Kinesis, a method of conditioning developed in Italy. Without the interference of cables, Kinesis incorporates a 360-degree rotating pulley system that enables free and natural movement on three planes.

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