Briefs: Kids to release butterflies May 16 |

Briefs: Kids to release butterflies May 16

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Third graders from schools around the valley will release butterflies at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in an annual event, May 16.

Students in 25 classrooms will raise 30 caterpillars over about a month and release the painted lady butterflies at the gardens.

“It is a wonderful program that educates children on life cycles and the responsibilities of raising their own butterflies which then culminates in the launch at the gardens ” it’s just beautiful,” said Ann Kurronen, executive director of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

The students also will decorate 40″ x 30″ butterfly cut-outs to be displayed at the launch. The cut-outs will then be on display at the Marketplace on Meadow Drive.

The children will arrive at the gardens at 11:30 a.m. on May 16 for a picnic lunch followed by the launch. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

VAIL ” Starting Thursday, the Vail Library will reduce its hours on four consecutive Thursdays. Through Thursday May 17, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library will also close early, at 5 p.m., this Friday.

The library will be closed for annual maintenance from May 21 to May 28. Library materials can be returned at book drops located at the library and in front of Safeway in West Vail during that week.

Regular library hours, which are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, will resume May 29. For more information on the Vail Library, visit

MINTURN ” The flag pole at Edwards’ Freedom Park received Veterans of Foreign Wars’ has won the Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award.

Local group members Pat Hammon of Eagle, and Tom Kirk of Vail won Salute to Service Volunteer Award for their work on the Freedom Park Memorial and Veterans Day school programs.

Work will continue this summer on the Freedom Park Memorial alongside the pond in Edwards. A piece of Limestone collected from the Pentagon on 9/11 and more memorial bricks will be installed.

There will be a memorial motorcycle ride beginning at 2:15 p.m., at Ford Park in Vail, May 4 for emergency workers who have died in the line of duty. The ride is followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at Freedom park.

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