Briefs: Support for Vail Valley parents of gifted children |

Briefs: Support for Vail Valley parents of gifted children

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” Parents of gifted and talented children, aged elementary or younger, can sign up for a support group to better understand their gifted children and learn how to work with them more effectively.

This will be a seven week program run by Jane West, an early childhood and school counselor, and Dr. Kathie Goulet, a licensed clinical psychologist.

Topics will include understanding how gifted children are motivated and disciplined, and how they communicate, manage stress and relate to peers and siblings. Gifted students’ risk of depression also will be discussed.

The program will cost $120, which includes the book “Guiding the Gifted Child” by Dr. James Webb, Stephanie Tolan and Betsy Mecksroth, as well as additional materials and refreshments.

Scholarships are available for those who may not be able to afford the entire fee. It will be Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m., April 7 through May 19.

The support group is being sponsored by The Gifted Education Team of Eagle County, and the Eagle County School District.

To register, call Dr. Kathie Goulet at 926-5377, or Jane West, LPC, at 390-8459.

EAGLE COUNTY ” The Helmut Fricker Music Scholarship Fund is seeking students who want to pursue careers in music and who need to pay for lessons.

The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who are pursuing a music career or students, age 12 to 17, who need funding for lessons or an instrument. Applicants must be residents or Eagle County.

To apply, contact Sonja Craythorne at or Erin Boortz, of the Vail Valley Foundation, at 949-1999, 748-5949 or

The deadline is May 25.

AVON, Colorado ” The valley’s chief water lawyer, Glenn Porzak, will discuss the region’s negotiation with Denver, which continues to eye High Country water.

Porzak will give the talk at the next Waterwise Wednesday meeting, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Avon town hall.

Denver has given up many of its water rights in Eagle County, but is still interested in building a reservoir north of Wolcott. Porzak also will talk about how the reservoir could be used for recreation and to store water.

VAIL, Colorado ” First Descents, an the runs kayak camps in Eagle County for young adults with cancer, is having its second annual fundraising ball on March 29 at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

“Not only have programs that incorporate physical activity into therapy been shown to increase a patient’s physical strength, but have also proven to increase a patient’s overall confidence,” said Allan Goldberg, executive director for First Descents

The nonprofit organization hopes to raise $200,000, he said. It costs about $1,000 for one person to participate in First Descents, he said.

The camps are for people between 19 and 39 years old. Campers also rock climb, fish and hike.

The ball will have a live auction and food inspired by Mark Ferguson, executive chef of Spago at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

Tickets to the ball are available for $175 per person or $2,500 per table. Dress is mountain elegant. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Whitney Bell at 845.7389 or

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