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Busy weekend on tap for Vail Valley

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado, in conjunction with Vail’s Art in Public Places program, the Vail Nature Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, observes the longest day of the year during its annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m.Artists participating in the 10th annual Summer of Sculpture will display their work near the gardens’ Schoolhouse gift shop and museum. This year’s featured work, on loan from the Denver Art Museum, is by Bernar Venet. The sculpture, entitled “228.5 Arc x 5,” is a 7-foot-high, rolled-steel, curved shape.For a second time, the gardens and Vail’s Art in Public Places Program also are hosting an outdoor painting competition, during which judges will select three paintings of Venet’s sculpture to be sold at Vail International Gallery.For the kids, activities include a Painted Lady butterfly launch, dancing around a maypole, Bravo’s Instrument Petting Zoo, croquet games and guided tours of the gardens. The Vail Nature Center, meanwhile, is hosting “The Wild Side of Ford Park,” including more kids activities, as well as educational nature trail walks along the banks of Gore Creek.For more information about the painting competition during this year’s Summer Solstice Celebration, visit http://www.ArtInVail.com. For a complete events schedule or more information about the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, call 970-476-0103 or visit http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org. Keepin’ it greenThe annual Healthy Homes Fair and Tour, put on by the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability and the Vail Symposium, takes place at Nottingham Park in Avon Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free fair will feature 33 vendors showcasing ideas, products and services that are shaping the green revolution. The Healthy Homes Tour takes you to two green homes in Edwards to show these ideas in action. Shuttles from Nottingham Park will take festival-goers to tour tthe homes. Local band the BonFire Dub Trio will entertain attendees with their reggae-inspired originals from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org for more information. Feel the heatLionshead Village heats up on Saturday. The first ever South of the Border Fiesta kicks off the summer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Vail Chamber & Business Association, the Latin-themed event will include authentic Mexican dishes from local restaurants, vendors selling frosty beverages like margaritas and beers and a live Mariachi band. A 10-piece salsa band, Fuerza Tropical, will perform on a stage near the ice rink at Arrabelle. Restaurants will compete in the chili cook off for the title of Vail’s best chili. Event attendees can ride the gondola for free, and children can enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, a train ride and more. Children will receive a free sombrero and can take a swing at a pinata. For more information, contact the VCBA at 970-477-0075.Fashion on displayTwice during the South of the Border Fiesta models will show off the latest fashions from several Vail stores. Local women will model clothes from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and again from 2:30 to 3 p.m. on a runway set up near the ice skating rink at Arrabelle Square. DJ Wild Bill will spin during the two shows. Recently Arriesgado held a casting call for potential models, said Arriesgado owner Cabal Yarne. Nine people were chosen to participate in the fashion show and compete for the chance to be featured on Arriesgado’s web site. Along with clothing from Arriesgado, the models will be wearing clothes from Rack and Roll and Vail T-Shirt Company. Six employees from Specialty Sports Ventures will model clothing and gear from Burton, Patagonia, Quicksilver, North Face, One Track Mind and Gore Creek Fly Fisherman during the fashion show as well. “We thought it would be a fun way to get a lot of the retailers in Vail together, and show people there’s a little fashion culture here,” said organizer Emily Oatis.

Fishing DerbyThe town of Avon is hosting its annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby at Nottingham Lake on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Each year the Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks the lake with hungry fish to gear up for the family-friendly event. Prizes like new fishing poles, tackle boxes and gift certificates will be given out for the biggest fish, the longest cast or the most accurate cast. And if fishing isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Bravo’s Instrument Petting Zoo will also be on hand. Kids can compete in a gummy worm guessing contest. Lunch will be provided by the town of Avon. The event is geared for children age 15 and under and their families. Pets are not allowed. Call 970-748-4060.Vail Farmer’s Market and Art ShowThe Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show kicks off the summer season in Vail on Sunday. Expect to see upwards of 115 vendors at this market. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Vail Farmer’s Market offers plenty to keep the kiddies entertained, including a mechanical bull, a train and a bouncy house. There’s also a whole section of the market devoted to artwork and crafts. Several locals artists will be participating this year, said market organizer Angela Mueller.Expect to find a new farm in the mix – Borden Farms from Delta – offering organic plants and vegetables. Palisade’s Wynn Farms, known for their peaches, plums and apricots, is returning, as is Miller Farms.A new meat vendor – Fox Fire Farms from Ignacio, a town in the southwest corner of the state – will offer organic grass-fed lamb, goat and beef.Parking is free. Visit http://www.vailfarmersmarket.com for more information.

Gypsum Daze tickets on sale now Tickets for the 2009 Gypsum Daze Concert featuring the Charlie Daniels Band are now available at select locations around the valley.The concert, which also will feature Little Big Town, is planned at 7 p.m. on July 18 at the outdoor Lundgren Theater in Gypsum.Advance tickets are $15. Tickets are $20 on show day. Tickets are available at Alpine Bank Gypsum, Columbine Market and Gypsum Town Hall.For more information contact Gypsum Events Coordinator Dawn Ritts at 970-524-1740.High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.