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Be a thespian

The Vail Performing Arts Academy will hold open auditions, for committed student actors in grades 6-12, for class/workshop and various performance opportunities. Auditions are at the Singletree Community Center, Sept. 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays beginning Oct. 6 through Dec. 15, times TBA. Tuition is $300. To schedule an audition time or for more information call Annah at 970-926-2370.

Billy’s Island Grill rules

Our spies, who are everywhere, found themselves at Billy’s Island Grill, a new restaurant in Lionshead, where Billy Suarez rules. Billy, locals may recall, used to ride herd on Russell’s and the Ore House.

We suggest you go directly to Bill’s and order the Captain Struve Filet, named for local legend Craig Struve of TV 8 fame. It’s a filet mignon covered in bernaise sauce and topped with crab meat. Throw in some Cabo shrimp with real drawn butter (not the melted chicken fat lots of places serve), and then report directly to your physical trainer for a cardiovascular workout.

Maria Borg is our hero

Congratulations to Battle Mountain High School senior Maria Borg for being

nominated by her school to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. The program is conducted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Prudential Financial and honors high school students across the country for outstanding acts of community service.

Maria is the daughter of Robert and Theresa Borg of Avon.

Drought directions

In the “Water Water Everywhere” Department, look for our Drought Management special section in Saturday’s paper. It’s produced by, the Vail Daily’s and Colorado Mountain News Media’s multimedia division.

“Minimum Wage” madness

The world premiere of the film “Minimum Wage,” written and directed by local film stud Jonathan Bricklin, is 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek. It’s $5 to get in: A small price to pay for witnessing the dawn of a classic. Go there. Be entertained.

BMHS ’92, we’re lookin’ for you

The Battle Mountain High School class of 1992 will be having their 10-year reunion on Saturday. According to Birgit Krebs-Roesink, libations will be consumed, lies will be told and giggling will ensue. The women who were beautiful in ’92 are still beautiful, except now you can ask them out. The reunion starts with a school tour at 3:30 p.m., then dinner at the Kaltenberg Bewery at 6:30 p.m. All former students should make reservations directly with the Kaltenberg. For more information, please go to

Rodeo R Us

The Colorado Pro Rodeo Association’s Finals Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. tonight, and runs at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It’s all at the Eagle County fairgrounds, which makes it easy to find. Just drive to Eagle and listen for the sound of a huge crowd saying, “OOOOhhh, that’s gonna leave a mark.” Tickets are just $5 for adults, $2 for kids and little kids are free.

Michael Barnett’s here

Sarah Walker called to remind the universe to congratulate the Barnetts, Anne and Bart, on bringing young Michael into the world on Wednesday. Michael hit the ground running at 6 pounds 8 ounces. Sarah says the proper gift is a bottle of chardonnay – either that or a motorcycle.

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