cutline: To the coolest pre-teen ever, happy birthday, Griffin! Love, Mom and Dad |

cutline: To the coolest pre-teen ever, happy birthday, Griffin! Love, Mom and Dad

Small Champions

Small Champions is trying to earn some money. The Vail Neck and Back Pain Center is helping by playing host to a benefit for Small Champions. For only $15 you can be adjusted and all proceeds will go to Small Champions. For the uninitiated, Small Champions is a local nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing opportunities for physically disabled children of Eagle County to develop physically and emotionally through participation in sports. Call Jeani-Rose at 477-2225.

Art its ownself

The Vaily Daily’s very own Sara McClure, a work of art in her own right, designed the poster for last week’s Vail 40th Anniversary celebration. The Vaily Daily’s Steve Larson did the Pioneer Days poster. They’re both dandy holiday gift ideas and are available at retail outlets all over the area – the posters, not Sara and Steve. Your best bet is the Colorado Ski Museum, where you also can pick up cool stuff like silk boxer shorts with Vail trail maps printed on them. Hours of fun while your wife/husband/significant other traverses your favorite ski run – if you know what we mean and we think you do.

Avon Police Department toy drive

And while you’re Christmas shopping, the Avon Police Department is running its annual Avon P.D. Toy Drive. Bring an unwrapped toy, or cash, to the Avon Police Department offices. Do it now. Call 949-0358, or Bert at the police department, 748-4040.

To Laura Lee’s Family

There’s a very special place way up in God’s big sky

Where I went to get my wings

And then I learned to fly.

I floated on a puffy cloud, watching over you all the while,

Hearing everything you said.

I saw what you could do.

But then I knew you need me.

You called.

I’m your guardian angel

And I will always care.

Love, Laura Lee Gurule. Merry Christmas.

Brilliance among us

A couple locals made the Dean’s List at The Savannah College of Art and


n Corey Marshall Floyd of Vail. Corey is a photography major and is the son of David Floyd and Katy Floyd.

n Courtney Anne Shaw of Avon. Courtney is a graphic design major and is the daughter of David Shaw and Karen Shaw.

The Savannah College of Art and Design, located in Savannah, Ga., obviously appeals to the more right-brained brilliance among us.

While we’re in Brilianceburg:

n Kristin M. Lester of Vail earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Conservation and Policy with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Prescott College December 15. Lester participated in the college’s graduation ceremony, where faculty mentors present students to the audience, and the students speak about personal accomplishments and struggles, as well as dreams for the future.

Country Christmas Eve celebration

The good folks at Eagle Valley Community Church in Eagle are playing host to a live nativity, caroling and general fun having at their Christmas Eve service. They’re holding two services: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle. We’re talking traditional Christmas carols, the Christmas story, and the message is “Wise Men Still Seek Him.”

Candlelight Christmas caroling service

Lee Rimel ascended Town Talk Towers to let you know that the harmonious folks at Unity of the Mountain Church are playing host to a Candlelight Christmas caroling service Sunday. They meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Avon Library. They’ve promised to stay with the carols you actually know the words to. Call 970-390-4256. Go there. Make a joyful noise.

The Write Stuff

Actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays:

n Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides

gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

n His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like

underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

n He spoke with the wisdom that only can come from experience, like a guy

who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those

boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at

high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one

of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

n She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was

room-temperature Canadian beef.

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