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Eagle hosts spring events this weekend

Ben Gochberg
Special to the Daily

EAGLE — A variety of spring events kick off the season in Eagle this weekend. The ineup begins on Friday with the fifth annual Western Slope Home & Recreation Expo. Starting at 5 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, and running through Sunday at 2 p.m., the Eagle Home Expo boasts the largest gathering of home experts in the mountains. Over 40 businesses involved in home repair, renovation, purchase, green energy and optimization will be gathering to show their wares, give advice and provide consultation to anyone wishing to attend. Expect to see renewable products, decking, sheds, motor homes and ATVs. A suggested donation of $2 to Habitat for Humanity is all it takes to get in the door and to start planning your spring cleaning projects.

"This is a great way to kick off spring in Eagle. For those up valley, it will be more than worth the drive to experience everything outdoor and home related that the expo offers," said Jen Radueg of Radiate Live Events, host for the expo.

The expo will open at 5 p.m. on Friday with an industry night for local professionals involved in housing. Professionals wishing to attend the event should RSVP Janet at Janet@alwaysmountaintime.com, or call 970-949-0140. Light appetizers and drinks will be served for professional attendees. For more information visit http://www.westernslopehomeshow.com.

Outdoor exposure

Be sure to also bring your running or hiking shoes, your bike or whatever other mode of transportation you prefer to enjoy the opening of many of Eagle's trails this weekend.

"We want everyone to know that even though the mountain is closed, our trails are open … and dry," said Amy Cassidy, marketing and events coordinator for the town of Eagle.

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High school cycling coaches from around the state will also be in town for their weekend-long Colorado High School Cycling and Coaches Summit. Eagle hosted the State High School Mountain Bike Championships last year, and is the only destination in the state to host back-to-back high school championship events. The annual coaches summit brings together not only coaches, but ride leaders and parent volunteers to develop skills and knowledge in the sport. For more information, visit http://www.coloradomtb.org.

Community clean up

Spring brings an opportunity to spruce up the community as well, and this coming weekend will be no exception for the Eagle community. The annual Eagle Community Clean Up and Recycle Day is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Teams of local volunteers and other concerned citizens will hit the streets, paths, river banks and open spaces to pick up any trash.

"We're just very excited to dust off this long winter, and we're letting you know that we are open and ready for spring, and one of the most beautiful times of year to get outside," said Amy Cassidy.

It will be a great opportunity to clean out unwanted or recyclable items from home too. Trash and recycling containers as well as trucks ready for donations of usable items will be located in the parking lot behind Capitol Movie Theater in Eagle Ranch. Items to be collected include: recyclable metals, large amounts of trash, furniture, clothing and toys. Alliance Record Services will also be offering document shredding on site. Recyclable electronics will be collected at the Eagle River Center during the Western Slope Home and Recreation Expo. Participation for volunteers of the event is free. Whether you want to run or bike a trail, ogle some new toys for summer in the mountains, fix up your house, or clean up the community, this weekend is the time to get outside in Eagle.