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Members of the Eagle Valley High School softball team thank members of the Reynolds family for their donation to the program. Proceeds from the Butch Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament were donated to the high school program and the Lady Devils say they are looking forward to helping out at the 2014 tournament.
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The fifth annual Winter Market and Holiday Fair, a showcase of locally and regionally hand-crafted items, returns to Eagle from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The Winter Market and Holiday Fair is one-stop shopping for holiday gifts for everyone, including the family pet. As many as 50 vendors will display a wide variety of goods such as kitchen items, jewelry, bath and beauty products, home décor, scarves and hats, ornaments, cards and photos and tasty treats.

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Admission is free with the donation of non-perishable food items for the Vail Valley Salvation Army food pantry. In a new event twist, Salvation Army volunteers will gather at the fair site on Saturday to pack up the Thanksgiving food baskets for distribution to area families in need.

A Winter Market and Holiday Fair highlight is Castle Peak Veterinary Service’s pet and family photos with Santa for a $5 donation to Longmont Humane Society for flood relief. The photo sessions are planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. For added fun, attendees can enter a photo contest by uploading their favorite pet photo with Santa to the Always Mountain Time app, along with a brief note explaining why they should win. The prize is a $75 gift certificate from Castle Peak Vet. Vail Valley Salvation Army Director Tsu Wolin-Brown, will choose the winning photo.

On Saturday, fair attendees will enjoy seasonal music from the Dickens Carolers from 10 to 11 p.m. and free face painting for kids from 2 to 5 p.m.

“The Winter Market and Holiday Fair makes for truly stress-free holiday shopping,” said event organizer Janet Thrasher. “Plus, it’s a great way to buy local and support Colorado crafts people.”

Fair visitors can round out their shopping in downtown Eagle and enjoy a warm meal at one of Eagle’s cozy and friendly restaurants before, during or after the event.

For a listing of vendors and their goods, and event details, visit

Turkey Trot

The third annual Brush Creek Elementary School Turkey Trot is planned for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.

The run launches at 9 a.m. from BCES and concludes with an after-party at The Dusty Boot. The party will include a silent auction, raffle and costume contest.

A one-mile fun run and a 5K run are planned as part of the event. Preregistration forms are available at BCES. Cost is $15 for individuals, $35 for a family of four and $10 for each additional person.

Runners also can register at the run, with race day prices of $20 for individuals and $40 for a family of four.

Event proceeds will benefit the fourth-grade trip to 100 Elk Camp.

Around Town

The summer of 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Eagle County Fair. The Open-Class Committee and Eagle County Historical Society are looking for artifacts from past county fairs that would contribute to a nice display, including photographs, preferably with names attached, about past county fairs. Residents who have items that they would consider lending can contact Colorado State University Extension Agent Glenda Wentworth by calling 970-328-8632 or sending an email to

The Porchlight Players are holding open auditions for this winter’s musical, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Alpine Bank building in Eagle. Roles include male and female, principle and ensemble parts, all ages (no children’s roles). Be prepared to read from the script and sing a song of your choice. A CD player will be available if you have orchestration for your song. Anyone who can’t make either audition date and would like to set up an alternate date to audition, contact Ann at To read about the show, visit and click on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” tab.

TEDxVailWomen Returns Dec. 5

TEDxVailWomen returns to the Vail Valley for a fourth year on Thursday, Dec. 5, with a line-up of accomplished women who will speak to this year’s theme, “Naturally.”

The event will again be a combination of live speakers paired with a live video stream from TEDWomen in San Francisco, which has a theme of “Invented Here.” All told, there will be 150 TEDWomen events worldwide. Live music, interactive sessions, networking, snacks, lunch, and a tapas post-party make up a full day of inspiring activities. Free childcare will be provided.

Vail native, Dr. Kim Langmaid, founder of Walking Mountains Science School, is one of the eight women who will share ideas live from the stage at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel. Cristina Mittermeirer, who created the International League of Conservation Photographers, will present bold images of native peoples in the wild. Speakers and performers hail from London, Chicago, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Victoria, BC, Boulder, and Crestone. Their topics range from saving elephants in the midst of a Jihadi civil war in Mali to the Shero’s Journey, to changing the world through nature photography.

Special guest is 10-year-old Carnegie Hall master pianist Ursula Hardianto. Young women form Stone Creek Middle School will deliver their first TEDx talks. Streamed speakers will address technology innovations, solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking and expressions of art. The result will be a global conversation — from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul — celebrating inventors and designers; thinkers and makers; local problem-solvers and global leaders.

During the past three years, TEDWomen has launched powerful ideas into the world. In 2010, Sheryl Sandberg gave the talk that led to her ground-breaking book “Lean In.” In 2011, Jane Fonda gave a mind-shifting talk on the unexpected “third act” in women’s lives now. In 2012, Angela Patton told the unforgettable tale of a father-daughter dance … held in prison.

According to event organizer and Vail resident, Kat Haber, “This year’s program will deliver ground-breaking ideas presented in bite-sized, beautifully delivered TEDx talks. The conversation of technology, entertainment, and design driven by women leaders is a rare opportunity to engage with some powerhouse women who are driving progress. You can join this active force crystallizing change in communities worldwide from right here in Vail Valley. From small, local solutions to global movements, the power of women’s invention is moving creativity in every region, in every field.”

TEDxVailWomen sold out last year, so early registration is encouraged. Cost of the event is $50 through Nov. 15, then $65 through Dec. 4. Student scholarships are available.

To learn more, contact Kat Haber,; or phone 970-367-7718. Men and volunteers are also welcome and encouraged to be part of this community event.

Tree Tips for the Winter Months

Urban trees along Colorado’s Front Range, Eastern Plains and Western Slope are now going dormant, but they require care before and during the winter to remain in top health.

“You’re doing your trees a huge favor by preparing them for cold, arid winter conditions, and making them healthier for the next growing season,” said Keith Wood, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service.

The CSFS offers the following winter tips to prepare Colorado’s urban trees:

Wrap the trunk. In Colorado, thin-barked trees like honeylocust, ash, maple and linden are susceptible to sunscald and frost cracks because of drastic winter temperature fluctuations. To prevent bark damage, guard the trunks of younger trees up to the first branches using commercial tree wrap. Leave the wrap on until April.

Mulch the base. Apply 2 to 4 inches of wood chips, bark or other organic mulch near the base of the tree, but not against it, to reduce soil evaporation, improve water absorption and insulate against temperature extremes. Check your community recycling program, as some programs provide wood chips free of charge.

Recycle leaves. Instead of disposing of autumn leaves, consider layering them around the base of each tree as mulch, or blend them into the yard with a mulching mower to retain nutrients.

Prune while trees are dormant. Late winter is the best time for pruning most tree species, but it can be done whenever trees are dormant over the winter months. Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead branches and improve form. Always prune just outside the branch collar – the point where a branch joins a larger one – and don’t remove any branches without good reason.

Give them a good drink. Rather than simply run a hose at the base of each tree, instead water in the area from just outside the trunk to the extent of the longest branches. Water slowly, with a sprinkler or soaker hose, at the rate of 10 gallons per inch of tree diameter.

Focus on younger trees. With less-extensive root systems, they require the most care.

For more information, visit the Colorado State Forest Service website at

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