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Flight Days

It’s June in Eagle and that means Flight Days is on its way.

For the past 52 years straight, the celebration of all things Eagle has been presented during the last full weekend in June. For 2013, the dates are Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30.

This year’s theme is circus inspired, “Under the Big Top.” The schedule of events includes the pet show, baby contest and concert Friday night with the pancake breakfast, parade, blooperball and more music throughout the day on Saturday. The 5k and 10k fun run/walk is again planned Sunday along with a talent show. There will be food and craft tents at town park throughout the celebration.

For a full schedule of activities, visit the town’s website at

Ready, Set, Sew

The annual 4-H Sewing Camp is coming in June for beginning sewers and those who have more experience.

All beginners will attend on June 24 and 25. More experienced sewers will attend June 26-28. Both groups will meet at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please bring a healthy lunch and a creative attitude. Both 4-H’ers and non 4-H’ers may attend but please register by Monday, June 17, because space is limited. Cost is $25 for 4-H members and $40 for non 4-H members. Please contact the CSU Extension office at 970-328-8630 for a brochure or to get more information.

History book features Eagle County pioneers

Eagle County wouldn’t be what it is today without the adventurous group of pioneers who ventured west to the Eagle Valley in the 1880s, liked what they found and decided to stay.

Local historian Kathy Heicher captures the stories of 10 of those early day settlers in her new book, “Eagle County Characters: Historic Tales of a Colorado Mountain Valley.” The book release date is June 10.

The pioneers that are profiled in the book range from John Root, the mountain man who settled on the Colorado River, to Ellis “Bearcat” Bearden, the Squaw Creek cattle rancher who expanded the family ranch with his 1930s boxing ring wins. Descendants of some of the county’s early settlers continue to live in the valley today.

“Describing the early pioneers as ‘colorful’ is a vast understatement. The men and women who ventured into this rough, raw mountain country and made it into a community were brave, smart and incredibly resourceful,” Heicher said.

The cost of the book, published by the History Press, is $19.99. The Bookworm of Edwards will host a book-signing and program at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. The Eagle County Historical Society will host a book-signing at the History Museum in Eagle on Friday, June 21.

To order books in advance from the Eagle County Historical Society, contact Sandy Van Campen at 328-6645 or e-mail

Concert fund-raiser in Gypsum

IMPACT Ministries is hosting a concert fund-raiser at Lundgren Theater in Gypsum June 22. The concert features Spanish musician Tobias Rene from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and children 12 and under are free.

“The money will support IMPACT Ministries as well as a ministry that one of our friends started in Guatemala,” said IMPACT Ministries Director Josie Archuleta.

Archuleta opened IMPACT Ministries approximately two years ago as a support resource for at-risk youth or any kids with “any issues – drugs, bullying, anything,” she said.

To purchase tickets, contact Archuleta at 970-401-1053 or Phil at 970-471-9308.

Colorado Children’s Chorale comes to Vail

Members of the Colorado Children’s Chorale, joined by more than 80 local kids, will present a special concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail on Friday, June 14.

This free Voices in the Valley concert is sponsored by the Vail Valley Foundation and Antlers at Vail.

With a diverse repertoire and dynamic choreography led by Artistic Director Deborah DeSantis, the Colorado Children’s Chorale presents its own series of concerts and collaborates regularly with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. The Tour Choir has delighted audiences throughout Europe, Asia and the US, including appearances at the White House and Lincoln Center. Friday, June 14, they will entertain everyone at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

Find out more about the Colorado Children’s Chorale at or call 303-892-5600 ext. 113.

Skeet and Eat

The Western Eagle County Rotary Club’s annual Skeet and Eat fund-raiser is planned Saturday, June 15, at the Gypsum Shooting Sports Park.

The event includes a trap-shooting competition followed by a cash bar and a barbecue dinner served by Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Eagle.

Tickets are $50 and include both the competition and the meal. Tickets for the dinner are only $15.

Sponsors for the event include Alpine Bank, First Bank, American Gypsum and Servpro.

All proceeds from the silent auction go to the local Rotarian’s community service projects. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chuck Zaruba at 970-328-5052 or Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the event.

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