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There’s no news too small for the Home Page column. Contact Pam Boyd at pboyd@eagle valley enterprise or call 970-328-6656 ext. 4

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Tickets are now on sale for Porchlight Players’ 4th annual Valentine’s Day dinner theater production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

The musical performances are planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 7-9 and 13-15 at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. nightly with dinner service beginning at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, it is the story of two men competing to swindle an American heiress out of $50,000. Lawrence Jamieson is a cultivated and suave British con artist who operates in the French Riviera. His signature con is seducing wealthy and morally suspect women and stealing their money. His only concern is a mysterious, anonymous con artist known only as “The Jackal” who has been preying on other wealthy victims of late. When small-time American hustler Freddy Benson decides to search for easy marks in Beaumont-sur-Mer, Lawrence’s home base, Lawrence believes that the Jackal has shown his face. Lawrence believes that there is not enough room in Beaumont-sur-Mer for both of them, so a bet is proposed to decide who stays. The first to con $50,000 out of a selected mark will be allowed to stay, while the other must leave town and never return. Who will stay, who will go, and who is really swindling whom? With music and lyrics by David Yazbek (‘The Full Monty”) and a book by Jeffrey Lane, this foot-tapping musical is sure to keep you laughing and guessing from start to finish.

The $50 performance tickets include dinner catered by HP Provisions and Catering of Eagle Ranch with a your choice of three entrees — baked chicken kiev; salmon topped with a jalapeno, lime and scallion salsa; or acorn squash boats filled with lentil stew. Also included is a dessert tray served at the table, three drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks), complimentary coffee and tea service, and the show. Tickets must be purchased in advance at http://www.porchlightplayers.com.

Windows into Islam

As a nation, we struggle to understand the violent tensions between the West and the Middle East.

Many on both sides would say that the root difficulty is fundamentally religious — that Islam is incapable of accommodating societies animated by different faiths. Is this true?

This spring, Colorado Mountain College is offering Windows into Islam, a course that will explore these questions by surveying the basic beliefs of Islam and by following the course of its relations with the West over the last two centuries. The class is taught by Charles Lloyd. Lloyd has a PhD in religious studies from Yale and taught religious studies at Southern Methodist University.

Contact CMC Edwards, either in person or online, to register for this non-credit course: Windows Into Islam (PHI-901-VESS). The class meets for two hours 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday evenings, starting Jan. 21 and ending Feb. 25.

J. Robert Young Scholarship accepting applications

Graduating high school seniors can now apply for the J. Robert Young annually renewable scholarships.

Students meeting the criteria of the scholarship may receive an application through their high-school counselor, online at http://www.wc-cf.org, online at http://www.alpinebank.com, or by visiting any Alpine Bank location.

The J. Robert Young scholarship is offered to graduates of public high schools in locations served by Alpine Bank. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of financial need to a student with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher who is seeking a business-related degree. Students must attend a Colorado college. Two $1,000 renewable scholarships are awarded each year. Applications must be postmarked or emailed to the Western Colorado Community Foundation on or before March 15.

The J. Robert Young scholarship was established in 2008 by Alpine Bank employees and an executive committee to honor bank chairman, J. Robert (Bob) Young, on the bank’s 35th anniversary. The scholarship is designated for graduates of public high schools in areas served by Alpine Bank who have demonstrated good academic performance and are pursuing a business degree.

The scholarships are administered through Western Colorado Community Foundation, a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to promote charitable giving, build and manage charitable endowment funds for community good, and provide grants, scholarships and other resources to benefit the residents and communities of western Colorado.


“Jump Start Your Mind, Body, Spirit Connection,” a robust and interactive daylong workshop to re-energize, inspire and reconnect will be offered by Women’s Empowerment Workshop on Friday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Eagle.

Join renowned alpinist and personal trainer, Ellen Miller, and earth-based personal coach, Susie Kincade for an inspiring, fun-filled day that offers an integrated approach to physical, mental and spiritual health.

Miller will introduce participants to the methodology and value of heart-rate based training, a system which is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. With an emphasis on safety and fun, she will lead a supported outdoor exercise session. She also covers the basic science attached to outdoor exercise, neuroplasticity, and the power of the positive thought process.

Kincade, founder of Women’s Empowerment Workshop will guide participants to envision their greatest potential for 2014 and beyond. She will offer tools to connect to inner wisdom using nature as a supportive force in our life.

As with all Women’s Empowerment Workshop programs, a small, supportive circle of women creates a safe and encouraging setting for personal growth and reconnection.

The workshop will be held both indoors and outside. Lunch and vision board supplies will be provided. Cost is $65. Learn more and register at http://www.womenempower.us or by calling 970-328-5472.

Around Town

Michelle New is offering a new session of her popular Dance for Fun and Fitness course at the Gypsum Recreation Center. The course features a fun-filled hour of great music and easy-to-learn routines. Classes will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants can pay for the entire session or pay as they come. For more information call the Gypsum Rec Center at 970-777-8888.

The Eagle Library is hosting its second annual “Oscar Season Spectacular” this winter. The public is invited to free 1 p.m. matinees on selected Sundays. All of the featured movies were nominated for Best Picture Oscars last year. Next up is “Silver Linings Playbook” on Jan. 26. An Oscar prediction contest is planned Sunday, Feb. 23 and whoever guesses the most correctly will win movie tickets, and the winner will be notified after the Oscar awards on March 2. These films are intended for adults and are not suitable to all audiences. Refreshments are provided and movies are shown in the large downstairs meeting room. For more information, call 970-328-8800.

Its almost time for Girl Scout cookies. Girl Scout cookies go on sale across Colorado on Sunday, Jan. 26. Colorado’s Girl Scout Cookie Program runs through March 2, with booth sales in front of major retail locations starting Feb. 7.

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