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Edwards Tastings: Food for Youth is Thursday

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EDWARDS ” Want to tempt your taste buds while savoring food from local restaurants? Check out “Edwards Tastings: Food for Youth” at the Singletree Community Center tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. You will not only get to sample menu items from eight eateries, but also enjoy an evening out to support The Eagle River Youth Coalition (The ERYC).

The sponsors and participating restaurants include: The French Press, Juniper, Main Street Grill, Marko’s, Ti Amos, Dish, Balata, and a new restaurant named Matthew’s, which is opening in November.

“The idea is for community members who support youth to mingle and to connect with The Eagle River Youth Coalition board and youth organization members, while enjoying diverse and delicious food,” said Cristina Gair, Executive Director of The ERYC.

The event will feature acoustic music by Chris Alexander. Another highlight will be a belly dancing demonstration by Linda Frazier. Win prizes throughout the evening and wait for the grand prize of a 2007-08 Vail Resorts Ski Pass.

“Youth are the greatest asset of our community, and we need to give them a voice and ensure they are supported,” Cristina Gair said. “Come to this event, and you’ll hear about how youth organizations are truly making a difference as partners in this effort in the Vail Valley.”

The Eagle River Youth Coalition’s mission is to assess and meet the changing needs of Eagle River youth through the community youth serving organizations. This happens by making youth a community priority. Member groups include other youth nonprofits, schools, government, law enforcement, religious organizations, parents, youth and more.

The coalition members’ collaborate around the priority issues facing youth. Supporting The Eagle River Youth Coalition will affirm its tenets:

n Invest in the future of Eagle County youth

n Create opportunities for youth empowerment

n Promote positive change for young people

n Enhance your community’s quality of life

The Eagle River Youth Coalition coordinates and distributes The Eagle County Healthy Kids high school attitude and behavior survey, along with developing social norms positive marketing messages for youth with its You Told Us campaign. Meet volunteers at the event from The ERYC’s Youth Leader Council, which includes high school students from five area high schools including: Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, Red Canyon, Vail Christian and Vail Mountain.

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