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Finding free events in Vail Valley

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe annual Butterfly Launch at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is set for11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Vail on May 20

VAIL, Colorado It may technically be off-season in Vail, Colorado, but there are plenty of events to keep you entertained this May. Even better, all the events listed here are FREE. Were here to tell you, its more than possible to soak in a little culture everything from a free Spanish class to live music and even a cooking class without draining the ol bank account. Friday Spilled Ink release party at Loaded Joes in AvonA release party celebrating Battle Mountain High Schools literay publication, Spilled Ink, will take place tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Loaded Joes in Avon. Artists featured in this years edition will have their work on display and writers will read their work aloud. Spilled Ink 2008-09 editions will be available for sale for $10 today only. After today, the price will go up. For more information on the event, call Loaded Joes at 970-748-1480. E-mail for information on Spilled Ink.Saturday Cycledelic cruiser scavenger huntEagle businesses are hosting a bike scavenger hunt in Eagle on Saturday. The goal, said Erin Seabury of Everyday Outfitters, is to get people familiar with commuting around town on bikes. The hunt is from 2 to 5 p.m. and begins at Everyday Outfitters at 330 Broadway in Eagle. Prizes like kids bike jerseys, Starbucks drinks, a 10-punch pass to Eagle Ranch Fitness Center, Vail Daily posters, gift certificates to the Dusty Boot in Eagle and a week of yoga classes at Yoga Off Broadway will be awarded for craziest costume, jazziest helmet, fanciest bike and speediest team.Though the barbecue afterwards, from 5 to 7 p.m., isnt free, its pretty close. Five bucks gets you a hot dog, chips and a drink and all the cycledelic 70s music you can listen to. Call Seabury at 970-328-6382. Saturday Nimon Walker AwardSince 2001, the Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle County Historical Society have presented the Nimon-Walker award annually to individuals whose work has helped preserve local history. Shirley A.Welch is this years recipient for her written contributions to local history: The Eagle River Valley ; The Life and Times of Frank Doll and My Life: Robert Maloit. The scheduled keynote speaker is Adam Schrager, NBC political reporter and author of The Principled Politician: the Ralph Carr Story. Help honor Welch for her contribution to Eagle County history at the Eagle Public Library on Saturday at 2 p.m. Call 970-328-8800 or visit Sunday Reality Spanish with Kim BlackfordBeginning at 4:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Kim Blackford will teach a fun, interactive way to learn Spanish. This class will empower beginning learners with comprehensible bites of language. Attendees will leave the lesson amazed at their ability to communicate in Spanish! Dont miss this chance to see how Reality Spanish builds human connections using language as the bridge. Call 970-376-4162. May 8 Susan Skog, author of The Give-Back SolutionReaching out and supporting others brings out the best in all of us. Giving back strengthens America but the under-appreciated secret is that it lifts us up, too. Part call-to-action, part inspiration, part practical research guide to make-a-difference opportunities, The Give-Back Solution captures the idealism and generosity sweeping our country, even in the face of challenges. Author Susan Skog will visit the Bookworm of Edwards on May 8 at 6 p.m. Ten percent of all proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Vail Valley Charitable Foundation. Call 970-926-READ. May 8 Cottonwood AcousticYetis Grind in Eagle will boogie down to the bluegrass tunes of Cottonwood Acoustic on May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to close. The three-piece bluegrass band is also scheduled to play a free show on May 22. Yetis will also host open mic nights on May 14 and May 28. Call 970-328-9384. May 13 Two Angry Moms documentaryThe PTA and naturopathic doctor Eliza Klearman are hosting the showing of the documentary Two Angry Moms. Filmmaker and mom, Amy Kalafa of Weston, Conn., made the movie because she was fed up with her children eating highly-processed food filled with additives and preservatives at school. The movie chronicles what happens when fed-up moms start a grass roots revolution aimed at establishing programs that safeguard the health of our kids. The film will show at Brush Creek Elementary on May 13 at 7 p.m. in the library. Call 970-328-5678. May 13 Nancy Reinisch, author of ChemosabeeTwo weeks after her 53rd birthday, Nancy Reinisch was diagnosed with breast cancer. At one particularly low point in her cancer treatment, Reinisch playfully put on boxing gloves and her husband dubbed her Chemosabee … fly weight champion of the world. Courage and humor in the face of adversity became themes in her 12-round, 12-month fight for the coveted title of cancer survivor. This free event, co-hosted by the Community Cancer Coalition, takes place at The Bookworm of Edwards on May 13 at 6 p.m. Call 970-926-READ. May 14 Leann Whiffen, author of the memoir A Childs Journey Out of AutismAuthor Leann Whiffen will speak about her memoir at the Avon Public Library on May 14 at 6 p.m. Her story chronicles her familys struggle with autism. She gives voice to the fear of losing a child and the fight to reclaim him, exploring what treatments eased her son Clays symptoms, where the Whiffens found support, and how the family conquered one of the toughest challenges a child can face. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Call 970-926-READ. May 16 Donkey Chug at Loaded JoesLoaded Joes in Avon is hosting its fifth annual Donkey Chug party on May 16. The locals appreciation party kicks off at 2 p.m. and will feature five free kegs of microbrew beer. A new keg will be tapped every two hours, from 2 to 10 p.m. Kirby Cosmos in Minturn will be selling barbecue on the deck. Three musicians will perform, including Tom Naab, The Bonfire Acoustic Trio and DJ Jamo. Call 970-748-1480. May 17 Grow your own: Transplanting plants at The Wildflower FarmEdwards Wildflower Farm will host a gardening session at 3 p.m. on May 17 focused on transplanting plants outdoors. This class will include a step-by-step demonstration on growing your own food. Learn the whys, hows, and whens to transplanting seedlings outdoors and how timing is everything! Attendees will discuss frost protection and cold frame structures, soil preparation and planting techniques for different varieties. Call 970-376-4162.May 19 Lisa Jones, author of the novel Broken: A Love StoryLisa Jones, author of Broken: A Love Story, visits the Avon Public Library on May 19 at 6 p.m. Her novel tells the true story of a heartbroken journalist finding peace and purpose working alongside an Arapahoe shaman and horse trainer. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Call 970-926-READ. May 20 Butterfly Launch at Betty Ford Alpine GardensThe annual Butterfly Launch at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is set for11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Vail on May 20. Four hundred third graders from Eagle County schools will launch butterflies they nurtured from caterpillars. The butterflies will take flight around noon and after the launch, children can participate in games with butterfly-related themes, such as the Pollination Game, the Life Cycle Game, Bug-O, Butterfly Tic Tac Toe and a beanbag toss. Visit May 20 Vail Symposium presents Colombia: A Powder Keg?This Active Minds course will take place at the Singletree Community Center in Edwards from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 20. By accepting nearly $5 billion from the United States to fight the drug trade, the government of Colombian President Uribe has placed itself not only in opposition to the powerful and well-armed drug cartels, but also leftist anti-U.S. paramilitary groups that have aligned with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and others. Add to the mix a society with extreme economic disparities and you have a potential for an explosive situation. Join Active Minds for a discussion about these tensions and what they portend for Colombias future. Call 970-476-0954.May 23, 24 Blues, Brews & BBQBeaver Creek hosts Blues, Brews & BBQ over Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and 24. Attendees can take advantage of a kids fun zone from noon to 6 p.m. both days, culinary demonstrations, and concerts by Big Daddy Lee & The King Bees, Otis Taylor and Mavis Staples, all of which are free. And though finger-lickin barbecue from establishments like Florellas Jack Stack BBQ in Kansas City, MO and Ralphs Pink Flamingo BBQ in Ft. Smith, Ark. wont be free, it will almost assuredly be good. Visit or call 970-845-9090.May 24 Wine & Words at The Bookworm of EdwardsAs part of the Sundays in Edwards series, employees at The Bookworm of Edwards will present their favorite books and what they are reading now at 4:30 p.m. on May 24. Enjoy wine and crepe specials at the cafe inside the Bookworm. Call 970-926-READ.May 27 Art in the Gardens: Photography Workshop with Jon SheppardThis workshop, set for 3 to 5 p.m. on May 27, is designed for the amateur to experienced photographers who want to use the Betty Ford Gardens to capture original images of nature and flowers. Local photographer Jon Sheppard will teach the class and emphasize creativity through composition, the use of light and background control, close-up photography, and photo enhancement software. Class time will include instruction, instructor critique, and shooting time in the Gardens. Participants who are taking this class will have the opportunity to submit their portfolio to the instructor for a personal critique of their images. The instructor will also select photos to be displayed in the Vail Library for the 2009-10 winter season.May 28 Art and Allison Daily, authors of the memoir Out of the CanyonArt Daily, now a real estate attorney in Aspen, was driving through Glenwood Canyon with his family when they got hit by a boulder that fell from the canyon walls. His wife and two boys were killed. An anonymous letter brought him and his now-wife Allison together. And it was Allison who showed him what hope looks like. The Dailys will visit the Avon Public LIbrary on May 28 at 6 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Call 970-926-READ.May 31 Cooking class at Matthews Matthews restaurant in Edwards is known for its fresh seafood. Chef/owner Matt Jones will teach Fish 101, the ins and outs of cooking fish successfully, at 5:30 p.m. on May 31. Jones will discuss different types of fish, what you should look for when buying fish and tips on preparing delectable fish entrees. Call 970-926-8646. Have free June events youd like included in our next story like this? E-mail High Life editor Caramie Schnell at

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