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Free February events in Eagle County

Charlie Owen & Caramie Schnellcowen@vaildaily.com & cschnell@vaildaily.comEagle County CO, Colorado
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Times are tough, no doubt. But just because your monthly entertainment budget has dried up doesnt mean youre relegated to your living room couch. Read on for a list of free events happening this month in Eagle County. Theres everything from documentary showings and Celtic guitar performances, to a New Orleans brass band and a family fun fair. And in the spirit of economic relief, the High Life team is making this an ongoing series. Well highlight some of the best free events in the valley at the beginning of each month. We hope this will help you have a good time and keep the Benjamins in your wallet so you can spend them on things that really matter like food and electricity.Feb. 2 Documentary screening at Vail Library.2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The Town of Vail Public Library will be hosting an advanced screening of the upcoming PBS program, Looking for Lincoln tonight at 6:30 p.m. The one-hour documentary will be followed by a discussion about the program. For more information, call the Town of Vail Public Library at 970-479-2187 or visit http://www.vaillibrary.com.Feb. 5 Vail Symposium Unlimited Adventure series: Kimi Puntillo. There are marathons in Antarctica, at the Great Wall of China, at Everest and even Mount Kilimanjaro. Kimi Puntillo has counted these runs amongst her favorites as she ran the world. Along the way, she conquered two Guinness Book World Records, including being the first woman to run marathons on all seven continents. The events runs from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org. Feb. 7 Celtic Guitar Performance by Jerry Barlow. Internationally-acclaimed guitarist Jerry Barlow will perform traditional Celtic tunes at the Avon Public Library. Barlow will share stories with the audience from his history as well as the legends behind the songs he plays. The event starts at 3 p.m. Call 970-949-6797 or visit http://www.evld.org.Feb. 10 High Country Speaker Series with Bill Knight. The seventh annual High Country Speakers Series features Bill Knight, heritage resource program manager from the U.S. Forest Service. Hell be speaking at the Avon Public Library on the topic People, Paths, Perspectives: Exploring Native Migrations. His program, Walking the Red Road: A Timeless Journey, presents his experience walking in the steps of the Ute ancestors. Hell talk about his journey along the Old Ute Trail with Ute Elders, scientists and volunteers. Though used for thousands of years, the trail has only been studied by anthropologists for the last 25 years. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 970-949-6797 or visit http://www.evld.org.Feb. 11 Street Beat featuring Rebirth Brass Band. This band from New Orleans will bring the happy sounds of the French Quarter to Vail when they play the second Street Beat show of the year at Checkpoint Charlie. Using elements of traditional brass band and modern music, Rebirth Brass Band will make sure youre dancing in the streets. The show begins at 6 p.m. Call 970-949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.Feb. 12 Vail Symposium Unlimited Adventure series: Anne Doubilet, from Papua New Guinea to the Arctic.Anne Doubilet, an underwater explorer, writer and photographer, shares stories from three expeditions she completed in 2007, which took her from Papua New Guinea in search of the elusive poisonous catfish, to the highlands to document remote villages, and finished in the Arctic to study climate changes.The event runs from 6 to 7:15 p.m at Donovan Pavilion in Vail. Call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org. Feb. 14 Winter Free Family Fun Fair.This event takes place at the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle and is specially designed for local families with children ages two to 12. There will be free activities such as a quad bungee jumping trampoline, bouncy castles, an obstacle course, a climbing wall, a mechanical bull and pony rides. Parking is free and on-site. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 970-949-0140 for more information.Feb. 19 Vail Symposium Unlimited Adventure series: Christopher Swain, ToxTour: Swimming to Save the Planet.As a swimmer, Christopher Swain has survived collisions with boats, 12-foot waves, lightning storms, class IV+ rapids, toxic blue-green algae, Lamprey Eel attacks and water contaminated with everything from human waste to nuclear waste. You could call him crazy, or you could call him a crusader. On shore, he has delivered clean water education presentations to more than 45,000 school children. In April, he embarks on his ToxTour, swimming 1,000 miles from Marblehead, Mass. to Washington D.C., stopping in more than 2,000 classrooms along the way.The event runs from 6 to 7:15 p.m at Donovan Pavilion in Vail. Call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org. Feb. 24 High Country Speaker Series: Author Dr. Peter Decker.Author Peter Decker will share a slide show at the Avon Library about the incidents that led to the forced exit migration of the Ute Indians. His lecture will cover events during the 19th century, including the migration of the settlers into native territory and the Meeker Massacre. Decker has had a varied career, including merchant seaman, college professor, rancher and government official. Author of various articles and the book The Utes Must Go!, Decker is currently a director of the National Western Stock Show and continues to operate his cattle ranch in Ridgway. Advance registration is required due to limited space. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 970-949-6797 or visit http://www.evld.org.Feb. 25 Street Beat featuring Panjea. African rhythms, dancehall beats and hip-hop all help make up Panjeas sound. This five-piece, ethnically diverse band delivers a socially-concious message with its music, but dont worry, they still know how to get the crowd moving. The show starts at 6 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail. Call 970-949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.Feb. 26 Vail Symposium Unlimited Adventure series: Cameron Glendenning.Dangerous moments on Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch are caught on camera by Cameron Glendenning. Would that make his one of the deadliest jobs? Glendenning, who just won an Emmy for Best Cinematography, will share scenes from on board the Time Bandit, his sea home for filming the wildly popular television program.The event runs from 6 to 7:15 p.m at Donovan Pavilion in Vail. Call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org. High Life Writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.


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