Kids’ recital is Thursday in Gypsum |

Kids’ recital is Thursday in Gypsum

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado – Almost 200 students and 25 staff members will celebrate the culmination of a seven-week residency of the Vail Valley Foundation’s Celebrate the Beat program “Mardis Gras style” Thursday evening as the inaugural Red Hill Elementary School class rolls out a free recital for family and friends.Scheduled for a 6 p.m. start in the Gypsum Middle School gymnasium, the Red Hill students will take the audience on a musical and dance journey back through time, with a theme of “New Orleans, A City of Resilience”.The Celebrate the Beat residency featured five classes a day for third- through fifth-graders at Red Hill. Celebrate the Beat is also at three other schools for the entire school year, including Homestake Peak School, Avon Elementary School and Berry Creek Middle School.First introduced to Vail in 2007 by Festival director Damian Woetzel as a free Dance Festival educational offering for local children, Celebrate the Beat introduces students to music, dance, art and self-expression, using National Dance Institute teaching techniques.

VAIL – Nov. 11 is the deadline for Vail Valley Athlete Commission applications.To be considered for Athlete Commission funding, a competitor must be a minimum of 15 years of age; participate in international competition outside of North America; be a resident of the Vail Valley for a minimum of three years and apply as an individual, rather than a team. Funds will be distributed in December.Conceived by local resident Pepi Gramshammer in 1997 and supported by the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts, the town of Vail and the Beaver Creek Resort Co., the Vail Valley Athlete Commission is dedicated to providing financial support for individuals competing in an international arena.Since its inception, the Vail Valley Athlete Commission has also provided funding to numerous local athletes, including Lindsey Vonn, Josiah Middaugh, Toby Dawson, Chad Fleischer, Sarah Schleper, Stacia Hookum, Chris Doyle and Mike Kloser.In addition to Schleper, last winter’s 11 recipients included snowboarder Dylan Bidez, freestyle skier Heidi Kloser, U.S. Disabled Team skier Ralph Green and Nordic skier Sylvan Ellefson.Winter Athlete Commission applications may be downloaded from the foundation website at by clicking on the “About the Foundation” link, going to the “What’s In Print” button and clicking on “Forms & Applications.” Forms may also be picked up at the Vail Valley Foundation offices in Avon. All forms should be submitted to the Foundation at P.O. Box 309, Vail, CO 81658, to the attention of Jennifer Mason, director of operations. For additional information, call the foundation at 970-777-2015.

EAGLE COUNTY – The Forest Service has re-opened Resolution Road in the Camp Hale area as of Monday and Pearl Creek Road as of Tuesday. East Fork Eagle Road remains closed, prohibiting access from Jones Gulch Road/Old Highway 24. However, a detour exists around the closure by way of the main Camp Hale entrance. These projects are a part of Forest Service work to replace aging corrugated metal culverts with structures that are designed to better handle peak stream flows and provide easier passage for fish and other aquatic animals. The new culverts are wider than a round culvert and have an open bottom, allowing the stream channel to maintain more of its natural characteristics. This design allows aquatic organisms to more freely move up and down the stream channel. The new culverts are also less likely to catch debris that can block a culvert and cause flooding.

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