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Life-long learning talk in Avon

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

AVON, Colorado ” A group of local organizations that sponsor adult educational programs will hold its inaugural event Friday at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon, Colorado.

The Life Long Learning Collaborative of the Vail Valley, L3, plans a conversation on life-long learning from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring speakers Terry Minger and Chris Gates. Festivities will include passed hors d’oeuvres and information about L3.

Speakers for the inaugural event were selected because of their ability to address where civic engagement meets life-long learning.

Chris Gate serves as the first Executive Director of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. PACE is a new organization founded to bring more attention and focus to the issues of democratic renewal and civic engagement. In this role Gates speaks extensively around the country and around the world on the broad topics of civic engagement, including civic education, leadership training, community problem solving, political reform and democratic renewal.

Terry Minger is a frequent writer and speaker on greening business, sustainable communities, and global environmental and resource management issues. He has led non-profits dedicated to environmental problem solving and bringing together parties with divergent, often conflicting interests, to reach sustainable solutions.

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Minger has written two books on the impacts of growth and development in the Rocky Mountain West, and Greenhouse Glastnost, on the United States and Russia’s impact on global climate change. He is founder and honorary chairman of the 25-year-old Vail Symposium on environmental and development issues facing the West.

In January 2008, Rob LeVine and Fraidy Aber from the Vail Symposium and John Horan-Kates and Evie Rosen-Budd of the Vail Leadership Institute, over lunch in a diner, came up with the idea of a valley-wide collaborative of organizations that sponsor educational programming for adults. Two months later, 20 organizations gathered at the Antlers to introduce themselves and their organizations.

The L3 collaborative exists to facilitate and promote community adult education opportunities and to support one another in existing endeavors pertaining to life-long learning. As part of that mission, L3 provides places for citizens and visitors to find a comprehensive listing of resources for adult educational programming (including Web site, newspaper, and member organization literature).

L3 currently comprises 12 non-profit organizations that provide adult learning opportunities in Eagle County. Participating organizations include the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, B’nai Vail Congregation, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Colorado Mountain College, Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, Eagle Valley Library District, Economic Council of Eagle County, Gore Range Natural Science School, Samaritan Counseling Center, Town of Vail Public Library, Vail Leadership Institute, and Vail Symposium.

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