Local hurricane relief efforts
There are several hurricane relief efforts underway or planned in Eagle County: Rocky Mountain Backpack Relief. Volunteers Saturday and Sunday will collect backpacks for hurricane survivors at West Vail Ace Hardware, Avon Christy Sports and Eagle Nearly Everything Store. Contact Sarah Laichas at 471-8041 or visit http://www.rockymountainbackpackrelief.com. • Skate Katrina: a skateboarding competition from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday in Edwards. All of the profits got to hurricane relief programs. Competitors can register at the Board Room in Avon. Registration is $20 per person and competitors under 18 must register with a guardian who is 18 or older.
Dr. Bruce Weinstein, the Ethics Guy, leads a community presentation on ethics in the workplace at the Vilar Center, from noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 22. Open to the public; donations will be collected at the door. Proceeds go to the Salvation Army and the local Red Cross chapters. Contact Seth Ehrlich at 845-7040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.• “Cans for Katrina”: Here’s what Jane Leptovska and Karli Scherer are doing in their “Cans for Katrina” effort. Drop-off boxes for canned food: Vail Daily building in Eagle-Vail; Battle Mountain High School; Red Sandstone Elementary School; Avon Recreation Center. Items can also be dropped off at Scherer’s home. Call 331-9920 to set up a time. Cans for cash donations are at: Mojo Music in Avon; Radio Shack in Avon; Avon Bakery; the Blue Moose in Beaver Creek.• Verbatim Booksellers and The Bookworm will donate one dollar for every “Lord of the Flies” copy sold as part of the September valleywide read program. Alpine Bank will match the total donation amount up to $50,000. Verbatim owner Robert Aiken chose the book because it “illustrates the savageness of mob mentality and the results of a society broken down,” he said.• Red Canyon High School in conjunction with Gypsum Creek Middle School is sponsoring a chili cook-off and silent auction at the Eagle Pavilion on Sept. 24 from 1-5 p.m. Entrance is $5 to grab some chili, and all proceeds go to a districtwide fund Alpine Bank is matching.
Colorado Mountain College has opened up 57 classroom spaces for students affected by Hurricane Katrina. The spots are available at the colleges residential campuses at Glenwood Springs and Leadville.The college has listed what it has available its resources through the National Emergency Resource Registry, found at http://www.fema.org.For more information about CMCs offer, call Debbie Novak at 1-800-621-8559. $5 or more for Vail Cares bracelets. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross. Call Susi Brenden, 476-7550. This off-season Terra Bistro wants to raise $50,000 for Katrina relief. They are donating 25 percent of each bill to the relief fund. Call 476-6836 for reservations.