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The New Titans of Town Talk Towers have a daughter who started playing soccer this spring.This is a first for both the daughter and parents, none of whom presently know jack about the Most Popular Sport in the World (but only because most of the world lacks cable and thus has no knowledge of swamp buggy racing).The good folks at the Vail Recreation District, who run soccer programs throughout the valley, apparently have a lot of parents who know diddley about soccer. On the opening day of spring practice for the little booters, the district e-mailed a note to parents that included the Colorado State Youth Soccer Association’s “standards of conduct for spectators.”As in most youth sports, the main rule for parents is “Don’t be a jackass,” followed closely by, “Help out however you can.”There’s one rule, though, that’s just confusing. It reads:”Take a position on the opposite side of the field fro the other team’s supporters. Also sit on the opposite sideline from the coaches and players.”

Huh?Even with our limited knowledge of soccer, we know the field, or “rink,” has four sides, two long ones and two at what people who know tackle football call “end zones.”Now, if coaches and players gather on one of the long sides, do fans of the other team gather on that side? Do both teams gather on one long side? If so, how do supporters of the teams both end up on opposite sidelines? Are we supposed to sit in the end zones? Can anyone bring a bullhorn to emulate that Mexican broadcaster who shouts GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!?We have lots of questions.We’ll keep you posted as the answers come over the next few weeks.Free concert

This could be fun.The Vilar Center in Beaver Creek will host a pair of free concerts April 14 and 15, featuring the United States Air Force Concert Band and the “Singing Sergeants” vocal group. The April 14 show starts at 6:30 p.m., and the April 15 show starts at 8 p.m.The shows are free, but a ticket is needed to get in. Tickets are available at the Vilar Center and the City Market stores in Avon, Eagle and Vail.The concerts are sponsored by: the Vilar Center, the town of Avon, the Tony Gulizia Trio, Eagle County, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Vail Daily, the valley’s three Rotary clubs, the Minturn post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Vail Symposium, Rock Properties, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and the Freedom Park Memorial Committee.Dinner for a causeAllison Butler is in trouble.

Butler, an employee of Evans Chaffee Construction Group, recently broke her back and wrist, and, as you’d expect, her medical bills are adding up fast.To help, the folks at Evans Chaffee, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and the Grand Avenue Grill have put together a fund-raising dinner for Allison.The dinner, an all-you-can-eat spaghetti soiree, will be at the Grand Avenue Grill in Eagle on Tuesday, April 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Besides dinner – which will be served by Evans Chaffee employees – there will be a silent auction featuring an array of fabulous items.Tickets are $20 per person, $10 for kids 10 and younger. For advance tickets, call 845-0466. To make a donation without dinner, make checks payable to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, and send them to Evans Chaffee Construction Group, Attn: Fundraising, P.O. Box 8266, Avon, 81620.Vail, Colorado


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