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Rundown of hurricane relief efforts

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Morry Gash/AP PhotoA boat sits in the front yard of a home Thursday in Gulfport, Miss. The region's fishing, boating and hunting industries were wiped out by the storm.
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There are several hurricane relief efforts under way or planned in Eagle County: Dine Out to Help. On Wednesday restaurants that are members of the Colorado Restaurant Association will donate a portion of sales to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Participating restaurants include Sweet Basil in Vail (donating 25 percent of all revenues and gratuities for both lunch and dinner), Fiestas and Main Street Grill in Edwards, and La Scala in Eagle. Visit http://www.coloradorestaurant.com for a list of participating restaurants.

• Help on Horseback: Eagle Valley Horse Rescue will hold a “Jack Pot Gymkhana” at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, Sunday. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the riding starts at 11 a.m. Events include barrel racing, pole bending and a flag ride. Cost for the competition is $20 per run. For more information about the gymkhana or Eagle Valley Horse Rescue, call Wendy Parker, 328-7806, or 376-4369. Send e-mails to equestproduction@aol.com.• Eagle County Community Picnic: Dinner, music, silent auction and $7 Moe’s Original Barbecue dinner to benefit Eagle County Relief to Gulfport. Oct. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sponsored by town of Eagle, Alpine Bank, Moe’s Original BBQ and Bella Construction. Call Melissa Lally at 471-3151 to volunteer or donate to the silent auction.• Performances of “Bone Chiller,” a comedic murder mystery “whodunit” performed by local Eagle-based acting group, the Porch Light Players. All proceeds from 3 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 30 go to for Katrina relief efforts. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14. To purchase, contact John Lowery at 328-1005 or 471-1829.

Ongoing relief drives Only 3 days left Eagle County Relief to Gulfport volunteers have set up collection tables at Alpine Lumber in Eagle, Ace Hardware in Vail and Home Depot in Avon. These businesses will provide for adoption some of the products on Gulfports list of immediate needs. Citizens need only pay for or adopt the item in order for it to be included in the truckload of goods being sent from Eagle County residents to assist the City of Gulfport with their rebuilding effort. Donations will be accepted during business hours at all three locations. For more information, contact Melissa Lally at 471-3151. Eagle County Relief to Gulfport, Miss. Fill Gulfports immediate needs list to help them rebuild and get people back into their homes. Donations can be made by appointment by calling Doug Bitetto at 376-4226 or Brian Kolzow at 376-7600. The group is inviting sponsors who want to provide a vehicle for transportation of goods or funds to cover transportation costs to Gulfport to contact them. Please see Gulfports needs list at: http://www.eaglecounty.us/uploadedFiles/Katrina/NeedslistGPT929.pdf.• The Pet Spot in Edwards is collecting monetary donations for the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. The Pet Spot is located on the Edwards Spur road near I-70 in the same mall as Subway and Bartelli’s Deli. • “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 are at the Vail Daily Building in Eagle-Vail, Battle Mountain High School, Red Sandstone Elementary School and the 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 and the Blue Moose in Beaver Creek.• “Kids Helping Kids” needs volunteers. Students are collecting toys, stuff animals and other items to donate to children in hurricane shelters. For more information: Shirley Moseley, 926-5145. • The Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation is accepting donations for animals rescued from the Gulf Coast. Because animals have been relocated to Colorado, donations also are needed within the state. Donations can be sent to the foundation at 780 Sherman St., Denver CO 80203. • $5 or more for Vail Cares bracelets. Proceeds go to Feed the Children’s efforts in the Gulf Coast and the local Salvation Army for any evacuees relocated to the valley. The bracelets are on sale at the Vail Transportation and various local business and banks. Call the Vail Chamber and Tourism Bureau at 477-0075.

• Verbatim Booksellers and The Bookworm will donate $1 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.• 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.• Brush Creek Elementary families are collecting personal hygiene products, canned food and clothing at the school. All items will be donated to the Salvation Army to support relief efforts at Lowry Air Force Base. The drive will continue through September 16th . For more information, contact Wendi Rowles 390-0150.• Colorado Mountain College has opened up 57 classroom spaces for students affected by Hurricane Katrina. The spots are available at the college’s residential campuses at Glenwood Springs and Leadville.The college has listed its resources through the National Emergency Resource Registry, found at http://www.fema.org.For more information about CMC’s offer, call Debbie Novak at 1-800-621-8559.• More information on hurricane relief can be found at: http://www.eaglecounty.us.Vail, Colorado


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