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VAIL – Ever wonder what happens to all of those great looking furnishings, clothing and odds and ends that you see during the annual home tours or out on the town? Well, they just might end up at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater June 17-18 as the Vail Valley Foundation hosts a two-day “designer garage sale,” dubbed Repeat Performance, with all proceeds benefiting the Vail International Dance Festival.The event’s volunteer steering committee is currently requesting donations of new or slightly used high-end clothing, furs, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories for this sale, as well as previously owned automobiles in excellent condition.”This is truly going to be a one of a kind opportunity,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “You won’t want to be late to this garage sale.”Repeat Performance will kick off Friday evening, June 17, with a cocktail reception and an opportunity for first viewing and shopping. The sale will continue through Saturday, June 18, with a minimal admission fee.For additional information on the Vail International Dance Festival or on how to donate to the Repeat Performance garage sale, contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.Ski Instructor book signing at Verbatim Vail – Verbatim Booksellers in Vail Village will host local writer Allen Smith as he signs his book, “Ski Instructor Confidential: The Stories Ski Instructors Swap Back at the Lodge,” Wednesday at 5 p.m.Appearing with Smith will be a number of the local ski instructors who contributed to this book. Smith interviewed hundreds of ski instructors from all over the United States. A Vail ski instructor himself, Smith collected tales that span the country and date as far back as the 1940s.Verbatim Booksellers is located at 100 East Meadow Drive in Vail Village, near Campo De Fiori Restaurant, Mountain Dog and Claggett-Rey Gallery. For more information, call 476-3032.Snoop to play Vail in the SpringVAIL – Music, film and cultural icon Snoop Dogg will play an outdoor concert on April 16 as part of the Spring Back to Vail festival. The Snoop show will cap Spring Back to Vail’s two-week lineup of events and concerts that includes performances by Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, Toots & the Maytals, Maceo Parker and more. The Snoop concert will take place in the late afternoon, immediately following Spring Back to Vail’s World Pond Skimming Championships at the base of Vail Mountain. There will be a minimal ticket cost for the concert, which will be announced, along with opening acts, in the near future.In addition to the Snoop concert, the Spring Back to Vail festival includes an eclectic and energetic mix of entertainment for all ages. Legendary horn man Maceo Parker kicks off the Spring Back to Vail festival on Friday, April 8. The following evening, April 9, Mix Master Mike, long-time DJ for the Beastie Boys, will get the party started with another free street concert. That show will be immediately followed with a performance by Toots & the Maytals. Toots and his band, pioneers of modern reggae music, will play some of their reggae classics as well as songs from their latest album, “True Love,” which just won a Grammy as “Reggae Album of the Year.”Other highlights of the Spring Back to Vail Festival include the Warren Miller Experience on April 9 and the World Pond Skimming Championships on April 16. For an updated schedule, lodging and lift ticket packages or more information on Spring Back to Vail, visit http://www.springbacktovail.com or call Highline Sports and Entertainment at 970-476-6797.Arts academy looks for rising starsVAIL – The Vail Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) is now accepting enrollment for the Spring Theater Arts program beginning Sundays, March 6, 13, 20 and April 3 and 10 at the Homestead Court Club. Division I (ages 8-12) will meet at 3:30-4:45 p.m., and the Performance Troupe (ages 13 and up) will meet 5-6:45 p.m., with a possible Student Showcase performance on or around April 16. Space is limited. For more information, call 926-2370 for details. The VPAA is also accepting applications for enrollment from third-graders to seniors for its summer musical, “Bugsy Malone, Jr.,” at the Vilar Center. Summer rehearsals will begin July 11 and meet Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion through Aug. 4. Dress rehearsal and “tech” will be held Aug. 5-6 with performances on Aug. 6-7. You must be accepted for enrollment to audition. Space is limited. For more information, call 926 0415 or 926-2370. VVMC hosts fashion show and luncheonVAIL – The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps will host its third Neiman-Marcus Fashion Show and Luncheon April 6 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. The event will also include a champagne preview and shopping opportunity for ticket holders of $150 or more the evening of April 5. A donation of $75 will be accepted at the preview event for those unable to attend the luncheon.The doors will open at 9 a.m. April 6 for shopping the Neiman-Marcus Boutique and the silent auction for not only the luncheon guests but also anyone who is interested in seeing the spring and summer Neiman-Marcus selected line. Taylor Kundolf will entertain on the piano during the cocktail hour.The net proceeds will benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards and the purchase of capital equipment to perform High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy. HDR Brachytherapy will offer dose tailored amounts of radiation that decrease the damage to normal tissue and increases the dose of radiation to the tumor itself. HDR Brachytherapy is a sophisticated program used in approximately one-third of cancer centers in the United States to treat a variety of cancers, including breast cancer and gynecological cancers. The Shaw Regional Cancer Center serves residents throughout an eight-county region including Eagle, Summit, Routt, Pitkin, Lake, Grand, Garfield and Moffat counties.The Volunteer Corps still has openings for companies and individuals. Three levels of sponsorships are available, each entitling the donors to preferred seating and admission to the champagne preview: Haute Couture at $500 per seat or $5,000 for a table of 10, Couture at $300 per seat or $3,000 per table, and Pret-A-Porter at $150 per seat or $1,500 per table. In-kind sponsors will receive a 50 percent credit toward a sponsorship table for each in-kind donation. Tickets for regular luncheon seating will be $75. For more information, call 569-7465.Taste of Vail slated for April 6 to 9VAIL – Wine and food lovers can now mark their calendars for the 15th annual Taste of Vail April 6-9. “The Chef’s Alpine Classic Ski Race will kick off the 2005 Taste of Vail, featuring chefs from the Vail Valley racing down Vail Mountain in their chef coat and chef toques,” said Susan Fritz, president of the Taste of Vail. “The Taste of Vail mountaintop gourmet picnic at 11,000 feet will once again be the signature event – a venue unmatched by any other festival in the U.S. What also sets the Taste of Vail apart is the more than 50 world-class wineries that come on by an invitation-only basis, and we insist that the winery owners or winemakers be here to personally pour their wines.” Thirty-five restaurants, 56 wineries from all over the world and more than 4,000 attendees and volunteers were involved in the Taste of Vail this past year.Taste of Vail also raises funds for valley charities. Since it began in 1990, the Taste of Vail has donated more than $240,000 to charitable programs in the valley.For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.tasteofvail.com, or call 1-888-311-5665 or 970-926-5665.Vail, Colorado


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