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Stop by Vail-Lionshead Real Estate today between 4 and 6 p.m. for free photos with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.

Michael Johnson’s booksigning today

Michael Johnson, long-time local, will be at Verbatim at 2 p.m. today, signing his book “In the Deep Heart’s Core.” Go there and buy a bunch of them.

Help Schimmer shimmer

Carol Schimmer needs your help, and you’ll be glad to give it. She lost a bracelet in the Avon area Thursday at lunchtime while running errands. It has huge sentimental value so she’d love to get it back if someone finds it. It’s a silver bracelet with alternating pearls and garnets. She was at the Avon Post Office, First Bank and the Seasons at Avon. When she got back to her office the bracelet was gone. If you have it, or know who does, call Town Talk Towers, 949-0555, ext. 615, or e-mail towntalk@vaildaily.com. There’s a couple free Vaily Daily T-shirts in it for you, and Carol’s eternal gratitude.

Avon Police Department toy drive

And while you’re Christmas shopping, the Avon Police Department is running its annual Avon P.D. Toy Drive. Bring an unwrapped toy, or cash, to the Avon Police Department offices. Do it now. Call 949-0358, or Bert at the police department, 748-4040.

Country Christmas Eve celebration

The good folks at Eagle Valley Community Church in Eagle are playing host to a live nativity, caroling and general fun having at their Christmas Eve service. They’re holding two services: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle. We’re talking traditional Christmas carols, the Christmas story, and the message is “Wise Men Still Seek Him.”

Toys for Tots needs you

The Eagle River Valley’s Toys for Tots still needs your help. Donate a $10 toy, game or appropriate gift for a child or teen. Cash donations are deposited in a Toys for Tots Toy Fund. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to involve employees by asking for donations at company parties. You can drop off donations at City Market, Safeway, Columbine Market, the Eagle Pharmacy, all local banks, or any emergency service agency. Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army will make certain that deserving youth in the valley will receive your gifts. For details or more information, call the Salvation Army, any emergency service agency, or Toys for Tots chairman, Nick Frenze at 524-7705.

The Write Stuff

n Actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays:

She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just

before it throws up.

n Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, you know, whatever.

n He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

n The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because

of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a

formerly surcharge-free ATM.

n The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a

bowling ball wouldn’t.

n McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled

with vegetable soup.

n From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie,

surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and

Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

The Senile Virus

Just got this in from a reliable source It seems that there is a virus

out there called the Senile Virus that even the most advanced programs

from Norton cannot take care of, so be warned, it appears to affect those of us who were born before 1958!

Symptoms of Senile Virus:

1. Causes you to send same e-mail twice.

2. Causes you to send blank e-mail.

3. Causes you to send to wrong person.

4. Causes you to send back to person who sent it to you.

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.

6. Causes you to hit “SEND” before you’ve finished the message.

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