The popular Budweiser StreetBeat Concerts will return next Wednesday, February 19, when “BR549” takes to the stage with some great western swing beginning at 6 p.m. at Check Point Charley in Vail Village. These popular shows are free of charge with weekly prizes underwritten by Circuit City. This is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation along with many great local sponsors. For more information, call 949-1999. Reservations for the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball set for Saturday, March l, at St. Clare of Assisi School in Edwards are filling quickly. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with the silent auction and this event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Vail Christian High School and St. Clare of Assisi School. This year promises to include great auction items including a fur coat, roundtrip to Santa Fe, an evening of Avalanche hockey and a trip to Mexico. Tickets are $100 per person or $1,200 for a table of l2. Guests will feast on a delicious dinner by Mountain Catering and dance to the sounds of The Royals from Denver. If you didn’t receive an invitation and would like to attend, please call Jennifer 926-8980. It’s time again for the Bravo! By Starlight snowshoe and cross country skiing event. It will be held this Sunday, February 16, at the Vail Nordic Center. Registra-tion at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start. $15 for adults and $5 for children. Chili and hot chocolate provided thanks to Seasons at the Green, The Tap Room, Los Amigos and Chili Willy’s. Winners win tickets to Bravo performances as well as snowshoes and gift certificates at area restaurants. I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Les Fowler this past week. Les was a familiar face to the Vail Valley as he was the father of Nancy Denton and Marty Fowler of Vail and their other brother, Mark. He was the longest-serving state legislator in Boulder County history and a man just as well known for his golfing ability and contributions to the game. He died last Saturday at his Boulder home at the age of 78 after battling colon cancer, which had since metastasized to a spot in his brain. Les was the volunteer head coach for the University of Colorado golf team for more than 29 years, and his top player during that time was Hale Irwin, who won an NCAA title at CU and went on to capture three U.S. Opens. Hale was one of the last people to visit with Les coming to his Boulder Country Club home last Friday. Les held many titles in his life. He was a Boulder city councilman (1956-62), a state representative (1966-68), a state senator (1968-88), CU golf coach (1947-1976), district manager for North-western Mutual Life Insurance and one of the most successful amateur golfers in state history. A memorial service celebrating the life of long-time local, Ben Boutell, has been scheduled for next Thursday, February 20, at 7 p.m. at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. Ben’s family and friends are invited to gather to remember Ben who was killed in a car accident in Arizona last month. Ben lived in the valley and worked for Vail Resorts for over 30 years. If you would like to participate in the service or share a memory of Ben, please call Eileen Jacobs at 524-0275 and she will put you in touch with the family. Snowshoe and outdoor enthusiasts can celebrate a decade of helping women with cancer at the 10th Annual Snowshoe Shuffle at Vail Mountain on April 5. This is the largest snowshoe race in North America and features competitive 10K and 5K races as well as non-competitive 5K and one-mile events at the top of Vail Mountain. The event attracts over 1,000 participants of all ages and abilities from over 26 states, Canada and Europe. Five percent of participants are cancer survivors while 70 percent of participants run or walk in honor of someone that has suffered from cancer, survived cancer or lost a life to cancer. The Snowshoe Shuffle is presented by the Vail Valley Medical Center with proceeds from the event benefiting women’s cancer education, early detection and treatment programs in the Vail Valley and surrounding regions. For more information and to register, visit http://www.bkbltd.com or contact the Vail Valley Medical Center at (970) 926-7485 or public firstname.lastname@example.org The night before the snowshoe shuffle will be the Community Snowshoe Din-ner to help support the fight against cancer. Celebrate with our community of family, friends and participants on Friday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. The evening’s highlights will feature a special speaker, along with prize giveaways including a pair of Atlas snowshoes. Ticket prices: $35 for adults, $20 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. For more information and/or dinner reservations, contact 569-7533 or email public email@example.com A free class will be offered on February 20 to help potential first time home buyers through the process. It will take place at the Eagle Library from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Stockman’s Land Exchange and conducted by the Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation. Some of the topics include credit repair, loan approval process, assistance programs, selecting a home and much more. To register for the class, call the Eagle County Housing Department at 328-8770. EVHS graduate, Brian Preston, son of Julia and Ron of Eagle, has graduated from basic infantry training at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia. Scholarships have been set up thanks to Avon Mayor Buz Reynolds who has decided to deduct $250 post-tax dollars a month from his pay. It will be placed in a Battle Mountain High School Scholarship Fund and the money will be used to fund two $1,000 scholarships for post-secondary school study for one graduating male and female students. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be one of the following: an employee of the Town of Avon or the child of an employee employed for at least two years by the Town; or the child of a resident of the Town of Avon who has been a resident of the Town for at least two years. The student must have attained at least one varsity letter and must have an overall grade point average of 3.75. The student is not required to be a U.S. citizen. The scholarship will be based on need and the Town Council shall select the recipient of it. When Neiman Marcus’ stylish models take to the runway in Vail on April 3, they will focus attention on more than the latest fashions from Paris, Milan and New York. More importantly, they will spotlight the state-of-the-art cancer treatment available to Central Rocky Mountain patients right in their own back yards. The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps is hosting its annual spring luncheon, featuring the fashion show by Neiman Marcus at the Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. Profits from the event will benefit patient care at The Shaw Regional Cancer Center located on the VVMC’s Edwards campus.Since the Shaw Center opened its doors in July 2001, it has served 150 patients not only from Eagle County, but also from neighboring Sum-mit, Lake, Routt, Garfield and Pitkin counties. Staffed by a dedicated and nationally prominent team of oncology experts, the Shaw Center offers comprehensive, per-sonalized treatment with full radiation, medical and surgical oncology diagnosis and therapy services.As for Neiman’s involve-ment, Luncheon Chair Sue Mason points out that this is the first time the high fashion retailer has gone outside a major city for such a show. “Everything will be totally professional–from models to staging. After the show and luncheon, Neiman’s also will provide an opportunity for guests to shop from 2 to 4 p.m. in a special boutique set up adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. Merchandise will be varied in styles and sizes.The Volunteer Corps will host a cocktail hour and silent auction from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Fashion show will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. followed by the luncheon. Tickets cost $50 per person. Donors who wish to underwrite the event may purchase the following special tables: Runway Table of 10, $3,000; Designer Table of 10, $2,000 and Boutique Table of 10, $1,000. Details of additional sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon. Since seating is limited, Mason urges guests to make reservations early by calling 970-569-7465. Nature photographer, John Fielder, will conduct a winter photography workshop on February 22-24 in and around the Vail Valley. During classroom sessions, participants can learn to see through the eyes of Fielder and then follow him on field shoots in some of the most beautiful, timberline loca-tions. Veteran workshop director and Vail photo-grapher, Todd Pierce, will be assisting him. For more information, call (303) 368-5208. Last August, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival finished another spectacular season and the program for 2003 promises even greater excitement. From June 27 through August 5, 2003, the Festival will bring to the Vail Valley over 40 acclaimed soloists, ensembles, and three resident orchestras – the Ro-chester Philharmonic Orches-tra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and new to the Festival – America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philharmonic. They began taking ticket orders on January 1 but they won’t be filled until May. For more details, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org Don’t forget, the Colorado State Patrol will be working with local law enforcement agencies to protect everyone from impaired drivers. There will be no warnings – the message is simple – you drink and drive, you lose! The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group is now collecting recipes for the second edition of their Celebration of Life Cookbook which will be out in 2003. You’re invited to send one recipe for a favorite holiday dish, and if you wish, include a brief dedication or let them know if you are a breast cancer survivor. Proceeds from the books will benefit Eagle County resi-dents who are battling the disease. Please e-mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Barbara Kelley, Box 6940, Avon, Colorado 81620.THINK SNOW!