Congratulations to Trista and Ryan on your engagement. I was pulling for him all the way and knew he would be the last one to get a rose. The popular Budweiser StreetBeat Concerts have returned and next Wednesday, February 26, enjoy some great gospel and soul-infused rhythm and blues when the Jerry Garcia Band with Melvin Seals takes to the stage beginning at 6 p.m. at Check Point Charlie 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 next 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. With everyone’s safety in mind, Avon officials have decided to eliminate left turns from Hurd Lane onto Southbound Avon Road. Work began on Wednesday and all left turns will forever be eliminated. Motorists have been pre-warned for the last week that the change was coming. A sign was placed directly across from the turning area to alert them that the change was “coming soon.” In lieu of the left turn, motorists wanting to go southbound on Avon Road will need to proceed to the Checkmate Roundabout at Benchmark Road and turn around. The Avon Police Department will be monitoring the area more frequently at first to ensure motorist compliance. For those who choose to ignore the new no left turn, the penalty begins with a $40 ticket and 4 points. If a driver is determined to be careless, reckless, or causes an accident, stricter penalties will ensue. The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps is looking for companies and individuals who can insure the success of its fundraiser for the Shaw Regional Cancer Center by becoming sponsors of the April 3 luncheon and NEIMAN MARCUS fashion show at the Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa in Vail.”Our reason for seeking sponsorships is simple,” explains Sue Mason, event co-chair. “The more of our expenses we can underwrite, the more money we can give that will benefit patients at the Shaw. That’s a great incentive to help.” There are three levels of sponsorship, each entitling the donors to preferred seating and recognition. Runway Sponsors, for cash donations of $3,000 (or $6,000 in-kind services or goods); Designer Sponsors, for cash donations of $2,000 (or $4,000 in-kind services or goods), and Boutique Sponsors for cash donations of $1,000 (or $2,000 in-kind services or goods)Anyone who would like to purchase these sponsorship tables can call 569-7465 and leave a message. Mason and her co-chair Sally Clair will return calls promptly. The Volunteer Corps will host a cocktail hour and silent auction from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Neiman Marcus will stage the show promptly at 12:30 p.m., followed by the luncheon at 1 p.m.The up-scale Denver retailer will also set up a boutique where fashions modeled in the show, as well as other merchandise in varied sizes, will be sold after the luncheon from 2-4 p.m. Regarding Neiman’s involvement, 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, she emphasizes.Since the Shaw Center opened its doors in July 2001, it has served patients not only from Eagle County, but also from neighboring Summit, Lake, Routt, Garfield and Pitkin counties. Staffed by a dedicated and nationally prominent team of oncology experts, the Shaw Center offers comprehensive, personalized treatment with full radiation, medical and surgical oncology diagnosis and therapy services. Tickets cost $50 per person. Invitations were mailed last week. Since seating is limited, Mason urges guests to make reservations early by calling 569-7465. Anyone wishing to receive an invitation can call that number as well. The Eagle Public Library will be offering special programs in March. On Monday, March 3, from 7 to 8 p.m., children of all ages and their families are invited to attend the 6th Annual Birthday Party honoring Dr. Seuss. Guest readers will read their favorite Seuss stories along with party games, birthday cake and a visit by Cat in the Hat. Then on Wednesday, March 12, come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day five days early with stories, lucky treats, luck bingo and a special craft. Grades K-2 will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. and grades 3-5 meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your green! For more information, call Robyn at 328-8811. Parties will also be offered at Avon (949-6797) and Gypsum (524-5080) libraries. On Tuesday, March 11, Dan Luecke, a hydrologist and environmental scientist, will be the featured guest of the High Country Speaker Series sponsored by the Eagle Valley Library District and the Gore Range Natural Science School. He has worked on water management and aquatic habitat protection issues in the West for more than 20 years and will look at the growth in our region and the measures that need to be taken to ensure there is enough water for both human use and to sustain the ecosystem. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. We’ve received word that former Avon residents and current Park City residents (and a former Trail staffer), Tom and Meg Horrocks have welcomed the arrival of theirfirst child, Lucienne Marie. Luci was born on Saturday, February 15, and tipped the scale at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and the tale of the tape was 19 1/2 inches. According to her parents, "she’s the most beautiful baby we’ve ever seen!" Imagine that! Dad is already compiling a future boyfriend background check form. (Sam, Charlie, Michael, Harrison, Keaton, Jack, Nicholas, Austin, Zach, Tanner and Matt will have to fill one of these out and have their parents sign!) 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 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 email@example.com 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. 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 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 residents 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. If you don’t think domestic violence is a real and present situation in our community, please read the following:- In 2001, 9,426 women were turned away from shelter services in Colorado because the shelters were full.- In 2001, The Resource Center Advocate Program of Eagle County has helped more than 150 women and 30 children who were victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.- The Resource Center housed 32 women and 15 children through donated hotel rooms due to lack of space in 2001.-Already in 2002, there have been over 150 women seeking help in Eagle County alone.For anyone with questions about domestic violence, or who feels they have been a victim of domestic violence, please call the crisis hot line at (970) 949-7086.HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY WEEK!Think Before You Drink…Designate a Driver!