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Allen Knox

The next Budweiser StreetBeat Concert on Wednesday, March 12, will feature Carlos Washington and The Amazing Giant People who will provide some funk loaded rhythm and blues. It begins 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. Anyone who operates on a “mountain time frame” might find themselves out of luck in getting reservations for the April 3 Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Show sponsored by the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps at the Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa. Organizers are expecting a sell out, so everyone needs to make reservations by the March 15 deadline. To be fair, reservations will be strictly on a first come, first served basis with no last minute special arrangements.Benefiting the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, the event will be totally professional, from fashions, to staging, to models, to retail sales afterward. 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. Guests can also shop from 2-4 p.m. in Neiman’s boutique, where fashions modeled in the show, as well as other merchandise in varied sizes, will be available. Tickets cost $50 per person. To make a reservation, call 970-569-7465.The three levels of underwriting sponsorship, each entitling the donors to preferred seating and recognition, include: 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 Spon-sors for cash donations of $1,000 (or $2,000 in-kind services or goods). Anyone who would like to reserve these Sponsorship tables or to make a larger donation can call 970-569-7465 and leave a message. Sue Mason or her co-chair Sally Clair will follow up as soon as possible.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. The Town of Avon has added another channel to its AT&T Cable lineup. It’s the Government Access Channel 19 and they will now be carrying the CDOT I-70 video feeds and real time weather information. The channel includes live video feeds of the follow sections of highway: Hanging Lake Tunnel (Glenwood Canyon); Vail Pass (3 different views; 2 at the summit, 1 at the rest area); Copper Mountain; Silver-thorne; Eisenhower Tunnel (both east and west); George-town Hill; Highway 40 Exit (Winter Park) and Idaho Springs. Local weather conditions, as well as forecasts are included. The total loop time for this information is about 5 minutes. Efforts are also underway to add real time weather conditions and information from the Eagle County Regional Airport.The CDOT Information Channel was funded by the Town of Vail, CDOT, Vail Resorts and Alpine Vista Productions. The Town of Vail has graciously allowed Avon to run the feed as well. Continued operation of the service will be funded by community sponsors. The areas served by Avon’s cable lineup include Avon, Eagle-Vail, Edwards, Singletree, Arrow-head and Cordillera. As a reminder, subscribers may have to reprogram their televisions to pick up Channel 19 since it was previously without programming. 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. The 13th Annual Taste of Vail will take place on April 9 through 12 and this three-day extravaganza is combined with great spring skiing, food, wine and cigar tastings, seminars, winemaker dinners, a gourmet mountain-top picnic plus the Saturday evening grand finale – a grand tasting, auction and dance with thirty-two of Vail’s finest restaurants and 56 wineries offering their specialties. To order tickets or additional information, call 1-888-311-5665 toll-free, 926-5665 or visit http://www.tasteofvail.com or e-mail: info@tasteofvail.com On Sunday, April 13, Vail Youth Services will host the 3rd Annual Family Carnival from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Dobson Arena. Last year’s event drew more than 1,000 people for fun, games and entertainment. Some of the activities include the Castle Bounce and Caterpillar Crawl along with the velcro wall and climbing rock. There will also be a caricature artist, roving clowns, magicians and live entertainment. The proceeds will go to such program like Camp Vail, Before and After School, 20 Below and the Easter Egg Hunt as well as to local students who need financial assistance in order to participate in recreational activities in the valley. Currently, organizers are looking for sponsorship packages. For more informa-tion, call Chad at 479-2292. Mark April 11 on your calendars now for Casino Night 2003. This year’s event will once again feature a silent auction from 7 to 9:30 p.m. plus gaming tables including craps, roulette, baccarat, black jack and red dog. It will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa with the proceeds going to the Early Childhood Programs in Eagle County. Tickets are $20 and gives you $400 in gaming chips. Due to Colorado Gaming Regu-lations, chips cannot have any monetary value. Organizers are currently accepting silent auction donations. For more information, call 926-7070. A reminder that tree and shrub species available through the Eagle County Soil Conservation District annual tree program are starting to sell out. Landowners with two or more acres are eligible to order trees for the purposes of planting a windbreak, erosion control, noise barriers, visual screens, reforestation and for wildlife habitat improvement. For more information, call 328-6988. 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 informa-tion and to register, visit http://www.bkbltd.com or contact the Vail Valley Medical Center at (970) 926-7485 or publicrelations@vvmc.com The night before the snowshoe shuffle will be the Community Snowshoe Dinner to help support the fight against cancer. Cele-brate with our community of family, friends and partici-pants 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 publicrelations@vvmc.com The Eagle Public Library will be offering special programs in March. 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. Marine Corps Pvt. Israel Chavez, son of Connie Williams of Minturn has recently completed basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Chavez is a 2002 graduate of Battle Mountain High School. 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. 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!HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY WEEK!


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