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Allen Knox

In a season already loaded with plentiful powder days, the latest batch of powder has just been icing on the cake. Coming on the heels of a week of scorching temperatures in the 50s and perfect spring conditions, the Blizzard of 2003, as it has already been dubbed in the Denver area, will ensure a strong finish to the season. Vail closes on April 20 and Beaver Creek shuts down April 13. Vail has had a respectable 22 inches since Sunday night and Beaver Creek has had nearly 20 inches in that same time frame. Now…get out there and enjoy it! Another edition of the American Ski Classic is underway and today’s action will feature the Ford Cup Celebrity Race at Golden Peak beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a Future Legends Race at 1 p.m. Things will wrap up on Saturday with the Ford Cup Celebrity Race and Finals beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, please call 949-1999. 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 mountaintop 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 It’s almost time for the 2nd Annual “Foolish Day Parade” in Minturn. It will be held on Saturday, March 29 and it’s all about getting dressed up and acting silly, blowing off some steam and celebrating the end of the ski season. It is a fun family event and there’s no charge. Decora-ted cars, trucks, etc. are welcome. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Turntable parking lot and the parade will start at 11 a.m. followed immediately by a block party. Please RSVP to Debbie at 827-5645. Patient Safety Awareness Week was observed last week and hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country were promoting patient safety within their own organizations. To celebrate this, the Vail Valley Medical Center has produced a wallet-sized Personal Medi-cal Identification card. The purpose of this medical history card is to carry a concise personal medical history wherever you go – whether locally or traveling outside the country. Having a concise medical history benefits you in case of emergency and helps healthcare workers be aware of your special needs. These cards are now available at the two Vail Valley Medical Center pharmacies. The cards will also be available in the front offices of the Medical Center of Eagle, Edwards Intermediate Care Center, Beaver Creek Medical Center located in Strawberry Park, the front lobby of Vail Valley Medical Center, Breckenridge Medical Center and Keystone Medical Center. Please stop by and pick up a Medical I.D. card for everyone in your family! 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 their reservations. To be fair, they 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 next Budweiser StreetBeat Concert on Wednesday, March 26, will feature some great contem-porary rock by the group “Rainville.” 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 information, call 949-1999. What is the current drought situation in Eagle County? How much water will I have to irrigate with? Will the towns have to go on water scheduling? How good are my water rights? Can I install a better, more efficient system to irrigate with? Will the drought continue this year and what plans should be taken?These questions and many more will be answered at a public meeting on March 26 at the Town Hall in Gypsum. It will begin at 7 p.m. and is hosted by the Eagle County Conservation District. To make reservations and more information, please call 328-6988. Navy Seaman Karen Hall, daughter of Margaret and Kyle of Eagle, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Greak Lakes, Illinois.n The Eagle Public Library will offer a “Bingo & Bookmarks” program for grades K-5 on Wednesday, April 9. Grades K-2 meet from 2 to 3 p.m. and grades 3-5 meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Join the library for stories, snacks, bingo and a book-mark craft. Call Robyn at 328-8811. In-home child care is in short supply in Eagle County. If you are interested in providing this service, training and licensing are necessary. There will be free pre-licensing training on March 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Eagle Valley Library in Eagle. Both sessions are required attendance and attendees should pre-register by March 21. To sign up or learn about the classes, call Dana at 945-9191, ext. 3066. On Tuesday, April 8, Linda Hogan, a poet, novelist and nature writer, 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. Her first novel, Mean Spirit, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. 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 stu-dents who need financial assistance in order to parti-cipate in recreational activi-ties in the valley. Currently, organizers are looking for sponsorship packages. For more details, 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 Regula-tions, chips cannot have any monetary value. Organizers are currently accepting silent auction donations. For more information, call 926-7070. 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 par-ticipants are cancer survivors while 70 percent of participants run or walk in honor of someone that has suffered from cancer, sur-vived cancer or lost a life to cancer. The Snowshoe Shuf-fle 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 publicrelations@vvmc.com 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 publicrelations@vvmc.com


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