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 email@example.com The night before the snowshoe shuffle will be the Community Snow-shoe Dinner 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com It’s almost time for the 2nd Annual “Foolish Day Parade” in Minturn. It will be held this 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. and followed immediately by a block party. Please RSVP to Debbie at 827-5645. Longtime local and artist, Erich Windisch, will be sharing his experiences in the mountains through his oil paintings at the Vail Public Library Community Room. His exhibit will run through March 31. For more information, please call 376-5813. Anyone who operates on a “mountain time frame” might find themselves out of luck in getting reservations for the Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Show next Thursday, April 3. 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. Anyone who would like to reserve a sponsorship table 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, per-sonalized treatment with full radiation, medical and surgical oncology diagnosis and therapy services. Have a Heart and Save a Life! There will be a Town of Vail Blood Drive this coming Monday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for the BloodMobile located in the parking lot at the Town of Vail. A photo identification will be required. The next Budweiser StreetBeat Concert on Wednesday, April 2, will feature some urban zydeco music by the group “Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers.” 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 informa-tion, call 949-1999. 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 students who need financial assistance in order to participate in recreational activities in the valley. Cur-rently, organizers are looking for sponsorship packages. For information, call 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 Regulations, chips cannot have any monetary value. Organizers are currently accepting silent auction donations. For more information, please call 926-7070. The monthly legal advice clinic, hosted by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project, will be held this coming Thursday, April 3, at the United Methodist Church in Eagle starting at 6:30 p.m. It’s designed for low income people with civil problems and is an opportunity to talk to an attorney free of charge for 15 minutes. This is supported by the United Way of the Eagle River Valley. For more information, please call 1-800-521-6968. 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 bookmark craft. Call Robyn at 328-8811. Patient Safety Aware-ness Week was observed last week and hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country were promoting patient safety within their own organi-zations. To celebrate this, the Vail Valley Medical Center has produced a wallet-sized Personal Medical Identifi-cation 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, Brecken-ridge Medical Center and Keystone Medical Center. Please stop by and pick up a Medical I.D. card for everyone in your family!THANKS FOR CHOOSING THE VAIL TRAIL!