Exciting World Cup racing returns to the Vail Valley this weekend with the Men’s Downhill on Saturday and the Men’s Super G on Sunday. Both races will be held on the Birds of Prey layout at Beaver Creek beginning at 11 a.m. and followed by the awards ceremonies. Stadium celebration and pre-race entertainment begin at 10 a.m. both days. The popular Budweiser StreetBeat Concerts are underway and next Wednes-day, December 11, “Herman’s Hermits” starring Peter Noone will take to the stage providing some classic pop rock. The show will begin at 6 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village and all performances are free of charge. Weekly prizes are underwritten by Circuit City and the yearly local grand prize will be announced as a holiday treat on December 18 and awarded on April 16. This is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation along with many great local sponsors. For more information, call 949-1999. The 12th Annual “Tree of Lights” celebration will be held next Monday, December 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at Edwards Village Center. The mission of Mountain Hospice is to make a difference for seriously ill and dy-ing patients and their families by providing clinical, emotional and spiritual support assuring dignity and grace to the very last moment. The “Tree of Lights” is the primary source of funding for such needs. You can purchase a light for $10. Donations may be given in remembrance of a loved one, in celebration of a birth or to honor our nation. You can also mail your donation to Mountain Hospice, Box 40,000, Vail, Colorado 81658. For more information, please call 569-7455.n Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is hosting a membership drive/informational event for its new young professionals organization, “Bach on the Rocks.” The first event will be held next Thursday, December 12 at the Tap Room/Sanctuary. There is no cost to attend. Appetizers, a drink ticket, door/raffle prizes and a fun time mingling with peers are included. Please RSVP by December 9, to 827-5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org Make plans now to attend the 22nd Annual Family Dinner Dance on Saturday, December 28, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the high-risk nursery at the Women and Children’s Center at the Vail Valley Medical Center. For more information, please call 569-7484. 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. Ticket orders will be accepted starting January 1 but will not be filled until May. For more details, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org Auditions for "An Evening On Broadway" will be held at the Battle Mountain High School theater this Sunday, December 8, between 1 and 3 p.m. and between 6 and 8 p.m. This concert presentation at the Vilar Center of music from some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals will benefit The Family Learning Center, Vail Community Theater, and the Buckman/Blount Community Performance Fund. A chorus will be cast from which principal soloists will be chosen. Prepare a Broadway song and bring sheet music in your key or an accompaniment CD or tape. An accompanist will be provided. Also bring a resume" of your theatrical and singing performance experience and be prepared to indicate dates from Christmas through early February on which you will have evening conflicts. Call David Priboth at 926-8472 with any questions or if you wish to audition but are unable to be present during the open audition times. The Vail Public Library’s Fireside Holiday Party will take place on Wednesday, December 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Stories and songs, holiday treats and best of all, Santa, will all be part of the merriment. Children of all ages welcome when accompanied by an adult. For more details, call Ann at 479-2186.