The Eagle-Vail Annual Clean-Up Day is set for this Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion for coffee, snacks and bags at 9 a.m. Then after the clean-up, volunteers are invited to a barbecue beginning at noon. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and make a difference in the community also. The Town of Avon is sponsoring a clean-up week for residents through May 16. If you have unwanted materials including large items such as washers, dryers or furniture, now is the time to trash them. Best of all, removal is free. Avon residents can call the Public Works Department to schedule a free pickup for their unwanted small and large items and they will come to your home and pick up the materials between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items must be placed curbside. The last pickup time is 2 p.m. on Friday, May 16.The Town is also offering free garbage bags to make clean up week even more convenient. Bags may be picked up at the Avon Fire Station, the Wildridge Fire Station, Avon Public Works Department and the Avon Recre-ation Center. They will take almost anything except tires or hazardous and toxic waste items such as paints, motor oil, batteries, etc. Re-frigerators will only be accepted with documentation indicating that a certified technician has removed the freon. Refrig-erator doors must also be removed. For more information, please call 748-4100. Additionally, Eagle County is offering free access to the landfill for the purpose of disposing spring clean up waste on Saturday, May 17. The landfill will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for residential dumping. For more information, call 926-3626 or 926-3125. On May 17, there will be a Charity Golf Tournament held at the Cotton Ranch Golf Club with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Hosting this event will be the Small Champions of Colorado and Eagle County Special Olympics 2003. Small Champions is a Vail based non-profit organization that helps local physically disabled children. It is a 4-person scramble event with plenty of prizes up for grabs including a chance to win a new truck with a hole in one. An awards party will follow the tournament. The cost is $85 per person and includes golf, cart and range balls. For more information, please contact Andrea Ohde at 471-5233. The Howard Head Sports Series, a free community series that promotes health and wellness in Eagle and Summit Counties, is now underway. The next one in the series will be held this Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, and will deal with “Upper Extremity Injuries and Ergonomics” and will take place at the Vail Valley Medical Center. It’s free and you can learn more about tennis and golfer’s elbow, ergonomics, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Call 476-1225 for more information. It’s time again for the Habitat for Humanity Huge Garage Sale. It will be held next Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their warehouse in Eagle. There will be furniture, bedding, new lighting fixtures, windows, doors, plumbing supplies and various other construction materials. Contractors are welcome. Take Highway 6 West, turn onto Castle Drive (between the Colorado State Patrol and Prairie Moon Hotel), then veer left through the county gate and follow the signs. For more information, call 748-6718. From May 19 to June 1, law enforcement officers across the United States will be send a simple message to motorists – if you are not wearing a seat belt, you will be ticketed. The goal of the safety belt campaign is to send the message that seat belts and car seats save lives. The Eagle Valley Leo Club Rummage Sale will be held on Sunday, May 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. This flea market will feature books, a bake sale and a car wash by the girls soccer team. All money raised will go to senior scholarships. Donations for the flea market will be accepted and you can take your items to EVHS by May 16. Pick up is available for larger items. On Monday, May 19, there will be an Infant/ Pediatric CPR Class held at the Shaw Pavilion in Edwards. This 3-4 hour class begins at 6 p.m. and is designed for the new parents, grandparents, babysitters or anyone around children. Covers CPR and foreign body airway obstruction for infants and children up to 8 years old. Participation only (no certification). Cost: $25. Call Edwards Immediate Care Center at 569-7700 to register. Then on Wednesday, May 21, a program entitled “What’s Left to Eat? Heart Smart Nutrition for 2003” will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Edwards Pavilion at 320 Beard Creek Road in Edwards – lower conference room. It’s free and is your chance to get the facts on the best way to loose weight, fad diets, folic acid, Vitamin E, Transfats and soy. Presented by Amy Usalavage, RD from Vail Valley Medical Center. Contact the Cardiac Rehab Dept. at 569-7780 for more information. While the Highway 6 and I-70 access points are being completed, there is only one way in and one way out of Home Depot and it’s via East Beaver Creek Boulevard in Avon. East Beaver Creek Boulevard has been extended east past City Market and curves around to where the old Stolport runway used to be. You can also access East Beaver Creek Boulevard via Chapel Place. Just stay on Chapel Place and it will dead-end into East Beaver Creek Boulevard. The connection to Home Depot from Highway 6 is currently being constructed and should be open within the next few weeks. Finally, the new interchange should open by the end of July. For more information on accessing Home Depot, please contact the Town of Avon at 748-4000. There will be a Battle Mountain High School Alumni Reunion this summer during the Fourth of July weekend. The classes of 1983 and 1985 will be hosting a reunion for ALL students who graduated before 1990. Activities that are planned include a fireworks party, high school tour and picnic on Saturday followed by a “Blast from the Past 1980’s Prom Night.” They are also considering creating a float for the parade. For more information, contact Robin Fritz at 376-0486 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gretchen Graber at 524-5463 (email@example.com) or Cindy Crawford at 328-2899 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, please forward this information on to other BMHS alumni you know. It’s time to don your volunteer hat, roll up your sleeves and join Vi Brown in helping to sort and mark all the rooms filled with goods that have been donated since last Auction and Rummage Sale. This is a chance for volunteers from the 60 plus local non-profit groups to get a jump on hours that translate into dollars or their organizations after the sale. Donations of CLEAN, USEABLE ITEMS IN GOOD CONDITION, will also be taken during work hours.The first day for work is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Wednesday, May 14, at the Maloit Park facility. The following week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, May 19-21, volunteers will be working in Maloit Park. For more information call Vi at 476-5701 or 827-9426. Here is some infor-mation we received this week and we’ll pass it along to those who it affects. All Medicare recipients should now be aware that if they suffer from conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular dis-ease and respiratory disorders and have difficulty walking or propelling a standard wheel-chair, they may be eligible to receive an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare. For more information, please contact Gregory at 1-800-810-2877. 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. For more details, call 827-5700 or visit their website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org The bears are back and an educational campaign to minimize conflicts with them is underway by the Vail Police Department. The best advice is to take a proactive measure to avoid conflicts with these dangerous animals. Here are some tips: never store garbage or pet food on porches, keep barbecues and outdoor tables clean, bring bird feeders in at night and out of reach of wildlife and finally, keep ground-floor windows closed. Finally, if you encounter a bear, don’t approach him, keep calm and walk away facing the bear, always leave the bear an escape route and don’t run or make any sudden movements. The hummingbirds are back and if you plan on feeding them, please make sure you prepare the proper mixture of sugar and water. Here are some tips we’ve acquired over the years in caring for these fascinating little creatures. First of all, keep the feeder solutions fresh. Combine four parts of water to one part sugar and bring the solution to a boil. Let it cool thoroughly before filling the feeder. Keep excess solution in the refrigerator for further fillings. Do not use any sugar substitutes. The mixture should be changed and the feeder washed at least every third day. If left longer, the sugar water starts to ferment. With the summer months approaching, please also be aware of new water use rate structures estab-lished for drought manage-ment. The goal of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District and the Upper Eagle Valley Regional Water Authority is to help customers develop a new way of looking at water use and one that embraces wise water use at all times rather than just trying to conserve water during the summer months. They also encourage the use of drought tolerant plants as an alternative to lawns and flowers which require larger amounts of water. A mailer was included in your latest bill and we encourage you to read and use the information provided. If you have any further questions on this new rate structure and watering restrictions, please call them at 476-7480. The BMHS Class of 1988 will be having its 15th Year Reunion this summer. It will be held on Saturday, June 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Sonnenalp Resort in Vail. A lunch buffet will be provided along with a cash bar. The cost is 430 per person with spouses (only) welcome. Then it will wrap up on Sunday, June 15, with a catered barbecue at the Singletree Pavilion in Edwards from noon to 4 p.m. Music will also be provided. The cost is 420 per adult and $10 for children with teachers and children 2 and under free. Family, parents and teachers are welcome. Please RSVP to Jennifer Harris by May 5. She can be contacted at 6441 South 700 West, Murray, Utah 84123, (801) 262-2327 or e-mail: email@example.com The Eagle County School District Head Start and Colorado Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for the 2003-2004 school year. This program serves low-income children with risking factors who are the ages three to five years old and their families. The children are placed in community preschools and are provided with health, dental and many other services. This program also connects families with existing community resources to promote self-sufficiency and parent involvement. There are qualifications you must meet in order to be eligible. Children need to be three or four years old by September 1, 2002. However, if you do not meet the income guidelines, your family may qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program. For more information on how to qualify or to receive an application, please call 926-6858. 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. The Eagle Valley Humane Society is always in need of volunteers to socialize the dogs and cats at the Eagle County Animal Shelter. If you have some time to share, call Char at 328-PETS. Dog walking training classes take place on the last Tuesday of every month. Call if you would like to attend. 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!
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