Tickets are selling fast for the 15th Annual Vail International Dance Festival which will take place August 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8-11 and presented by the Vail Valley Foundation. Known for presenting the world’s greatest dance artists in seasoned classics, contemporary masterpieces and world premieres, this year’s festival features exclusive and originally produced productions not seen on the touring circuit. From ballroom to classical ballet, audiences of all ages and tastes are sure to be pleased. Tickets are available at the Vilar Center Box Office, by phone at (970) 845-8497 or (888) 920-2787 or log on to the Vilar Center website for easy on-line ticketing and to choose your own seats at vvf.org/dance.cfm This year’s Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival promises even greater excitement. From June 27 through August 5, 2003, the Festival will bring to the Vail Valley over 40 acclaimed soloists, en-sembles, and three resident orchestras – the Rochester Philharmonic Or-chestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and new to the Festival – America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Phil-harmonic. For more details, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org This Sunday, June 1, has been designated National Cancer Survivor Day and it is an opportunity for cancer survivors, friends, family, healthcare providers and anyone touched by cancer to attend a special get-together that is planned to honor the courage and perseverance of survivors. It will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards. For more information, please call 569-7617. Mark your calendars now for the Vail Religious Foundation’s fundraiser, “America’s Favorite Music,” a dinner/dance and musical variety show on July 3 at The Lodge at Vail. This benefit will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature performers from Talent West of Denver. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $200 per adult and $50 per child with tables of 10 for $2,000. The money raised will go to the Vail Religious Foundation endowment and used to cover repairs and maintenance to the Vail Interfaith Chapel. For more information and reservations, please call toll-free, (970) 479-1154. We received a nice note from Bob Allen this week who was involved with the melodramas here in Vail back in the 70’s. In his note, which was sparked by us running a photo in “Pages from the Past” recently, Bob brought us up-to-date about some familiar faces we used to see in these popular melodramas during the summer. Buddy and Beverly Piper are semi-retired and work on various entertainment projects. Their sons, Tim and Greg, have been touring in a Beatles show for the past twenty years. After Bob left Vail, he joined the Marriott Hotels and Resorts and became their National Director of Enter-tainment. After twenty-seven years, he has now retired to a life of “tennis, traveling and Jack Daniels.” Bob still comes to Vail to ski in the winter and also spends some time in the summer (this year in August) trying to beat his good friend, Joe Staufer, at tennis. Part time Vailite, Bill Sutphen, will be “Riding the Rockies” to raise funds for the Jon Efraimson Cancer Sup-port Fund. His goal is to raise $150,000 that will provide emotional and financial support to cancer patients and their families. If you would like to help sponsor Bill on this ride for his good friend, Jon, please contact Bill at Coors Distributing Company, Attn: Bill Sutphen, 5400 North Pecos, Denver, Colorado 80221 or contact him at sponsorbill@cdccoos. com Our congratulations again to Carol Conger, RN, FNP of the Eagle Care Medical Clinic who was recognized on May 9, as one of 15 recipients of the 18th Annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring. The award dinner, held in Denver by the Colorado Nurse Foundation, featured Marianne Neifert, MD (otherwise known as “Dr. Mom”) as the keynote speaker. Fifty colleagues, friends, and family members turned out to support Carol and the field of nursing at this event. Carol was recognized not only for her tremendous work at Eagle Care, but for her work in the community as well. “A light in the fog of new parenthood,” “superwoman” and “Baby Whisper-er” are just three descriptions of Carol.She provides prenatal care to more than 250 low-income, English and Spanish speaking women in Eagle County. This expanded access to care for the uninsured has resulted in improved maternal and fetal outcomes, and ensures that no woman in Eagle County must delivery her baby without prior prenatal health care. Carol teaches future nursing students with an enthusiasm that is contagious; her students consequently clamor for rotations at Eagle Care. She offers standing-room only childbirth preparation classes and created a support group called “Baby ‘N Me” for new parents that has continued for more than a decade. In addition, Carol makes round-the-clock visits to assist new moms and babies, fundraises to support low-income families in the community and is a tireless advocate for her patients. Treating others with integrity and compassion is an essential part of who Carol Conger is. She celebrates making a difference in her community and believes that together “we can build communities one human interaction at a time.” The annual Vail Pass Trail spring clean-up will take place on Saturday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the clean-up. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the east end of the Lionshead Parking Structure. Volunteers will be shuttled to the top of the pass and then back down for a picnic lunch. Transportation, trash bags, safety vests and sunscreen will be provided. Gloves, rain jacket and water bottles are recommended. Please call Ellie at 328-3523 or Ginny at 476-5704 to sign up and so they can plan for transportation and food. Everyone who walks, runs, hikes or bikes on local multi-use trails is asked to devote at least one day this summer to maintaining and improving the local trails. This Saturday, May 31, volunteers are asked to meet at the trailhead of the Berry Creek Trail at 9 a.m. On Saturday, June 28, it will be the Martin Creek Trail in Minturn, on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, it will be the two Elk Trail (Benchmark), on Saturday, August 9, Cougar Ridge Trail and on Sunday, September 7, the Lost Lake Trail. Lunch, tools and crew leaders will be provided and you are reminded to wear long pants, boots and bring gloves, water and rain gear. For more information, call Dawes at 476-1914. Calling all kids to the Summer Youth Programs at the Gore Range Natural Science School! Camps include Wild Mountain Survivors for 1st and 2nd graders, Wild Mountain Beavers and Builders for 1st to 4th graders, and our new program of Wild Mountain Summer Challenge for 5th and 6th graders and many more! Registration is going on right now, don’t miss out. For more information go to our web site at http://www.gorerange.org or call (970) 827-9725 x 10. The Annual Plant Sale for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens will take place at three different nurseries from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the valley. On June 7, it will be at Colorado Alpines Wildflower Farm in Edwards, June 8 at the Garden Center of Gypsum and on June 9 at the Minturn Gardens. You can purchase annuals, perennials, shrubs, hanging baskets, patio pots and more as determined at each nursery. A portion of each sale will benefit the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. 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 on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, and will deal with “Getting Fit for Golf” and will take place at the Shaw Pavilion in Edwards. In addition, there will be an “Introduction to Pilates” class on Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon which will also be held at the Shaw Pavilion. Both of these events are free. Call 476-1225 for more information. From now until 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 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is dedicated to an education initiative that fosters music learning for children in our community. At a time when school budgets are so tight, music programs are often one of the first to be cut. There is a need for the private sector to take the initiative and ensure that our children receive a well-rounded education. The Festival’s music education programs include free con-certs, an Instrument Petting Zoo, scholarship awards, a free program at the libraries, grants to local school and much more. Studies show impressive connections be-tween participation in music classes and academic achievement.In April, Bravo! held two educational free student concerts kindly underwritten by Alpine Bank. Steadfast Tin Soldier was a free concert for grades K-3 featuring an ensemble from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. This performance introduced students to instru-ments and presented a musi-cal adaptation of a classic fable. Students participated by acting out various parts of the performance. The ensem-ble also presented Music of Life for grades 4-7. This inventive program is all about living things and uses words and music to explain how different forms of life grow, change and help each other.Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival awards grants to fund music education pro-grams in Eagle and Lake County public schools. This year the Festival awarded Pitts Elementary School in Leadville a grant to fund a free after school string program. The Festival also funded the purchase of xylophones and a mobile stand for Meadow Mountain Elementary to start a Marimba band. This program is offered to six grade levels with two classes each, reaching 200 students.Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s education programs are designed to inspire children, teens, teachers and communities. Annually, these programs reach nearly 10,000 children and adults. To learn more about the Festival’s education programs or how you can help make them possible, please contact Liz Campbell at 827-5700. 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. The cost is $30 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 $20 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 at 6441 South 700 West, Murray, Utah 84123, (801) 262-2327 or e-mail: email@example.com 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 fire-works 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 details, contact Robin (Kittay) Fritz at 376-0486 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cindy (Brown) Crawford at (email@example.com) 328-2899 or Gretchen Graber at (firstname.lastname@example.org) 524-5463 .