Vail’s 40th Anniversary celebration continues through Sunday. Tonight at 5 p.m., there will be a parade in Vail Village and among the activities on Saturday, will be a torch ski down on Golden Peak at 6 p.m. followed by fireworks at 6:15 p.m. On Sunday, there will be an In-augural Dedication of Decem-ber 15 as Vail Founders Day at 8 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. with the 40th Anniver-sary Cake Celebration at Seibert Circle. The Grand Opening Holiday Gala of the new Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch next Fri-day, Dec-ember 20, will benefit two local non-profit organizations – the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford and Vail Resorts invite you to attend this gala event including cocktails, sumptuous dining, dancing and tours of the new Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. A red carpet valet service at the Beaver Creek West lot will transport guests to the event. Tickets to the holiday gala are $225 per person. For reservations please call 827-5700. You can celebrate Vail’s 40th Birthday with a guided walk in the village core through Sunday, December 15. Guides will talk about Vail’s history, its people and its places. Meet at the Colorado Ski Museum, located in the Vail Transportation Center, daily at 2 p.m. Call 476-1876 for additional information.n 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. We highly recommend Marie Claire Moritz’s new book featuring the memories and recipes of her husband and Vail’s grand chef, Walter Anton Moritz. The book is jam packed with photos of many of the people who influenced her family and their business, especially in the early years of Vail. It would also make an excellent gift and sells for $35 plus $5 for shipping and handling (Colorado residents, please add $1.50 sales tax). For more information, contact Moritz Publishing, Box 141, Vail, Colorado 81658 or call (970) 476-5464 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The popular Budweiser StreetBeat Concerts are underway and next Wednes-day, December 18, enjoy some great pop rock when “Liza” takes to the stage. 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 Vail Community Chorale aka the Dicken’s Carolers, will present a free Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 21. It will take place at the Vail Interfaith Chapel and begins at 7:30 p.m. Give your child an “Early Head Start” which is an enrichment program for eligible pregnant women and families with children under three years of age. For more information, call the Eagle County Health and Human Services at 328-8840 or pick up an application at their offices in Avon or Eagle. The 12th Annual “Tree of Lights” celebration was held this week and the mission of Mountain Hospice is to make a difference for seriously ill and dying patients and their families by providing clinical, emotional and spiritual support assuring dignity and grace to the very last moment. You can still make donations 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. 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 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. Two more occasions: January 15 and February 12. They will be freshly made early on those mornings and delivered by mid-morning by the dozen only. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment, supplies and miscellaneous expenses. All orders must be prepaid for $7 per dozen. To place an order, please send a check made out to “BMHS Ski Boosters” along with your name, phone, address, e-mail and business delivery location to Box 249, Minturn, Colorado 81645. The deadline is January 9 for the next delivery date. If you have more questions, please contact Kathryn at email@example.com The Town of Avon would like to remind everyone that any person, business or corporation who plows, removes or strips snow or ice from private property anywhere within the town for a fee or charge of any kind must first obtain a permit from the Town of Avon. Failure to obtain a permit can result in a fine of not more than $500. To obtain a permit or for more information, please contact the Community Development at 748-4004.