The sixteenth season of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is now underway and don’t forget the free patriotic concert this afternoon by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. It will be the last chance to see them as they end their thirteenth year of residence with the festival. The program gets underway at 3 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. Lawn seat tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on July 4 at the Ford Amphithe-ater Box Office. This is a new ticket policy to this free event and sorry, but this will be the only outlet for tickets.Then on Sunday night, July 6, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra begins their stay with a evening of Berlioz, John Adams and more Beethoven in a concert that begins at 6 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. On Wednesday night, July 9, they will feature the works of Coplan, Ravel and Dvorak. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. On Thursday, July 10, they will present a free Family Concert beginning at 11 a.m. at the Ford Amphitheater.America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philhar-monic joins the Festival for their first year in residence beginning on Friday, July 18. For more details, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org A special treat is in store for concert goers as Packy “The Maestro” Walker will be conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra when they perform on Friday, July 11. It should be a complete sell-out so get your tickets now! We have no idea what “The Maestro” is up to this time, but we’re sure it will be a performance you won’t want to miss! And we pass along our best wishes to The Maestro as he prepares for this momentous occasion. Our congratulations, or better yet, our thanks again to Coors and WestStar Bank who have both kicked in $20,000 each toward the Town of Avon’s annual July 4th fireworks display. The event, dubbed “Salute to the USA,” will begin around 4 p.m. with 30 vendors in the park, live music from Aubrey Collins and the Bay City Rollers and culminate with a laser show and fireworks extravaganza. A reminder that the long July 4th weekend is a time for travel and relaxation but it is also one of the deadliest periods of the year for alcohol related highway deaths. As part of the You Drink and Drive – You Lose campaign, local and state officials will be out in force conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. Their mission is clear: arrest and prosecute those who drive impaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Ad-ministration estimates that in 2002, 17,970 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes which represented approximately 42 percent of the 42,850 total traffic fatalities. So we encourage you to choose a sober designated driver and if you plan to drive – DON’T DRINK! The popular Budweiser Hot Summer Nights are underway and next Tuesday, July 8, Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited will take to the stage with some great African pop music. These free shows begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater and are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org There will be a Battle Mountain High School Alumni Reunion held over 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.” For more information, contact Robin (Kittay) Fritz at 376-0486 or Gretchen Graber at 524-5463 or Cindy (Brown) Crawford at 328-2899. Dr. Judith Landau, who has a home in Vail and also in Longmont, has passed along this following information for all you cat lovers out there. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then join up to 400 of the top show cats in the country at the Colorado Cat Fanciers Show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds exhibit hall in Longmont. Spectacular pedigreed show cats will compete for top honors. They will be available for viewing in their cages in the show hall. You can also observe the judges taking them through their paces and examining their beauty at the judging bench. A special class of non-pedigreed household pets will be given an opportunity to tell their stories and show their special features. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. The 2003 Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek. This year’s guest speaker will be Andrea Van Steenhouse who will share her thoughts on making life simpler and accessing the peaceful, soulful part of ourselves, especially in the difficult times. The event is sponsored by the Beaver Creek Resort Company and the proceeds from the luncheon will go to the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. The cost is $100 per person and there will also be a silent auction and raffle. Free parking will be available at Village Hall and Villa Montane with free shuttles every 15 minutes between 11 and 11:45 a.m. For more information, please call Nancy at 949-0438. Tickets are selling fast for the 15th Annual Vail International Dance Festi-val which will take place August 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8-11 and presented by the Vail Valley Foundation. Known for pre-senting the world’s greatest dance artists in seasoned classics, contemporary mas-terpieces and world pre-mieres, this year’s festival features exclusive and originally produced produc-tions 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 http://www.vvf.org/dance.cfm The monthly legal advice clinic, hosted by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project, will be held this coming Thursday, July 10, 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 oppor-tunity 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. A “Stars and Stripes” patriotic art show will be available for viewing at the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum Libraries through July 31. Vail Dances has started their summer series featuring lessons in Cha Cha, East Coast Swing and Night Club Two-Step. It will be held at The Sanctuary and our dance space is on the second floor. Classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 on Thursday nights, July 17, July 24 and July 31. During the second week in July, we will dance on Tuesday, the 8th, instead of Thursday. Classes will consist of instruction and practice, individual attention and a focus on fun. Cost will be $10 per person, or $16 a couple. Bringing your own partner is not required and you’ll find plenty of singles at class. Please wear or bring leather-soled shoes (sneakers and hiking boots inhibit your dancing). Pre-registration is not necessary, but it would be helpful to know who is planning to be there and what you would like to work on. Congratulations to Meghan Guida who made the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Wake Forest University. The next Howard Head Sports Series, a free community series that promotes health and wellness in Eagle and Summit Counties, will be a youth sports camp on July 7-9. There is a fee of $20 for this camp and please call 476-1225 for more details. 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, call 970-827-9725 x 10. 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.n If you plan on feeding the hummingbirds, 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.HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
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