The sixteenth season of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is in full swing and this week’s line-up includes performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra tonight, July 11, featuring the music of Brahms and composer-in-residence, Jennifer Higdon. On Saturday night, July 12, it will be an evening entitled “The Broadway Concert” and on Sunday, July 13, they wrap of their stay in Vail with a concert featuring the works of Mozart, Dvorak and Stravinsky. All three concerts will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. Then next Friday, July 18, America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philharmonic joins the Festival for their first year in residence. For more details and information on other festival highlights throughout the week, 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 opening piece tonight, July 11, when the Dallas Symphony Or-chestra takes to the stage at the Ford Amphitheater. It should be a complete sell-out so get your tickets now! It begins at 6 p.m. and 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! We also pass along out best wishes to The Maestro on this momentous occasion. The 2003 Vail Arts Festival gets underway today and runs through Sunday, July 13. There will be live performing arts, children’s activities and you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in Lionshead Village. For more infor-mation, call 328-7750. Also this weekend, will be the 10th Annual Avon Festival of Fine Arts which is produced by Thunderbird Artists. It will feature world-class artists from throughout the United States along with their works in paintings, stone, pottery, copper, clay and mixed-media sculptures, glass, photography and more. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday at Chapel Square. The 2003 Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held next 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. The popular Budweiser Hot Summer Nights are underway and next Tuesday, July 15, Los Mocosos will take to the stage with some great Barrio Rock. 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.orgn For the fifteenth year, Team Evergreen Bicycle Club will sponsor the Triple Bypass road ride from Evergreen to Avon on July 12. Last year the event attracted 2,683 people from 35 states and Canada. This year’s number should exceed 3,000. The Triple Bypass will begin at Children’s World in Bergen Park and finish in Avon’s Nottingham Park. The total distance for the ride is 122.5 miles, with 10,310 feet of elevation gain. The event is named the Triple Bypass because the route climbs over Squaw Pass, Loveland Pass and Vail Pass. Both the distance and the altitude extremes make the Triple one of the most challenging one-day cycling events in the country. For the first year, Team Evergreen and the Town of Avon will present live music. Falling Rock, and Juneau award winner Lynn Miles are scheduled to perform from 3 to 7 p.m. The concert is free. Food and drink are available for purchase. While on the subject of cycling, we received this great news this week. The PCT, the professional bicycle road-racing circuit that launched in 2000, is teaming with the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau to create the annual PCT Rocky Mountain Classic at Vail. The inaugural event will take place September 3-5, 2004. Under terms of the part-nership, Vail also will be the official resort of the 2004 Pro Cycling Tour according to Threshold Sports, the sports marketing and event man-agement company that owns and operates the tour. The circuit rides in three cities this year. Hooking up with Vail is part of Threshold’s continuing efforts to expand the Pro Cycling Tour, which is sanctioned by USA Cycling, the sport’s governing body. This year, the circuit features seven races in three markets: Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco. Target markets include Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston. 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 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 origin-ally 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 seats at vvf.org/dance.cfm 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 their dance space is on the second floor. Classes will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights, July 17, July 24 and July 31. Classes will consist of instruction and practice, individual attention and a focus on fun. Cost will be $10.00 per person, or $16.00 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. For more information, please call Susan at 949-6577 or email@example.com Congratulations to Brandon Michael Levy, son of Joanne and Ed, who was recently awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He graduated with a double major in English and Geology and received honors in geology. We also received word this week that Avon resident, Erika Ammann, received special recognition at the Society of Decorative Paint-ers at their convention. She was elected a 2003-04 board member-at-large and was named a Decorative Arts Collection Artist (DACA). 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. 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. Please be aware of new water use rate structures established for drought management. 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. If you have any further questions on this new rate structure and watering restrictions, please call them at 476-7480. 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!