The 39th Annual Eagle Valley Community Fund Auction and Rummage Sale concludes this weekend and there are still bargains galore awaiting savvy shoppers. Where else can you can shop until you drop without putting so much as a dent in the pocketbook. A garbage bag of clothing from the 50 cent room is only $1, and $1 will also buy a grocery bag of books from the book room. EVERYTHING ELSE IS HALF PRICE OR "MAKE A DEAL." Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 24. But the big winner is that more than 60 local non-profit groups will benefit from this shopping mania. Last year, approximately $175,000 was raised from this event. For more information call 926-0577 or 827-9426. The Town of Vail cordially invites you to join them in celebrating the dedication of the John F. Donovan Park and Pavilion on Saturday, August 30. The event gets underway at 10 a.m. and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to 477-3699 or firstname.lastname@example.org Celebrate the end of summer with a jazz-filled weekend as the 9th Annual Vail Jazz Labor Day Weekend Party gets underway August 29 and continues through September 1. This internationally acclaimed event features the world’s greatest jazz musicians performing over more than 24-hours of music throughout the weekend. The event brings together jazz giants and young, up-and-coming talents who will showcase their performances in an intimate, cabaret-style setting. All performances will be held in the Centennial Ballroom at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 29 and run all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday with the final performance beginning at 4:20 p.m. Tickets to individual sessions are $35 for morning or afternoon performances and are $40 for evening sessions. Event passes are available for $195 (full weekend pass) and $250 (patron pass). For more information on performances and to purchase tickets, call the Vail Jazz Foundation at 1-888-824-5526. The Shindig will be held tonight, August 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. It will be held at the Red Sky Ranch clubhouse and tickets are $125 per person. Of course, the important thing is that all proceeds go to the not-for-profit Eagle Valley Land Trust which is dedicated to preserving open space in Eagle County. Their primary focus is on lands that have significant values in terms of wildlife habitat, watershed/ wetlands and riparian areas and/or are part of this region’s western heritage. The theme is western and jeans, boots and bandanas are appropriate attire. The evening includes a buffet dinner, silent auction, line-dancing and a putting/pitching contest and more. For more information, please call 328-1573. This Saturday, August 23, Nick’s Quick Oil and Lube in Eagle-Vail will be holding a “Lube-A-Thon” to benefit the Meet the Wilderness and The Buddies Program. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for $25 you can get an oil and filter change and your car detailed for $5.00. Food, coffee and soft drinks will be available and goodie bags for everybody. There will also be drawings held for two tickets to Water World and two tickets to Elitch Gardens. Get out and support these two organizations and at the same time treat your vehicle to an oil change. For more information, call 949-3232. The Eagle Valley Humane Society will be hosting a Dog Rodeo this Sunday, August 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. It will take place at the Eagle County Animal Shelter and just show up around 1 p.m. to participate. Specta-tors are welcome. Dog entry fee is $10 and each dog can participate in all four events which include tennis ball, frisbee, agility and best tricks. Call Char at 328-PETS or 280-5738 for more information. Summer can be a difficult time for Colorado’s blood supply. There will be a Eagle County Blood Drive held this Saturday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to help meet the needs of Colorado. It will be spon-sored by the Vail Valley Medical Center and will take place at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 569-7466. This Saturday, August 23, grown ups from all over Vail will have the chance to be a kid again by competing in the 2nd Annual Evans Chaffee Kickball Classic at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. Evans Chaffee, Edwards Building Center and The Mustang Bar and Grill invite everyone to come out and have a great time eating pancakes, playing kickball and enjoying a barbecue lunch, all while supporting a great cause. All proceeds from the event will go to CASA, a local organization that provides court-appointed advocates for children that have been victims of negligence or abuse and need help understanding and fulfilling court procedures. Starting at 7 a.m., an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be served for $6 for adults; $4 for children. At 11 a.m., The Mustang Bar and Grill will begin serving an awesome barbecue lunch.For more details, please contact Beth at 845-0466. The Eagle Valley Land Trust is sponsoring a seminar entitled “Tax Deferral on Capital Gains.” It will be held next Friday, August 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Antlers at Vail in Lionshead. Carl Dimeff, a nationally renowned attorney and speaker on estate planning and tax issues will help you understand how to sell highly appreciated prop-erties, businesses and port-folios while making the Internal Revenue Code work for you. It’s free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested because of limited seating. For more details, call Evelyn at 926-4652. Local Vail artist, Nancy Rondeau, will be having her first watercolor only art show at the Vail Library Com-munity Room from Septem-ber 1-14. A public reception will be held Saturday, September 6, from 4 to 6 pm. The Avon Business Association has been formed and its mission statement is to create an independent and unified voice in protecting the interests of the Avon Business Community. They will en-deavor to provide a line of communication and account-ability between the town and the community with a goal to preserve and enhance the economic vitality of the Avon Business Community. The Holy Cross Ranger District will be treating noxious weeds in the Meadow Mountain area including cutting, pulling, biological and herbicide treatment of up to 300 acres of musk thistle, plumeless thistle, Canada thistle, Russian knapweed, yellow toadflax and houndstongue infestations. This will occur through September. Persons planning to use this area are advised to avoid direct contact with plants that have been sprayed until they have dried. For more information, call Steve at 328-6388. Due to unseasonably warm and dry weather patterns, the fire danger remains high in Eagle County. Therefore, Sheriff Joe Hoy has placed restrictions on open burning and ban the use of open solid fuel fires except in constructed fire pits with a grate. Cooking on gas fueled stoves and grills is still allowed during these restrictions but charcoal fueled barbecues are only allowed on private property. Citizens are also urged to use caution when smoking and no use of explosive devises requiring fuses including fireworks or any pyrotechnic devises that leave the ground. People who obviously disregard the law and the fire conditions or are negligent in the maintenance of their fire will be held responsible for the costs of suppression efforts. For more information, call 328-8500. 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 Sunday, September 7, it will be 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. 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.Also, please don’t drink and drive! Remember….the average person who is arrested for a DUI will pay approximately $3,000 in fines, court costs and attorney fees.
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