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Allen Knox

The Town of Vail cordially invites you to join them in celebrating the dedication of the new John F. Donovan Park and Pavilion this Saturday, August 30. The event gets underway at 10 a.m. and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to 477-3699. Celebrate the end of summer with a jazz-filled weekend as the 9th Annual Vail Jazz Labor Day Weekend Party gets underway tonight, 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. Eagle County Sheriff Joseph Hoy has removed the restrictions on open burning on all non-federal lands in Eagle County effective immediately. With the recent wet weather, the fire danger has been lowered significantly but still urge extreme caution to those who wish to conduct open burning. There is still a large amount of fire fuel available with the high daytime temperatures and they pass along the following tips: douse campfires with water, stir and douse again and should be cold to the touch before it is abandoned. Large fires should be allowed to burn down when high winds are present and please use common sense when igniting a fire. Also, use a fire pit or fire ring to contain your burn. The Eagle Valley Land Trust is sponsoring a seminar entitled “Tax Deferral on Capital Gains.” It will be held this 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 properties, businesses and portfolios 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. Congratulations to Katherine Schmidt and twelve of her Bethany College art classmates who will appear in a show with their former teacher, Dan Mason at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas. It will take place from September 2 through November 30. Locals will recognize her great photography work which incorporates her drawing background in observing shapes and forms, particularly figures in photography. We’ve been asked to pass along the following information to all of you tennis fans. Next Saturday, September 6, Lodo Service Tennis will be held to view the U.S. Open Women’s Tennis Finals. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and features a live, big-screen showing, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction and plenty of fun. It will be held at the Outdoors at The Elephant Corral on Wazee Street in Lower Downtown Denver. The cost is $125 per person and attendance is limit ed. The proceeds will benefit Net Results which is a nontraditional intervention program that helps students improve their academic performance, increase their self esteem and take an active interest in their own education. 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 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. This event is well over a year away, but it was announced recently that 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 partnership, Vail also will be the official resort of the 2004 Pro Cycling Tour according toThreshold Sports, the sports marketing and event management 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. The Colorado State Patrol, in its continuing effort to reduce accidents on our highways has reintroduced accident prevention teams and they will be working in select locations. Weekly sobriety checkpoints were added to Colorado’s summer DUI Enforcement Campaign on Memorial Day. The checkpoints represent counties that accounted for 82 percent of the alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2001 and nearly 40 percent of the deaths occurred between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The efforts of the local police agencies is being supported by a special grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Fund which aid’s in suppressing drunk driving. And here’s a reminder that the average person who is arrested for a DUI will pay approximately $3,000 in fines, court costs and attorney fees. 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. Vail Valley Home Health and Hospice, a program of Vail Valley Medical Center, sponsors a community grief support group for any person who is experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one. The program is held every other Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Edwards Plaza. For information and to register, call Lori Haugland at 926-4800.n You can still remember someone special by making a donation to Mountain Hospice. Please make your check payable to the VVMC Foundation Memo: Mountain Hospice or send directly to Mountain Hospice, Box 4432, Vail, Colorado 81658. For more information, please call 926-7455. Help end family violence! Become an Advo-cate! The Resource Center provides training to aid victims of violent crime and abuse. The training course will provide you with the knowledge, resources and support needed to support their 24-hour crisis line. To learn more about Advocates, please call 949-7097. If you are in crisis and need help, please call 949-7086. Do you need child care? The Eagle County Child Care Resource and Referral can help. They can direct you to licensed child care. A licensed child care provider has hours of regulated training, CPR and First Aid, up to date medical records and a state passed safety check. Why would you trust your child with anyone else? Please call 1-877-963-6779. Unfortunately, the animal shelter is over-flowing with dogs and cats in need of caring homes. Please drop by the shelter in Eagle during their business hours to view the pets up for adoption. For more information, call 328-PETS. If you would like to make a positive difference in the life of a child who is a victim of abuse or neglect, then become a Court Appointed Special Advo-cate. As a CASA volunteer, you will meet with family and professionals, monitor case progress, report information to the court and be an advocate for the child’s best interests. For more information, call (970) 949-8090. The Eagle County Buddies Program is looking for volunteers to spend time with a child who would benefit from having a caring, positive adult mentor that could be a positive life-long influence. Please call Rhonda at 949-7097 for more information. Don’t wait, make a difference in the life of a child today! There is a shortage of blood and individuals are being asked to help by donating to the Bonfils Blood Center. If you would like to volunteer, please contact them at (800) 365-0006 to find out various drive locations and donor eligibility.HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!Please Don’t Drink & DriveDesignate a Driver!


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