Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night as we go off Daylight Savings Time. The 34th Annual Ski Swap will be held on October 31 and November 1 at the Dobson Arena. On October 31 it will be early bird shopping from 7 p.m. to midnight and the cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Then it wraps up on Saturday, November 1 with shopping from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admis-sion is $5 per person and children 5 and under are free. Literally thousands of items are available featuring alpine, freestyle nordic snowboard and telemark equipment along with hard and soft goods, clothing, and accessories. All proceeds benefit the Vail Ski and Snowboard Club. For more information, call 476-5119. There’s always a shortage of blood and on Saturday, October 25, you’ll have an opportunity to help in this situation. A Bonfils Blood Center Community Blood Drive will be held at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to stop by and walk-ins are always welcome. It’s sponsored by the Vail Valley Medical Center and to schedule an appointment, please call 569-7466. Congratulations to the students of Red Sandstone Elementary School who donated approximately 890 pounds of food as part of the Police Department’s annual food drive. Accepting the donations were Vail Code Enforcement Officers David Rhoades and Moses Gonzales and will be picking up food at Vail Mountain School and Edwards Elementary School later this week. See more about this project below. It’s almost time for the 28th Annual Vail Mountain School Holiday Dinner Dance and Auction. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 29, at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa and will feature a disco theme along with many great auction items up for bid. Things will get underway at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and the silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and then dancing to the music of the Nacho Men. Tickets are $110 per person and seating is limited. For more information, please contact Peggy at 476-3850, Ext. 109 or download a ticket order form at http://www.vms.edu College Funding of the Rockies, a non-profit firm specializing in college financing, will hold a free college funding workshop at Vail Christian High School in Edwards for parents of high school students on October 30 at 6:30 p.m. Valuable information on planning and paying for college will be shared in this 1-hour workshop. Those in attendance are eligible for a free personal consultation following the workshop. Reservations for this seminar are recommended and can be made by calling (970) 668-8100 or toll free (866) 790-4112. The Beaver Creek Resort Company and CASA of the Continental Divide, Court Appointed Special Advocates serving abused and neglected children in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear counties, are organizing the first annual "Holiday Fantasy Ginger-bread House Competition" in late November. Local chefs are being invited to participate in the competition, which will be judged by professional chefs and local celebrities. $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the first, second and third place respectively winning entries. Area business will be offered the chance to underwrite the construction of the culinary creations and the Beaver Creek Resort Company will underwrite the cost of the construction materials — in this case sugar, ginger, marzipan, gumdrops and icing. Businesses may want to team up with a chef to create a house that promotes their line of business. For example, a masonry company might want a gingerbread castle that looks like it’s made of stone, whereas a real estate company might want a "for sale" sign on their gingerbread mansion. This competition is an opportunity for imaginations to run wild as the theme for this competition is "Holiday Fantasy".On November 28, residents and guests of the Vail Valley will have a chance to enjoy these edible masterpieces up close as well as bid on the chance to own one for their home or business. The houses will be on display to the public adjacent to the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village, from 4-6 p.m., just prior to the annual holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. They will then be moved to the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa, where they will be on display and available to purchase in a silent auction. All proceeds raised from sponsorship of the creations to actual purchase of them will benefit CASA of the Continental Divide. Local chefs, who are interested in learning more about the rules of this competition or wish to enter, should call 845-5974. Power in Parenting is an open, drop-in group to help parents of all age children gain skills, confidence and be more effective. It meets every Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Unit 265 in the Market Place Building in Eagle-Vail from now until December 17. For more information, call Janelle at 389-5590 or Katherine at 390-4555. The 6th Annual Eagle Valley Studio Tour will be held November 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception is planned for Thursday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pavilion in Brush Creek Park in Eagle. All events are free and watch for arrows, balloons and signs for the studio tour days. The traveling silent auction closes on November 20 with all benefits going to the Eagle Rotary Club’s “Third Grade Dictionary Project.” This is sponsored by the Coalition for the Arts of Gypsum, Edwars and Eagle and hosted by the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Vail Police Department’s 3rd Annual Food Drive is currently underway with drop-off locations at the Vail Municipal Building and City Market at Vail. They will also accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 25 at the Vail Municipal Building parking lot. Non-perishable items such as canned fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna fish, chili, pasta items and rice will be accepted. Participants are asked not to donate items stored in glass containers, items with expired dates or homemade food items. Last year, over 21,000 pounds of food was collected and this year’s goal is to collect 50,000 pounds. The food drive will benefit Eagle County food banks and will be distributed to the Food Rescue Express, Women’s Resource Center, Salvation Army and other Eagle County food banks during the upcoming holiday season. For more information, contact Moses Gonzales at 479-2200.HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY WEEK!Please Think Before You Drink…Designate a Driver!
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