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Allen Knox

The 23rd Annual Family Dinner Dance will be held this Sunday, December 28, at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. This annual event will once again benefit the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. Cocktails will get things underway beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing to the music of “Full House.” Black tie or mountain elegance is the attire for the evening. For more information, please call Melanie 569-7484. In its 17th Season, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival will once again present three world-class orchestras, together with more than forty internationally acclaim-ed soloists and chamber musicians from June 27 through August 4, 2004. From Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto to Redline Tango-by composer-in-residence John Mackey – Bravo! will offer celebrated works of the masters, past and present. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dallas Sym-phony Orchestra and America’s Flagship Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, will perform exhilarating programs during their residencies, and chamber musicians will fill the Vail Valley with an abundance of exceptional performances. To hear music in the various Festival venues in the majestic setting of the Rocky Mountains is to have an artistic experience without parallel.Again, relish the artistic excellence of the Festival and its fantastic musicians in the reserved seating sections or relax on the lawn with friends, family, a picnic basket, and wine at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion. Enjoy the exquisite sounds of chamber music at the intimate Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek and other Festival venues throughout the Vail Valley. Tickets will be available starting February 1. For additional program details please call (877) 812-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org Tickets are now on sale for the Vail International Dance Festival which will take place August 6 and 7 with the Paul Mitchell Inter-national Evenings of Dance and then the ballet performances on August 10-15. For more information, please contact the Vilar Center Box Office at (970) 845-8497 or (888) 920-2787. Also, tickets for the 14th Annual Taste of Vail event are now on sale which is scheduled for April 7-10, 2004. This popular spring event will feature over 55 of the top wineries from around the globe, along with 35 of the Vail Valley’s world-class restaurants, and two internationally renowned guest chefs. This four-day sensory extravaganza will be highlighted by a trio of tastings, including the spectacular Mountaintop Picnic; special Guest Chef luncheons; the second annual Vail Valley Chefs Showcase dinner and a wide variety of educational seminars.Full event passes are priced at $350, while individual event tickets range from $15 to $150. In addition to literally treating yourself to a taste of the good life, proceeds are annually distributed to deserving Vail Valley chari-ties, with nearly $250,000 having been raised since the inception of the event. For more information or to order tickets, call (970) 926-5665 or visit http://www.tasteofvail.com The second race in the Pedal Power Nordic Adven-ture Series, the Paddy’s Eagle-Vail 5K/10K, will take place this Saturday, Decem-ber 27 at 10 a.m. This race will also double as the Western Regional Qualifier for the U.S. National Cham-pionships to be held at Squaw Creek near Lake Tahoe, California. All proceeds from the series will benefit local Eagle County charities. For more details, call 845-0931. There will be a memorial service for Thelma Brittan on Saturday, January 3, at the Vail Interfaith Chapel beginning at 1 p.m. with a reception to immediately follow at The Sonnenalp. Thelma passed away on November 4 at her home in Bermuda Dunes, California after a brief illness and her husband of nearly 67 years, Gordon, was by her side. The family asks that no flowers be sent and that anyone who cares to do so make a contribution in her name to the Vail Valley Medical Center. If you enjoy gardening and sharing your enthusiasm with others or if you want to better understand the chal-lenges of gardening at high altitude, check out the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program. Master Gardeners in Eagle County pay a basic fee of $125 for over 60 hours of training in soils, landscaping, lawns, vegetable gardening, plants, plant diseases, insects and problem solving. They in turn agree to contribute 50 hours of volunteer time in their community helping solve gardening problems, building community gardens and many other projects. There is also the option to pay a full tuition fee for the training and waive the volunteer requirement.Training will take place every Wednesday from February 4 through April 14. Application deadline is Jan-uary 10. Call (970) 328-8630. Vail Dances started another season last with lessons in cha cha and east coast swing, also known as that good ol’ rock n’ roll. Classes will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at The Sanctuary, which is located at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village. Cost is $8 per person, no is partner necessary. For more information, contact Susan at 949-6577 or Tom at 479-1057. Sanctuary’s disk jockey follows at 9 p.m. and a great time to practice your dance moves! There are still Eagle Valley Children’s Chorale &quotHoliday Spirit&quot CD’s available for sale at $12 each or three or more are $10 each. They make wonderful gifts for relatives and friends or community members. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer. All proceeds of the CD sale go toward the Chorale’s scholarship program. They are available at Seasonal Thymes in Eagle, at Any Occasion in Edwards or by calling 926-0577 or 926-2228. If you have a youngster between the ages of 14 and 19 who is interested in the environment and natural resources, you may want to consider Camp Rocky which is a youth conservation workshop held July 4-10. It’s held in the mountains near Divide, Colorado and participants get to choose which natural resource area they would like to specialize in – forestry, rangeland science, soil and water conservation or fish and wildlife management. The cost is $250 (all-inclusive) and the Eagle County Conservation District will pay for the entire program to sponsor one student to attend from their district. For more information and to obtain a request for an application form, please call 328-6988. Congratulations to Theresa Zollar, sales manager for Manor Vail Resort, who received the “Employee of the Year” award in the supervisory sales and marketing category from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association at its recent annual meeting and convention. Theresa has been employed at Manor Vail Lodge for twenty-six years where she began her career as a room attendant and was nominated by her general manager, Bob McCleary.n Congratulations to Courtney Shaw who was named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design for the fall quarter 2003. Courtney is a graphic design major and the daughter of David and Karen.


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