Colorado wine connoisseurs will have an unparalleled opportunity to not only sample rare French wines, but to also rub shoulders with their winemakers and winery executives this Saturday, January 17, as the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation hosts “An Evening In Bordeaux” at La Tour Restaurant. Priced at $350 per person, proceeds from the evening will benefit the medical and educational research programs of the Vail-based Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation. The winemaker dinner price is all-inclusive, including tax and gratuity. These fine wines will complement a five-course feast, prepared by award-winning Chef Paul Ferzacca of La Tour Restaurant. In addition to the winemaker dinner, the price will also feature an opportunity to ski Vail Mountain before the lifts open to the public that morning. The evening will be hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Richard Stead-man, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hawkins and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shpall of Applejack Wine and Spirits in Denver. For additional information, contact Rachele at (970) 479-5809. Seating is limited and reservations are required. College Funding of the Rockies, a non-profit firm specializing in college financing, will hold a free college funding workshop at Battle Mountain High School for parents of high school students on January 27 at 6:30 p.m. Valuable information on planning and paying for college will be shared in this one-hour workshop. Those in attendance are eligible for a free personal consultation following the workshop. Reser-vations for this seminar are recommended and can be made by calling (970) 668-8100 or toll free (866) 790-4112. Several local nonprofit organizations recently re-ceived a much welcomed holiday gift recently when checks were presented to them from funds raised at October’s East West Hoedown benefit. The Hoedown’s primary beneficiary was The Resource Center of Eagle County, which received a check for $20,000. Three secondary beneficiaries – CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Eagle Care Clinic and Snowboard Outreach received $3,750 each. The Resource Center’s Bev Christiansan said that now that there is a permanent safe shelter, many women seem more willing to bring their children along. As a result, their caseload has increased and the extra $20,000 is significant in al-lowing them to provide more services. Vari-ous methods of protecting your assets and providing for your heirs will be examined from legal, accounting and financial perspectives as the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation hosts the first of a series of free financial seminars Tuesday, January 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards. Entitled “Strategies For Estate Planning”, the seminar will feature attorney Allen Hoffman, certified public accountant Stephanie Novosad and financial consultants Jeffrey Apps, Tracy Tutag and Carol Matthews, CFP. Future seminar topics are slated to include “Profitable Business Strategies”, “Financial Strategies For Women” and “Strategies For A Comfort-able Retirement”. All sem-inars are free of charge and open to the public. Refresh-ments will be served. For further information or to RSVP, contact Suzanne Sloan at (970) 569-7492. With the recent snowfalls in the valley, the Town of Avon would like to remind businesses and contractors about snow re-moval procedures according to the Avon Municipal Code. For businesses: no owner or occupant shall allow or permit ice or snow accum-ulation conditions to occur or continue for more than 24 hours on any sidewalks or public pedestrian passage-ways; no person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow and ice on or against a fire hydrant and no person shall plow, shovel or otherwise de-posit any snow upon any public way or portion thereof. For snow removal contrac-tors: snow shall not be pushed, deposited or left on any public street, way, park, or greenbelt; snow shall not be deposited in any area where such deposit would impede the vision of anyone driving a motor vehicle on a public or private street or right-of-way and vehicles removing snow must have a (beacon) flashing yellow light on the roof of the vehicle and a snow removal contractors license from Town of Avon.Any person, business or corporation who plows, re-moves or strips snow or ice from private property any-where within the town for a fee or charge of any kind must first obtain a permit from the Town of Avon Community Development De-partment. Failure to obtain a permit can result in a fine of not more than $500. To obtain a permit or for more details, please call 748-4004. Tickets are now on sale for the Vail International Dance Festival which will take place August 6 and 7 with the Paul Mitchell International 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. In its 17th Season, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival will once again present three world-class orchestras, together with more than forty interna-tionally acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians from June 27 through August 4, 2004. The Rochester Philhar-monic Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and America’s Flagship Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, will perform exhilarating programs during their resi-dencies, and chamber musi-cians will fill the Vail Valley with exceptional perform-ances. 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 Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion. Enjoy the exquisite sounds of chamber music at the intimate Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek and other venues throughout the Vail Valley. Tickets will be available starting February 1. For more details please call (877) 812-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org 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 interna-tionally renowned guest chefs. This four-day extrava-ganza will be highlighted by a trio of tastings, including the spectacular Mountaintop Pic-nic; 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 liter-ally treating yourself to a taste of the good life, proceeds are distributed to deserving Vail Valley charities. For more details, call (970) 926-5665 Vail Dances has started another season 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 partner necessary. For more information, contact Susan at 949-6577.
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