Our congratulations go out to the organizers of the 22nd Annual Family Dinner Dance which was held last Saturday. One of the highlights of this annual affair is the family nature of the event and to see all the young people in attendance who are all decked out with some of that “mountain elegance.” Pro-ceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Vail Valley Medical Center’s newest addition, the Women and Children’s Center, which is designed to deliver healthcare services in a comfortable and attractive setting and completely oriented to patient and family needs. The new center also includes a Level II nursery providing care to infants with special neonatal needs including pre-term and low birth weight babies. If you live within the Town of Avon limits and you’re ready to take down your holiday tree, please put it on the curb. The Town of Avon Public Works Department will pick up your tree free of charge and will be turned into wood mulch and compost to be used in Avon’s planting areas. Please remember to remove all ornaments, stands, lights, and tinsel. Trees will be picked up now through January 17. If your tree hasn’t been picked up within 2 days of putting it curbside, or if you have questions about the town’s tree re-cycling plan, please call Maggie Lach at 748-4100. Don’t forget, the Colorado State Patrol will be working with local law enforcement agencies to protect everyone from impaired drivers. They will be out in full force conducting saturation patrols to arrest and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. There will be no warnings – the message is simple – you drink and drive, you lose! The monthly legal advice clinic, hosted by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project, will be held this coming Thursday, January 9, at the United Methodist Church in Eagle starting at 6:30 p.m. It’s designed for low income people with civil problems and is an opportunity to talk to an attorney free of charge for 15 minutes. This is supported by the United Way of the Eagle River Valley. For more information, please call 1-800-521-6968. The popular Budweiser StreetBeat Concerts will return on Wednesday, February 19, when “BR549” takes to the stage with some great western swing. These popular shows are free of charge with weekly prizes underwritten by Circuit City. This is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation along with many great local sponsors. For more information, call 949-1999. Save the date April 3, 2003, when Neiman Marcus, the exclusive fashion store in Denver, will stage a major fashion show benefitting the Shaw Cancer Treatment Center. The event is sponsored by the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Group and will be held in conjunction with their spring luncheon at the Marriott Mountain Resort Hotel. According to event chair, Sue Mason, everything will be totally professional – from models to decor to staging. The group hopes to raise a significant amount of money that will go directly to patient care and patient care equipment. Seating will be limited so Mason advises locals to make a reservation now. To receive an invitation, call 569-7465 and leave your name and address. Here’s a news item that I’m sure you’ve waited all year to read. The 8th Annual Great Fruitcake Toss will be held in Manitou Springs, Colorado this Saturday, January 4, 2003. The day begins with registration at 10:5 a.m. and the tosses begin at 11 a.m. There is no entry fee for participants who provide their own stale fruitcakes, but you can rent a fruitcake for 50 cents, however the supply is very limited. For more information, call (800) 642-2567. We highly recommend Marie Claire Moritz’s new book featuring the memories and recipes of her husband and Vail’s grand chef, Walter Anton Moritz. The book is jam packed with photos of many of the people who influenced her family and their business, especially in the early years of Vail. It sells for $35 plus $5 for shipping and handling (Colorado residents, please add $1.50 sales tax). For more information, contact Moritz Publishing, Box 141, Vail, Colorado 81658 or call (970) 476-5464 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulatons to former Vail Mountain School graduate, Sean Meehan, son of Diana Meehan, who has been inducted into the Colgate University chapter of the national scholastic honorary society of Phi Eta Sigma. This group recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of first-year students. Give your child an “Early Head Start” which is an enrichment program for eligible pregnant women and families with children under three years of age. For more information, call the Eagle County Health and Human Services at 328-8840 or pick up an application at their offices in Avon or Eagle. The 12th Annual “Tree of Lights” celebration was held recently and the mission of Mountain Hospice is to make a difference for seriously ill and dying patients and their families by providing clinical, emotional and spiritual support assuring dignity and grace to the very last moment. You can still make donations in remembrance of a loved one, in celebration of a birth or to honor our nation. You can also mail your donation to Mountain Hospice, Box 40,000, Vail, Colorado 81658. For more information, please call 569-7455. Last August, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival finished another spectacular season and the program for 2003 promises even greater excitement. From June 27 through August 5, 2003, the Festival will bring to the Vail Valley over 40 acclaimed soloists, ensembles, and three resident orchestras – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and new to the Festival – America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philharmonic. Ticket orders will be accepted starting January 1 but will not be filled until May. For more details, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org Last August, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival finished another spectacular season and the program for 2003 promises even greater excitement. From June 27 through August 5, 2003, the Festival will bring to the Vail Valley over 40 acclaimed soloists, ensembles, and three resident orchestras – the Ro-chester Philharmonic Orches-tra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and new to the Festival – America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philharmonic. Ticket orders will be accepted starting January 1 but will not be filled until May. For more details, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org The Battle Mountain High School ski team is once again offering Krispy Kreme doughnuts on two more occasions: January 15 and February 12. They will be freshly made early on those mornings and delivered by mid-morning by the dozen only. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment, supplies and miscellaneous expenses. All orders must be prepaid for $7 per dozen. To place an order, please send a check made out to “BMHS Ski Boosters” along with your name, phone, address, e-mail and business delivery loca-tion to Box 249, Minturn, Colorado 81645. The dead-line is January 9 for the next delivery date. If you have more questions, please con-tact Kathryn at email@example.com This year, thousands of Americans will be diagnosed with a terminal illness. The time to learn about choices in end-of-life care is before you or a loved one faces making one of life’s toughest decisions. November is National Hospice month. During the celebration, Mountain Hospice encour-ages you to learn more about the medical, emotional, and spiritual services that enable people to confront the end of life with dignity and comfort. Call 569-7455 for more information. The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group is now col-lecting recipes for the second edition of their Celebration of Life Cookbook which will be out in 2003. You’re invited to send one recipe for a favorite holiday dish, and if you wish, include a brief dedication or let them know if you are a breast cancer survivor. Proceeds from the books will benefit Eagle County residents who are battling the disease. Please e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Barbara Kelley, Box 6940, Avon, Colorado 81620. Attention Animal Lovers! Volunteers are ur-gently needed to walk the dogs and play with and groom the cats at the Eagle County Animal Shelter. You must be at least 16 years old but no experience is neces-sary as training will be provided. Share your love with a shelter animal and increase its chances for adoption and also help maintain the high adoption rate. Foster care providers and people to work adopt-a-thons and events are also always needed. For more information, please call the Eagle Valley Humane Society at 328-PETS. 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!HAVE A SAFEAND HAPPY WEEK!PLEASE THINKBEFORE YOU DRINK!Designate a Driver!