Throughout the professional football season, we have been featuring my grandchildren, Chase, Taylor Ann and Kiana, to do the weekly picks and they have faced some really tough competition from other youngsters in the area. Little Taylor Ann holds a very slim lead over her cousin, Kiana, with her brother, Chase, currently in third place. For the playoffs and the Super Bowl, we took the three top youngsters from throughout the regular season and they will be doing the picks. They include Jonathan Morrison, son of Dave and Tammie, Marissa Amsberry, daughter of Mike and Annie and Abraham Dauphinais, son of Patrick and Suzanne. We would like to thank all of the youngsters and their parents who participated throughout the season on the picks. To see how everyone views this week’s games, please see Page 16. The next “Bach on the Rocks” event, hosted by the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Fes-tival, will be held next Saturday, January 18. It is an art walk of 14 galleries on East Meadow Drive, which includes a short presentation at each gallery and concludes at a local restaurant. It will start at 5:15 p.m. sharp at Karats Gallery. Please RSVP to 827-5700 as space is limited. SING IN THE NEW YEAR! The Eagle Valley Children’s Chorale begins its 8th winter/spring season Tuesday and Wednesday, January 14 and 15, at Edwards Elementary and Friday, January 17 at Eagle Valley Elementary. Choose one day a week to practice. First through third graders (LIVE WIRES) practice from 4 to 5 p.m., while fourth through eighth graders (SOUND WAVES) practice from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. No audition or pre-registration is required. Call director Liane Gulizia at 926-2228 with questions or concerns. The Eagle Valley Library District and the Gore Range Natural Science School will be presenting a winter speaker series and the first one will be held next Tuesday, January 14. It will feature University of Colorado Professor of Biology, Marc Bekoff, who will share anecdotes,personal stories and glimpses into the world of animal behavior. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. Call 949-6797 or 827-9725, ext. 10 for more information and to reserve your space. 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 recycling plan, please call Maggie Lach at 748-4100. 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. Nature photographer, John Fielder, will conduct a winter photography workshop on February 22-24 in and around the Vail Valley. During classroom sessions, participants can learn to see through the eyes of Fielder and then follow him on field shoots in some of the most beautiful, timberline locations. Vet-eran workshop director and Vail photographer, Todd Pierce, will be assisting him. For more information, call (303) 368-5208. 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. They began taking ticket orders on January 1 but they won’t be filled until May. For more details, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org The popular Budweiser StreetBeat Concerts will take a break and 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. 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: email@example.com 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. The Battle Mountain High School ski team will be offering Krispy Kreme doughnuts on one more occasion – February 12. They will be freshly made early on that morning 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 location to Box 249, Minturn, Colorado 81645. The deadline is February 6 for the next delivery date. If you have more questions, please contact Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t forget, the Colorado State Patrol will be working with local law enforcement agencies to protect everyone from impaired drivers. There will be no warnings – the message is simple – you drink and drive, you lose! 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 encourages 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 them to: email@example.com or mail them to Barbara Kelley, Box 6940, Avon, Colorado 81620.n If you don’t think domestic violence is a real and present situation in our community, please read the following:- In 2001, 9,426 women were turned away from shelter services in Colorado because the shelters were full.- In 2001, The Resource Center Advocate Program of Eagle County has helped more than 150 women and 30 children who were victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.- The Resource Center housed 32 women and 15 children through donated hotel rooms due to lack of space in 2001.- Already in 2002, there have been over 150 women seeking help in Eagle County alone.For anyone with questions about domestic violence, or who feels they have been a victim of domestic violence, please call the crisis hot line at (970) 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.HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY WEEK!