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Allen Knox

Invitations to the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball were mailed this week. This annual event raises funds for St. Clare of Assisi School and Vail Chrisitan High School. Only 400 seats are available for this fun dinner, dance and auction, so reserve your table soon for the March lst benefit. Tickets are $100 per person or $1200 for a table of 12. If you didn’t receive an in-vitation and would like to attend, please call Jennifer at 926-8980. PLEASE NOTE…we’ve been hit with a lot of fundraisers over the past few months and our space has been limited to run some other pictures that we’ve captured along the way. In the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring these untimely, but still very important, snapshots. Thanks!n Heading into the AFC-NFC Conference Champion-ships this weekend, little Taylor Ann Keep has a playoff record of 6-2 followed closely by Marissa Amsberry with the rest of our fine football prognosticators bunched together. Believe me, it’s been a difficult year to do these picks with so much parity among teams and we want to thank everyone for their participation throughout the season and the playoffs.. 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 this Satur-day, January 18. It will be an art walk of 14 galleries on East Meadow Drive, which in-cludes 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. Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival will be presenting the University of Colorado School of Music’s graduate string quartet, the Satori Quartet in residence January 22-24. This accomplished quartet will perform several free concerts in Vail Valley schools – Avon, Gypsum, and Meadow Moun-tain Elementary, St. Claire of Assisi, Vail Mountain School and Red Sandstone. Following the in-school performances students will have the opportunity to play the Festival’s violins and violas. The Quartet will also be providing free afternoon workshops for accomplished string students. The residency will culminate with “Festive Strings,” a concert at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek, January 24 at 7 p.m.Tickets to the performance are affordably priced at $10 and proceeds will benefit Bravo!’s education program, “Music Matters” and the Buckman/Blount Community Performance Fund, helping enrich the lives of students in the Vail Valley. Children 16 and under are free. To purchase tickets to Festive Strings, please call 845-TIXS (8497). The state’s top snowshoe racers will be in Vail this Saturday, January 18, when the Pedal Power Nordic Snowshoe Series holds the third event of its series, The Pazzo’s Meadow Mountain 9-Miler. The race begins at 10 a.m. and will determine the Colorado state championships in both women’s and men’s categories. This challenging race is a nine-mile event through the finest untracked snow available for the day of the race and is considered one of the premier snowshoe courses in the country. Registration for the event is $15 or $20 on race day. For more information, call 845-0931. The spring season of the Eagle Valley Children’s Chorale began this week with sessions at Edwards Elementary. Because there is NO public school in session on January 17, rehearsals at Eagle Valley Elementary will begin Friday, January 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. for children in first through third grades and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for children in fourth through eighth grades. Children need to attend only ONE rehearsal weekly. The annual spring concert is set for Sunday, April 27. No audition or pre-registration is necessary. Scholar-ships are available for qualified participants. For more information call Liane Gulizia at 926-2228 or Marka at 476-5822. The Eagle River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual banquet on Satur-day, February 8. It will be held at the Eagle County Fair-grounds beginning at 5:30 p.m. Each year, the United States loses some 100,000 acres of wetland habitat and DU’s projects provide habitat for over 900 wildlife specie, including ducks, geese and endangered species like the whooping crane and bald eagle. For more information on how you can help support Ducks Unlimited’s programs and tickets, please contact Wendy at 328-3370. When Neiman Marcus’ stylish models take to the runway in Vail on April 3, they will focus attention on more than the latest fashions from Paris, Milan and New York. More importantly, they will spotlight the state-of-the-art cancer treatment available to Central Rocky Mountain patients right in their own back yards. The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps is hosting its annual spring luncheon, featuring the fashion show by Neiman Marcus at the Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. Profits from the event will benefit patient care at The Shaw Regional Cancer Center located on the VVMC’s Edwards campus.Since the Shaw Center opened its doors in July 2001, it has served 150 patients not only from Eagle County, but also from neighboring Summit, Lake, Routt, Garfield and Pitkin counties. Staffed by a dedicated and nationally prominent team of oncology experts, the Shaw Center offers comprehensive, personalized treatment with full radiation, medical and surgical oncology diagnosis and therapy services.As for Neiman’s involvement, Luncheon Chair Sue Mason points out that this is the first time the high fashion retailer has gone outside a major city for such a show. “Everything will be totally professional–from models to staging. After the show and luncheon, Neiman’s also will provide an opportunity for guests to shop from 2 to 4 p.m. in a special boutique set up adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. Merchandise will be varied in styles and sizes.The Volunteer Corps will host a cocktail hour and silent auction from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Fashion show will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. followed by the luncheon. Tickets cost $50 per person. Donors who wish to underwrite the event may purchase the following special tables: Runway Table of 10, $3,000; Designer Table of 10, $2,000 and Boutique Table of 10, $1,000. Details of additional sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon. Since seating is limited, Mason urges guests to make reservations early by calling 970-569-7465. Anyone wishing to receive an invitation can call that number as well. Invitations with response cards will be mailed in early February. Congratulations to Michael Cacioppo, Jr. and Christopher Wells Dow who were among the 1,981 students receiving degrees in December during winter commencement at the University of Colorado. The Eagle Valley Library District and the Gore Range Natural Science School is presenting a winter speaker series and the next one will be held next Tuesday, February 11. It will feature naturalist and artist Ann Zwinger, who is the author of almost twenty books and her work has been described b one reviewer as “science in the hands of a poet.” 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 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. 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. Veteran 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 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 Battle Mountain High School ski team will be offering Krispy Kreme doughnuts on 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 equip-ment, supplies and miscel-laneous 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 kbenysh@eagleschools.net The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group is collect-ing 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: tkelley@vail.net or mail them to Barbara Kelley, Box 6940, Avon, Colorado 81620.HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY WEEK!


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