The Vail Police Department’s second annual food drive is underway with drop-off locations at the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road; Safeway, City Market and local banks. The Police Department also will accept donations from 8 a.m. to noon today at the Vail Municipal Building parking lot. Non-perishable items such as canned fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna fish, chili, pasta items and rice will be accepted. Participants are asked not to donate items stored in glass containers, items with expired dates or homemade food items. Food collected from this year’s drive will be distributed to the Food Rescue Express, Eagle County women’s shelter and Salvation Army during the upcoming holiday season. Call Jamie Wilson at 479-2118 or Moses Gonzales at 479-2200.
Give more coats
If you didn’t make it to Wal-Mart on Friday for the KTUN coat drive, swing by Vail’s Moraine Drive on Sunday. A Tibetan refugee from Nepal named Tashi will be there. He and his group of refugees support themselves by making carpets. Because Nepal is a pretty risky place right now, few tourists are there and they’re finding it difficult to support themselves. Tashi is here to get carpet orders so he can support his group. The open house is for people to have an opportunity to design their own carpet, pick the colors, size, etc while providing support to Tibetan refugees.
Besides carpets, Tashi will be collecting coats, hats and gloves to take back to Nepal with him when he leaves Monday.
The open house is 1-6 p.m., and the actual address is 1420 Moraine Drive. Take Vail’s Frontage Road to Lions Ridge Loop (at the Vail Run building) go west parallel to I-70 a half mile, then LEFT on Moraine Drive to 1420
Moraine Drive. Coats should be new or slightly used. You have stuff. Give it away.
Avon Elementary before- and after-school program
Avon Elementary School has before and after school programs available. They run Monday through Friday, 7:30-9 a.m., and 3:30-6 p.m. at the school. It’s child care and after school playtime that includes a chance for kids to do their homework and basically break a sweat. A snack and drink is provided every afternoon. It’s for kids ages 5-12, and costs $7 for the morning session and $10 for the afternoon. Call Avon Elementary School, 328-2950.