Town Talk for June 30 |

Town Talk for June 30

Vail, CO Colorado
Tough Mudder race event pictures tell a story of strength, determination, will and guts.

Tell us what’s going on around town so we can talk about it. E-mail:;Call: 970-748-2933. Submissions must be received by noon prior to the day of desired publication.Thanks for all the photo submissions. We really appreciate them, and we want you to have your photos back! Please pick up your photos at the front office of the Daily within 30 days. Photos not picked up by then will be filed in the infamous File 13, never to be seen again.

Join Dallas Symphony Orchestra string players Bruce Patti and Bing Wang in a Live @ the Library performance and talk designed especially for younger audiences. It’s today, 1 p.m., at the Avon Library! Free, no tickets needed. Call the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival at 970-827-5700 or visit for more information.

The 2011 Bec Tri is Aug. 6 in Avon. The triathlon includes a 400-meter swim, a 15-kilometer bike and a five-kilometer run/walk. Register at, or visit for more information.

Sera Schools Music Programs students have been hard at work competing in both the Colorado-based Sonatina Festival as well as the Festival for Creative Pianists, and the results have been outstanding. The Sonatina Festival is the premier competitive event for piano students on the Western Slope and challenges students from beginners to advanced to prepare for performing at the highest level. Several Sera Schools students won awards in the 2011 Sonatina Festival including Zach Bush, first place level 7; Kevin Wernke, second place level 6; and Saydie Ferris, first place, class C, level 2.The Festival for Creative Pianists is the only competition of its kind in the world, combining both classical and jazz idioms. Students competed for standard baroque through contemporary repertory prizes, as well as for novel prizes that promote neglected but important creative skills and repertory. These Sera Schools students placed in the Festival for Creative Pianists: Zach Bush, best country pianist; and Taryn Brahmsteadt, best lyric and slow work performance, and also tasteful transcription of duet. Sera Schools co-founder Brita Fay was awarded the most creative instructor at the festival. Fay has been running Sera Schools music programs at Brush Creek Elementary, Eagle County Charter Academy and Vail Mountain School since 2005. Sera Schools is the largest private music program in the Vail Valley, and offers programs for every stage of musical development, including early childhood classes, after-school music programs in piano, voice, guitar, and violin, in-home tutoring and professional development training. For more information, contact John Fay at 970-343-0819 or

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