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Vail Rec hosts New Year’s party for youths

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Special to the Daily Santa will be the featured event at the Vail Library's Family Fireside Holiday Party from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.

VAIL – Y05 is Vail’s drug and alcohol free New Year’s Eve celebration for area youth. The Vail Recreation District will fill Dobson Arena with entertainment including music, a dance floor and light and video show. Guests can dance, play casino games, jump on the bungee trampoline or chill in the “psychedelic black light lounge.” Just about anything you do improves your chances to win your share of $20,000 in prizes, said organizers. The rec district is also looking for volunteers and cash donations to help pay for the entertainment. Eighty “youthful” adults are needed to make this event happen. For more information or to volunteer, call the Vail Recreation District at (970) 479-2292.Holiday gift certificates available from Bravo! Vail Valley Music FestivalVAIL – Gift certificates are now available throughout the holiday season for tickets to the 18th season of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. From June 26 through Aug. 4, performances by the Rochester Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, New York Philharmonic and internationally acclaimed chamber musicians will once again fill the Vail Valley. Gift certificates for Bravo! concerts make wonderful holiday gifts or stocking stuffers, said Liana Carlson, director of marketing and public relations.For 2005 program details, visit or call (970) 827-5700 to order gift certificates.Watercolors light up Avon LibraryAVON – During December, local Red Cliff artist Sydney Summers will display her watercolors in the community room at the Avon Library. Her work can be seen during normal library hours. Subject matter ranges from winter to summer, snow scenes inspired by local scenery, a solitary polar bear and her new underwater series of sea turtles.Sydney’s studio and gallery is in her home in Red Cliff, where she has lived for almost 25 years. She is a participant in the Red Cliff Studio Tour each year in August.

For more information, call the library at (970) 949-6797.Vail Library hosts Family Fireside Holiday PartyVAIL – The Vail Public Library’s Fireside Family Holiday Party will occur from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec.16, in the main room of the library. Stories and songs, holiday treats and Santa will all be part of the celebration. Children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by an adult. This special event is free of charge. For more information, contact Ann Sinton at (970) 479-2186. Salvation Army announces Hamilton-Vavra Holiday ConcertBEAVER CREEK – Pat Hamilton and Peter Vavra will perform for their 15th annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Beaver Creek Chapel. All proceeds go to benefit the Salvation Army and its Adopt-a-Family and holiday food basket programs. Last year, businesses and members of the community adopted 310 families and gave them food, clothing and gifts for their children. In addition, over 700 holiday food baskets were distributed to people in need. Many volunteers participated in gathering, organizing and preparing these baskets. In 1990, Hamilton, vocalist, and Vavra, pianist, recognized the importance of these efforts and decided to produce the holiday benefit concert. In its 15 years, the concert has raised over $70,000 for the Salvation Army. The evening’s program combines old-fashioned carols such as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” with original compositions Hamilton has written over the years. Vocalist Elizabeth Wilt and flutists Nancy Wright and Cathy Blickenstaff add harmony to the music. New this year will be Jeff Layman on drums and Adam Williams on bass.

“The chapel is full of candles, greenery and such a good feeling. This concert makes Christmas,” said Marka Moser, who has attended almost every concert. Tickets are available in advance by calling Susie Davis at (970) 926-3788. Price is $15 per person. They will also be available at the door. No reserved seating is available, so arrive early. CDs will also be available at the concert, at local stores throughout the valley or on Hamilton’s web site at People unable to attend the concert can volunteer or make a donation by contacting the Vail Valley Salvation Army at (970) 926-3704. Vail Valley Theatre Company holding auditions SaturdayEAGLE-VAIL – The Vail Valley Theatre Company (VVTC) is gearing up for its 4th annual “Evening on Broadway” show. The show will take place the weekend of Feb. 13. This year will showcase songs representing “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Beth Swearingen, Colin Meiring and Bob Finnie will be directing the show.Auditions are from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School. People trying out need to bring a prepared musical piece with sheet music, if possible, as there will be an accompanist available if needed. If you are new to the VVTC, bring a picture of yourself. There will be a digital camera handy if you cannot supply a picture yourself. For more information, log on to The company is also looking for backstage people and production people to help with miscellaneous stuff as VVTC gets closer to the show.15th annual Taste of Vail slated for April 6-9

VAIL – Wine and food lovers can now mark their calendars for the 15th annual Taste of Vail April 6-9. “The Chef’s Alpine Classic Ski Race will kick off the 2005 Taste of Vail, featuring chefs from the Vail Valley racing down Vail Mountain in their chef coat and chef toques,” said Susan Fritz, president of the Taste of Vail. “The Taste of Vail mountaintop gourmet picnic at 11,000 feet will once again be the signature event – a venue unmatched by any other festival in the U.S. What also sets the Taste of Vail apart is the more than 50 world-class wineries that come on by an invitation-only basis, and we insist that the winery owners or winemakers be here to personally pour their wines.” Thirty-five restaurants, 56 wineries from all over the world and more than 4,000 attendees and volunteers were involved in the Taste of Vail this past year.Taste of Vail also raises funds for valley charities. Since it began in 1990, the Taste of Vail has donated more than $240,000 to charitable programs in the valley.For more information or to purchase tickets, go to, or call 1-888-311-5665 or 970-926-5665.Local author writes vampire novelLocal author David B. Riley’s new vampire novel, “The Brotherhood,” has been released. The brothers of St. Andrew’s Monastery have kept a very dark secret for centuries – they’re vampires. The story spans 2000 years and takes up the premise of what would happen if a bunch of vampires accepted Christianity and gave up killing people. The answer, for these monks, proves very complicated. The author describes the book as a character-driven vampire novel, written for people who like horror fiction that is entertaining, but not exceptionally gruesome. The book is currently available from bookstores,, or directly from the publisher at The list price is $19.95.Riley has written short stories for over 15 years. This is his first published novel. He also has a second novel under contract with another publisher, which is due out early next year.Vail Colorado

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