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EAGLE-VAIL – An Earth Day celebration will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and Battle Mountain High School. One of the main events is the labyrinth that will be sculpted from donated, recyclable items. Cereal boxes, tea boxes, beverage boxes, cans, plastic bottles and jugs, bottle tops, and other items to be used in the labyrinth can be dropped off starting at 9 a.m., Saturday. Children can pick up environmental passport, which they can get stamped at various booths that will provide environmental information. Gore Range Natural Science School will have Rocky Mountain animal artifacts to touch and examine. Kids can also paint science and nature-themed buttons to wear home.At Battle Mountain High School’s newly-restored greenhouse, environmental science students will sell pots of organic herbs and oriental lily plants. Every hour, starting at 11:30, visitors are invited to come to the greenhouse and make sheets of recycled paper. The paper pulp will be made from blue jeans, colored rag and artist etchings.The celebration is being organized by Slow Food USA, E.A.R.T.H., and the Vail Symposium, and is funded by a grant from the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information contact Fraidy Aber or Vicky Lee at the Vail Symposium at 476-0954 or info@vailsymposium.org, or contact Kay Graybill of E.A.R.T.H. at 476-9076.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Regional fire officials are preparing to set several controlled burns this week near Dotsero, Meeker, Rifle and Basalt.Weather permitting, burns will be set in the following areas: • French Creek, west of Dotsero (1,000 acres)• Mamm Creek, south of Rifle (400 acres)• Roaring Fork, east of Basalt (700 acres)• Snell Rock, north of Meeker (1,200 acres)The French Creek is meant to clear out old brush, which should decrease fire danger and encourage new vegetation to grow, replenishing food supplies for wildlife. The burn will be ignited by a helicopter. Aerial ignition allows crews to burn more acres in a shorter amount of time.For more information and a map of planned prescribed burns, please visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/fire/gjc/.

EAGLE – A new whooping cough vaccine will be available to persons ages 18 to 64 at the 9HealthFair on Saturday at the Eagle Valley Middle School, 747 E. Third St., Eagle. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Last year, a whooping cough vaccine for adults and adolescents became available for the first time and is widely recommended by public health officials to reduce the spread of this highly contagious respiratory disease. Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) can occur at any age; however, infants and young children are at highest risk for serious, potentially life-threatening complications. “Adults are more prone to contracting the pertussis virus because immunity decreases with age,” said Kristin Diedrich, public health nurse and medical coordinator for the Eagle County 9HealthFair, “and they can then pass it on to children who are not fully immunized.” The new whooping cough immunization also contains tetanus and diphtheria boosters in what is known as a “combined vaccine.” Tetanus boosters are usually recommended every 7 to 10 years, although individuals that are at risk for passing pertussis to children can receive this new vaccine if they have not had a tetanus booster for at least 2 years. The vaccine, which costs $40, is also available at regularly scheduled immunization clinics at Eagle County Health & Human Services. For more information call the Health and Human Services Avon Office at 949-7026, or the Eagle Office at 328-8840.



EAGLE – Eagle Valley Horse Rescue will hold the third annual Equine Educational Extravaganza at the Eagle County Fairgrounds on April 30, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. The event includes e a full day of equine demonstrations and lectures. Also featured at the event with be the newest additions to the Eagle Valley Horse Rescue: Deracz, a 15-year-old Polish Arabian gelding; Grady, a 5-year-old QH gelding; and Maverick, a 5-year-old mustang gelding. For more information on the event, contact Wendy at 376-4369 or equestproduction@aol.com.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado


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