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What’s going on in the Vail Valley

Vail Valley, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK ” The Ski and Snowboard Club Vail has been involved with the Birds of Prey World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colorado since its inception. Each year the SSCV volunteers are responsible for helping to put safety netting in place, set and maintain all race arenas, provide slippers and gate runners for all races, among other duties.

The club is recruiting volunteers for the Course Crew at the 2008 event, which works from Nov. 27-Dec. 7. The Course Crew consists of high intermediate to expert level skiers and snowboarders for the set-up of the Birds of Prey speed venues, Nov. 28-Dec. 1. All volunteers must be on skis after Dec. 1. Volunteers prepare the area for racing, but are often called om for other jobs like slipping and gate running.

The job is challenging, demanding and sometimes overwhelming, but it’s also rewarding, fun and a great way to see World Cup action from the front lines. All volunteers who work four days or more are eligible to receive a Birds of Prey jacket.

To volunteer visit http://www.skiclubvail.org/volunteers.asp. Contact Jim Henderson for details at 970-790-5124, or jhenderson@skiclubvail.org.

The Habitat for Humanity project Fox Hollow in Edwards is moving along with a third celebration of the work about to be done. Join the volunteers and the Amaya family Friday, Nov. 14, at 3:45 p.m. to top off the third duplex in the residential complex. They event is outside, so dress warm. Contact Habitat for Humanity for details at 970-524-0669.

The Chabad Jewish Center of the Vail Valley joins Soul Maps, a program that teaches Kabbalah as a tool to reach emotional happiness.

People are complicated. We have a warm, sensitive side and a wild, primitive side. We can act caring and nurturing one moment, and self-centered and aggressive the next. Making sense of our thoughts and emotions is not easy, and people often feel conflicted and overwhelmed.

“People struggle every day to understand themselves and find inner peace,” says Rabbi Dovid Mintz of the Cahbad Jewish center in Vail. “What people really need is a guide to help them navigate their own complexity, and the Kabbalah has provided these tools for centuries.”

This November, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is proud to launch Soul Maps, an ancient and innovative approach to human psychology. Soul Maps is structured as a six-step program, utilizing tools from the Kabbalah to help participants understand themselves and find inner contentment. The course is based on Tanya, an 18th-century book that made the previously esoteric teachings of Kabbalah practical, relevant and accessible.

The course will be presented in Vail, at the Chabad Jewish Center, on six consecutive Tuesdays beginning Nov. 11. The course will also be available in Edwards, at the Inn at Riverwalk, on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning Nov. 12. The course costs $80, but the first lesson free with no obligation.

Contact Dovid Mintz at info@Jewishvail.com, or 970.476.7887.

Fundraising will be difficult for all nonprofits and SOS Outreach is seeing significant deceases in donors – more than $150,000, or 18 percent.

This season SOS will teach 3,500 youth at 35 ski resorts. The students range in age from 8-18, and 73 percent are minority, one in four are from single parents and 71 percent are from family incomes of less than $40,000.

SOS increases character development, healthy life choices and positive attitudes toward these students’ futures. The program has over 500 adults volunteers who bring skis, snowboards, clothing and off-hill activities together to make it possible.

SOS Outreach needs to raise $800,000 in cash and more than $3 million in in-kind donations. The nonprofit is confident in raising most of its goals through grant writing, events and corporate donors, but it needs help in raising funds through small contributions of $25, $50 and $75.

To donate, visit http://www.active.com/donate/SOS0809Pledge/ArnMenconi.

The Avon Public Library will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country for the first annual celebration of National Gaming, Saturday, Nov. 15. Along with libraries across the country, the Avon Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Avon Library will host two events, a national attempt to establish a record for the most number of library patrons playing the board game “Pictureka!” at the same time, and a trivia contest based on the popular “Twilight” novel by Stephenie Meyer.

At the Avon Library, gamers will have the opportunity to play the following board games: Pictureka! (ages 6 and up), Scrabble, both in English and Spanish (ages 8 and up), Apples to Apples (ages 12 and up), Library Expedition (ages 10 and up) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (ages 13 and up). Winners of the trivia contest at 1 p.m. will win movie passes.

National Gaming Day is a national initiative supported by the American Library Association, and 2008 sponsors Hasbro, Top Trumps and Wizards of the Coast. For more information on National Gaming Day visit http://www.ala.org.

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