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Eagle County, CO Colorado
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Special to the DailyBonnie Phipps is presenting three shows at local public libraries this week.
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Free public library shows for children

Eagle Valley Library District

Musician and storyteller Bonnie Phipps is presenting a special Halloween program at the Eagle, Gypsum and Avon Public Libraries this week. Phipps, an award-winning artist, uses hot pink and turquoise autoharps to accompany her songs and stories. Her Halloween program, or “Halloween Hullaballoo,” features up-beat songs and stories about monsters on vacation, girls with 10-foot-long names, a squeamish babysitter and more. Phipps also gives lessons on how to “boo” and scream, and hear an Appalachian version of the Hansel and Gretel tale. The one-hour show is free and open to the public.



Dates: Eagle Public Library: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m.

Gypsum Public Library: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m.



Avon Public Library: Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trot

Vail Recreation District



Ghosts, goblins, fairies, princesses and superheroes are just a few characters that are invited to the 16th annual Trick or Treat Trot, Friday, Oct. 31, in the streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Children up to 10 years old and their families are invited to participate in the Halloween festivities, which will kick off at the Vail Public Library at 1 p.m., with a Halloween story hour and costume parade. Children will gather to trick-or-treat through Vail from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses with an oversized jack-o-lantern bag at their entrances will offer children safe treats. More than 500 children have shown off their costumes throughout shops and restaurants in Vail during past Trick or Treat Trots.

Children ages two to 10 also are invited to enter the annual Trick or Treat Trot coloring contest. Entry forms are available at http://www.vailrec.com, and at local schools and preschools. Children can color the “Halloween Scarecrow” or submit their own drawing to Vail Recreation District Youth Services office, located adjacent to Subway in the Lionshead parking structure, no later than Friday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m. Prizes will be given to the top three designs in each age category.

A limited number of Trick or Treat bags are available at the VRD Youth Services Department on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Trick or Treat Trot is organized by VRD Youth Services and sponsored by the Vail Daily and Pazzo’s. For more information on the Halloween festivities, call the Youth Services Department at 970-479-2292.

Imagination Station fall hours

Vail Recreation District

Imagination Station, a museum for children ages 2-12 located in the loft above Subway in Lionshead, is closed on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall. The museum’s offseason hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is $5 per child, and adults and infants are free. Drop-offs are welcome for potty-trained children ages 3 and older. Staff members guide children through various activities depending on their interests for up to three hours. Parents can enjoy the Vail Valley while their children play and learn at the Imagination Station! To register call 970-479-2292.

Kidzone Unlimited, After School Recreation

Vail Recreation District

The Vail Recreation District runs Kidzone through its Youth Services department. KidZone is fully licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Care.

KidZone is a semi-structured program during non-school hours that helps children work on social, physical, emotional and intellectual skills. KidZone meets after school and on certain no-school days.

KidZone uses gymnasium facilities, the cafeteria, the room above the gym, other Vail Recreation District facilities, the Red Sandstone or Edwards Elementary outdoor environment and community surroundings to engross and inspire children. Staff members are active participants in children’s activities and openly communicate with children’s families. Contact Youth Services at 970-479-2292 for details.

$9,000 raised for locals in need

Vail Valley Charitable Fund

By Karen Simon

Lisa Siegert-Free and Christina Farrall, of The Christie Lodge in Avon, recently had the pleasure of presenting a check to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund from proceeds of the Christel House Open, held earlier this summer at the Eagle Ranch Golf Course. This annual event is part of a global golf tournament for the Christel House International, an organization based in Indianapolis dedicated to helping children around the world become self-sufficient to prevent poverty.

Each summer, multiple golf tournaments begin in Australia, proceeding around the world throughout the different time zones, spanning dozens of nations on six continents before the final hole is played in Hawaii. Funds are raised not only for Christel House International, but also for local nonprofit organizations partnering with Christel House International in each of the tournament locations.

The missing link? Each location also needs a sponsoring organization, such as The Christie Lodge, and a co-sponsor of the event, like the Grand Timber Lodge in Breckenridge, to manage the project, secure a location and event sponsors, and staff the event.

All of that amounts to hundreds of hours of work by dozens of employees and volunteers. Despite the work, Farrall and Siegert-Free agree that it’s a fun event and a great way to give back to organizations that are aligned with the mission and values of the Christie Lodge – enhancing the quality of life in the community in which they live and work.

This year, the Christie Lodge raised almost $30,000 – $9,000 of which goes directly to locals in need through the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Across the globe, Christel House International raised close to a $1 million – sure to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children worldwide. Next year’s the tournament will be in Breckenridge to benefit The Summit Foundation. Stay tuned for more details, or visit http://www.christelhouse.org.

All that Glitters will bring Gold

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s annual gala of Glitter, Gates and Rails, in support of youth and kids’ winter sport competitive programs, is Nov. 15 at Larkspur, at the base of Golden Peak. Tickets are on sale now by calling 970.790.5122.

The gala features cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions ” all in the name of helping local kids live and follow their dreams of competing in Free Ride, Nordic, Alpine, Freestyle Ski and Snowboard training and competition.

Those who can’t attend but want to be engaged can support the club by volunteering or getting your business involved. Gift certificates, services, products or priceless opportunities as auction items are all welcome. Get involved and give generously to help those families that may not be able to participate in winter sports. Contact jgeisness@skiclubvail.org for more information.

Do you have community news you’d like to see published on this page? Send your news and photos to Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at lglendenning@vaildaily.com, or call her at 970-748-2983 for details.


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