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Fun Fundraisers From the chicken dance to dodge ball, check out these creative events for a good cause. By Melanie Wong

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one are the days of the bake sale or the corner lemonade stand.

Although no one is complaining about a homemade cupcake or a cold drink on a hot day, some groups in the area have put a twist on the traditional fundraiser and are holding some truly inventive events for a variety of causes. Read on to find out about some innovative community fundraisers coming up this month, along with information on how to get involved. Who knew doing the chicken dance or pegging someone with a dodge ball could make such a difference? Chicks 4 Kids On Saturday, May 12, an estimated 100 kids will take to the dance floor and chicken dance for a cause. The dance party is organized by The Vail Church to raise money for a Kenyan orphanage and a local organization, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, which serves developmentally disabled individuals in the area. The participants, mostly kids from the Vail Christian Academy, have been raising money from friends and family to sponsor them during the chicken-dance marathon. The dance party itself takes place at 4 Eagle Ranch, and will include activities for kids and lunch. For a dedicated hour, the kids will shake it on the dance floor – chicken style – to build a greenhouse, chicken coop and classroom for an orphanage in Kitale, Kenya. The chicken-dance marathon is one of many such events held around the country through the organization Chicks for Children, which provides monetary aid to reduce or eliminate hunger, disease, homelessness and illiteracy. Church members have also been passing around plastic Easter eggs with information on the fundraiser. Supporters can put their donation in the egg and return it to The Vail Church, giving the community another way to support the cause besides sponsoring a dancer, says organizer Jeanna Turay.

The goal is to raise $30,000, and a group from the church’s Kids from The Vail Church in Eagle-Vail practice the chicken missions team will go to Kenya later in the year to help build dance last Sunday in preparation for the church’s fundraiser, a chicken-dance marathon in which kids collect pledges to the facilities, she says. “do the chicken” on May 12. Funds go to a Kenyan orphan“The orphanage feeds 300 kids a day, three times a day, age and a local program for the developmentally disabled. five days a week,” Turay says. “Chicken coops will really Kent Pettit photo. help that – it feeds the kids and also allows them to sell the eggs and make some money. Hopefully with the greenhouse As Turay says, Mountain Valley Developmental Services’s they can get some fresh vegetables as well.” work often goes unnoticed – its workers have been quietly Of the fundraiser’s proceeds, 25 percent of the funds will serving the community, and the fundraiser is an opportunity for the community to take care of them in return. She encouraged anyone, regardless or age or religious association, to participate in the dance marathon. “There’s a huge need, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You think, ‘There’s so many people starving that we can’t help,’” Turay says. “This is something easy we can do that May 12 – Chicks 4 Children: Kids raise helps a handful of kids in Africa or that can make a huge money with a chicken-dance marathon at 4 impact in this community. You donate your spare change, or Eagle Ranch. Proceeds go to building facilities at a Kenyan orphanage and to Mouncome dance a little bit. It’s something simple and a cause that tain Valley Developmental Services. Learn we can do something about.” how to sponsor a dancer at www.thevailchurch.com or at www.chicks4children.org. Dodge for a cause A different but no less original fundraiser, the Project EsMay 18 – “Project Escuela” Dodge Ball cuela Dodge Ball Tournament on May 18, has kids, teens Tourney: Enter a team in this dodge ball and adults hurling dodge balls at one another to raise money benefit to help Homestake Peak School stuto build a school facility in a rural Honduran village. dents raise money to build a school in HonThe event is organized by teachers and students at Homeduras. Sign up by emailing projectescuela. stake Peak School in Eagle-Vail in partnership with the nonhps@gmail.com or calling 970-328-2920. profit Schools for Children of the World (SCW). Throughout the year, Homestake Peak School students from kindergarstay in the local community, going to Mountain Valley De- teners to eighth graders aim to raise $14,000. The money velopmental Services. The nonprofit provides day services, will go to building materials and construction of a school in activities and full-time care for disabled individuals. The the rural community of La Torre, Honduras. Eagle County branch of the program has group homes disAccording to SCW, 35 children from the La Torre compersed throughout the valley and reaches more than 100 munity attend school in a ramshackle building, while othEagle County residents, says Dana Peterson, the nonprofit’s ers walk 30 minutes to another rural school and still others director of philanthropy. do not attend school at all. The idea is for Homestake Peak The nonprofit is largely funded through government sup- School students to take an annual service-learning trip to La port, but has seen drastic cuts in that funding over the last Torre starting next year, where they’ll help at the school and few years, Peterson says. [See FUNDRAISERS, page 22]

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minority backgrounds, and would not otherwise have the opportunity to travel and experience an international event like the Summer Olympics. The trip will include meeting U.S. Olympic athletes, attending cultural events, sightseeing and of course, watching the games. “This trip will provide the highest level of leadership training to youth within our programs,” says SOS Youth Programs Director Theresa Papandrea. “Such an experience will further develop a group of young leaders within the community.” The students range in age from 13 to 17 and have excelled in SOS’s leadership programs for four to six years. “One dream I plan to accomplish in my life is to travel around the world” says student Jackie Luevano, one of the students going on the trip. “Meeting new friends from around the world can teach me how to be a better, stronger person in the future.”

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Season for the learner

Gentle flows on local rivers are custom-made for first-time kayakers. By Phil Lindeman

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ast summer was a godsend for hardcore kayakers in the area, with record water flows from upper Gore Creek to the Colorado River and beyond. This boating season, however, belongs to the newbies. “From a beginner’s perspective, I couldn’t think of a better season to be on the water,” says John O’Neill, a local kayaker. “Last year, even the easier runs got a little out of control. But right now, there isn’t even that intimidating flow. It would be perfect to learn.” As an expert paddler, O’Neill is slightly disappointed that local Class IV and V rapids like the Dowd Chutes above Minturn are almost frighteningly bare, with more exposed rock than usual and portions with barely more than a foot of water. It’s the best they’ll get all season, thanks to low snowpack. For thrill seekers of every variety, a disappointing winter often means a less-than-thrilling summer. “You look at those mountains and don’t see a ton of snow, and you know that means there won’t be any water coming through those upper areas,” says O’Neill, who’s also an avid backcountry skier. “Those big Class V creeks are what make Colorado so fun for an advanced rider. We don’t have those wide-open rivers with waves – we rely on flow, and it doesn’t look like we’ll get that.” Despite the disparate conditions, O’Neill still takes his “boat” – another term for kayak – out several times per week. The kayaking season is almost like the ski season in another way: it’s a good year for novices to expand their skill set, and an ideal time for experts to hone tricks like somersaults and spins – similar to choosing the terrain park over sketchy tree runs. For people looking to get into the sport, O’Neill and other expert kayakers recommend first taking a lesson. Kayaking can be extremely dangerous due to natural obstacles, unpredictable weather and changing conditions. Ken Hoeve, a professional kayaker who has consulted on boat designs with Dagger Kayaks, says beginners shy away from lessons because of cost. “When people hear lessons, they think they have to buy all this stuff,” Hoeve says. “That’s not true. You can take a class, hook up with a buddy – all sorts of things to save money and still have a great time.”

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All geared up As with skiing, kayaks come in a variety of sizes and uses: large boats for floating, smaller boats for tricks. When choosing a kayak for first-time use, Hoeve sticks to a simple philosophy: the bigger, the better. “Stability is always key when you’re boating,” Hoeve says. “People often get into it because someone talked them into a performance play boat, the sport of thing you’re doing tricks in. But you really want that big, stable boat.” Beyond the kayak, paddlers who plan on being out more than a few times per season should invest in a paddle, helmet, life jacket and “spray skirt,” the piece of fabric that attaches to the paddler and keeps water out of the kayak. Hoeve understands cost is a huge concern for any mountain sport and suggests buying used gear. Kayaks are built to last, he claims, and the unpredictability of a river is unlike anything else: you can go back for a lost

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olf. I’m surrounded by people who love it. But also hate it.

They sound like drug addicts, spending most of their time and money on the activity for only brief moments of satisfaction in return. Yet they can’t seem to stay away. When I enthusiastically told my housemate I was trying golf for the first time, with the purpose of writing an article about my experience, he responded with a touch of bitterness -- “Be aware it’s a very cruel sport.” When I asked my sister – who has been golfing for years – for some tips, she said -- “Keep your head down, and don’t try to kill the ball.” Reactions like that leave me wondering, “Why golf?” I took it upon myself to find out. Learning from the pros I took my first golf lesson with Pete Roach, director of golf at Sonnenalp in Edwards. He says the most important thing he tells new golfers is, “Have fun.” “After that, probably to have a good grip,” he says. To that end, we spend a half hour working on my grip. Using versatile and easy-to-incorporate analogies – everything from “shaking hands” with my golf club, to holding a tube of toothpaste (firm enough to not drop it but loose enough not to squeeze toothpaste out) – Roach helps me find my grip. The second order of business: stance. Feet here, hips here, knees bent, hinge at the hips, back straight, club a handsdistance from my belt buckle. It’s a lot to think about – and we haven’t even gotten to part where I try to hit the ball. Then we work on my swing. I practice swinging the club like a pendulum at first, then more like a baseball bat. I use my arms “like the hands on a clock,” from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock, trying not to wince each time I gouge out another chunk of grass. There are some satisfying clunks when my club makes contact with the ball and the uplifting rush of

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wind when I occasionally – and miraculously – get the ball airborne. But there’s also a lot of feeling like a Gumby doll as I try to remember to rotate my hips – first back, then forwards – and not let my wrists relax. I concentrate on pivoting my left foot and keeping my eye on the ball – except once the ball’s in the air, at which point I follow it with my gaze and my torso. And, oh yeah, have fun. “You definitely need to bring your patience with you,” says Alice Plain, director of golf operations at Vail Golf Club. “It can be a challenging sport. But it’s so much fun, and the learning curve can be pretty quick. In a couple lessons, you can actually hit the ball and see some improvement and have

Golf for Newbies Get Golf Ready: Essentially a crash-course, this five-session program is an affordable way to learn the fundamentals of golf. It’s being offered on various dates throughout the summer at Beaver Creek Golf Club (970754-5775), Eagle-Ranch Golf Club (970-2282882), EagleVail Golf Club (970-949-5267) and Vail Golf Club (970-479-2260). Welcome to Golf Open House: From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 28 at Eagle Ranch Golf Club. Beginning Golf Class: A 10-session class offered through Colorado Mountain College and Eagle-Vail Golf Club.

a lot of fun with it.” For the last part of my lesson, Roach touches on course etiquette: All those puncture wounds I made in the grass? They need to be filled with a sand-and-seed mixture, and the divot replaced on top. Then there’s raking bunkers, how to drive the golf cart – even knowing where to walk. Roach explains not to walk across someone’s putting line “because

the green is pretty fragile, and if you make a footprint in my line, it knocks the ball off-course.” When I point out that it all seems like an awful lot of work just to get to where I can play an actual game, Roach responds with “yes and no.” “It depends what you want,” he says. “If you want to be a really good player, yes, it takes a lot of work. But you can also go out with your kids, play nine holes, and that takes a couple hours.” Golf in the valley Being a newcomer at anything can be intimidating, but, according to Roach, there’s not a huge barrier to taking up golf here in the Vail Valley. “The one thing about golf in general is it can be expensive, and like most things, we’re not at the inexpensive side of the table,” laughs Roach. “But we do have a lot of great public facilities as far as entry-level -- Vail, Eagle-Vail, Eagle Ranch and Gypsum Creek. And then, once golfers get into it, then there’s some private clubs that offer a different experience. It’s the same with skiing – you might start at Ski Cooper, but once you get proficient you want to go to a bigger mountain that has more terrain and variety.” Plain seconds this opinion. “Golf can be an intimidating game. It doesn’t always have the greatest access, and it can be expensive,” she says. At the Vail Golf Club, she says, a bucket of balls for the driving range costs $6. The putting and chipping greens are free. Group lessons are a reasonable alternative to private lessons. And as with many other area golf courses, the club offers more expensive twilight playing times. Other golf clubs also offer affordable ways for newcomers to try out the sport. “The best thing that we offer for beginning golfers is our great practice facility and our 9-hole Willow Creek Par 3 Course,” says Ben Walsh, director of golf for Eagle-Vail Golf Club. “This short course is only $12 for adults and $9 for kids. We offer 10-punch cards and season passes for Wil-

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Learn to love the gym A quick summertime workout can prevent injury By Phil Lindeman Photos By Kent Pettit For the majority of cyclists, mountaineers and rock climbers in the valley, visiting the gym in summer is saved for a rainy day when trails are unrideable and faces are dangerously slick. But Mother Nature isn’t the only threat to a season. John Cole, the human performance director for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, believes any athlete who skimps on conditioning runs the risk of injury – even on a sunny afternoon. “There has been a paradigm shift in the endurance world, and the one thing we’ve been looking at is introducing a portion of strength training to more traditional training,” says Cole, who has trained Olympians and X-Games athletes, as well as contributed to national magazines like Men’s Fitness and Men’s Journal. “We’re not just trying to get ready for a bike ride or a day on the trail – we’re trying to minimize injury, and that’s paramount as you get older. Most people treat injuries after they happen, but we want to treat areas prone to injury before they happen.” Alpine endurance junkies often scoff at workout regimens, Cole says, because they don’t want to get bulky or miss out on the “real” work of riding and climbing. But there’s a major difference between weight lifting for muscle and prepping for outdoor sports. To mimic the unevenness of the real world, Cole champions single-leg squats, minimal weight and simple equipment like resistance bands, and he says special “pre-habilitation” circuits are designed to ward off injury. To help valley athletes transition from winter to summer sports, Cole put together a quick but challenging workout, keeping in mind that many locals prefer dusty trails to manicured fields. Each exercise requires minimum equipment – body-weight training is a core part of Cole’s routine – and can be done at home or the gym. Three days per week is ideal, and the circuit is simple enough to fit between treks. Start off with a five-to-10 minute warm-up of light cardio on a stationary bike or treadmill. Raise your heart rate but keep it at a conversational level. Move into a five-to-10 minute “movement preparation” of yoga and stretching. Slowly work through stretches, hitting every major muscle group, including hamstrings, glutes, back, arms and abs. Hold stretches for 3 to 4 seconds each, without flexing or causing pain. Finish the following workout by rolling your IT band (from the outside of the knee up to the hip) on a foam roller. The motion will likely hurt but can release “hot spots” in the muscles.

Photo 1: “W” plank pose Knee Inversion with resistance band (3 sets, 10 reps each knee) Equipment: Mini-band Areas worked: Glutes, quads Place mini-band taut around knees and get into a half-squat position (hips over heels, shoulders over knees). Keep your eyes forward and spine straight. In a slow, controlled motion, bring one knee in toward the other without letting them touch. Bring knee back to original position. Repeat with other knee.

Photo 2: Single-leg dead lift 2. Lower body (10 to 12 minutes) Single-leg dead lift - 3 sets, 8 to 12 reps each leg (Photo 2) Equipment: Light kettle bells or dumbbells Areas worked: Posterior (back) quads, glutes Begin in a standing position with weights hanging at sides. In a fluid motion with a straight back, bend forward at the waist while bending at the knee. As you move, let one leg come straight out behind you, pushing the heel of your foot to the back wall and slowly bending your standing leg to a 45-degree angle. Stop when chest is parallel with the floor. Do not let weights touch the ground. Return to standing and squeeze glutes. Repeat with opposite leg.

1. Pre-habilitation (5 to 10 minutes) Y/T/W/L in plank - 3 sets, 10 reps each (Photo 1) Equipment: Exercise ball Areas worked: Glutes, deltoids, upper and lower back Begin in a neutral plank position (stomach down, eyes forAssisted pistol squat - 2 to 3 sets, 8 to 12 reps/leg (Photo 3) ward, knees straight) on an inflatable ball. Balance your hips Equipment: TRX cords or doorframe just below the top of the ball and squeeze your glutes. With no Areas worked: Anterior (top) quads, glutes arch in your lower back, bring your arms up to form a “Y.” Hold Begin in standing position and grasp TRX cord handles for 3 to 4 seconds and drop to neutral. Repeat with “T.” For or sides of doorframe. With eyes forward and spine straight, “W,” bend both elbows at 90-degree angles. Inverse for “M.” [See WORKOUT, page 16]

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plenty of moderately challenging rapids followed by pools to slow down, not to mention the reward of hot springs at the end. For intermediate paddlers, Hoeve recommends Grizzly Creek, which begins at the bottom of an advanced stretch beginning at the Shoshone power plant in Glenwood Canyon. After the Class III rapids, begin paddling until you reach Two Rivers Park. It’s a five-mile trip that’s also ideal for “stand-up paddling,” a surfing-like sport Hoeve has been perfecting this season. A bit closer to home, Glackin says the Vail Whitewater Park is an ideal location for demoing because the flow can be manually changed with giant inflatable bladders. The Avon kayaking park, found just below the Avon Road bridge over the Eagle River. O’Neill says it’s not as fancy as the Vail park – Vail is home to the invite-only kayak rodeo during Teva Mountain Games in June – but it can be just as exhilarating. The first feature, a good hole for practicing tricks, was designed for low-water years. So while low flows might not bring the most thrills this year, they could set up a new boater for some great seasons to come.

Learn the locales Just about anywhere on the river can look enticing to the untrained eye, but experts recommend a handful of spots to avoid getting stuck in harrowing chutes. Hoeve and O’Neill both like portions of the upper Colorado River between Rancho del Rio and State Bridge, both for calm waters and beautiful scenery. Beyond that, O’Neill suggests starting at Pump House SneakPEAK writer Phil Lindeman can be reached at philcampsite near the mouth of Glenwood Canyon and ending at the Radium Hot Springs. It’s a mellow, 12-mile trip with ip@sneakpeakvail.com

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Bikes, boards and family fun take center stage at Eagle’s 4th annual Get Out Expo, the town’s outdoor festival featuring equipment demos, booths from local vendors and bike rides. The community-run festival, held May 12 and 13, draws about 450 people each year, and this year organizers hope to see even more attendees with the addition of new events to the weekend. About 32 outdoor companies, local businesses and organizations will be represented on Capitol Street. Most of the valley’s bike shops will be on hand, and bike companies such as BMC, Ridley, Kona, Ibis and Marin will have full demo fleets for riders to test out. The Eagle Athletic Club will be doing TRX band demos, and free BMX clinics will be offered at the ice rink pump track. Local bands Hardscrabble, Schwing Daddy and The Olora Brothers will also play throughout the weekend, and Mountain Beverage will provide drinks for the event’s beer garden.

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“Our motive with the community rides is to get people here to try our (demo equipment) out and to check out our trails,” she says. “Maybe we’ll eventually make them into races.” This is also the first year for the Street Swell Longboard Push Race, which is held on Sunday at 10 a.m. and includes a 10K endurance race and 1K kid’s race, mostly on Eagle Ranch’s bike paths. “I love it that this valley is so endurance oriented, so this is an endurance skateboard event,” says John Cummins, owner of custom longboard company Street Swell. “In the last couple years these have started to take off – there’s even marathon events.” Chromoly competition Another popular event returns to the Get Out Expo at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday: an Iron Chef-like event for bike mechanics, the Chromoly Chef competition. Like the culinary counterpart, mechanics and an assistant must create something from predetermined ingredients within an hour. At the Chromoly competition, four teams of two people are allowed to see a mish-mash of bike parts – 10 bike frames, wheels, cables, brakes, pipes, scrap metal – two minutes before the competition starts. Once the whistle blows, the teams make a mad dash for their chosen parts and have an hour to construct a working bike. The creations are judged according to creativity and how well the bike works. At the end of the competition, the competitors must race their contraptions for a short distance. The competition, which also was featured at last year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge, was the brainchild of Cummins. “I actually had a dream about cooking with bike parts, and thought about having a competition building a bike with random parts,” he says. Last year’s event resulted in some original bikes, Cummins says, including two tricycles with sidecars and a tandem. “There was one bike (that) had two pedal-systems, sort of a two-wheel drive thing,” Cummins remembers. “There was also an 8-foot-long stretch bike, kind of a Batman-looking thing.” Charlie Brown, owner of Eagle’s Mountain Pedaler bike shop, was a contender in last year’s event, aided by his “sous chef,” a welder by trade. “Ours had a sidecar on it, which broke afterward during the race,” Brown laughs.

And, they’re off! This year marks the debut of mountain and road bike rides for charity, as well as a longboard race on the paths and trails of Eagle Ranch. Both bike rides benefit the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards. The mountain bike ride has three courses for beginner-and-intermediate riders on 2nd and 3rd Gulch trails and advanced riders up Boneyard. Registration starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and a local all-girls mountain bike team, The Youth Foundation’s Ells Angels, will lead guided rides on the hour. The road ride heads up Brush Creek Road to Adam’s Rib Ranch and back. The $25 registration includes entry to one ride ride, a water bottle, beer coupons and an after party. Showcasing the community The rides aren’t competitive, although races might According to Slaugh, the expo is a chance to show be something to look forward to in future years, says the community, and hopefully those from outside the Taylor Slaugh, event coordinator for one of the expo community, what Eagle does best. sponsors, KZYR. “We’re really having a celebration of outdoor rec-

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SneakSPORTS: NBA playoffs, it’s all about star power Columnist’s championship pick is a team, not a one-man show Editor’s Note: Minturnbased sports fan Patrick Whitehurst writes for www. fanrag.com. Read his musings on the site or in SneakPEAK Like many sports, basketball has a plethora of star power. But unlike other sports where individual performances can be miniPatrick Whitehurst mized and teams can overcome lackluster efforts from their stars, the NBA playoffs are defined by its best players first, and best teams second. The Chicago Bulls had the top record in the league this season and entered the playoffs among the favorites to win it all. Everything changed with 10.2 seconds left in the first game of the first round, when Derrick Rose tore his ACL and was lost for the season. Rose missed 27 games during the regular season, and the Bulls were still successful. The playoffs are a different story, though. After winning the first game, the Bulls had dropped three straight to the 76ers and are on the brink of elimination. It’s said that “defense wins championships,” but in the NBA playoffs, the stars win the games. Basketball is a team game, but the play of individuals is often the decisive factor between the razor thin line of winning and losing. When LeBron James struggles to score and Kobe Bryant is missing shots in the fourth quarter, the Heat and Lakers will probably lose. Conversely, when Paul Pierce is red-

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Calendar of Events Thursday, May 10 Pete & Justin at Main St. Grill

Live acoustic duo start playing at Edwards’ Main St. Grill, located in Riverwalk, at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 “Those You’ve Known” at Vail Mountain School This student project is a theater adaptation of a Vietnam story. Admission is free, but any donations to help cover production costs are appreciated. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain School in East Vail.

Friday, May 11 Old Town Pickers at Main St. Grill

Live music starts at Edwards’ Main St. Grill, located in Riverwalk, at 10 p.m.

Friday, May 11 Vail’s Annual Spring Clean Up

The town-wide clean up takes place rain or shine. Volunteers should meet at the top of the Lionshead parking structure for check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. All participants will be awarded a $25 donation to one of many area non-profits, plus free pizza and beverages donated by Blue Moose Pizza at the Arrabelle at Vail Square beginning at noon. Vail Honeywagon is provided free dumpsters for items such as bed springs and small furniture. The dumpsters will be available through May 11 in the following locations: the North Trail parking lot in West Vail, the Ford Park parking lot and the parking lot at the East Vail interstate exit. To pre-register for the event, please email bcarlson@vailgov.com and indicate how many volunteers will be coming and the nonprofit recipient. For additional details, contact Kristen Bertuglia at 970-477-3455 or Bill Carlson at 970-479-2333.

Friday, May 11 Bonnie & The Beard at Bonfire

Live music at Bonfire Brewery in Eagle starts at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 Get Out Expo in Eagle

The 4th annual outdoor festival returns to Eagle Ranch and will include bike rides, longboard races, a bike-build competition, demos from various bike companies and local businesses, live music, food and more. See www.getoutexpo.com for more info.

Saturday, May 12 Morning Vitality Retreat in Edwards

www.vailrec.com/community or call 970-479-2292 for more info.

Tuesday, May 15 Torch Run for Special Olympics

Colorado law enforcement officers will carry a “Flame of Hope” in a 1,500-mile relay for Special Olympics athletes. The Colorado run, one of many held worldwide, culminates at the Summer Games, where officers join the athletes in lighting the cauldron to kick off the Games. The torch will pass through the Vail Valley on Tuesday. For more info see www.specialolympics.org.

Edwards gym Dogma Athletica holds the first of their monthly half-day retreats. Participants work with trainers to Tuesday, May 15 practice yoga, do strength training and learn how to create a nutritious eating plan for their fitness goals. Call 970-688- Whitewater kayak demos in Vail 4433 for more info. Alpine Kayak School will be on hand at the Gore Creek Whitewater Park in Vail Village on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. through June 19. Experienced kayakers Saturday, May 12 to Tuesday, May 15 will have the opportunity to demo kayaks and gear free of Recycled Art Show in Edwards charge. Spectators will be able to observe kayakers taking The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability and Alpine advantage of the world-class features in the park. Arts Center are hosting the 3rd annual Reconstruction Recycled Art Show and Competition. Artists will integrate as many recycled and/or found materials as possible to create a wall-hung or freestanding piece. The show will begin at the Alpine Arts Center in Edwards on Saturday, with a reception held on Tuesday. For more info see www. eaglevalleyalliance.org.

Tuesday, May 15 Dinner and Dialogue Series in Eagle

The Eagle River Youth Coalition hosts a free dinner and discussion on “transitions from middle school to high school.” Event is at the Garden Classroom in the Eagle County Building in Eagle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15 Guided Nature Walks in Avon

Join a naturalist for an educational hike around the Walking Mountains science-center in Avon. Learn about the ecology and animal adaptations of this mountain community. Walk is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to all ages. Call 970-827-9725 for more info.

Wednesday, May 16 Vail Valley Partnership mixer

The monthly After-Hours Business Mixer is open to all Vail Valley Partnership members. Event will be held at TV8 studios in Avon from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Networking, food and drinks are included.

Wednesday, May 16 Community Jam in Minturn

Enjoy good music and good company at Minturn Music. Join in the jamming, or just listen and join in the enjoying. Event starts at 7 p.m. – just bring your instrument. See www.minturnmusic.com or call 970-949-7976 for more info.

Wednesday, May 16 Beaver Creek mountain bike short track race

The popular Spring Short Track Bike Series gets riders ready for the summer mountain biking season. No experience necessary. Race will take place on a short, dirt loop at Tuesday, May 15 the Beaver Creek base area, and racers have 20 minutes to ride as many laps as possible in that time. Kids races will Jewelry making in Vail The Lionshead Welcome Center in Vail provides instruction be 5 and 10 minutes in length. There will be after parties and supplies for jewelry making. Costs are $12 for drop-in, after each race with a raffle and free beer for adult participants. Cost per race is $12. Kids races start at 5:30 p.m., $200 for a 20-punch pass, or $8 per class when you sign and adults start at 6 p.m. up for a session. Class is from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. See

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low Creek. It’s a great, low-pressure golf experience.” down this path to begin with: What makes golf worth all the effort? As an insecure greenhorn, “low-pressure golf” certainly sounds appealing. However, one The bad news is that I’ll have to leave that one unanswered. But the good news is – with thing that’s surprised me is how much more approachable it is than I’d expected. Most of all the great golf facilities and professionals in the valley and a summer full of affordable, the area golf clubs are willing to tailor programs based on a beginner’s needs, and the pros I newcomers’ programs – you might be able to figure that one out for yourself. spoke to were welcoming and excited to introduce a newcomer to the game they love. SneakPEAK writer Kat Jahnigen can be reached at info@sneakpeakvail.com But, despite my investigations, one question remained, the pivotal question that led me

No need to get decked out on our deck. Introducing Friday Afternoon Casual

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926.6628

69 Edwards Access Rd., Unit 6, Edwards • 1/2 mile from I-70, in Alpine Bank Bldg.

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Free keg of Crazy Mountain beer every Friday on the deck starting at 5pm.

DJs spinning your favorites Drink specials Tequila tasting Games & giveaways

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Jeri Penland, the manager of the new and exciting Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Co. invites you to come by and sample all of their yummy flavors - more than 30 balsamic vinegar and specialty olive oils to try and wonderful spices, too! Located in Edwards Riverwalk next to E-town! Call 970-855-0162! Open seven days a week!

Vail’s favorite local, Fuxi, is going to have his end-of-season sale this weekend. It is your last chance to get your gear for next year at a great price before he leaves for the summer to Mt. Hood. Don’t miss out on the last-chance moving sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Edwards above the Thrifty Shoppe.

We’ve moved! Marilynn and Rondi from Pinecones invite you to visit their beautiful new home in Chapel Square. Please stop by and say “Hello!” at 240 Chapel Square #126. Pineconesvail@earthlink.net or 970-949-4400!

Erin from Eye Pieces is holding a pair of ROLF eyeglasses. These glasses are handmade in Austria with buffalo-horn temple tips… even the hinge is wood no screws! For more info on this product, stop by Eye Pieces in Vail Village, Lionshead or Beaver Creek.

FREE tire rotation with purchase of an oil change at Werks Auto and Diesel in Gypsum. Just bring in the coupon from this week’s issue. Pictured: Tim, Dan, Shawn.

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Marie and Boden with Wags n Whiskers want to remind you that they are open seven days a we ek for their clients and their ow ners! Dog and cat food to meet eve n the most discriminating palates! Toys and treats for all! Located in Edwards next to Freshies and acr oss from Starbucks!

Why should you buy Custom Metal Work? Reason #5 to Go Custom:

You want more than just a piece of furniture or a big box fireplace screen, you want a conversation piece. Custom made items have a story behind them and you’ll want to remember and share that story time and time again. The next time someone asks “Where did you find that?” you’ll never be at a loss for words.

949-0961 41266 Hwy 6

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Agave | 1060 West Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.748.8666 Avon Bakery & Deli | 25 Hurd Lane | 970.949.3354 Cima | 126 Riverfront Lane | 970.790.5500 Blue Plate | 48 East Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.845.2252 Bob’s Place | 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.845.8566 Carniceria Tepic | 240 Chapel Place | 970.949.6033 China Garden | 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.949.4986 Columbine Bakery | 51 Beaver Creek Place | 970.949.1400 Domino’s Pizza | 51 Beaver Creek Place | 970.949.3230 Fiesta Jalisco | 240 Chapel Place | 970.845.8088 Geno’s Sandwiches | 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.949.0529 Gondola Pizza | 240 Chapel Place | 970.845.6000 Loaded Joe’s | 82 East Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.748.1480 Montanas Cantina and Grill | 82 East Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.949.7019 Northside Coffee and Kitchen | 20 Notingham Rd. | 970.949.1423 Nozawa Sushi | 240 Chapel Place | 970.949.0330 Pazzo’s Pizzeria | 82 East Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.949.6093 Subway Avon | 47 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.949.1312 Swiss Hot Dog Company | 101 Fawcett Rd. | 970.467.2013 Taqueria No Se Hagan Bolas | 91 Beaver Creek Place | 970.845.7959 Ticino | 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.748-6792 Vin 48 | 48 East Beaver Creek Blvd. | 970.748.9463

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BEAVER CREEK 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill | Park Hyatt Beaver Creek | 970.949.1234 Beano’s Cabin | 210 Plaza Way | 970.754.3463 Beaver Creek Chophouse | Beaver Creek Lodge | 970.845.0555 Black Diamond Bistro | 120 Offerson Road | 970.949.1251 Blue Moose Pizza | 76 Avondale Ln. | 970.845.8666 Coyote Cafe | 210 The Plaza | 970.845.9030 Dusty Boot Saloon | 210 Offerson Rd. | 970.748.1146 Flying Pig Sandwich Shop | 76 Avondale Ln. | 970.845.0333 Foxnut Asian Fusion and Sushi | 15 W. Thomas Place | 970.845.0700 Golden Eagle Inn | 118 Beaver Creek Plaza | 970.949.1940 Grouse Mountain Grill | 141 Scott Hill Rd. | 970.949.0600 The Metropolitan | 210 Offerson Road | 970.748.3123 Mirabelle Restaurant | 55 Village Rd. | 970.949.7728 Osprey Lounge | 10 Elk Track Ln. | 970.754.7400 Rimini Cafe | 45 W. Thomas Place | 970.949.6157 Rocks Modern Grill | 27 Avondale Le. | 970.845.9800 Saddleridge | 44 Meadow Ln. | 970.754.5450 Spago | The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch | 970.343.1555 Splendido at the Chateau | 17 Chateau Ln. | 970.845.8808 Toscanini | 60 Avondale Ln. | 970.754.5590

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4 Eagle Ranch | 4091 Highway #131, Wolcott | 970.926.3372 Baboune’s | 0131 Chambers Ave., Eagle | 970.328.2425 Back Bowl | 50 Chambers Ave., Eagle | 970.328.BOWL Dietrich’s Cafe | 313 Chambers Ave., Eagle | 970.328.5021 Dog House Grill | 10663 Highway 6, Gypsum | 970.524.1660 Dusty Boot | 1099 Capitol St., Eagle | 970.328.7002 Eagle Diner | 112 Chambers Ave., Eagle | 970.328.1919 Ekahi Grill and Catering | 116 Park Street, Gypsum | 970.524.4745 Fusion Cafe | 422 McIntire St., Eagle | 970.328.1234 Grand Avenue Grill | 678 Grand Ave., Eagle | 970.328.4043 Gypsum Grill Steakhouse | 686 Trail Gulch Rd., Gypsum | 970.524.7365 H.P.’s Provisions | 1160 Capitol St., Eagle | 970.328.5280 Heidis Brooklyn Deli | 150 Cooley Mesa Rd., Gypsum | 970.777.3663 Luigi’s Pasta House | 1143 Capitol St., Eagle | 970.328.5400 Mantos | 106 Oak Ridge Ct., Gypsum | 970.524.6266 Moe’s Original BBQ | 630 Grand Ave., Eagle | 970.337.2277 Paradigms | Corner of 4th and Capital St., Eagle | 970.328.7990 Pastatively Roberto’s Italian Cuisine | 94 Market St., Eagle | 970.328.7324 Pazzo’s Pizzeria | 50 Chambers Ave., Eagle | 970.337.9900 Red Canyon Cafe | 128 Broadway Ave., Eagle | 970.328.2232 Yeti Grind | 330 Broadway Ave., Eagle | 970.328.9384

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EAGLE-VAIL Ristorante Ti Amo | 40982 US Highway #6 | 970.845.8153 Route 6 Cafe | 41290 US Highway #6 | 970.949.6393

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VAIL Alpenrose | 100 E. Meadow Dr. | 970.476.8899 Alpine Tavern | Vail Racquet Club, East Vail | 970.476.7888 Atwater on Gore Creek | Vail Cascade Resort | 970.476.7014 Bart & Yeti’s | Lionshead, North of Arrabelle | 970.476.2754 Bearfish | West Vail Mall | 970.476.7596 Billy’s Island Grill | Lionshead | 970.476.8811 Bistro 14 | Eagle’s Nest, Top of Eagle Bahn Gondola | 970.445.4530 Block 16 | The Sebastian Vail, 16 Vail Rd. | 970.477.8000 Blu’s | Downstairs from Children’s Fountain | 970.476.3113 bol | Solaris, 141 E. Meadow Dr. | 970.476.5300 Bully Ranch | Sonnenalp Resort | 970.479.5460 Campo de Fiori | 100 E. Meadow Dr. | 970.476.8994 Centre V | The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Lionshead | 970.754.7700 Chicago Pizza | 1031 S. Frontage Rd. | 970.476.7000 CinéBistro | Solaris, 141 E. Meadow Dr. | 970.476.3344 Elway’s Steakhouse | 174 East Gore Creek Dr. | 970.754.7818 Flame | Four Seasons, Vail | 970.477.8600 Frost | The Sebastian Vail, 16 Vail Rd. | 970.477.8050 Game Creek Restaurant | Vail Mountain | 970.754.4275 Garfinkel’s | Next to Lionshead Gondola | 970.476.3789 Gohan Ya | West Vail Mall | 970.476.7570 Joe’s Famous Deli | 288 Bridge St. | 970.479.7580 Kelly Liken | Gateway Building, 12 Vail Rd. | 970.479.0175 La Bottega | 100 E. Meadow Dr. | 970.476.0280 Lancelot | Next to Children’s Fountain | 970.476.5828

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FUNDRAISERS ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– learn about international cooperation, says teacher and organizer Kari Bangston. “The students are really excited and passionate about making a difference,” she says. “We’ve started to learn a lot about the quality of life the kids have there, and they’ve seen pictures of the town. They’re excited to experience a different culture and place, especially one where it is never cold and never snows.”

The dodge ball tournament will be one of the school’s biggest fundraisers, with the goal of raising $4,000 for the effort. The tournament will go from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Homestake Peak School gymnasium. Adult teams will consist of eight to 10 members, and the entry fee per team is $150. There are teen and kid brackets as well, with entry for those categories at $50 per team.

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Bangston says that a student committee has done much of the organizing and planning for the tournament – the entire project is truly a student-led initiative. And why a dodge ball tournament? “That was the brainchild of middle-school kids,” Bangston says, laughing. “They’re really fired up about it.” SneakPEAK editor Melanie Wong can be reached at Melanie@sneakpeakvail.com

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