The first thing on our agenda this week is voting. We hope that’s one thing you’re planning to accomplish as well. Once you’ve done your civic duty, we’ve got some great suggestions to help lift your spirits after the grind of presidential politics.
Kick things off on Wednesday (Nov 9) with an inexpensive ice skating session at Dobson Ice Arena, one of the largest multipurpose ice facilities on Colorado's Western Slope. The midday skate runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. and is open to all abilities and ages. It’s a great chance to slide around on the slick stuff and feel like a kid again without breaking the bank: kids under 4 skate for $2, with 5 to 12-year-olds costing $5. For the rest of us, it’s $6, and if you need skates, rentals are only $3.
Inquiring minds want to know, “what happens to all those cans and the local fishwrap after I've emptied my recycling bin?” Wonder no more. The Eagle County’s sold waste and recycling facilities host a free tour on Thursday (Nov 10) at 10:30 a.m. at the Eagle County Materials Recovery Facility & Household Hazardous Waste disposal center (a.k.a. The Dump) in Wolcott. Limited to 20 people, it’s a fascinating look behind the scenes of being green. If you're interested, go here to register, as these tours fill up quickly.
Also on Thursday, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund unveils the latest edition of the long-dormant Vail Undressed Calendar. Yes, the calendar features notable Vail locals and celebrities in their birthday suits, but the PG-13-rated calendar’s photos are tasteful and fun (and leave something to the imagination), while helping raise money for the Vail Charitable Fund. Founded in 1996 to provide assistance to individuals who live and work in the Vail Valley who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a medical crisis or long-term illness, the VVCF has raised and distributed $7 million to approximately 1,400 families in our community over the past 20 years.
The “UnVailing” of the 2017 calendar is hosted by local favorites, Erik Williams and Trista Sutter (of The Bachelorette fame) and will be held at the Vilar Performing Arts Center with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Expect drinks, appetizers and a silent auction along with a calendar signing at 8 p.m. Cost is $45 for a VIP ticket (includes admission, a calendar, plus champagne, preferred seating, and a chance to win a Golden Bear necklace) or $35 for general admission (includes 1 drink, a calendar and appetizers).
On Friday (Nov 11), Basalt’s Art Base hosts a free exhibition opening of Conflux featuring works by Stanley Bell and KAMP Collective artists Andy Storey and Jeff Stevens. With roots in Eagle County, Conflux juxtaposes urban and rural landscapes in an energetic blend of mixed media. The Friday night opening reception is free and the exhibition remains on view through December 3.
Also on Friday night, the Red Sandstone Elementary Rocks Concert promises to turn up the volume at Vail nightclub Shakedown Bar. This 30-year old tradition helps fund the annual Red Sandstone student trip to Mesa Verde. With great door prizes (a foursome of golf at Beaver Creek, CME gift certificates, tubing for 4 at Vail Resorts...), tickets are $50 in advance (and $55 at the door) and all proceeds go to a great cause: our kids.