Latest News – December 7

Alpine Orchestra Performs Tonight in Leadville

Alpine Orchestra kicks off its concert series tonight at Annunciation Church in Leadville at 7:30. It’s Conductor Farrell Coys’ last regular concert. He’ll hand over the baton to David Schutte of Leadville.

Conductor Dr. Farrell Coy. Courtesy of The Alpine Orchestra.

Conductor Dr. Farrell Coy. Courtesy of The Alpine Orchestra.

The music for tonight’s concert is a selection of Farrell’s favorites that the orchestra has played in his 14-year tenure. If you can’t make tonight’s concert you can catch the Alpine Orchestra in Salida on Saturday at the Steamplant or in BV on Sunday at Mountain Heights Church.Spacer_Big

It’s Time for the Elks Hoop Shoot

This Saturday, Dec. 8 (tomorrow) the Leadville Elks Lodge #236 will hold its annual Elks Hoop Shoot at the Lake County High School. Gym will open at 8:15 a.m. and the contest will start at 9 a.m. It’s for boys and girls who will be 8-13 yrs old as of April 1, 2013.  

Delbert Ortega  won the boys 12-13 division in last year's Elks Hoop Shoot.

Delbert Ortega won the boys 12-13 division in last year’s Elks Hoop Shoot.

The “Hoop Shoot” program provides a constructive, character-building experience for young people who participate. The program allows competition with peers, free from outside influence of parents, coaches, or teammates. It teaches young people the importance of developing individual skills. Last year, nearly 30 local kids competed for trophies, certificates, basketball jerseys and a chance to move on to the Elks District Hoop Shoot.Spacer_Big 

 Snowshoe Series Kicks Off at TP Nordic Center

With the crack of the starting gun tomorrow, December 8 at 10 am, the Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series begins another season of adventure racing to benefit local charities in Eagle and Lake Counties. 

Let the Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series Begin!

Let the Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series Begin!

Now in its its 16th year, the first race will begin and end at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.  The center is located at Ski Cooper at the top of Tennessee Pass, with the course following a blend of single-track, wooded cross-country trails and panoramic open stretches.  While early season conditions are always in play, according to race director Bruce Kelly, the competition will go on in one form or another.

“Throughout the history of the series, we’ve always had to address the vagaries of weather and this year is no different.  Our staff is used to adapting to conditions to provide the best race experience possible,” stated Kelly. 

The Pedal Power Snowshoe Series is the oldest established competitive snowshoe race series in the region as well as the only completely non-profit event of its kind with all proceeds from the popular race series benefiting local Eagle & Lake County charities.  Past beneficiaries have included the Full Circle mentoring program for at-risk youth, high school athletic scholarship programs and individual families in need of medical and educational assistance. 

The series consists of 5 events held around the region, including the Colorado State Championship, which also acts as the qualifying race for the United States Snowshoe Association National Championships. These high-profile races, along with Pedal Power’s reputation for providing great course venues and the high caliber of competition, have made the Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series one of the top events in the region. 

This year’s schedule will again feature the increasingly popular ‘winter triathalon’, which includes snowshoeing, snow biking and skate skiing.  This event, which closes out the series, will act as the sanctioned North American Winter Triathlon Championships. 

The race series raises funds for lake and Eagle County charities.

The race series raises funds for Lake and Eagle County charities.

New this year, the series will be a Winter Mountain Bike race.  This race will feature both a beginners course at 5-6 miles and a testy expert course that will test racers’ mettle with 10-12 miles of grueling snow-covered terrain.  Kelly’s enthusiasm for this new aspect of the series is apparent.

“Winter biking has become a huge part of our business over the last few years as equipment manufacturers have recognized its growing popularity by providing snow-specific designs and features on their bikes and tires to accommodate riders,” explained Kelly, adding that the snow-bike legs of the winter triathalons quickly became the most popular part of the race. 

Title-sponsors for this year’s series are 1st Bank and Gorsuch, Ltd., Maximum Comfort Pool & Spa, The Vail Daily and Dollar Rent-a-Car.  Individual event sponsors include, The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Pazzo’s Pizza, The Leadville Race Series, Street Swell and The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. 

Registration for the first event is $20.  This year, for the first time, participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com. They can also register with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start. For more information call Pedal Power at 970-845-0931.

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Tree of Sharing Gifts Due TODAY! Volunteers Needed!

It’s time to get those gifts rounded up for Tree of Sharing.  All unwrapped gifts for this program are due in today to the St. Vincent Hospital front desk by 5 p.m. For the past couple of weeks gift tags have been available for children who may be risk of being forgotten at this important time of year. 

Tree of Sharing volunteers Maureen (L) and Gretchen (R) Scanlon load down their vehicle ready to distribute to those in need at last year's event. Gift tags can be found at area businesses,

Tree of Sharing volunteers Maureen (L) and Gretchen (R) Scanlon load down their vehicle ready to distribute to those in need at last year’s event. Unwrapped gifts are due TODAY at St. Vincent Hospital.

This year under the auspices of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, the program’s goal is that each child receives one gift and one book.  You may contact Noreen Dewhirst at 719-486-8332 if you want tags for your Christmas Tree or have questions.

The Tree of Sharing is also looking for volunteers to assist with gift distribution. They have broken things up into shifts, but any help is appreciated. Friday, Dec. 14 from Noon – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m. or from 2:30 – 8 p.m. Contact Noreen Dewhirst at 719-486-8332. 

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