March 15, 2012

Happenings in Vail this week.

This Week in Vail
Monday, March 12 - Sunday, March 18

Event Highlights

Lez Zeppelin Free Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Solaris in Vail Village
Since 2004, the all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band has gained worldwide attention for their gender-bending audacity and unparalleled musicianship. Playing with a kind of passion and force beyond anyone's expectation, Lez Zeppelin is the first band of its kind to be invited to perform at major music festivals around the world including Donnington Park and Bonnaroo. Part of the Bud Light Street Beat Free Concert Series, this performance is outdoors at Solaris Plaza - so dress warm.

Climate Change, a Presentation by Yvo de Boer, Presented by Vail Symposium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Arrabelle in Lionshead
In light of a perceived global economic crisis, Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, KPMG Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services, and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will address the nexus of global drivers humanity faces and elaborate on how society, and particularly business, can anticipate to make the global economy clean, fair and competitive. Presented by the Vail Symposium, this event costs $25, or $35 for Symposium donors. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Before joining the UNFCCC, de Boer was Director for International Affairs of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands, responsible for international policy, both in the context of the European Union, as well as broader international cooperation. He also served as Deputy Director-General for Environmental Protection in the same Ministry, as Head of the Climate Change Department and has worked in the fields of housing and public information. Early in his career, Mr. de Boer worked for the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT). 970-476-0954 or

First inaugural Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle 5k and 10k race at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Vail Nordic Center
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, the race, which will include a snowshoe category and running shoe category plus a kids 1k fun run. The Vail Recreation District event, presented by the Krueger family, will be followed by a post-race gathering that will include free beer provided by Crazy Mountain Brewery for participants at Happy Valley Grill in the Vail Nordic Center. The race costs $15 pre registration, $25 day-of registration and the kids' race is free. For more information or to register, contact 970-479-2280 or email

Workforce Survey

You are invited to participate in our 6th Annual Workforce Survey, conducted by the Economic Council of Eagle County. We use the results of these annual surveys to take a look at what's happening with the workforce and economy in Eagle County, and to see what your predictions are for the year ahead. Your responses will be reported only in aggregate; individual responses are not shared.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below to begin.
Click here to take this survey

Thank you very much for your participation in this survey. If you'd like a copy of this year's report, just check the box at the end of the survey.

Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more information.

Thank you again!

Kathy Chandler-Henry
Research Director
Economic Council of Eagle County
(970) 390-3104

Town of Vail Seeks Help in Naming New Community Space

Town of Vail Seeks Help in Naming New Community Space

Contact: Pam Brandmeyer, 479-2113
Assistant Town Manager

The Town of Vail is looking for suggestions from the public in naming the new community space at the Lionshead Welcome Center. Suggestions will be taken throughout the month of March with the winning submission to be selected by the Town Council.

The 1,300 square foot space is located on the third level of the Welcome Center and will soon be available for community meetings, private parties, weddings, receptions and other gatherings. The space will accommodate between 120 and 150 people and includes an outdoor terrace with views of Vail Mountain.

In naming the new space, the Town Council is interested in commemorating Vail's 50th anniversary with suggestions that capture the essence of Vail's history or names of historical significance, such as landmarks, people or milestones.

To submit an idea, email with the suggested name along with a brief rationale no later than noon on Wednesday, March 28. The person who submits the winning name will receive a free parking pass for the 2012-13 season.

The Town Council will also consider naming rights for the space in exchange for a financial donation.

The Welcome Center is the town's newest facility to be built following completion of the Lionshead Transit Center on the north side of the parking structure. In addition to the third floor community space, the Welcome Center features a day lodge, restrooms, lockers and visitor information on the first level, plus youth and adult programs and activities offered by the Vail Recreation District on the second level.

For more information, contact Pam Brandmeyer, assistant town manager, at 479-2113.

Events at The Squash Blossom

The Squash Blossom located in the heart of Vail Village is known for it's unique collection of fine jewelry from all corners of the world as well as their collection of Color Craft Storywheels. The Squash Blossom presents a diverse geographic range of talents, specializing in high karat gold and precious gemstones. The Squash Blossom prides itself on the artistic integrity and superb craftsmanship of all our jewelers including such artists as Gurhan, Alex Sepkus, Me and Ro, Konstantino, Doug Moore, Sarah Graham, and our ever-popular collection of Storywheels.

VAIL - March 16-17: TODD REED Todd visits us in Vail. Stop by and meet the master behind the pieces!

VAIL - MARCH 22-25 - FEDERICA RETTORE: Federica Rettore making a personal appearance in Vail!

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CMC Commencement 2012

Dear Business Leaders,

Our 2012 Graduation Ceremony will be held at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on the evening of May 4, 2012 at 5:00p.m. As a leader in our community, we invite you to be a part of this great event.

We are putting together gift bags for our graduates and would like to extend an invitation to include something meaningful from your organization. We anticipate 100 graduates will walk toe stage in May and will be surrounded by their loved ones and community leaders as they open their gifts.

You may soon see these graduates at your business functions, looking for employment, or working with you on your next big deal. Commencement 2012 promises to be meaningful and memorable for our graduates and we hope you will help share in congratulating the graduates on their success with your gift.

Please contact Jodi Jahrling of the Graduation Committee to let us know what you'd like to contribute before April 1st.

Phone: (970) 569-2907

Vail Valley Occupancy Retail Reports

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Richard tenBraak
Executive Director
Vail Chamber & Business Association

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