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Saturday, August 13

Vail Kids Adventure Race, Multiple Locations throughout Vail Village
8 a.m. to noon, Free for spectators
The funnest spectator event around, the 2nd annual KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race offers kids, ages six through 12, the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing. During the race, teams of two work together to navigate a variety of sports and problem-solving challenges, including mountain biking, hiking, tubing, archery, a low ropes course, a zip line, a climbing wall, a Tarzan swing, a giant slip-n-slide and more. The event starts and finishes at the base of Vail Mountain, and zipline and mudpit challenges take place up the mountainside. Look for action along the creek as well at the tubing challenge near International Bridge. www.vailrec.com

Summertime Community Yoga, The Lawn/Ice Rink, Solaris
8:15 to 9:30 a.m., Free
Brought to you by Vail Athletic Club this class meets every Saturday and Sunday in July and August (unless there’s a downpour) at The Lawn/Ice Rink at Solaris in Vail Village
Bring your mat, water bottle, sunscreen, and a smile. Join us afterwards at Yeti’s Grind for weekly specials.

Nature’s Bounty Native Plants Workshop, Vail Nature Center, Ford Park
9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, ongoing through Aug. 13
In the Rockies, we are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of beauty and biodiversity. You may have taken hundreds of pictures of that pretty little purple flower, but what is it called, and how do you tell the difference between that and the other purple flower? Learn the basic skills you need to identify local plants, as well as fascinating information about their historic and modern uses. What berries are edible? What plants might save your life if you were stranded in the backcountry? The Nature Center’s expert naturalists will teach you. The program is for adults age 16 and older and costs $35 per class. Reservations are required. Call to reserve a spot 970-479-2291. www.vailrec.com/nature.cfm     

Guided Garden Tour of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Ford Park
10:30 a.m., Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays through Sept. 5
Take part in a summer season of guided tours of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the world’s highest botanic garden at 8,200 feet.  A $5 donation is suggested. Participants should meet at the Schoolhouse gift shop in the Alpine Gardens. Call 970-476-0103 or visit www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org to learn more.

Wild Kid Nature Hikes, Vail Nature Center, Ford Park
Noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, ongoing through Aug. 20
Wild Kids Nature hikes are for families with children ages seven and older. The Nature Center’s expert naturalists take participants on hikes throughout Vail to enjoy the scenic vistas and beautiful biology of the area, while learning about the local flora and fauna.  Parents are encouraged to join the hikes. The cost is $25 per person. Call 970-479-2291 or visit www.vailrec.com/nature.cfm for details.

Learn to Think Like a Trout, Fly Fishing for Children, Vail Nature Center, Ford Park
1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, ongoing until Aug. 13
Children ages 6 to 12 learn about stream ecology, study insects and receive instruction and practice time for basic techniques of fly fishing. The cost is $45 and includes equipment. Call 970-479-2291 or visit www.vailrec.com/nature.cfm  for details.

Family Saturday Afternoon Club, LionsHead
3 to 6 p.m., Saturdays, July 9 through Aug. 13, Free
The Family Saturday Afternoon Club includes a variety of activities including a “Kids’ Fun Zone & Crafts Center.” It features an incredible array of special activities including face-painting, a Hula Hoop Zone, a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course, the awesome Blue Moose Pizza Dough Tossing Contest, and a family “Water Balloon Toss of Death” Contest. The Kids’ Discovery Zone focuses on a specific theme each week with visits by experts from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Butterfly Pavilion. It also includes a special Green Planet Kids Expo, presented in partnership with the Town of Vail Environmental Sustainability Department. For more information, call 970-926-5855 or visit www.lionsheadsummer.com.

Fireside Program, Gore Creek Campground Amphitheater, East Vail
7 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 3, Free
The Fireside Program at Gore Creek Campground is a stimulating one-hour program for the whole family. Varying from week to week, all topics relate to natural and ecologic features of the Eagle River watershed. Presented in partnership with the US Forest Service by the staff of Walking Mountains Science Center, these free programs are both educational and entertaining. For more information, contact Lara Carlson at larac@walkingmountains.org or (970) 827 9725 x 29.

Vail International Dance Festival presents the season’s final performance, “Dance TV,” Ford Amphitheater
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 lawn seating; $55 Reserved; $75 Premium Seating
Celebrating the popularity, variety and thrill of dance on television, Dance TV brings the small screen to life on the spectacular stage of the Ford Amphitheater for one night only. With a program as diverse as the TV line-up, the evening features ballerina Tiler Peck, as seen on “Dancing With the Stars,” Memphis jookin’ sensation and Festival Artist-in-Residence Charles “Lil’ Buck” Riley, as seen on “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and in frequent appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Allison Holker, as seen on “So You Think You Can Dance” and more guest artists to be announced! For information and tickets call 888-920-2787 or visit www.vaildance.org

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