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MS Walk today

DILLON – One needn’t be a victim of multiple sclerosis (MS) to fight the disease – it merely takes a pair of sneakers and the commitment to walk.

The annual Summit County MS Walk takes place today.

MS is a chronic neurological disease that can cause unpredictable symptoms including blurred vision, loss of speech, numbness, extreme fatigue, paralysis and blindness.

Each week, about 200 people are diagnosed with the disease, which affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide.

The National MS Society holds 12 MS Walks in Colorado each year – the money raised is used for research, programs that help MS victims and their families, and public and professional education.

Last year, Summit Countians raised a total of $19,000 during the walk, said Janelle Chakounis, development manager for the National MS Society. This year, officials hope to increase that amount to $20,000 in an effort to raise $1,100,000 statewide.

Though the disease typically affects people between the ages of 20 and 50, anyone can join the fight – or walk – including those in wheelchairs. The 4-mile loop begins at the marina and follows the bike path toward Keystone before turning back. The more energetic can walk the loop twice. Strollers and dogs are welcome (there will be water for dogs included at the rest stops).

– Lu Snyder


Comedy night benefits the Carriage House

BRECKENRIDGE – Nancy Norton and Bryan Kellen bring their on-the-edge comedy to the Beaver Run Resort at 7 p.m. tonight in celebration of the Carriage House’s 30th anniversary.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased by calling (970) 453-6423.

Both comedians have performed nationwide. Norton’s one-woman show, “The

Yellowish-Green Girl” aired on PBS. Kellen has performed on the MTV and WB networks.

Norton’s act stems from her work as a nurse and her tomboyish tendencies as a child.

“Part of my angst comes from the fact that I always wanted a gun and holster, and I got an Easy Bake oven,” Norton said. “So, I played cowboys and Indians with an Easy Bake oven on my hip.”

Kellen’s style involves a little more sweat with his physical comedy and over-the-top characters.

“Bryan’s really animated,” Norton said. “He’s like a human cartoon – like Gumby.”

Kellen focuses on the bad situations he’s gotten into – and he has plenty of them – like running in a race with shorts that ended up being three times his size.

– Kimberly Nicoletti


Evening of Dance today and Sunday

The Summit School of Dance 15th annual recital is at 7 p.m. tonight and at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at the Summit High Auditorium. This year’s Evening of Dance features hundreds of dancers from Summit and Eagle counties.

The CO.motion Dancers, made up of 12 high school students who perform throughout the county and who won a silver medal at a regional competition in Denver this year, heat up Sunday’s show with “Fever.”

Throughout the two nights, almost 60 groups dance to routines ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop and musical theater. Preschoolers ruffle feathers with their Chicken Dance, and the Boys’ Club breaks out their antics to the music of the Blue Man Group.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3.50 for students. They may be purchased at the Summit School of Dance in Frisco or at the door before the show. For more information, call (970) 668-3975.

– Kimberly Nicoletti

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