The Vail Recreation District's Community Programming and the Town of Vail Public Library will host Cocktails and Canvas from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 featuring step-by-step  instructions to create personalized wine glasses. Lauren Merrill of Alpine Arts Center will guide participants through a demonstration of wine glass painting that will allow them to leave with their own unique masterpiece.  
Participants are asked to bring their own set of wine glasses. Inexpensive glasses will be available for purchase at cost. Light snacks, all paints and other materials will be provided at a cost of $15; instruction is underwritten by the Town of Vail Public Library. This special event is open to ages 18 and older. A cash bar will be available for those over 21 years of age. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended.
According to Merrill, Cocktails and Canvas is a great way to spend an evening getting creative. She says the best part of this class is that participants create their artwork in one evening and walk away with fun creations to share with their friends and family. "You'll walk away with a custom wine glass or glasses that will be a fun conversation piece or gift," said Merrill. "Even if you've never painted before, the class is step-by-step so you can follow along, or feel free to bring in your own design and try something on your own."  
Community Programming, which is operated by the VRD, is located on the second floor of the Lionshead Welcome Center, adjacent to the Lionshead Parking Structure and on the town's free in-town bus route. Community Programming also offers a variety of activities including fitness programs such as yoga, TRX Suspension training and Aikido, plus children's art programs, Paint Your Own Pottery, glass fusion, jewelry making and more. Additionally, the space is the perfect location to host a birthday party or art party.  
For more information or to make a reservation, contact VRD Community Programming at 970-479-2292 or go to http://www.vailrec.com/community.cfm for a class schedule. For information on all other VRD activities, go to www.vailrec.com.  


Chad Young, 970-479-2292
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