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A once in a lifetime opportunity, this Saturday, Feb 17th the Tennessee Pass Café in Leadville is hosting a special pre-Oscar® dinner event benefiting the new Independence Film Fest of Colorado (Sept. 6-9) which will take place in Leadville, Twin Lakes, and Buena Vista. One night only, Tennessee Pass Café will have the actual Academy Award of a major Best Actress Oscar winner on display with special guests Academy members and award-winning filmmakers Lawrence David Foldes and Victoria Paige Meyerink. The special 4-course gourmet menu includes a glass of wine, Spring Salad, Signature Appetizer, Fish or Vegetarian Entrée and Award-Winning Dessert. Find out how the Oscars are selected & awarded from the members who vote! Official Oscar ballots provided, door prizes & raffle, a silent auction of autographed memorabilia from the MG movie “Speedway” (starring Elvis Presley & Victoria Paige Meyerink), Romantic Getaway for 2 at the Twin Lakes Nordic Lodge, 1-hour Therapeutic Massage, and more. This fun and exciting evening with live music by the Mountain Minstrels of Colorado, great food and celebrity guests begins at 6:30 pm, $39.95 per person with all proceeds going to the IFFC. For reservations call The Tennessee Pass Café, 719-486- 8101located at 222 Harrison Ave.

From the High Country to Hollywood: a ride with Oscar® LEADVILLE, CO – On February 22nd, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members and Award-winning filmmakers Lawrence David Foldes and Victoria Paige Meyerink will escort Oscar® from his ore-origins (literally) back to Hollywood. For the past week, the golden symbol of the entertainment industry’s highest honor has been on display under high security at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum in Leadville. The coveted statuette of a major Best Actress Academy Award-winner was personally loaned to Foldes & Meyerink by his owner to raise public awareness of this year’s inaugural ‘Independence Film Fest of Colorado’ Sept. 6-9, and to remind audiences of the magic associated with the ABC Oscar® Telecast. Foldes and Meyerink are the organizers and Executive Directors of ‘Highest Film Festival in the World’.

Dubai Desert Safari: A Grand Time for Tourists

It is no wonder that tourists from around the globe do not mind spending any cent for the Dubai Desert Safari. It has thrilled anyone who has tried the Dune Bashing, Camel Riding, and even Arabian Belly Dancing. This is something that anyone should never forget to try. Otherwise, it will seem that you miss a lot. Dubai Desert Safari is more than just a leisure trip. It is an adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life.

In case you really want to go for this experience, you should be reminded that there are some measures that you have to take before you commence on anything. Dubai Desert Safari should come out as something exciting not as something you regret. First, you have to wear something you are comfortable with. The hot weather may prove to be a burden if you do not wear some light attire. Second, make sure you always have with you a pair of sunglasses. However, during the winter season, a jacket is advisable. Remember, in deserts, it is very hot during the summer and very cold during the winter. Follow these 2 reminders and you will undeniably have the time of your life as you traverse the Dubai Desert Safari.

Decide on which activity you want to engage in. If you are the daring type, opt for the dune bashing. Usually, this is the first stop. This fun activity is for those who are daring and for those who crave for some adventure. The Dubai Desert Safari and the dune bashing will allow you to ride in a rollercoaster in the middle of the desert. Inside the 4 x 4 vehicle, you will think that the car is trying to throw you away. This is indeed a unique way of formally welcoming you to the Dubai Desert Safari.

After this, you now will experience the famous Bedouin camp. In here, you will get up close and personal with a camel. You can take some pictures with it or while riding on it. The enjoyment you will feel is something you will never forget in your entire life. When you go back to our native land, this is one story that your friends and loved ones will surely envy.

All these and more, Dubai Desert Safari will undeniably prove to you that no time and money will be wasted. Every moment is something to savor and enjoy.

Leadville, the highest incorporated city in North America at an altitude of 10,430 feet, is also the site of one of the largest gold strikes in the nation. When prospector Abe Lee struck gold in Leadville in 1860 he proclaimed “I’ve got California in my hands!”, and for a brief moment Colorado citizens and visitors have had the rare opportunity to view California’s Gold – the Oscar®. Two mile-high Leadville, also nicknamed ‘Cloud City’, is but the beginning of Oscar’s® cross-country journey back to Hollywood where he will be reunited with his rightful owner, following an appearance at this year’s 79th Annual Academy Awards program at the Kodak Theater. Oscar® will be driven in style through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada, on his way to California in a chauffeur-driven stretch limousine escorted by Foldes and Meyerink (a former child star who co-starred with Danny Kaye, Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson, and many others), and two Colorado residents who will have the privilege of attending this years Academy Awards program as Foldes and Meyerink’s personal guests.

The limousine and its precious cargo will make stops en route to Hollywood, where the public will be able to catch a rare up-close glimpse of the mystery star’s Academy Award and cheer Oscar® and his escorts on to their final destination. The identity of Oscar’s® celebrity owner will be kept a secret until a special reunion following the Academy Awards Ceremony, where the festival’s Executive Directors and their guests will hand-deliver the statuette to her in person. The Independence Film Fest of Colorado which celebrates artistic and personal integrity and vision in cinema, and excellence in visual storytelling, debuts September 6 – 9, with honors to be bestowed on director John Landis and film critic Rex Reed at Leadville’s world-famous Historic Tabor Opera House, special tributes to the late comic genius Don Knotts and Elvis Presley (on the 30th Anniversary of his passing), and hosts numerous programs highlighting the spirit of independent filmmaking, and the rich cultural history of the region. Several educational programs will be conducted in conjunction with regional and out-of-state institutions, and a special Make-A-Wish Foundation sponsorship is also among the festival’s highlights. PAGE 2 OF 3 The primary mission of the festival is to present motion pictures – both old and new – that inspire and enrich the lives of those who view them, and to introduce the various educational and ancillary programs of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) to a new audience in the center of the nation. The festival is also unique in that it is the first international film festival founded and run by veteran filmmakers and AMPAS members. Leadville and Buena Vista also played host to many legendary and colorful characters in American culture including gunslinger Doc Holliday, the ‘unsinkable’ Molly Brown, ‘Baby Doe’ Tabor, the Guggenheims, Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill, Jesse James, Houdini, John Philip Sousa, and Oscar Wilde, who have all been immortalized in motion pictures