Pack shoe boxes with gifts such as small toys, personal care items, stickers, school supplies and hard candy to be distributed to children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine or poverty.
In 2011, the Roaring Fork Valley contributed more than 1,000 shoe boxes. This year, hope to collect 1,250 shoe boxes from area families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations by Sunday, Nov. 18.
Deliver shoe boxes to The Gathering Center at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale at any of these times:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 16
5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18
To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.SamaritansPurse.org.
The opening of Winterfest Arts and Crafts Fair is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St. Enjoy handcrafted goods, stocking stuffers, fine art, jewelry, furniture and pottery. Winterfst shows through Jan. 6. For more information, visit www.glenwoodarts.org or call (970) 945 2414.
Come shop, sip cider and support local businesses. Approximately 25 local vendors will be available for holiday shopping at the third annual Rifle Holiday Expo from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Rifle High School. For more info call 970-309-0803.
The fifth annual Antlers Lane Schoolhouse Holiday Craft Sale will take place from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, on Antlers Lane off Highway 6 west of Silt. The sale features 19 vendors this year, with pottery, jewelry, birdhouses, barnwood furniture, the Gypsy Chix funky finds and Poetic Chaos art by Kelley Cox. Be sure to come hungry and get a bowl of homemade chili.
Find that special gift for all at St. Mary's traditional Christmas Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Mary Community Center lower level, Seventh and Birch Streets in Rifle. Vintage linens, dated collectibles, unique ornaments, gift baskets, hand-crafted items, bling, home decor, and much more. Stock your pantry with home-made goodies and garden fresh canned goods from the country kitchen. Enjoy hot cinnamon rolls and beverage from 8:30-10 a.m. and then stay for lunch - soup, beverage and dessert from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Raffle tickets will be available for an authentic American Girl Doll complete with wardrobe, book, and handcrafted decorated cradle. For further info, contact Donna Bannon at 970-625-5115 or email@example.com.
Home For The Holidays is a day of shopping and fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center, 0398 Arroyo Drive, in Parachute. Local area vendors and crafters will be available to help you pick the perfect gifts. For more information, call 970-285-6671.
The New Castle Lions will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov.17, at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main. The Lions will provide roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, several varieties of dressing and beverages. Guests are invited to bring a side dish or dessert. Donations of canned food for LIFT-UP will also be accepted. Entertainment by the Smuggler Mountain Boys. Questions can be directed to Larry Borgard, Lions Club president, at 712-8518 or www.newcastlelions.org.
Visit the Holiday Bazaar at the Elks Lodge in West Glenwood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. A huge variety of home crafted items available for Christmas presents along with baked goods, soup and drink. Get a photo with Santa just in time for your holiday cards. Proceeds from the Elks sales will go to YouthZone.
River Center is gearing up for the River Center Angel Tree, providing a gift for a child at Christmas. The angels will be located at Alpine Bank/City Markets in Rifle, New Castle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale and at Canyon Cleaners in Silt.
The angels designate whether it is for a boy/girl, ages and gift suggestions. Bring the gifts back to the location where you obtain the angel in a gift bag no later than Dec. 7.
Call the River Center office at 984-4333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The Eagles Lodge, 312 Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, will host its annual Christmas Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 8. Vendors are needed. Table rental is $15, all proceeds will go to the GSHS Scholarship fund. Contact Amanda Schard at 319-8753 to book a spot.