15th Annual Christmas in New Castle eventThis Saturday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. please join the Town of New Castle and the New Castle Chamber of Commerce for a night out in New Castle. The Town of New Castle will be performing the annual lighting of the Town's Christmas tree. While the New Castle Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Micro Brew Contest. Come taste the best red and green chili, and sample some of the finest home brews on the Western Slope. Other activities include: visiting with Santa Claus, fire pits, hot dog cart, Christmas music and hot chocolate.Elks Holiday BazaarVisit 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 are 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 sales go to YouthZone.Trunk Show TreasuresReal Estate Out West in Rifle will be hosting Trunk Show Treasures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the little yellow building across from the fairgrounds. Stop by for some for Christmas cheer, shop for a unique gift for that someone special, and learn about market conditions heading into 2013. Info: Joyce Moulton, 970-846-6737.Old-fashioned holiday celebration and fundraiserThe Silt Historical Park will be open from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, for an old fashioned holiday event and fundraiser. View the historic buildings, go on a hay ride, visit with Santa, and enjoy refreshments. Silent auction includes a sand painting by Navajo sand painter Mitchel Silas, a framed picture by George Cutting, a hand-forged quilt display rack and other hand-forged items, decorated Christmas trees.Holly Days Christmas craft extravaganzaAs part of the Rifle Holly Days festivities, the Rifle Branch Library will be hosting holiday fun for kids, including Christmas crafts, treats, and horse drawn buggy rides to Centennial Park to help decorate a special tree for the tree lighting ceremony. Join us at the Rifle Branch Library from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and get into the Christmas spirit.Annual Craft FairThe Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Ave., hosts its annual craft fair and Santa's Kitchen from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Browse through a large variety of handmade crafts, and enjoy a snack or meal of chicken noodle soup, hot dogs, chili dogs, cinnamon rolls, pie, coffee and tea.'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol'Thunder River Theatre Co., at 67 Promenade, Carbondale, presents a holiday play by Tom Mula. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious little hellsprite. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance: to escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened; but not before Marley - in this irreverent, funny and deeply moving story - discovers his own. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 8, and 13, 14, 15; 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 9 and 16. Tickets $22 adults, $12 students. Info: www.thunderrivertheatre.com or 963-8200.Mountain Madrigal SingersThe Mountain Madrigal Singers present a holiday concert, "Believe." Performances are at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, Sunday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 15, all at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. The concert is free, donations are accepted. Child care is provided.Gingerbread houses and SantaSanta Claus is coming to town on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will make a stop at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Children (toddlers through fifth grade) and their accompanying adults are invited to come to the library to make a gingerbread house at 4 p.m., and Santa Claus will visit us at 4:30 p.m. All materials will be provided, but please bring your own camera. For more information, call the library at 945-5958.Heart to Heart Gift Shop Stocking Stuffer saleValley View Hospital Heart to Heart Gift Shop's Annual Stocking Stuffer Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Valley View's second floor lobby. All proceeds benefit the auxiliary and its goals of health education through scholarships and the Connie Delaney Medical Library.A Charlie Brown ChristmasSoL Theatre and the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities present "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "The Little Star," featuring a huge cast of youngsters and directed by Logan Carter and Jennifer Michaud. Performances at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8, 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 9 and 16, all the Carbondale Middle School. Tickets are $15 for adults and teens, $10 for children, at the door or www.carbondalearts.com.Operation Christmas Child collects 796 shoe boxesThe Orchard, serving as a regional collection center for Operation Christmas Child, collected 796 shoe box gifts that will be sent to children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. Boxes were packed with toys, personal care items, school supplies and hard candy.If you still have a box to send, it must be mailed to Samaritan's Purse at Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.Santa's library visitSanta will be visiting the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale early this year, so stop by from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 to give Santa your holiday wish list. Santa's elves will be available to take your picture with Santa and help make a holiday ornament to decorate your tree. Cookies and candy canes for everyone.