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A race to kindness, holiday vaudeville shenanigans and shopping local

Everyone should feel special on their birthdays, no matter what the age.

My friend Janelle’s favorite day of the year is Dec. 1, which also happens to be her birthday. Although she is the most worthy person I know of being showered with love and gifts all day long, she uses her birthday to give back to others.

Including complete strangers.

Last year, she asked others to complete random acts of kindness in honor of her birthday. These acts can be anything from putting out a neighbor’s trash for them on trash day to buying a stranger a cup of coffee behind you in line.

Kindness is contagious, just ask Janelle.

This year, she is planning a party that has nothing to do with herself, even though the day is all about her. She is inviting friends to do an adventurous Kindness Photo Scavenger Race this weekend. Teams of up to five people each will have one hour to perform the seven kindness wishes from a list around downtown Glenwood Springs.

Be ready to be blasted with niceness, Glenwood.

The winners are the first team back to have performed the seven kindness wishes from the list with picture proof using a camera (or cell phone). One of the rules is teams must remain together at all times to complete the random acts of kindness.

Now that’s a party with a purpose.

Happy birthday, Miss Janelle.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and Thursdays, too)

They’re back. Nothing rings in the holidays like a Salvation Army bell better than the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue crew’s annual Holiday Show. This professional vaudeville troupe features my girl Jennetta Howell and her funny friends who will sing their faces off and crack holiday jokes all in the name of live theater. Every season, the Glenwood vaudevillians change up their show with brand spanking-new material. And new this season is the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue’s new location in the former Springs Theatre on Grand Avenue. Enjoy festive cocktails, a nice dinner and desserts Thursday through Sundays throughout the holidays. That’s entertainment.

Saturday

Shopping local on Small Business Saturday will be celebrated with style all over the Roaring Fork Valley. This weekend, Carbondale Business Park’s Holiday Open House will help shoppers support the community and mark items off their holiday shopping lists. Browse handmade products from local artisans and companies housed at this cool new spot on Dolores Way. Tylerware, Osmia Organics, Board by Design, AnnB.Design Jewelry, UpSki,Aspen Sled Company, Blue Heron Forge, Miles Phillips Custom Guitar and Electric Mountain Lodge will make holiday gift giving easy this year. They will also give back to the community by donating a percentage of sales to the Carbondale Community School, the Waldorf School and Mount Sopris Nordic Council. Plus there will be snacks. I can never turn down a snack.

Sunday

In its fifth year, First United Methodist Church on Cooper in Glenwood Springs hosts its annual Christmas Tree Lane Celebration on Sunday. Valley nonprofits decorate a tree in the church, with all proceeds and donations of the event going back to them.

I can’t think of any better way to start a day than with pancakes, which will be served starting at 8 a.m. A chili cook-off begins at noon, with a public vote for the best in the West. Kids can write letters to Santa, make crafts and take Christmas card photos in a free photo booth. For $5 a plate, people can load up on locally made sweets in the Chocolate Room. Sounds heavenly.


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