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To celebrate Valley View Hospital’s 50th birthday, local history buff Jim Nelson researched and wrote a book chronicling the hospital’s story. “50 years of Caring: The History of Valley View Hospital” is now on sale at the hospital’s Heart to Heart gift shop. A book signing reception for the author takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. today at Valley View Hospital’s upper lobby. Nelson’s friends and fans are invited to attend.

Rifle High School is performing Roger and Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. Tonight, a special “Night of the Arts” takes place starting at 5:30 p.m., which includes dinner, an art show, musical selections, and the play. Call 625-7780 for more information or advance purchase of tickets.

Villainous villains bent on evil deeds, lovelorn widows trying to survive in the wilderness, damsels in distress tied to railroad tracks, and misguided suitors all combine for a wacky, gag-filled, punny performance based on heroes, villains, and heroines from the Western Slope. Join Basalt High School teachers and students for an evening of fun, food and hissing for the dinner theater melodramas “The Inventors Daughter” and “Run to the Roundhouse Nellie” today and Saturday. The BHS National Honor Society hosts dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the first melodrama at 7 p.m., then a short intermission and dessert, and the second melodrama at 7:45 p.m. Each melodrama runs about 30-35 minutes. The cast and crew incorporates all grades at BHS. Co-directors are Genevieve Johnston and Tim McNulty. The dinner theater takes place in the cafeteria, and tickets are $12 at the door.



All children’s books will be discounted 20 percent on Saturday at Through the Looking Glass in Glenwood Springs. Buy a children’s book ornament from the Christmas Wish Tree to be given to the Glenwood Springs Library. Call 945-5931 for more information.

Winterfest runs through Dec. 14 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. A special artists’ reception and holiday party takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday. This year’s show includes everything from fine art, handmade soaps and lotions to chocolates, candles and jewelry from local artists.Also, the Center for the Arts is seeking talented artist members and students to participate in its annual show, this year titled “Bravissimo.” From emerging to master artists, a range of talent is featured in the gallery. All mediums are encouraged, including ink, paint, sculpture and pottery. Deadline for submission is Dec. 15. Artwork is due Jan. 8. The exhibit runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 25. Call the Center for the Arts at 945-2414 for an application.



The fourth annual “Writing the Sacred,” a women’s contemplative retreat hosted by Colorado poet and fiction writer Sandra Dorr, takes place Jan. 4-7, 2007, at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass. All writing levels are welcome. Writers will have hours alone and in a supportive group for writing exercises and to discuss readings of ancient and modern literature inspired by the sacred. Writers may meet with the resident monks, attend vespers or mass, use the meditation chapel, and snowshoe or hike on the 400 acres of the grounds. The retreat includes Anusara yoga sessions, food and lodging in stone retreat houses. Cost of the retreat and meals is $225 or $215 before Dec. 1. Lodging at the monastery is requested at $38 per night, and is required by Dec. 1. Scholarships are available. See http://www.womenswildernesswriting.com or call 257-1498.


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