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A&E at a glance

The lighting of the community Christmas tree in front of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association building, 1102 Grand Ave., takes place at 6:30 p.m. today. The holiday celebration includes caroling, a history lesson about the largest tree in town, and a visit from Santa Claus. Hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies will be served in the chamber building as Santa visits with kids following the lighting ceremony and gives each a candy cane. The tree was planted in the ’30s and dedicated to Louisa Schwartz, a kindly woman dubbed “Mrs. Santa Claus” because she loved to serve cookies warm from the oven to neighborhood children as they got out of school. Call 945-6589 for more information.

The Mountain Madrigal Singers of Glenwood Springs present their 26th annual Christmas concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Sunday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 16 at First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Admission is free, and daycare is provided. Donations are welcome. For more information, call Michael Lowe at 384-0216 or Charlie Wirth at 625-4444.

For Thunder River Theatre Company’s December Literary Night, the second annual Holiday Readers Theatre program will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. The evening celebrates many cultures and ethnicities through poetry, stories, and funny holiday anecdotes – some familiar and some new, all chosen to make a wonderful presentation for the entire family. All TRTC’s resident company actors, along with invited guests from around the valley are participating in the program, including Fernando Fuentas, Rett Harper, Carlos Herrera, Joyce Bulifant, and Roger Perry. For more information, visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com or call 963-8200. The theater is located in downtown Carbondale at 67 Promenade.

This year, Santa makes an early Christmas arrival with two of his reindeer on Thursday, Dec. 14, in downtown Glenwood Springs. From 4-6 p.m., kids can take free reindeer cart rides and visit with Santa at Centennial Park. Then the whole family can participate in shopping locally for Christmas gifts until 8 p.m. Glenwood’s boutique stores present their inaugural strolling fashion show. Each store will be paired with a downtown restaurant to offer appetizers, desserts, and refreshments for the public’s enjoyment. Enjoy the magic of a small-town Christmas celebration with light displays, holiday decorations, Mountain Harmony carolers, Santa and his reindeer, refreshments, and holiday shopping.

The Crystal River Ballet School of Carbondale, under the direction of Jeni Ptacek, is performing its annual production of “The Nutcracker” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Church at Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Dr. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children ages 4 to 12 (ages 3 and younger are free) and seniors older than 65. General admission tickets are sold at the door. Nearly 100 dancers are involved ranging from age 3 and up. Clara will be performed by Mariah Thomason, an 11-year-old sixth-grade student at Alpine Christian Academy. Roaring Fork High School sophomore Cheyene Johnson is the Sugar Plum Fairy. This is the seventh year Crystal Ballet has performed the “The Nutcracker.” For more information, call 704-0114 or visit http://www.crystalriverballet.com online.

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