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18th annual P.E.O. Christmas Home Tour

The 18th annual Christmas Home Tour, sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter IP in Battlement Mesa-Parachute, will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Proceeds from this yearly event go to the chapter’s scholarship fund. The four homes chosen for this year’s tour are unique and beautiful. They include a home with an elegant Victorian winter wonderland including a collection of Victorian dolls. Another is decorated to remind you of past Christmas magic. Whites and creams throughout an Italian home glisten and will definitely warm your heart. Stepping into another home is like stepping into a Christmas wonderland. There are 12 decorated trees including an Elvis tree and the “critter corner.” You will also see over 100 Santas of varying shapes and sizes. A home with a warm Tuscan feel and expansive views of the Colorado River Valley includes a unique Genealogy Christmas tree. Coffee, hot cider and cookies will be served at the Battlement Historic School. Tickets are $12. More information is available by calling 970-285-5627. Tickets may be purchased from P.E.O. Chapter IP members. P.E.O. is an international organization that not only helps graduating students but also women who are in need of extra funds to return to school.

Contra barn dance



The monthly contra barn dance will take place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Carbondale Community School, 1505 Satank Road. Contra is a lively community social dance. All dances are taught, and no partner is needed. Live music with the Wooden Nickel Stringband. Cost is $8 at the door.

New Castle craft/trade show and chili cookoff



The New Castle Chamber has teamed up with the town of New Castle for two events on Dec. 5. There will be a craft/trade show at the downtown Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring 20 booths, face painting for the kids and a chat with Santa. This event will be followed by the New Castle Chili Cook Off from 4-6 p.m. right down the street at Burning Mountain Park. There will be two local school choirs performing, an appearance by Santa, followed by the annual tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Annual Christmas craft fair

The annual Christmas craft fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at New Castle Senior Housing Activity Center, 201 Castle Valley Blvd. There will be lots of Broncos items and unique handmade gifts as well.

Early library closure

The Rifle and Glenwood Springs Branch Libraries will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, so our employees may gather for a holiday reception. Other branches are closed on Sundays and will not be affected. Regular hours resume at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at all branches. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website, http://www.gcpld.org, during the closure.

Mountain Madrigals’ ‘Christmas Memories’

Mountain Madrigals present “Christmas Memories” at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 (matinee) and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 13 and 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. The concert is free, donations are accepted. Babysitting is provided. For more information go to MountainMadrigals.com

Holiday support for survivors of suicide loss

The upcoming holiday season will be one of anticipation and happiness for many. For others, it will bring difficult emotions while facing cherished traditions that have been forever changed.

The Glenwood Springs Chapter of HEARTBEAT — Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss — is meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, to address the holiday season and lend strength and ideas to each other during this coming season. HEARTBEAT is open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide, no matter how long ago. This peer group does not provide or replace therapy; it is simply a safe place where mutual support can be found with others who share this unique pain.

HEARTBEAT meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Use the Bethel Chapel entrance of the church located at 824 Cooper Ave.

For more information, call Pam Szédelyi at 970-945-1398 or email at pamsz@sopris.net.


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