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Carolers wanted for Day Out Downtown’s Grand Holiday event

The annual Grand Holiday event in downtown Glenwood Springs will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, and groups for caroling are wanted. Anyone interested in participating can get in touch with Cindy Svatos at 970-618-3650.

This event will also feature live reindeer and Father Christmas, Santa, marshmallow roasting, free cookies and hot chocolate and specials from a variety of small businesses downtown.

Holiday Classics Double Feature

Come and celebrate the season at the New Castle Branch Library with the classic movies “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” There will also be a cookie decorating station. Free for the whole family. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Longest Night Service

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation — all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

Our spirits sink as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.

For these reasons, the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs offers a special “Longest Night” service at 5 p.m. Sunday evening, Dec. 21.

Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle — and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.

Gift Wrapping Party

Drop in the Silt Branch Library at 10 a.m. and all day long on Saturday, Dec. 20, to munch on cookies, drink cider or hot cocoa, and wrap your holiday gifts. We’ll have a variety of paper, ribbons and bags available. Feel free to bring your own supplies, too. All ages welcome.

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