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CMC sponsors creative writing and art contest for community

As part of this year’s Common Reader programming, Colorado Mountain College students and members of the public are invited to submit entries to an art and creative writing contest sponsored by the college.

All entries are to be inspired by this year’s Common Reader book, Mishna Wolff’s frank and funny memoir, “I’m Down.” The theme of the contest is “Beyond Cultural Identity: Overcoming Obstacles and Making Connections.”

Six winners will be selected, three in the creative writing category and three in the art category. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: $250 for first prize, $150 for second prize and $100 for third. The winning entries will be published on the Common Reader web page and will also be submitted for possible inclusion in the 2014 issue of “Rocky Mountain Reflections,” CMC’s arts and literary journal.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 29. Copies of the book are available at local libraries and bookstores.

More information is available at or by calling the college at 800-621-8559. Learn more about the author at

2013 Holiday Home Tour

Get in the holiday spirit by joining the P.E.O. Chapter IP’s Sixteenth Year of the Tour of Homes in Battlement Mesa and Parachute. This year the homes on the tour will include a home in Parachute built in 1914 having a lot of character and old home flavor, a home with Santa Fe architecture in Fairway Village, and a home in Stone Ridge Village, which has an expansive view of the valley to the north and west. Refreshments will be served at the Historic Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse. The tour will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Chapter IP member or by calling Jo Darnall at 285-1037 or Sharon Temple at 285-2318. The funds raised during this event will be used to assist women in furthering their education. This annual event is always a favorite as local families open their homes to the community in the Spirit of the Season.

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