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Hearts of Remembrance

For over 25 years, Hearts of Remembrance (formerly Trees of Hospice) has given our communities a unique way to celebrate and remember the lives of friends and family. This year HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley will host ceremonies in five locations throughout the Roaring Fork, Eagle and Colorado River valleys.

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley volunteers spend countless hours stitching hundreds and hundreds of heart ornaments crafted by hand, available for a donation of $25.

Hearts of Remembrance is scheduled for Dec. 7 in Rifle at the Grand River Hospital; and Dec. 8 in Glenwood Springs at Valley View Hospital. All events begin at 5:30 p.m.

Grocery store tour: Stop the confusion

For those who don’t know what to buy in the grocery store, are having a hard time distinguishing good foods from junk foods and think their life would be easier if someone told them exactly what to avoid and what to buy, consider attending a free grocery store tour. Custom Body Fitness owner Sandro Torres will review all the products to avoid and the ones to purchase. Tours meet at 5 p.m. at Custom Body Fitness, 574 Highway 133 in Carbondale, before driving to the local grocery store. The final tour runs Dec. 7. Call (970) 510-0151 for information.

Toy Trains and Christmas

The Rifle Heritage Center is putting on a special “Toy Trains and Christmas” program at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Rifle Branch Library. Pat Thrasher, from the Glenwood Springs Railroad Museum, will have some hands-on trains for the younger set to enjoy … as well as giving a presentation for those of all ages.

Santa visits the Carbondale Branch Library

Visit the Carbondale Branch Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 10, to have your picture taken with Santa and give him your holiday wish list. Free, open to all, and holiday snacks provided. For more information call 970-963-2889.

The 19th annual P.E.O. Holiday Home Tour

The 19th annual P.E.O. Holiday Home Tour will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Battlement Mesa/Parachute. This is the yearly opportunity for P.E.O. Chapter IP to raise funds for scholarships for students graduating from local schools. The four homes on the tour this year are: a newly remodeled home with a variety of antiques on display and an Italian pizza oven; a two-floor home with gray with orange accents with the holiday decor in aqua and silver; a spacious one-level home (the first Christmas as husband and wife) with white lights, poinsettias, garlands and beautiful German glass ornaments; and an elegant two-story home with white lights lining the roof and lots of green and red flood lights. Coffee, punch and cookies will be served at the home. Tickets are $12 and information may be obtained by calling 285-7581 or 285-2318.

Holiday concerts with Amanda Gessler

Celebrate Beethoven’s 256th birthday with a holiday mini-concert series featuring Amanda Gessler at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Carbondale Library, where each concert will have a unique playlist of music by Beethoven. Refreshments served. For more information about these free concerts call 970-963-2889.

Yampah High Taste of the Holidays

Yampah Mountain High School hosts a Taste of the Holidays fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Glenwood Gardens in Glenwood Springs. Proceeds will go toward the new off-campus sustainability pod and Homegrown Empowerment program.

Join students and staff for a tasting of chilis and salsas made from tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos planted and grown by YMHS students since last spring, as well as a wide variety of homemade candies and hand-made products, all prepared by the students.

All foods and products are available for purchase. A $5 donation includes the tasting, and children can participate in a planting activity. Advance sign-up is encouraged at the event Evite page at: More information: (970) 704-9535.

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