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Greater Tuna auditionsDefiance Community Players will be holding auditions for a February production of Greater Tuna. Contact the director, Jacquie Meitler, at 945-2174 for details. Christmas break50s Skate NightEnjoy free ice skating ($2 skate rental) while rocking to some of the top music from the 1950s from 6:15-7:45 p.m. today. Come dressed to impress and join in a 50s-era costume contest giveaway, ice bowling and hula hoop contest. For all ages. For more information, visit Music Together enrolling nowAll Valley Music Together is enrolling now for winter music and movement classes for parents with young children. A new class will be offered for parents with infants (newborn to 10 months) in Glenwood Springs. Baby classes are designed for parents who want to learn about, observe and support musical growth for their babies. Regular, mixed-age, family-style classes are also held in Glenwood Springs on Thursdays, and in New Castle on Wednesdays. Classes are limited and registration is required. For more information, or call 963-1482.Live PaintingMajid Kahhak will paint a local, snow-scene landscape live beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4 (First Friday), at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St., Carbondale. Wine and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 704-0622. Clay Center newsThe Carbondale Clay Centers Board of Directors Show will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, with exhibition dates from Jan. 4 through Jan. 31.Six-week session classes for children and adults begin Jan. 7. Call 963-2529 to register or for more information. Childrens Story Time in Basalt Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Town Center hosts children’s Story Time for kids ages 2 to 6. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, they will welcome local children’s author Barbara Reese, who will read from her book Storm Angels, illustrated with watercolors by Robert Gantt Steele.Annie Mack in Basalt A presentation and book signing by Annie Mack, author of The Shoretown Dogs Go Loco, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.Annie Mack lives near Aspen. When she isn’t walking her dog Koko or writing novels, she is active locally in various green efforts to combat climate change. This is the second book in her Koko the Canine Detective series. The first was The Lost Dogs of Shoretown, in which Koko investigated the disappearance of two of her dog buddies. Naturalist nightsThe Wilderness Workshop and Dos Gringos Burritos are teaming up again this year to host the popular Naturalist Nights slide show series at Dos Gringos.The free programs will be held at 7 p.m. most Wednesday nights from Jan. 9 through March 5. Everyone is welcome to come early for food and drinks. Dos Gringos is located at 588 Highway 133, Carbondale. The Jan. 9 presentation will be No Place Distant: Roads, Motorized Recreation, and Public Lands, by David Havlick from the Wild Rockies Field Institute in Missoula, Mont. Writing workshopA few spots are left for committed writers at Sandra Dorr’s writing workshop, Narrative Experiments, with a spring semester startup of Jan. 10. Small group meets 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. alternate Thursdays; spring talks on poetry and creative nonfiction, including memoir, autobiography, essays, and reportage. Phone 257-1498 or see Skate Night Free ice skating for everyone from 6:15 – 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 will be sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Police Department, YouthZone and Glenwood Parks and Recreation. The Police Department will pay for all skate rentals for kids under 14, so if you see an officer, say thanks. Hot chocolate and hot dogs will be provided for free during the event and there will be other giveaways. Skate rentals are limited, so bring your own if you have them. For more information, please visit ServiceAwards detailsThe 19th annual Glenwood Springs Post Independent/Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards will be held Jan. 28 at the Hotel Colorado.Nomination forms for outstanding Garfield County residents can be found in the Post Independent. Anyone from Garfield County may nominate anyone who lives in the county. Categories are youth, senior, volunteer and staff. Completed nominations must be received via e-mail by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4. E-mail your nominations to Late nominations cannot be considered.If you cannot e-mail the nomination, call 384-9118, and arrangements will be made.The reservation deadline for the dinner is Jan. 24. Call Ronda at 384-2357 anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday only. Nominees are the guests of the event and receive a complimentary dinner. Everyone else is required to pay for their own dinners. Pam Houston in BasaltAward-winning author Pam Houston, who penned Sighthound and Cowboys are My Weakness, will soon make a stop in Basalt. The writer will answer questions and read from unpublished work at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Town Center Booksellers. She has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning from time to time, doing literary essays on the wilderness, and has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Houston lives in Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level, near the headwaters of the Rio Grande River. 2008 Bridal FairThe 2008 Bridal Fair will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Hotel Colorado. A wide variety of vendors will attend, including photographers, videographers, florists, DJs, officiates, caterers, bands, decorators, wedding planners and more. Those wishing to participate as vendors may call Virginia M. Cohagen, Hotel Colorado sales manager, Denver sales office, 303-952-4015.

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