Springs Theater: Dec. 5-11: “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” (PG) 7 and 8:45 p.m. 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Call 945-4000 to verify show times.

Crystal Theater: Dec. 5-11: “The Station Agent” (R) 7:30 p.m. 427 Main St., Carbondale. Call 963-0633 to verify show times.

Movieland: Dec. 5-11: “The Last Samurai” (R) 12:45, 4 and 7:30 p.m., “The Missing” (R) 12:30, 3:20, 6:45 and 9:30 p.m.; “Timeline” (PG-13) 1, 3:30, 7 and 9:25 p.m.; “Haunted Mansion” (PG) 12:20, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15 and 9:35 p.m.; “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” (PG) 12:45, 3:10, 5:05, 7:05 and 9:05 p.m.; “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (PG-13) 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:25 p.m.; “Love Actually” (R) 1, 3:45, 6:45 and 9:30 p.m. At the stoplight in El Jebel. Call 920-1300 to verify show times.

Mall 3: Dec. 5-11: “The Last Samurai” (R) 2, 5:15 and 8:30 p.m., “Timeline” (PG-13) 1:30, 4:05, 7:20 and 9:55 p.m., “Haunted Mansion” (PG) 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 p.m. At the Glenwood Springs Mall. Call 945-1400 to verify show times.

Rifle Creek Theater: Dec. 5-11: “Elf” (PG) Sunday-Thursday, 7 p.m. Call 625-2323 to verify show times.

The Aspen Choral Society performs Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the First United Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs. Info: 925-3685.

Wednesday Night Live, a local musicians’ showcase, 8-10 p.m. at Glenwood Music. Dec. 10 features music by Redstone.

Make candlesticks, ornaments, angels and other gifts for the holidays at the Carbondale Clay Center. Make goods from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 8-10; glaze items from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 15-16; pick up the finished goods from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 18-19. The Carbondale Clay Center is located at 135 Main St. Information: 963-2529.

The Alzheimer’s Association presents “Help for the Holidays ” Caregiving Tips,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Garfield County Public Library. Information: Annie Smyth, 256-1274 or 800-864-4404.

Carbondale’s Crystal River Ballet School presents its production of “The Nutcracker” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Hotel Colorado. Tickets are $12. Information: 963-0758.

Local author Amy Krakow has written her second children’s book, “The Mutt and the Monster Go to Mexico,” illustrated by Steve Williams. Krakow will be signing the book from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale.

Story Time for 3- to 5-year-olds will be held at the Glenwood Springs Library on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. The theme will be “Christmas Humbugs,” with stories followed by a simple craft. The library is located at 413 Ninth St. Information: 945-5958.

Crystal River Elementary School will hold its holiday concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at Roaring Fork High School.

Yampah Mountain High School will be staging “Sherlock Holmes” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and Friday, Dec. 12, at the Blue Acacia Theater, located inside the Glenwood Masonic Temple (9th and Colorado). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Information: Linda, 945-9463, ext. 100.

“The Butler Did It,” a spoof of English mysteries, will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) Barn. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children at the door. Information: 963-2562.

The Carbondale American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a holiday benefit dinner for Christina Marie Manzanares at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the Legion Hall. Live music by Twirp Anderson from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person or $20 per couple. Information: Julie, 963-3262.

The New Castle Recreation Center will be hosting a Secret Santa from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. Kids come and shop. Lots of great gift ideas for Mom and Dad; great prices. Information: 984-3223.

Free art demonstrations will take place at the Artist’s Mercantile, 823 Cooper Ave., every Saturday through Dec. 20. Starting at 10:30 a.m., oil painting with Portia Griefenberg; 11:30 a.m., colored pencil with Tina Collins; 1:30 p.m., Christmas tree craft project with Tina Collins; and 2:30 p.m., Sumi painting with Calvin Lee. Information: 947-0947.

The Mt. Sopris Montessori School Scholarship bake sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Carbondale City Market. Gingerbread cookies and houses and other baked goods; all proceeds go to Montessori preschool education.

Due to a conflicting basketball game, Glenwood Springs High School’s holiday concert will be held Dec. 18 instead of Dec. 16. Showtime is still 7 p.m.

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