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Community News & Notes

Rifle Women’s Connection presents A Little Time “For You” in December, featuring inspirational speaker Gaye Taylor, with musical guest Sharon Turner, and Nanci Cooley.The event is on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at La Quinta Inn, 600 Wapiti Court in Rifle. Dinner will be served, provided by Creekbend Bistro.Dinner and program is $12.RSVP by Monday, Dec. 6, to Marsha MacAllister at (970) 876-5577 or e-mail

The Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders are hosting a middle school dance at Glenwood Middle School for sixth- to eighth-graders on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 7-9 pm. The dance is to help raise funds to get our cheerleaders to Florida for the National Cheerleading Competition in February. Entry is $5. A DJ will provide music. There will be concessions with light snacks and specialty items for sale. Call Jill Libby for information: (970) 618-0892.

The Shining Stars Foundation, along with Mason Morse Real Estate and Dancing Bear Residences, are organizing a holiday toy drive for children fighting cancer and their families, continuing through Dec. 20.Donated toys may be dropped off at Mason Morse offices in Aspen (514 E. Hyman), Glenwood Springs (1614 Grand Ave.) and Carbondale (0290 Highway 133), or at the Dancing Bear Residence in Aspen (411 S. Monarch St.)

Teens age 12-17 are invited to a “dive in” movie at the Community Center Pool from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Bring a raft or floatie and your best friend. Cost is $5 for resident and $8 for nonresident.

We’re in the historic 1904 Rio Grande train station on Seventh Street, and the trains are running, inside and outside. Toy trains, big trains (Amtrak, Union Pacific, BNSF), large collection of historic photos and artifacts, nifty gift shop. Adult admission $1, 12 and under free. (970) 945-7044.

For the month of December all cats and kittens are available for adoption for $5 to $75. Bring a furry friend home in time for the holidays. Join Colorado Animal Rescue staff in Glenwood Springs on Dec. 11-12 for a Christmas Cat Adoptathon.

The piano students of Annig Agemian Raley are preparing to perform in their Christmas recital in the lobby of the Hotel Colorado Sunday, Dec. 19. The program will consist of Christmas and holiday songs and some featured duets. The two performances are based on experience and age. The younger pianists will play at 4 p.m. and the seasoned students at 4:45.The public is invited to attend this informal gathering.

Come join us at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. as local author Mario Villalobos reads his new book, “The Whistler.” The story takes place in Mario’s hometown of Marble, and is about the adventures of his daughter Amanda and her marmot named Benny. Join us for an hour of fun-filled local lore. For more information call 963-2889.

Alpine Legal Services announces its Do it Yourself Divorce Clinic. The clinic will take place on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Those that attend will be provided with all of the necessary documentation required to complete your divorce process along with all of the necessary information about how to manage your case start to finish. The class will commence at 5 p.m. A small donation is requested for this service, but no one will be denied services for lack of ability to pay.This clinic is supported by grants from Aspen Valley Community Foundation. For further information contact our Glenwood office at 945-8858.

Gingerbread house decorating at Alpine Christian Academy Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Decorate one house for $15 or two houses for $25. Santa Claus will be our special guest with pictures being offered for $5. Hot chocolate, hot cider and yummy snacks will be provided. Located at 20449 Highway 82 Basalt, right next door to Christ Community Church.

The new LIFT-UP food pantry in Basalt will be open for emergency food distribution and food drop-off on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 8-9, and again on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The pantry will be closed the last two weeks in December and open again on Jan. 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note that our location is at 167 Holland Hills Road at the Basalt Community United Methodist Church, and that the Basalt LIFT-UP phone number is (970) 279-1492. They can accept food or monetary donations only, so no clothing or furnishings will be accepted.

Dalby, Wendland Co. will offer three days of beginner and advanced QuickBooks classes Tuesday, Dec. 7, through Thursday, Dec. 9, at Dalby, Wendland, 201 Centennial St. in Glenwood Springs. The fee is $115 for each class. Dalby, Wendland is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. To register by phone or for class information call Kelly at 945-8575. To register by e-mail contact Registration is required. There are only a few seats left so call now.

Wednesday, Dec. 8: On the spotThursday, Dec. 9: T. Ray BeckerFriday, Dec. 10: Roaring Dub StarsSaturday, Dec. 11: Toys for Tots driveLive music starts at 4 p.m. and will be going all night. Music line-up: T. Ray Becker, The Tippetts, King Hippo, Ric Rock & The Roosters, and Hood Ratz. Admission is a new toy or $10. All proceeds will be going to local charitiesCarnahan’s Tavern is located at the corner of Fourth and Main in Carbondale.

The Studio for Arts + Works (SAW) hosts a unique and eclectic holiday bazaar and celebration, the Airstream Village Market, taking place at the corner of Highway 133 and Sopris Avenue in Carbondale the weekend of Dec. 10-12.The open-air market will be surrounded by Airstream trailers, with vendors inside the encampment selling local arts and crafts, Christmas trees, gourmet food, drinks and libations. There will also be a large bonfire, Santa and his sleigh, an elf and a real reindeer, plus music and movies.The event will run from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12. SAW will also have a Friday gallery opening, with movies around the bonfire at 5:30 p.m. (The Grinch) and 7:30 p.m. (A Christmas Story). On Saturday, featured selections from the 5Point Film Festival will be shown throughout the day.

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