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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Start off the holiday season with fourth-grade students from Crystal River Elementary school as they serenade the public in a free “Winter Celebration.” The performance will be held at Carbondale Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the second annual performance. For more information contact Amber Bate at 384-5637.

Come and see Santa and help with a food drive. Donate a nonperishable item from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Rifle Realty, 131 W. Third Street. Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 248.

On Sunday, Dec. 12, a the Rifle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, choirs from Grand Valley and Rifle will continue their tradition of presenting a free Christmas concert. This year’s participants include The Awakening Chorus (Grand Valley United Methodist Church), the St. Mary Sanctuary Choir (St. Mary Catholic Church, Rifle), choirs from the Rifle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other talented singers from our Western Slope communities. All choirs will join together for an ensemble presentation of choruses from Handel’s “Messiah.” Church doors will open at 6 p.m. for public viewing of a remarkable collection of nativity scenes on display in the Rifle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 16th and Birch streets. Refreshments will be served after the concert. For more information, call 625-2333.

On Saturday, Dec. 18, the New Castle Recreation Department will be hosting Breakfast with Santa at the New Castle Community Center at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $10. Every child involved receives breakfast and a gift from Santa. Register online at Additional breakfasts are available for $2 at the event. For more information contact the New Castle Recreation Department at 984-3352.

Medicare specialist Patricia Pier will present a workshop on the Medicare Changes for 2011 and how health care reform will affect seniors. Please plan to attend at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17. The workshop will be held at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center.

Santa will be visiting Russo’s Pizza for the second annual Pay it Forward event on Dec. 19 between 3-6 p.m.Kids 12 and under who bring a gift/toy to benefit kids at the Advocate Safehouse Project will get to visit with Santa and will receive a free slice of cheese pizza and a small fountain drink. This is a great opportunity to share with your kids the joy of giving as well as receiving. Last year Russo’s Pay it Forward event donated a car full of toys to kids who might not have had anything for Christmas or the holidays – let’s see if we can double that this year. The Advocate Safehouse Project provided services to 538 survivors and their families in 2009. Come visit with Santa and help brighten a child’s holiday.Russo’s Pizza is located in the Meadows Shopping Center in Glenwood Springs.

The Garfield County board of commissioners will host a meeting with Scott Tipton, the newly elected U.S. congressman for District 3, which includes Garfield County, on Dec. 14 in Rifle.The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. in the county airport administration building, 0375 County Road 352.The public is invited, and will have an opportunity to ask questions of their new representative.

Children’s mini college is hosting an open house on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 4-6 p.m. Children’s mini college is a part-day preschool for children ages 3-6 years old. We currently have openings in our MWF morning and afternoon classes. We are located in Glenwood Springs at Colorado Mountain College, 1402 Blake Ave. Come and meet the teachers, tour our beautiful school and join us for refreshments. If you have any questions please call Joan Chovanec at 945-2446.

Looking for some video gaming challenges and other players to share the fun? Then you should join the Teen Video Game Club at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Teens age 13-18 are invited to bring your favorite video games or game systems to the library on Saturday, Dec. 18, between 1-4 pm. Play games with others who enjoy them as much as you do. The library’s Wii video games will also be available – just be ready to play. For more information call 945-5958.

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