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The Glenwood Springs High School presents “A Holiday Extravaganza.”Thursday, Dec. 16, the Glenwood Springs High School Concert and Jazz Bands, as well as the Drama department will close the week with a “Dinner Show at Club Cafe” and performance at the Jeannie Miller Theatre. For Thursday’s event, dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., music at 6 p.m. and performance at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Kids $4, adults $8, and family $25. All proceeds will go towards the corresponding music departments.

The new LIFT-UP food pantry in Basalt will be open for emergency food distribution and food drop-off on Thursday, Dec. 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.

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.

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.

CCAH Center for the Arts presents Brad Richter on Dec. 16 in the Round Room at Third Street.Brad Richter is a guitarist, composer and a residency artist. Since completing his studies at the Royal College of Music in London in 1994, Brad has performed around the globe as a soloist, and in duos with artists such as nine-time Grammy winner David Finckel. Brad’s concerts, and those of The Richter Uzur Duo (with cellist Viktor Uzur), are featured monthly on NPR’s Performance Today. Regular festival appearances include The World Youth Guitar Festival, The London International Guitar Festival, The Aspen Music Festival and the Walnut Valley Festival, at which he won the National Finger-picking Championship. Brad Richter, in association with Music Associates of Aspen, has been working with the Carbondale Middle School students, some of whom will appear with him during the performance. Tickets are available at the door. CCAH is asking for a $15 donation.For more information go to

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.

The Frontier Historical Society is hosting a holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Frontier Historical Museum at 10th and Colorado. Join us for hot cider, coffee from Starbucks and homemade cookies. Tour the museum, which is decorated for the holidays with decorations by Starbucks, Once Upon a Child, Boy Scout Troop 225, City Market, the Quilters of the Rockies and Linda and Vitas V. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 945-4448.

Michael Ronstadt and Tripp Watts are playing at Steve’s Guitars at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Admission is $10.Ronstadt has been making his original music for the last 16 years. For this show, he brings in a beautiful cello, guitar and voice to entertain us. You can find his exquisite playing on more than 30 albums over the last decade. This week, he will be sharing some new, original songs from his third, and latest, personal album. He plans an intimate, acoustic evening of live music displaying a wide range of styles. Some of his music falls into the indie/experimental genre but some sounds pretty Americana. Ronstadt has shared the stage with folks like David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt and Muriel Anderson and he has played shows all over the USA, Canada and Mexico. This week, he is joined by local musician Tripp Watts, who will share some of his original songs and play some acoustic guitar. They may join forces and form a duo for some songs.

CCAH Center For the Arts presents Pastor Mustard and the New National Swing Band on Dec. 17 for an evening of music and dance. Picture a speakeasy in Harlem in the ’20s with jumpin, jiving, boogie-woogie, swing standards and collectible obscura in the mix. Victor and Margaret Ward, Denver dance instructors with The Colorado Swing Dance Club, will be on hand to teach the dancing styles of the era from 7-8 p.m. A ticket to the show includes the lessons. After that it’s swing, swing, swing into the night.Swing dancing is partner dancing. In the old days it was customary to dance with many different partners. This was considered “social dancing” because you had several partners throughout the evening. Bring a friend or partner, or come by yourself and “socialize.” The evening begins at 7 p.m. in the Round Room at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Tickets are $12 for one or $20 for partners. CCAH members will receive a $2 discount. Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event.CCAH has a full schedule of exciting offerings. For more information go to

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.

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