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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts continues its Winterfest exhibit and sale at 601 E. 6th St. in Glenwood through Dec. 22.Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The show features handcrafted children’s toys, stocking stuffers, chocolate confections, functional pottery, photography, unique jewelry, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, sculpture, wood work, scarves and holiday cards. Call 945- 2414 for more information.

Guided tours of the Historic Redstone Castle continue this winter at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and Redstone General Store. Special Holiday tours on Dec. 24-26. $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children, free for kids under 5. More info on group tours: 963-9656 or

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.

Local watercolor artist Carmel Walden’s work is on display during the month of December at Patti’s Main St. Coffee House in New Castle.

The featured artist at Alpine Bank in New Castle through December is Lynne DeNio. Her works are in oil and acrylic.Wheeler announces lineup for Winterskol 2011The Wheeler Opera House today announced three events that it will produce as its contribution to Aspen’s annual Winterskl festivities for Jan. 13-15, 2011. All events are free and open to the public. On Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., the Wheeler will screen the classic concert film, “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.” Ahead of the film screening, the Wheeler will host a “Get Your Rock Off” rock costume competition. Fans of all ages are invited to show up in their finest extreme-rock-star gear and compete for one of three great prizes. On Friday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., Nathan McEuen and friends will return to the Wheeler. And on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 9 p.m., A Benefit for Feed Them With Music will play at the Wheeler.Also, the Wheeler lobby will be open early for Saturday night patrons so that they can enjoy the Winterskl fireworks from the best vantage point in town. Come enjoy the celebration, starting with the torchlight descent at 8:15 p.m. and fireworks immediately thereafter.For more information, please call Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gram Slaton at 920-5790, or e-mail at

We’re in the historic 1904 Rio Grande train station on 7th 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: open Friday-Saturday–Sunday-Monday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adult admission $1, 12 and under free. (970) 945-7044.Carbondale Methodist Christmas Eve servicesCarbondale Community United Methodist Church, located at 385 S. Second St., will have two Christmas Eve services on Friday, Dec. 24.The early service will be at 6:30 p.m., and will include music by the Mertensia Hand Bell Choir, lighting the Christ Candle, a children’s Christmas pageant with carols, a blessing of the children, and a candlelight closing.A traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at 9 p.m., also including the lighting the Christ Candle, Christmas Carols, telling of the Christmas story, holy communion and a candlelight closing.

Mountain View Church will have two candlelight Christmas Eve Services on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Child care is provided up through age 4. Mountain View is located 1.5 miles south of Glenwood Springs on Highway 82 next to Buffalo Valley. This will be an hour of beautiful Christmas music and a message from Pastor Dave Pearson titled “Do You Hear the Shepherd’s Invitation?” Please call 945-8328 for more information.

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue has been receiving rave reviews for its new, creative and hilarious holiday show.Having opened Nov. 26, it will continue every Thursday through Sunday until Christmas Eve with added shows Dec. 26, 27, 29, and 30, and two special shows on New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $16 for kids, with new menu items and a full bar. Come see this fantastic Holiday Show. Call (970) 945-9699 for reservations.

Thunder River Theatre Company and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce their inaugural annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival to be held at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale, March 25-27, 2011. Everyone is invited to join as we honor the inspiring life of Karen Chamberlain. The celebration will include readings from Karen’s works, workshops and a communal sharing of poetry. The first event of this annual series will feature the theme “Nature Writing and the Desert of the Heart.” Join such distinguished poets as Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Cameron Scott, Bill Kight, Kristin Carlson, Kim Nuzzo, Carol Bell, Sandra Dorr and Art Goodtimes, as well as many wonderful poets who were supported and inspired by Karen Chamberlain. Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer shares that, “Karen was a fierce poetic force in such a soft way, always encouraging writers, opening doors, and also telling it real with just enough honey that a difficult truth felt like a gift. So many lives she touched with her generosity and clarity. She led by example how to live fully, passionately, compassionately.” Chamberlain passed away Sept. 11, 2010. For more information, please e-mail

Santa Claus is coming to American National Bank. Bring the family to enjoy a cookie and make your wish with Santa when he makes a stop at our Aspen and Carbondale branches. Enjoy a cookie and receive a free photo with Santa (while supplies last). This fun event is also a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. A donation of a nonperishable food item would be greatly appreciated. Santa will make his appearance at:American National Bank Carbondale on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 3-5 p.m., 409 Dolores Way.

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