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Ann Federowicz (fiddle) and John Sommers (guitar) will be playing from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at the Down Valley Tavern (in the location formerly occupied by Blue Creek Grill), 64 El Jebel Road, El Jebel. Reservations are required; call 963-4388.

Legacy Lodge, a family ministry, presents “Broom in the New Year” Family Fun Day! Join us for broom hockey games (no skates), fire pit, s’mores, music and family fun. Spend time together in community with others and children of all ages on Saturday, Jan. 1, 3-6 p.m. at the Rodeo grounds ice rink in Carbondale, Colorado (on the back road of Catherine Store) B.Y.O.B. (Bring your own Broom!) $5 per person or $10 per family at the door. For detailed information, please go to the BROOM page at or call Daren Rickard at 456-2699.

The town of Carbondale sponsors its annual Christmas Tree recycling for town residents.Collection will be until the end of January.The collection site will be in the parking lot on the northeast corner of Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue, across from Town Hall.All decorations must be removed from trees; no ornaments, tinsel, garland, tree stands, wires, lights, plastic bags, screws or nails. Also, no flocked or artificial trees, and no roping, garland, or wreaths are accepted.Mulch from the trees will be available sometime mid-February. For more information, call 963-1307.

Please join the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Pinnacol Assurance and the Colorado State Troopers at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 8-9 a.m. for a seminar titled “Brace Yourself for Winter Driving.” Attendees will learn how to prepare their vehicles for winter driving, appropriate following distances, driving on ice and snow, what to do in an emergency, chain laws and much more. Preregistration is required at by Friday, Jan. 7. For more information, contact Joni at 945-6589, ext. 104. This seminar is free for members of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and counts towards annual Pinnacol Workers’ Comp seminar requirements.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has a suggestion for a holiday gift that will last forever: Be a part of history and contribute to the purchase of Droste Mtn. Park between Aspen and Snowmass. This new public Open Space property preserves critical wildlife habitat and creates recreational opportunities for all! With funding from the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program, Great Outdoors Colorado, the City of Aspen, Town of Snowmass Village and support from the Aspen Valley Land Trust 91 percent of the purchase price has already been raised. We need your help to raise the remaining 9 percent. Contributions of any size are welcome at

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.

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.

The 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

Six area glass artists will have their creative talents on display in “Glass Art Menagerie,” an exhibit that runs through Jan. 25 at the Colorado Mountain College Gallery, 831 Grand Ave. The exhibit features local glass artists Spencer Crouch, Mary Matchel, Shannon Muse, Charlie Pace, David Powers and Kathy Steckel. The Colorado Mountain College Gallery, operated by the college’s ArtShare program, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 947-8367 or go to

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 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.

Locals are invited to thank the most noteworthy fellow citizen of 2010 through the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Citizen of the Year Award. Nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award for 2010 are now being accepted. The award is intended to honor an individual who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. As a result of the nominee’s efforts, the community receives notable benefits and becomes a better place to live and work. All nominees should be involved in active civic participation in the areas of health or human services, education, recreation, arts or cultural improvements, economic development, or community based organizations that contribute to the quality of life in the community. Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the community and are encouraged from all clubs and organizations. Nominees will be judged in all categories on the basis of community involvement and leadership. The winning citizen of 2010 will be announced at the chamber’s Annual Ball and Auction scheduled for Jan. 29, 2011.

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