Bouldering BashColorado Mountain College will host “Bouldering Bash” on the climbing wall from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The climbing competition will benefit the Rock Rats climbing program and the CMC Climbing Club. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Michael Whigham, 947-8237.Holiday stitch classesNeedles and Pins offers stitching classes: Hanukkah dreidels, 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 29; beaded Victorian pin, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 5; beaded Santa ornaments, 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 6; smocked ball ornament, 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 13 and huck weaving, 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 20. For details, call 945- 2074.CMC dance performanceCenter for the Arts Choreography & Repertoire Project to perform at the CMC Performing Arts Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The performance will be held at the CMC Spring Valley Campus in the Space Theater. The Choreography & Repertoire Project, under the direction of Claire Evans and Melanie Huskey, is a new addition to the dance program at the Center for the Arts. The program is designed to offer a chance for dancers to work with more advanced choreography and provide more performing opportunities. The dancers recently debuted to rave reviews at the Glenwood Springs Elementary School.Also included in the program will be monologues and dramatic scenes performed by the CMC drama students of Tom Cochran. Call the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 945-2414 or Tom Cochran, 947-8252 for information.One-act play”This is a Test,” a one-act play by Steven Gregg, will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the cafetorium at Grand Valley High School in Parachute. The play takes the audience through the anxieties of feeling unprepared for a test. Alan lets his imagination get the best of him as he struggles through a mid term exam. Also on tap for the evening will be several dialogues and monologues. Cost is $2.Labor of LoveKDNK Community Radio holds its biggest fundraiser, The Labor of Love on-air auction, Dec. 2-7. Donations are now being taken for this popular event. Everything from gift certificates to homemade baked goods to labor and services are needed to make this a success. Over 3,000 auction brochures are distributed through-out the valley, as well as lots of on air promotions, to help your business get exposure, as well as help keep this valley alive with “live and local” radio. The deadline is Nov. 6. Call 963-0139 to donate.Grand Illumination in RedstoneA traditional opening of the holiday season is the annual Grand Illumination in Redstone Friday, Nov. 29. Over 750 luminaria will outline Redstone Boulevard from the Redstone inn to the last house on the north side of town, about one mile. The town will be decorated with Christmas lights and decorations. The annual Church at Redstone Bazaar will start at 1 p.m. and run through 7 p.m. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa and his sleigh in front of Fiala’s Handweaving and Cats, Too at 4 p.m. The highlight of the evening is the lighting of the community Christmas Tree at 5:15 p.m. in Redstone Park. Then Santa and the Dickens Carolers will stroll (or sleigh) down the boulevard for a bonfire and caroling at the Redstone Inn.All stores and restaurants will be open late for Christmas shopping and holiday cheer. Remember to dress warmly.Art Guild Christmas BazaarThe New Castle Art Guild will hold its sixth annual Christmas Bazaar from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the New Castle Community Center. The Boy Scouts will serve lunch.Parade of LightsThe fifth annual Christmas Parade of Lights in Parachute and Battlement Mesa begins 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Parachute Rest Stop parking lot. Santa will pay a visit at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center after the parade. For details, call 285-7105 or 285-7529.Elegant auctionChapter AO, P.E.O. is sponsoring its 10th annual Elegant Auction and Christmas Luncheon in the historic Hotel Colorado at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6. A preview of the crafted items will begin at 11 a.m. in the Colorado Room with complimentary champagne, followed at noon by the luncheon and live auction in the Devereux Room. This years’ major proceeds recipient will be the Family Visitor Program. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are $15 each. Tables are available for sponsorship which includes reserved seating. For tickets or information call Kathy at 945-5737, Annibet at 945-7623 or Kathy at 384-2418.Peace Tree lightingThe 9th annual Basalt Peace Tree Lighting takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Lions Park in Basalt. Santa arrives and will be available till 6 p.m. Join the Basalt Middle School Band, the Dickens Carolers and the Basalt community in celebrating the season. Refreshments provided by the Basalt Lion’s Club and the Basalt Girl Scouts.Christmas BazaarSt. Vincent’s Church Midland Ave. in downtown Basalt will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Stock up on Creative Memories Scrapbook items, Discovery Toys, beautiful handknits by Jeannie’s Sweaters, plus handcrafted items and yummy baked goods. Proceeds will benefit Tom’s Door, an outreach program serving the needy. For information call Rosie McSwain at 927-2208.New Castle celebrates the holidaysNew Castle’s fifth annual holiday celebration is set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Ritter Plaza in downtown New Castle. It includes a chili cookoff, tree lighting, sing-a-long, hay rides and hot goodies. A Christmas bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.It’s a Cowboy ChristmasCome join the best of the west at “A Cowboy Christmas,” the 6th Annual Holly Days and Parade of Lights Celebration, sponsored by the Citizen Telegram, Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Rifle. Entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. The Trail’s End-Santa’s Village at Holly Days has booth space available for local nonprofit groups for Saturday, Dec. 7. Entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. For more information, call Jessica at the Citizen Telegram, 625-3245.Dinner dance in BasaltThe Basalt Regional Heritage Society (BRHS) is hosting a dinner dance Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Primavera Fryingpan Restaurant. The evening includes appetizers, a three course dinner with wine and dessert, followed by dancing to the Walt Smith Trio. All of the proceeds will benefit BRHS projects that identify the history of Basalt. BRHS members: $50 single or $90 per couple; available at Alpine Bank Basalt, Mason & Morse Real Estate in Basalt and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce Caboose. For information call 927-4693.
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