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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, has introduced its new Winter Fun Pass that includes a tram ride and park admission, a guided tour of Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves, plus unlimited access to the Canyon Flyer alpine coaster, 4-D Theater, and Laser Tag arena for just $29 per person. The Adventure Park is home to the only alpine coaster and the only 4-dimensional theater in Colorado.”If purchased separately, the tram ride, cave tour, and one turn on each of the three attractions costs $43, so the Winter Fun Pass really is a good deal. You save up to $14 per person, plus get unlimited turns on the attractions,” explained Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne.Other prices remain the same: Tram ride and park admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12; a cave tour and tram ride costs $22 for adults and $16 for children ages 3-12. The Lookout Grille and General Store gift shop will be open throughout the winter as well. A scenic ride in a fully enclosed gondola, followed by lunch beside the fire and a little souvenir and gift shopping, is another way to enjoy a day at the park this winter.”Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park complements the seven area ski mountains by offering a unique way to enjoy Colorado during the wintertime,” added Beckley. “The Winter Fun Pass is an affordable option for locals and visitors looking for some family fun.”The Park will be open Thursday through Sunday each week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last cave tour starting at 3:30 p.m., and will be closed Monday through Wednesday. During the week of Thanksgiving, the Park will be open Wednesday, closed Thursday, and open Friday through Sunday. Over the holidays, the Park will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, Dec. 17 through Jan. 3, excluding Christmas Day. More information is available at http://www.glenwoodcaverns.com, 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 111.
The Church at Carbondale will again serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. Residents are asked to pack shoe boxes with gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.In 2008, the Carbondale area contributed 819 shoe boxes to the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year, organizers hope to collect 900 gift-filled shoe boxes from area families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations. “Operation Christmas Child is a unique opportunity to do something as simple as packing a shoe box that will have a lasting impact on a child a world away,” said Rosalind Fowler, Operation Christmas Child drop-off site coordinator. “We are excited about the 2009 collection season as community members have already begun packing shoe box gifts.”Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at http://www.samaritanspurse.org.Collection dates and times at the Church at Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Drive, will be: Nov. 16, 18 and 20, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.; Nov. 17 and 19, 5-7 p.m.; Nov. 21, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.; and Nov. 22, noon -3 p.m.
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