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Spicy chili, dancing make for hot weekend

Im the kind of person who likes to have fun, so much so that my friends back home in Indiana and even my own mother have said they live vicariously through me. I like to be around all types of people and watch them enjoying themselves, whether theyre dancing to a local band or singing karaoke at a bowling alley. If I had rushed a sorority in college, I would have been the social chair.Steppin out with April is a new feature in Options where I offer a couple of my personal picks for weekend entertainment, and a few during the week to keep people on their toes before and after the weekend. This week, I can see chili tasting and square dancing in my future.

Its happening in New Castle to boot: New Castles Eighth Annual Holiday Celebration is from 5-7 p.m. today in downtown New Castle, featuring a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., chat with Santa, free hot dogs and hot chocolate and hay wagon rides at Burning Mountain Park; chili cook-off in Ritter Plaza ($3 for chili and a vote). The Ninth Annual Christmas Bazaar takes place in conjunction with the event from 5-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the New Castle Community Center. Information: 963-1680.This is why Id kick it up here: Two words: chili cook-off. And the hotter the chili, the better. It doesnt hurt if a firehouse enters the competition because firemen seem to be shoe-ins for cooking a great pot of chili.

Its happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: The Community Contra Dance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge (on the corner of Ninth and Colorado Avenue). The monthly dances include circles, contras, squares, waltzes and other couples dances. No experience necessary and partners arent required. The Last Minute String Band and friends will provide the live bluegrass and Chad Filipski of Glenwood Springs is the caller. Cost is $7. Information: Don, 945-0350.This is why Id kick it up here: I was really great at square dancing in middle school and can do-si-do like no other. OK, maybe I didnt quite master square dancing, mostly because I was too embarrassed to be touching a boys hand back then. Swing your partner round and round

For those of you who cant make tracks out on the town this weekend, here are some intriguing events during the week: Monday: 7 p.m., Argentine tango lessons at the Masonic Temple building, 901 Colorado Ave. Information: Cheryl, 945-1494 Wednesday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Cajun Karaoke at The Bayou, 919 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Information: 945-1047 Thursday: 6-10 p.m., live jazz in the lounge at Fins Grille and Raw Bar, downtown Glenwood Springs. Information: 945-4771

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