On Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8-10 a.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Cost is $5 family, $2 adults, $1 children. For the children, there will be a story teller and Santa will visit us as well. All proceeds will benefit local non-profit groups who decorated a tree to bring awareness of their services and how we as a community can support them.
Gingerbread house decorating at Alpine Christian Academy Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Decorate one house for $15 or two houses for $25. Santa Claus will be our special guest with pictures being offered for $5. Hot chocolate, hot cider and yummy snacks will be provided. Located at 20449 Highway 82 Basalt, right next door to Christ Community Church.
On Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Rifle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, choirs from Grand Valley and Rifle will continue their tradition of presenting a free Christmas concert. This year’s participants include The Awakening Chorus (Grand Valley United Methodist Church), the St. Mary Sanctuary Choir (St. Mary Catholic Church, Rifle), choirs from the Rifle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other talented singers from our Western Slope communities. All choirs will join together for an ensemble presentation of choruses from Handel’s “Messiah.” Church doors will open at 6 p.m. for public viewing of a remarkable collection of nativity scenes on display in the Rifle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 16th and Birch streets. Refreshments will be served after the concert. For more information, call 625-2333.
The 19th annual Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Sunlight Mountain Resort. The race is an 8K race that winds through Babbish Gulch on Sunlight’s cross country trails. Pre-registration can be done at Summit Canyon Mountaineering for $20 and race-day registration is $22 and can be done at the Sunlight day lodge, beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 12. Registration includes a goodie bag. Cut off for pre-registration is Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Race begins at 10 a.m. with awards and prizes following. Snowshoes will be available. The race benefits the animal shelters of Garfield County. For more information, please contact Lauren at 945-2680, Sunlight Mountain resort at 945-7491, or Summit Canyon Mountaineering at 945-6994. Information, registration forms and waivers can be downloaded at http://www.dayofinfamysnowshoerace.org.
Saturday, Dec. 11: Toys for Tots driveLive music starts at 4 p.m. and will be going all night. Music line-up: T. Ray Becker, The Tippetts, King Hippo, Ric Rock & The Roosters, and Hood Ratz. Admission is a new toy or $10. All proceeds will be going to local charitiesCarnahan’s Tavern is located at the corner of Fourth and Main in Carbondale.
John Cariani’s comedy, “Almost, Maine,” opens Thursday, Dec. 2, at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley.Set under the glow of the northern lights, the play follows the antics of the residents of a small Maine town as they find themselves falling in and out of love faster than shooting stars.Directed by Wendy Moore, “Almost, Maine” offers viewers a romp through a midwinter night’s dream, with surprises behind every snow bank. As real people begin to experience surreal happenings, almost no one in the town of Almost, Maine, is immune to love’s uncanny powers.Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and can be reserved online at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 947-8177, or purchased at the door. Performances run Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.
The Studio for Arts + Works (SAW) hosts a unique and eclectic holiday bazaar and celebration, the Airstream Village Market, taking place at the corner of Highway 133 and Sopris Avenue in Carbondale the weekend of Dec. 11-12.The open-air market will be surrounded by Airstream trailers, with vendors inside the encampment selling local arts and crafts, Christmas trees, gourmet food, drinks and libations. There will also be a large bonfire, Santa and his sleigh, an elf and a real reindeer, plus music and movies.The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12. SAW will also have a Friday gallery opening, with movies around the bonfire at 5:30 p.m. (The Grinch) and 7:30 p.m. (A Christmas Story). On Saturday, featured selections from the 5Point Film Festival will be shown throughout the day.
An old professor, a man who has devoted his life to teaching the works of Shakespeare, has a crisis of faith over just who wrote the plays and sonnets. The professor is experiencing a tempest of the mind, which opens a door allowing Mark Twain, a life-long doubter and a literary giant the professor admires, to enter the professor’s dream world. Or is it his real world? Twain guides the professor through a fine mystery – and perhaps the greatest literary hoax to be perpetrated in 500 years. You will meet the claimants … the Dark Lady Amelia Bassano Lanier, and Edward De Vere, the Earl of Oxford. To sleep: perchance to dream, and we are the stuff those dreams are made on as scenes of mistaken identity evolve before our eyes…featuring scenes from “The Taming of the Shrew,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Lear,” “Twelfth Night,” as well as some of Shakespeare’s famous sonnets. “A Tempest of the Mind”, a mysterious and exciting, in-depth theatrical look into the life, times and plays of William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest master writer, was conceived and developed by TRTC’s artistic directors Lon Winston and Valerie Haugen, with the script penned by Ms. Haugen. The cast includes Jeff Carlson, Jennica Lundin, Richard Lyon, as well as Haugen and Winston. Heather Miller stage manages, and Winston and Brad Moore team up once again to create the magical scenic world you’ve come to expect from TRTC productions. The play runs Dec. 11-12, 16-18, 2010. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday Matinee, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com for tickets and information. You can also find TRTC on Facebook. TRTC’s special performances for high school students are sold out. However, TRTC has group rates for those teachers and students who are interested to see a regularly scheduled performance.
The Mountain Madrigal Singers present their 30th annual Christmas concert, “A Family Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 18.The free concerts take place at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs.The Mountain Madrigal Singers are local volunteer singers and instrumentalists who gather each year in Glenwood Springs to offer a free Christmas concert. Through 30 seasons, the Mountain Madrigals have seen more than 100 individual members. Songs range from traditional classics like “Away in a Manger,” and “The First Noel” to multicultural treats in multiple languages, to upbeat swing style songs like “North Pole Rock and Roll.”The concerts are handicapped accessible, and babysitting is provided for small children.
“Playshops with Dr. Steph” is offering a Saturday seminar, Archetypes Made Simple – Awakening Your Natural Gifts. Find out who you are, how you can forgive more easily, lifelong patterns and their meanings. One of the enlightening “playshop” exercises is designed to give you a transformational experience. Learn how you can have a more purposeful and richer life by living and working from your strengths. Call (970) 987-5029 for more information or to register for Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Glenwood Springs. Cost is $175. Space is limited, so call to reserve your seat today.
The Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders are hosting a middle school dance at Glenwood Middle School for sixth- to eighth-graders on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 7-9 p.m. The dance is to help raise funds to get our cheerleaders to Florida for the National Cheerleading Competition in February. Entry is $5. A DJ will provide music. There will be concessions with light snacks and specialty items for sale. Call Jill Libby for information: (970) 618-0892.
Spend part of your holidays playing with a horse at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Event starts on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. and includes horse rides for $5 and a donation of a nonperishable item to LIFT-UP, followed by a jackpot dummy roping, barrel race and team roping.
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