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The piano students of Annig Agemian Raley are preparing to perform in their Christmas recital in the lobby of the Hotel Colorado Sunday, Dec. 19. The program will consist of Christmas and holiday songs and some featured duets. The two performances are based on experience and age. The younger pianists will play at 4 p.m. and the seasoned students at 4:45.The public is invited to attend this informal gathering.

Santa will be visiting Russo’s Pizza for the second annual Pay it Forward event on Dec. 19 between 3-6 p.m.Kids 12 and under who bring a gift/toy to benefit kids at the Advocate Safehouse Project will get to visit with Santa and will receive a free slice of cheese pizza and a small fountain drink. This is a great opportunity to share with your kids the joy of giving as well as receiving. Last year Russo’s Pay it Forward event donated a car full of toys to kids who might not have had anything for Christmas or the holidays – let’s see if we can double that this year. The Advocate Safehouse Project provided services to 538 survivors and their families in 2009. Come visit with Santa and help brighten a child’s holiday.Russo’s Pizza is located in the Meadows Shopping Center in Glenwood Springs.

The second annual Jingle Bell Run will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. The race will wind its way through Carbondale, and will start and finish in front of Independence Run & Hike. Awards will be handed out following the race. For more race information or to register, call Independence Run & Hike at (970) 704-0909.



Alyse Gentry and Katie Houchin will be sharing their individual stories of life and cultural experiences while traveling in Central and South America at the historic Cardiff Schoolhouse, 4018 Sky Ranch Drive in Park East, Glenwood Springs, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19.Alyse Gentry grew up in Glenwood Springs and left the valley in 2003. Over the last seven years she has traveled to many areas while studying hospitality and tourism. After spending last winter in Central America she has realized the importance of travel as a means to promote cultural understanding and acceptance. Through stories of her own travel, she would like to discuss the idea of messages that get “lost in translation.”Katie Houchin is a Spanish teacher at Sopris Elementary School. A new member of the Glenwood Springs community, she has lived and traveled in several countries, including Spain, Ecuador and Costa Rica. She will be discussing how to bring home what you learn abroad.The audience is invited and encouraged to participate in this conversation of travel and world culture.Admission at the door is a $5 suggested donation, with no one turned away. A portion of the proceeds goes to fund the continued upkeep of the Schoolhouse.Directions to the Schoolhouse: From town, drive South on Midland, take a left on Sopris Drive, and turn right on Sky Ranch Drive. The schoolhouse is on the corner of Colorow Drive. Parking is available at the Glenwood Park soccer fields and baseball diamonds.

Thunder River Theatre Company in Carbondale wraps up its production of “A Tempest of the Mind” this weekend, with a final performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.The original play offers an in-depth theatrical look into the life, times and plays of master playwright William Shakespeare. It was conceived and developed by TRTC’s artistic directors Lon Winston and Valerie Haugen, with the script penned by 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 created the scene.Visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com for tickets and information.



Playing at Carnahan’s Tavern in Carbondale:On Saturday, Dec. 18, The Darels play punk/ska.

The Valley Dynamite All-Star Cheerleaders are going to be wrapping presents for donations on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart in Glenwood Springs. Come out and get some presents wrapped and help the girls earn some money for their uniforms and upcoming competitions starting in January. For more information about our group, please visit our website http://www.valleydynamitecheer.com or call the director, Michelle, at (970) 779-0860.

Grandmother Jean (Adasti Gadahee) Cherokee Ulunsuti will host a special year-end cleansing and empowerment circle from 3-5:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 18.A blessed opportunity for spiritual cleansing through shared drumming, rattling, prayers and traditional earth ceremony. Adasti’ will assist with individual and group crystal work for cellular balancing as we prepare ourselves to move into a new year. Seating is limited. The Ostara Center is located at 305 Summit Drive, Carbondale. Contact Kat Diamond at 366-0963 to reserve a space in the circle. $45 per person and a small heart gift wrapped in red, the traditional way to honor a medicine woman.

The Mountain Madrigal Singers present their 30th annual Christmas concert, “A Family Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.The free concert takes place at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs.The concert is handicapped accessible, and babysitting is provided for small children.

Looking for some video gaming challenges and other players to share the fun? Then you should join the Teen Video Game Club at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Teens age 13-18 are invited to bring your favorite video games or game systems to the library on Saturday, Dec. 18, between 1-4 p.m. Play games with others who enjoy them as much as you do. The library’s Wii video games will also be available – just be ready to play. For more information call 945-5958.

On Saturday, Dec. 18, the New Castle Recreation Department will be hosting Breakfast with Santa at the New Castle Community Center at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $10. Every child involved receives breakfast and a gift from Santa. Register online at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org/recreation. Additional breakfasts are available for $2 at the event. For more information contact the New Castle Recreation Department at 984-3352.

The Gordon Cooper Branch Library is excited to host a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop by the library to say hello to Santa, enjoy a holiday treat, and make some wrapping paper. Everything will be available for you to enjoy this fun-filled day. For more information call 963-2889.

Starting at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale, this comedy show will celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice and the beauty of ugly sweaters. Mark Thomas and his Comedy Mercenary Productions company has gathered up eight local, standup comics for the show, so come on out and have some good laughs. And, wear your best ugly sweater and join in the show. You might even win a prize for that work of art you just can’t seem to throw out.


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