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Rifle’s annual Parade of Lights will get started around 6 p.m. It will end at the Fairgrounds, where the 13th annual Holly Days celebration will begin. Food, fun and prizes and discover the Parade of Lights winners.The annual Holly Days celebration, with the theme this year of “Toys for All,” features prizes from 13 local businesses and a grand prize package that includes four Wii games, an iPod Nano 16GB, VIZIO Bluray disc player, Nintendo Dsi game system, a Nintendo DS game, 3-in-1 tabletop game center, assorted board games and a number of prizes in a Goodie Kit donated by Rifle Truck and Trailer valued at more than $360.You must be present to win.The Parade of Lights will go down Railroad Avenue to the Garfield County Fairgrounds. There are more than 10 entries that will travel down Railroad Avenue with Santa and Mrs. Claus taking up the rear in the last float.

The Garden School is sponsoring a Mother’s Day Out for both Dec. 12 and 19 for children ages 4-8 at the preschool facilities, 5131 County Road 335 on the other side of the river from New Castle. The cost is $30 per child per day and the parent must register by calling the school at 984-0604. This is a time for parent’s to shop, wrap gifts or relax while their children attend a fun-filled day with crafts, games and a chance to learn about Baby Jesus and Christmas in Bethleham. Children need to bring a packed lunch and a warm coat, gloves and boots.

For those houses that received a food donation bag last week, please have your food donations ready to pick up by the New Castle Cub Scouts, Pack 221, Saturday morning Dec.12. Thanks for your support of our local town.



Alpine Christian Academy will host its fourth annual holiday Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children (and adults) will have the opportunity to express their creativity as they decorate their own gingerbread houses; $20 donation for one house, $30 for two, including all decorating supplies and refreshments.All proceeds benefit the academy scholarship fund. Call 927-9106 to reserve a space. Walk-in participants are welcome. Alpine Christian Academy is located at 20449 Highway 82 across from the Willits subdivision.

The Basalt Chamber will host a Holiday Cookie Contest during the Yule Night at Willits on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Kitchen Collage of the Roaring Fork Valley.Nonprofessional bakers from up and down the valley are invited to enter, by delivering a dozen cookies to the Kitchen Collage store, 840 E. Valley Road, between 4-5 p.m. Saturday.Judging will take place at 5:15 p.m., and winners announced that night.For more information, call 927-4031, e-mail director@basaltchamber.com, or visit http://www.basaltchamber.com.



The Aspen Choral Society presents one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s longest-running holiday season traditions, with its final performance of Handel’s Messiah, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aspen.This is the concert’s 32nd year under the direction of Ray Vincent Adams. The performance combines choir members from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley totaling more than 75 singers, and accompanied by the Choral Society Orchestra.Numerous soloists from the valley and from New York will perform the vocal arias within the piece.A $10 donation is requested at the door. For more information, call Ray Adams at 925-3685.

Thunder River Theatre Company’s production of “Visiting Mr. Green,” by Jeff Baron, continues Dec. 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19 at the Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade, Carbondale.All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday, Dec. 13, matinee, which will be at 2 p.m. “Visiting Mr. Green” is described as “a cannily crafted comedy about family, friendship and forgiveness.” The local production stars TRTC member Richard Lyon as Mr. Green. Lyon was last seen as the irascible Norman in TRTC’s “On Golden Pond.” Ross, the young man, is played by Gerald DeLisser who was last seen on the TRTC stage in “The Fantasticks.” Company member Brad Moore directs, and TRTC Artistic Director Lon Winston has designed the set.Tickets and information are available online at http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com, or by calling (970) 963-8200.

Grand Valley United Methodist Church of Parachute, 132 Parachute Ave., will host its annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. New this year will be a “Candyland” table bearing a variety of homemade candies. There will also be a craft table with items that make nice Christmas gifts. The table will include a “Special Tree” with handmade hats, mittens scarves and headbands.

There’s a time correction for Betsy Blackard’s colorful pastels show in New Castle. The show will be at Patti’s Main Street Coffee House, and people will have the chance to meet the artist from 4-5:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Willits at Basalt hosts Yule Night from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.Toast marshmallows and warm up at the fire pits, visit Santa at Montecito Loft & Home from 4-5:30 p.m., enter the cookie contest, enjoy goodies at Corky Woods, and tour the Willits Winter Market.Businesses throughout Basalt will be decked out in their finest as the holiday scavenger hunt and best decorated business and best holiday drink contests continue (drink contest ends this weekend).For more information, call 927-4031, e-mail info@basaltchamber.com, or visit the calendar of events at http://www.basaltchamber.com.

Jeff Van Devender will perform at Carbondale Community Methodist Church with guest musicians Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.For more information, visit http://www.JavaMusiK.com, e-mail javamusik@gmail.com or phone (970) 984-2655.

Choirs from up and down the valley be performing a free Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 13. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will be at St. Mary Catholic Church located at Seventh Street and Birch Street in Rifle.This year’s participants include The Awakening Chorus from Grand Valley United Methodist Church, the St. Mary Sanctuary Choir from St. Mary Catholic Church in Rifle, and choirs from the Rifle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There will also be a performance from the Mertensia Handbell Choir, sponsored by the Carbondale United Methodist Church.For information call 625-2333.


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