Christmas Happenings |

Christmas Happenings

The St. Stephens Holiday Shop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. It is a fundraiser for the eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C. Many fun and unique items will be on sale for the holidays.Kids aged 5 years and up may also be dropped off for two hours of holidays crafts.For more information, contact Mrs. Lowe at 366-9688.

The Eagles Auxiliary 12th annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Eagles Lodge #215, 312 Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs.All proceeds go to charity.

Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and the town of Carbondale present Light Up Carbondale Dec. 5 at Fourth and Main streets. The Carbondale Elementary School Choir will escort Santa Claus from the CCAH Gallery to Fourth and Main at 5:15 p.m., when the town will magically light up upon Santas arrival. Sing carols, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn, and toast marshmallows over a bonfire. Santa will hear childrens wishes and well-known photographer Jane Bachrach will be taking photographs, which will be available after Dec. 15 at the CCAH office/gallery at 645 Main St. At 6 p.m., another tree will be lit at the corner of Weant and Main Street accompanied by the choir of the Roaring Fork Student Council, which will then carol up and down Main Street until 8 p.m.On the same night, Carbondale will host its First Friday celebration. Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities gallery at 645 Main St. will feature the Johnson Family Holiday Show. This longtime local, multi-talented family of artists unites for this show, which will feature woodworking, music, candy, preserves, photography, jewelry, woodworking and much, much more. Call CCAH at 963-1680 for more information.

Holiday ornament painting for all ages at the Carbondale Clay Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult helper. These creations will be ready to take home, same day. All-day drop in, no appointment necessary, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, or call 963-2529 for an appointment.

The Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter will be at the Glenwood Springs Petco from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, for a big fundraiser, in which pet owners will receive a great picture of their pet with Santa, and the Rifle Animal Shelter will be able to help more animals. Volunteers are needed to help bring adoptable dogs to the event. Please call 625-8808 for more information, and visit the website at shelters/CO48.html for the adoptable pet list and Holiday Wish List.

The public is invited to celebrate dance and music at the Winter Palooza 2008 at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Each show is slightly different and extravagant.Call 945- 2414 for more information.

The Basalt Chamber will ring in the holidays with its annual tree lighting in Lions Park Friday, Dec. 5. Santa will arrive at 4 p.m. and will be available to hear wishes until 6:30 p.m. Take a ride on Matt Nieslaniks horse-drawn wagon, savor homemade cookies by Beta Chi Sorority, enjoy cocoa from the Lions Club, chili from Basalt Regional Heritage Society and enjoy entertainment from the Basalt Middle School choir. Mayor Duroux will light the giant fir tree at 6 p.m.Various businesses will have holiday offerings in conjunction with the festivities.The Redtones, a rock/R & B/funk/ country band, will be playing at Stubbies in Basalt from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

A Christmas concert and silent auction for Coal Ridge High School will be held Monday, Dec. 15. The silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Christmas concert at 7 p.m. The concert is free, and refreshments will be served.All proceeds from the auction will benefit the band and choir departments.For more information, call Gina Reece-Long at 876-5065.

The Aspen/Glenwood Springs Choral Society will present the 31st consecutive annual performances of Handels Messiah, under the direction of Music Director and Composer-in-Residence Ray Vincent Adams.The Glenwood concerts are to be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9 and 10, at the United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. The Aspen concerts will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, at the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.The all-volunteer choir is composed of singers from Aspen to Rifle and is the longest-running holiday tradition in the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope. The choir, consisting of 100 volunteer singers, will be accompanied by the professional Aspen Choral Society Orchestra at the concerts.For more information, call Ray Vincent Adams at 925-3685.

Get a real Christmas tree at Mr. Ts Hardware, 6300 County Road 335, New Castle. Ten percent of proceeds goes to the Garden School. Selling until 9 p.m. each night, and from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.For more information, call 984-2977.

Annig Agemian Raleys piano students perform from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in the the lobby of the Hotel Colorado.For more information, call 945-2920.

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