Art center opening in New Castle |

Art center opening in New Castle

In conjunction with the Christmas Bazaar and Winter Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, in beautiful downtown New Castle, Patty Ringer will be hosting an open house at her soon-to-be-open art center beginning at 5 p.m. The name for the art center will be OZ – The Artists’ Workshop. Art instructors Betsy Blackard, Ruth Jean Little, Grant Ballin, Diane Seabrook and Patty Ringer will be on hand, so stop by and meet them, preview their work, and check out demonstrations. Refreshments will be served.OZ – The Artists’ Workshop is a realization of a dream by both Patty and Charlie Ringer. What a wonderful addition to downtown businesses!Also in conjunction with the Winter Celebration, Tom Jones from the New Hope Church will be opening his doors at 5 p.m. for folks to warm up before the the caroling begins.The Advocate Safehouse Project is sponsoring two women’s support groups. One is in Rifle in a nonstructured gathering on Monday evenings. Participants learn the dynamics of domestic violence, safety strategies and numerous community resources available to them. Participants also have the opportunity to process their experiences with other women who have similar histories, and gain a sense of self-esteem and empowerment in a confidential setting.Participants in the Glenwood Springs Tuesday night support group are currently in or have been in a hurtful relationship. The group provides a nurturing, safe environment for women focusing on creating a healthy life, and is committed to learning new strategies and life enhancing tools.There is no charge for membership in these support groups, which meet at 7-8:30 p.m. Free child care is available at both locations. Call 945-2632 for location and more information. -The New Castle Lions Club presented a $900 check to the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors Affordable Housing Fund on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Rivers Restaurant. The New Castle Lions Club hosted the Balloon Fest pancake breakfast in September. Half of the net proceeds from this event are donated to the Realtors Affordable Housing Fund, given out as grants to qualifying first-time home-buyers in need of assistance with the down payment of their first home. The other half of the proceeds remain with the New Castle Lions Club to be used for local projects such as eyeglasses, vision screening for children under 6, essay contests, Veteran’s Day, Angel Trees Gifts and many more community needs.The New Castle and Silt Lions clubs along with the Lions Club District Governor Chuck Stevenson presented a $1,000 check to the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District on Nov. 18 at the Silt Firehouse. These funds were raised by donations from the Lions Clubs belonging to the 6-West District. -Last week I incorrectly identified the women who had hosted the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for over 30 years as the Ladies Aid, when it really was the New Castle Women’s Club. Several of the same women are or were in both clubs, but not all. Many people called to set me straight, and I’m here to say I’m so sorry for misidentifying the gracious hostesses.Besides the potters mentioned in last week’s column, the Rifle CMC Pottery Sale will also offer pottery by Marilyn Cozza and Deb Stewart. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Rifle CMC Pottery Studio, located downstairs. Anyone who appreciates fine handmade pottery can’t miss this event.The menu for the CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheon at the New Castle Community Center for Monday, Dec. 2, will be roast beef with gravy, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, coleslaw, and cherry pudding.Please call me at 984-2308 if you have any New Castle news to share. Happy Thanksgiving and save some Christmas cash for local crafters!

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