Community News & Notes
The Glenwood Springs Chamber loves all its members, and on Wednesday, Nov. 30, they are going to prove it! Chamber Ambassadors and volunteers will perform Operation Thank You by going out and personally thanking all members for belonging to the Chamber. Volunteers will be delivering special gifts. The Chamber is the voice of business in the valley.
Champagne and a festive atmosphere await Elegant Auction goers at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Hotel Colorado. Great food, party favors, door prizes. Proceeds to CMC Even Start, local womens scholarships, and the Girl Scouts Girls are Great program. Advance tickets at the Mountain Peddler, 821 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. 945-9301
Michael Martin Murphey returns to Aspen to perform A Cowboy Christmas Concert as a benefit for Alpine Christian Academy. The show is sponsored by the R.H. Crossland Foundation and takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Wheeler Opera House. Call 920-5770 for tickets.
Give gifts made by local CMC potters. The sale is from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the CMC Rifle Pottery Studio, 703 Railroad Ave. For more information please call Michelle at (970) 216-7576.
The 2005 Parade of Lights for Battlement Mesa and Parachute will be presented at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Santa leads the parade which begins at the Activity Center. Fun continues at the Activity Center and kids can join Santa for cookies, cider and entertainment. Contact Denise Gallegos for more information at 285-7154.
Afternoon Tea with sandwiches, scones and desserts will be served from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Historic Primavera Restaurant in Basalt. Music by the Walt Smith Trio.Take a break from holiday shopping and enjoy tea in a festive holiday atmosphere. $20 per person. On sale at Basalt Town Hall or by calling 927-4693.
Glenwood Springs High School is sponsoring a Christmas Bazaar and Santas Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Glenwood Springs High School Conference Room and Counseling Office area.Children can come secretly buy presents and gifts for their parents while parents shop in another area.Come and shop and let your kids shop for the holidays! Please call 384-5559 with questions.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has special holiday activities planned, including visits with Santa, Christmas carolers, holiday lights and crafts for kids. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Sunday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 17, ride the tram to see Santa. Kids can make their own holiday ornaments and warm up with a cup of spiced cider or hot chocolate.From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, have lunch with Santa (reservations 945-4228, ext. 11), kids can make holiday ornaments, and Christmas carolers sing holiday favorites.Enjoy holiday lights in the plaza and lunch or dinner at Exclamation Point Restaurant and Bar from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.
The 14th annual Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Sunlight Mountain Resort. This is an 8K race that winds through Babbish Gulch on Sunlights cross country trails.Preregister in advance at Summit Canyon Mountaineering for $20 or on race day at the Sunlight day lodge beginning at 9 a.m. for $22. Cut off for preregistration is 6 p.m. Dec. 10.Awards and prize drawings follow the race. The race benefits the animal shelters of Garfield County (CARE, Mid-Valley animal rescue, and Rifle Animal Shelter). Walkers and runners are welcome to support four legged-friends. Showshoes are required for all races. For more information, please contact Summit Canyon Mountaineering at 945-6994.
Crystal River Ballet School, under the direction of Jeni Ptacek, announces the sixth annual production of The Nutcracker will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17. More than 85 students will perform the holiday classic at the Church at Carbondale. Tickets will be available at the door only and are general admission. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
The Glenwood Springs High School Cheerleaders will be providing day care from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Glenwood Springs High School.Fees are $8/hour or $35/afternoon for ages 4 years or older. Fee includes snack, activities, games and crafts.For reservations, call 384-5558 or 379-9234. Drops-ins may be taken on space-available basis.
Christmas tree cutting permits are now available and can be purchased at any White River National Forest office or the BLM Field Office in Glenwood Springs. Contact your local ranger district or BLM office for details on when the permits will be available. Permits cost $10 per tree with a maximum of five trees per individual. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold.
The KDNK Labor of Love Auction is online now at http://www.kdnk.org. This years auction pays homage to Hunter S. Thompson, one of the valleys more infamous residents. Look for Thompson memorabilia donated by Thompsons widow, Anita, gift certificates, ski tickets and passes and lots of unique items.The beloved KDNK Auction Catalog can be found online or at coffee shops and stores throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK members will receive the catalog in the mail. If you want one mailed to you, please contact KDNK or download catalog at http://www.kdnk.org. Stay tuned to KDNK for the On Air portion of the auction beginning Monday, Nov. 28. For more information call 963-0139.
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Reminded of mortality by the Jewish High Holidays, I’ve been thinking about our 14 ½ year-old puppy, Leo. Though near life’s end, his ever-wagging tail signals he’s loving life.