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A brain injury support group will meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. at WestStar Bank. Call 984-2446 for more information. It was incorrectly reported before that the meeting would be held today.

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce urges citizens to shop locally. Purchase $25 or $50 gift certificates for friends, family, and co-workers from the Chamber and support our local economy. Chamber gift certificates are redeemable at over 80 participating businesses. For more information, call Heather at 963-1890 or email heather@carbondale.com.

Children ages 1-6 are invited to a catered lunch and a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Carbondale Town Hall. Register for this event at the Carbondale Recreation Department by Wednesday, Dec. 6.



The Town of Carbondale Recreation Department, along with CCAH, invites kids and adults of all ages to light up downtown Carbondale and welcome Santa from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Fourth Street Plaza and Main Street. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies to keep you nice and warm.

Colleagues in Christ Ministerial Alliance of Basalt and El Jebel are organizing the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Families in the mid-valley are pre-qualified through Pitkin and Eagle County. Canned and non-perishable goods donations are needed to be taken to the El Jebel City Market, Basalt Town Hall and all the local church lobbies to fill the anticipated 80-90 boxes.Financial donations for the turkeys and fixings made be mailed to Basalt Methodist Church, Box 1159, Basalt, by Nov. 21.Contact Janice Duroux 927-3549 or Marie Gasau 927-4098.



Heritage Park Care Center and Heritage Park Assisted Living ask that family and friends of our residents mark the date of Sunday, Dec. 3, on their calendars for the Heritage Park eighth annual holiday dinner. Conundrum Catering Companies and some of the top valleys chefs will once again come together to help create this event, which will begin at 5 p.m. at Heritage Park, 1200 Village Road in Carbondale. Volunteers are needed to assist with serving, and may contact Ronda or Susan at 963-1500 or EKS Events at 927-8808.

A food drive for LIFT-UP holiday baskets will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, November 1819, from 9:30 a.m. at the Carbondale City Market. This food drive will provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for those in need throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.A trailer, collection boxes and volunteers will be at Carbondale City Market to collect food for our less fortunate community members. Please come out and donate to this important cause.Food needed includes canned vegetables, fruits, pie, fillings and evaporated milk; pie crust mixes (non-refrigerated), Jell-0 and pudding mixes, stuffing mixes; biscuit, roll or cornbread mixes. Please, no perishable or frozen items.

Prior to each Christmas season, volunteers spend hundreds of hours designing and creating an enchanting wonderland that resonates through the halls of the Hotel Colorado in preparation for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. This years ceremony takes place beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24. Over 2,000 strands of lights, which equates to 200,000 bulbs and over 4.5 miles of wire, are placed in and around the hotel. Decorated trees and themed, animated scenes fill each corner of the main floor. Outdoors, larger-than-life wire-framed illuminated figures reside in the Hotels courtyard and rooftops. Visitors and locals anxiously anticipate the Hotel Colorados courtyard lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving every year. Festivities begin with hotel staff members serving complimentary hot cider and cookies to all the guests. Roving carolers in Victorian garb sing traditional holiday hymns, while jazz musicians and bagpipe troupes perform their favorite renditions on the outdoor stage. Spectators sing along while holding candles lit for the vigil. A special guest of honor leads the countdown to flip the switch that brings the sparkling display to life. Then a spectacular fireworks show fills the sky to announce the official start of the holiday season. Inside, Santa Claus awaits on his red velvet throne ready to listen to childrens wishes. Artisans fill the Roosevelt Room selling handmade crafts and original art works. A Victorian Teddy Bear Giving Tree is placed in the center of the lobby as a sign of the hotels good will. Donations from guests, locals and hotel staff provide Teddy Bears that are placed on the tree. The bears and financial contributions are ultimately delivered to needy children. The Hotel Colorado Holiday Lighting Ceremony is free to the public.

The Carbondale Soccer Club is hosting a referee certification clinic on Saturday at Roaring Fork High School. The clinic for new recreational referees takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in classroom 107. The cost is $45 for grade 9 certification. For more information or to register, call Karen Adams at 948-1389.Special service to be held at Unitarian Universalist CongregationNov. 19, the congregation welcomes Karolyn Spencer of Feed My Sheep Ministry, and Tom Dalessandri of The Pearlington Project in a service entitled UUCGS Gives to the Wider Community. Robbie Griffee will be the service leader and Nancy Stevens and Pat Girardot will provide special music. Age-appropriate religious education for children will be available. Potluck Sunday, so bring table service and a dish to share.

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a Beef Industry Update or Beef University from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Event Hall. Topics will include The 2005-06 BQA Audit and What it Means, Nutrition for During and After the Drought, Animal Health, A Chefs Perspective, area and regional updates and more. All cattle producers and others interested are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by noon, Dec. 8 by calling the Garfield County Extension Office at 625-3969.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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