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Community news & notes

Volunteers from Denver, Glenwood and surrounding mountain communities will be decorating the interior and exterior of Hotel Colorado the next two weekends, Nov.15 and 16, and Nov. 22 and 23, hanging two million lights and festive scenes throughout the property. Including scenes from Polar Express, a Colorado Mountain Christmas, Victorian Holiday scenes, and many more.The annual holiday lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, in the Hotel Courtyard. The event will feature live music in the Hotels courtyard, a childrens choir, sing-along, bagpipers, Christmas carolers, and a live manger scene. Guests can enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies. A spectacular fireworks display will entertain the crowd just before the switch is officially turned on. Inside the Hotel Colorado, families can enjoy a self-guided tour through the numerous charming Victorian Holiday decorative scenes; admire seventeen themed trees, and animated exhibits.

A private Carbondale residence will open its doors from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, for information about Colorado Rocky Mountain School.Contact Lisa Raleigh, director of communications at 963-2562.

The Grand Valley Model Railroad Club Christmas Train Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays Dec. 13, 20, 27 and Jan. 3; and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays Dec. 14, 21, 28 and Jan. 4.The model railroad show will take place at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road in Grand Junction. The display depicts the Rio Grande Railroad as it traveled from Denver to Salt Lake City with special emphasis on the railroads in the mountains of the Western Slope.For more information, call (970) 245-3273.

Alpine Christian Academy will host a holiday Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6. Children and adults decorate their own gingerbread houses. Refreshments and all decorating supplies are included in the donation. All proceeds benefit the high school service trip in the spring. Call 927-9106 to reserve a space. Walk-in participants are welcome. The academy is located at 20449 Highway 82 across from the Willits subdivision.

Sign up for a beginning Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Scuba class, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Register at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Call 384-6301 or Dar at 984-2820.

Glenwood Springs disabled persons or seniors in need of help with basic indoor repairs or yard maintenance may call 384-8746 for information about the new program, Helping Hands for Seniors. Leave your name and number, and a volunteer will call back.The program is sponsored by High Country RSVP. Volunteers will be welcomed to this program.

Write a letter to Santa Claus and drop it off at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center, and it will be sent directly to the Santas mailbox at the North Pole. Please include your return address so Santa and Mrs. Claus can reply. The mailbox will be at the recreation center until Wednesday, Dec. 17th.

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