Despite the cold, Parade of Lights sparkled |

Despite the cold, Parade of Lights sparkled

Saturday night, Dec. 3, the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce held the annual Holiday Parade of Lights. It was very, very cold, but several of us “brave at heart” turned out for the event. The floats were innovative and colorful, as usual. Thanks to these businesses who entered the parade: RE/MAX Country, Battlement Mesa Company, Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Town of Parachute, Toby’s Vacuum Service with two entries, Williams Production and Alpine Bank. Three entries rose to the top as winners: first place, Williams Production; second place, Alpine Bank; third place, Toby’s Vacuum Service. The Sheriff’s Auxiliary led the parade with Santa Claus escorted in a red convertible provided by Sandy Hotard, of Williams Production. The after-parade party was held in the Activity Center, with more than 200 people showing up for cookies and cider. The St. John Middle School and Grand Valley High School band performed during the party. The Strictly Gospel Singers also entertained with Christmas songs. More than 100 children visited with Santa and received a gift, courtesy of the Chamber.Denise Gallegos, the Chamber president, did a wonderful job organizing and hosting this special holiday event. She would like to thank everyone for the help, especially the committee members, Sandy Hotard and Audra Moore. Also many thanks to the volunteers, Bonnie Gibson, Margaret Cooke, Maryann McKinley and Jim Warren. A special thanks for cookie donations from Rose Cose, Judy Hayward and Bonnie Gibson. Thanks to the staff of the Activity Center for hosting the after parade party and to the Sheriff’s Auxiliary for traffic control. Next year the parade route will be located in the town of Parachute – the Chamber plans to alternate between Battlement Mesa and Parachute on a yearly basis. Thanks, Chamber, you do a great job.Park and Recreation DistrictYouth basketball for fourth- through sixth-grade boys and girls will begin in early January. There will be both a boys’ league and a girls’ league. Please register and pay before Dec. 31. The fee is $50 to play and a $35 refundable uniform deposit is required. Please call with the child’s name, birth date and telephone number for reserve a spot. Practices and intramural play will continue until the end of February or the first week in March. Practices and games are held at the Early Childhood Center in Parachute. Coaches are still needed, so give Mary a call at 285-0388 if you would like to help.Activity CenterA Christmas Youth Dance is planned from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the Activity Center. The cost is $7.50 per person for kids in sixth through eighth grades only. A live DJ will be there to add to the festivities, along with a dance contest with prizes, and party-goers are asked to please bring your favorite CDs. Tickets are available at the front desk.Janet, of A Vintage Rose, is back by popular demand for another class in flower arranging, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. All the supplies needed to complete the project are furnished by A Vintage Rose and are included in the $35 cost. Register now because the class size is limited. If possible, bring your own tools, including scissors, wire cutters and a knife. Call the Activity Center at 285-9480 to reserve a spot or stop by the front desk.Going to New YorkYes – Dani, Jeff and I had a great time in New York City. We got to see many sights, but not all (the lines are very, very long). We saw “Spelling Bee,” a musical production at a new theater on Broadway – and it was wonderful. Dani and I rode the Ferris wheel inside the Toys ‘R’ Us store on Times Square. It was very inspirational to meet the other award winners – three adults and two kids won a national award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. It is a great organization and has helped Dani and me so much with her disease. The Moore/Gonzales Family is planning a fundraising event for CCFA sometime this spring. Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support Dani in her quest for wellness.Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. E-mail Mary with any news tips to

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