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Gobs of fun at New Castle Day

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Dont forget to get in on local spirit and festivities at New Castle Day and Fall Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. This event will celebrate New Castles 120th birthday. Events, including a childrens pumpkin-painting contest, hay-bucking contest for adults, and a doggie dress-up contest, will be held at Burning Mountain Park and beautiful downtown New Castle.Groups wishing to raise funds, as well as food and craft vendors, may sell their wares during the event in a farmers market-type setting. For more information, please contact Wendy at 984-2311, Mickey at 984-3530, Julie at 984-2646 or Judy at 625-7284.During this fun-filled event for the whole family, the first annual Citizen of the Year award will be named, the town will celebrate its 120th anniversary, art demonstrations will be offered at OZ Art Studio, and festival-goers will find sidewalk sales, pottery/jewelry and craft vendors and food vendors.A wine tasting will be held at Spirits, on the corner of Main and Third streets.Everybody have fun!

Local citizens are invited to attend the Solar Home Open House & Educational Tour 2008 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 4, in New Castle. Five solar-powered locations will be open to the public. Solar energy experts will be on hand to answer questions.Information and refreshments will be provided. Download a map of tour locations at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org, or look for street signs starting at the highway exit.For questions, 984-3565 or fischerdedog@yahoo.com.

Friday, Oct. 3 is a no-school day. The New Castle Branch Library will be hosting a Wii Sports event beginning at 1 p.m. for sixth through twelfth graders. Sink Your Teeth into a Good Book Teen Read Week begins Oct. 13. The New Castle Branch is hosting an on-site scavenger hunt. Come in after Oct.12 for the beginning clue. The hunt will continue through Saturday, Oct. 18th.A Haunted Coffee House for sixth through twelfth graders will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Ghoulish guests are welcome to perform on an open mic, or just come and enjoy the grossest treats the witches at the library can find. Carve a pumpkin at home and bring it along for the most original carving contest, and dress for the scariest costume contest. The librarys annual Storytime Halloween parade will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the library by 10:20 a.m, the parade starts at 10:30. Trick or treaters will show off their costumes to local downtown businesses between the post office and Fifth Street. If any businesses outside that area want to participate, feel free to bring treats to the library.For more information on any of these events, call the library at 984-2346.



For free nutritional assistance, visit the New Castle LIFT-UP Food Pantry, next to the New Castle museum on Fourth Street. Bring some form of identification. The food pantry is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday.The spirit of the holidays is gaining momentum, despite the wonderful fall weather. LIFT-UP holiday plans are in the works. Anyone in the New Castle area is urged to register for free holiday meal boxes. Visit the food pantry during regular hours Oct. 24, 29, 31 or Nov. 5, 7, 12. Those wishing holiday meals must register for a Thanksgiving box of food to be available Nov. 22 and a Christmas box Dec. 13. Christmas angel gifts will be given to children up to 12 years old.For more information or emergency assistance, please contact Betty Arthur at 984-0373.

New Castle-ite Kinga Fauser belongs to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and wants everyone to visit the churchs Harvest Festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11th. The church is located at 1630 Grand Ave. in Glenwood. Good Shepherd’s Harvest Festival raises monies for local charities, church programs and projects by using material and yarn, to make many kinds of items to sell at the Harvest Festival. A special quilt will be for sale at the Harvest Festival. It was an unfinished quilt given by Pat Price to Betty Gieb of Glenwood, who brought the quilt to a Helping Hands meeting. Myra Bone backed and machine-quilted the quilt, and Jeanne Furman bound the quilt, which is priced at $325. The Quilters of the Rockies confirmed the quilt was handmade of 1930s fabric. Tasty cinnamon rolls will be served from 8-10 a.m., and a soup lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many other items will be on sale, including handmade quilts; gifts; hand-sewn, hand knit and crocheted items; jellies and jams; baked goods; handmade wooden cradles, wagons, birdhouses, baby items, jewelry, baskets, and elegant treasures. Proceeds will benefit local charities and the Good Shepherd Church.Kay Vasilakis New Castle News column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a news tip or local inspiration, please call 384-9118 or e-mail kay@postindependent.com.


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