Grand Valley holiday festivities |

Grand Valley holiday festivities

Make plans right now to attend the Christmas Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade is sponsored by the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce. This year, the parade route will be following the Grand Valley Days route, which starts at Railroad Avenue and Second Street, will head west on Second Street and then end at the gym of the Early Childhood Learning Center. Inside the gym there will be entertainment provided by our own school-aged kids, free refreshments (cookies and cider), and of course, Santa Claus will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes and give each child a small gift. Don’t forget to have your child’s picture taken with Santa – this is also a gift from the Chamber to you.There is still time to create a float for the parade (just remember, lights, lights, and more lights, and use a generator, not your vehicle battery). Last minute entries just need to give Teresa Snyder a call at 285-9740. This is truly one of the best community events we have, and a great way to get in the holiday spirit.We all know that stress during the holidays is major, but Fran Storm from the Battlement Mesa Activity Center has a few ideas for stress relief: Take free bridge lessons. Mr. Harry Bennett is the instructor. Register at the activity center’s front desk.Take yoga and/or Pilates classes. Yoga classes are offered at 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The class length is one hour, and the cost is $6 per class or 8 classes for $39. Pilates classes are offered at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The class length is 30 minutes, and the cost is $5 per class or 8 for $32.Take Tae Kwon Do classes. These lessons will be resuming at the activity center under the instruction of Robert Haynes. Just register at the front desk.Now for the ultimate in relaxation, have a massage from Amber Ford. Amber is the massage therapist at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. She is offering a Holiday Package Special. All massages and Gift Certificates will be $40 (50 minutes in length) during the month of December. Contact Amber at the activity center at 285-9480.Boys and girls basketball and wrestling seasons will soon be underway. Both basketball teams will be on the road for season-opening tournaments, and then returning for home games on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Games will start at 4 p.m. at the high school.The wrestling team has its season opener with a dual against Coal Ridge High School at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the high school.The cheerleading squad will be traveling to Denver to compete in the State Cheer Competition on Dec. 1 and 2. Good Luck, cheerleaders!Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO

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