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Mary Anderson, of the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Parks and Recreation District, reports that the Annual Craft Fair, held on Saturday, Nov. 19, was a huge success. More than 2,500 people passed through the vendor booths and a lot of Christmas shopping was done. People from Grand Junction, Meeker, Rifle, and Glenwood Springs, as well as all of us from Parachute and Battlement Mesa enjoyed the fair. Mary heard comments from patrons praising the vendors on new, different and exciting items for sale this year. The Parks & Rec District would like to thank the school district for all their cooperation in making the craft fair so successful each and every year. They would especially like to thank the Grand Valley High School custodians for all their time and effort they got the floor coverings on both gym floors in a very timely manner, making set up so easy. The boys varsity basketball team was just great helping vendors set up and tear down. The Kiwanis Club of Parachute and Battlement Mesa did a wonderful job, as usual, keeping the parking situation well organized. Also thanks to Nickie Gomez and her students for a wonderful concession. Debbie Rills baby blues Christmas trees decorated the front of the lobby and Kittys made dozens and dozens of donuts. After a little time to recuperate, Mary will be making plans for next years craft fair.Parade of LightsThe 2005 Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Join the fun as Santa leads our annual Christmas parade of lights. Enjoy the creations presented by our local businesses, organizations and neighbors. The parade will begin at the Activity Center, turning onto Sipprelle Drive to pass by Mesa Vista, then turning left onto Spencer Parkway going past the Battlement Plaza, then turning left once again onto Battlement Mesa Parkway to return to the Activity Center. The fun will continue at the Activity Center in the gym, where everyone is invited to join Santa for cookies, cider and entertainment. Santa will be available for children under 12 to share their Christmas wishes and to have a picture taken with the jolly ol fellow. Sounds like a great deal of fun to me see you there.Tree lighting ceremonyThe 17th Annual Loving Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Remember someone special this holiday season with an ornament on the Loving Tree to benefit Roaring Fork Hospice. A tax-deductible donation of $25 places an attractive ornament on The Loving Tree at the Loving Tree event in honor of your special person. An acknowledgement card will be sent to the appropriate person for each ornament given. For additional information, call Roaring Fork Hospice at 384-7530. Roaring Fork Hospice is an agency of Valley View Hospital Association, a Colorado nonprofit corporation.Baking with FranIts time to bake cookies with Fran! All children up to 8 years old (accompanied by a parent or guardian) can bake with Fran at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 . After the cookie baking, everyone is welcome to come and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. They will be in the lobby of the Activity Center from 3-5 p.m.Happy Thanksgiving from the Moore/Gonzales family. Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, appears every other Thursday. With a news tip for Mary, email her at mmoore@bmesa.com


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