Holiday Happenings |

Holiday Happenings

You can put a sense of community in Thanksgiving by attending the 29th annual New Castle Community Thanksgiving dinner at 5:30 p.m. today at the New Castle Community Center. The event is sponsored by the New Castle Lions Club, and everyone is invited. The Lions will provide the turkey, dressing, mashed and sweet potatoes, gravy and drinks. Guests are invited to bring table service and a side dish or dessert. Stephen Piker will provide great piano music.

A local gas station and coffee shop, Sherrys Caf, will open its door to those in need with a hot turkey and ham meal from 9 a.m. until noon Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22. The meal will be free and all are welcome.Slow-roasted turkey, honey ham, traditional mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, fruit salad and Sherrys Cafes famous green chili will be on the menu. Sherrys also has computer access with Internet, so guests can write home and have a warm and delicious Thanksgiving.For more information, call owner Simon DeHerrera at 947-0113. The caf is located at 2902 S. Glen Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

The Roaring Fork High School Student Council would like to offer an open invitation to a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the new Roaring Fork High School auditeria. Bring family, friends or just yourself. For more information, contact Laura French at 384-5789.

Fine art by Laurel Astor and Betsy Blackard. Also pottery, jewelry, knitted hats and scarves, handmade Santas, hand-painted ornaments, handmade soaps, potpourri, specialty baked goods and much more. Tuesdays through Fridays 4-8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red Canyon Plaza, 3768 Highway 82, Suite 205, across from Holy Cross Energy.For more information, call 945-0905.

Hotel Colorado General Manager Larry MacDonald and his team are gearing up for the winter holidays.The highlight of the season will be the annual Pageant of Lights from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 23. More than 200,000 lights on the building and common areas, and themed decorations honoring the birth of Jesus, children, the message of The Polar Express Story, Colorado Winter, and Santa will have his first public appearance of the season at the Hotel Colorado lighting ceremony. The ceremony will also feature seasonal music, with national recording artist and sax player Brian Savage; local duet Michelle and Kelli, the Gabossi Sisters; and vocalist Jon Chandler.The hotels chef has developed a fall menu taking full advantage of fall harvest produce. On Thanksgiving Day, holidaymakers can partake of a menu featuring ham, turkey, or beef with a cornucopia of accompanying appetizers and side dishes.

During the week of Thanksgiving, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21, 23, 24 and 25, including the Iron Mountain Tramway, 70-minute guided Cave Tours, the Canyon Flyer, the Lookout Grille, and Gift Shop. The park will be closed Thanksgiving Day so our employees can spend the holiday with their families.Please call 945-4228, ext. 117, for more information about group discounts, to book a holiday party and special events.

The Christmas In New Castle Market Place will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the New Castle Community Center. This event in downtown New Castle features handcrafted and party items and is held in association with the New Castle Chambers annual Christmas Tree lighting and the Chili and chowder cook-off.Crafters from all over the Western Slope will present their wares, including Hooked on a Feeling Crochet; Rainbow Crafts wood garlands, signs, etc.; Icons of Evolution Pottery; Avon products; Judys Country Crafts; Wilson Creek Rustic Creations; High Timber Oil Paintings; Silpada Jewelry, Arbonne International Skin Care; Juice Plus; and more. A silent auction sponsored by the Friends of the New Castle Library will feature gift-stuffed Christmas boxes and gift-stuffed Christmas stockings.The ladies of the Congregational Church of the Valley will be holding the annual cookie sale.The Boy Scouts will be serving lunch.For more information, please contact Mickey Tucker at 984-3530, evenings; or Julie Samuelson at 984-2646, days.

The Basalt Chamber is offering sponsorship opportunities for the 2007 Peace Tree Lighting ceremony to be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. In exchange for sponsorship, your name will be listed in all advertising for the event and your banner displayed in the park the night of the event. Call 927-4031 or e-mail for more information.

Symphony in Valley, the community orchestra for the Roaring Fork Valley, will present its annual Holiday Concerts Dec. 1 and 2. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Snowmass Chapel, 5307 Owl Creek Road in Snowmass Village. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs.The program includes orchestrated holiday favorites, including Carol of the Bells, Coventry Carol and Joy to the World, followed by the opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, with a cast of 16 singers.Tickets at the door.

Saturday, Dec. 22, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Bring the kids and the camera for visit with St. Nick.

New years Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. Great food, live music and a champagne toast at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

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