Holiday Happenings |

Holiday Happenings

There will be a Community Thanksgiving Worship service at 7:30 p.m. today at the Eagle County Community Building in El Jebel. This ecumenical service of music, prayer, and remembrance is sponsored by the Colleagues in Christ Ministerial Alliance, and everyone is welcome. Please bring nonperishable food for our canned food drive.

An offering will be taken as part of the worship. Proceeds will be used for the annual interfaith Thanksgiving Basket distribution in the midvalley area to cover the cost of turkeys and perishable foods. Last year 82 families received a complete Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the generosity of local residents. Canned goods have been collected by the Cub Scouts, at local businesses, and cooperating churches throughout November.

Financial donations for the turkeys and fixings made be mailed to Basalt Methodist Church, Box 1159, Basalt, by Nov. 21.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, beginning at 10 a.m., the Thanksgiving Baskets will be assembled at the Basalt Community United Methodist Church, 0167 Holland Hills Road. Distribution of the baskets will begin at noon. If you’d like to volunteer to assemble or distribute these meals, please call Janice Duroux, 927-3549.

The Roaring Fork High School Student Council will host a free Thanksgiving community dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the school, 180 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. For questions, contact Student Council sponsor Laura French at 384-5789.

Prior to each Christmas season, volunteers spend hundreds of hours designing and creating an enchanting wonderland that resonates through the halls of the Hotel Colorado in preparation for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. This year’s ceremony takes place beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24. More than 2,000 strands of lights, which equates to 200,000 bulbs and more than 4.5 miles of wire, are placed in and around the hotel. Decorated trees and themed, animated scenes fill each corner of the main floor. Outdoors, larger-than-life wire-framed illuminated figures reside in the Hotel’s courtyard and rooftops.

Visitors and locals anxiously anticipate the Hotel Colorado’s courtyard lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving every year. Festivities begin with hotel staff members serving complimentary hot cider and cookies to all the guests. Roving carolers in Victorian garb sing traditional holiday hymns, while jazz musicians and bagpipe troupes perform their favorite renditions on the outdoor stage. Spectators sing along while holding candles lit for the vigil. A special guest of honor leads the countdown to flip the switch that brings the sparkling display to life. Then a spectacular fireworks show fills the sky to announce the official start of the holiday season. Inside, Santa Claus awaits on his red velvet throne ready to listen to children’s wishes. Artisans fill the Roosevelt Room selling handmade crafts and original art works.

A Victorian Teddy Bear Giving Tree is placed in the center of the lobby as a sign of the hotel’s good will. Donations from guests, locals and hotel staff provide Teddy Bears that are placed on the tree. The bears and financial contributions are ultimately delivered to needy children.

The Hotel Colorado Holiday Lighting Ceremony is free to the public.

The town of Carbondale Recreation Department, along with CCAH, invites kids and adults of all ages to light up downtown Carbondale and welcome Santa from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Fourth Street Plaza and Main Street. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies to keep you nice and warm.

The Symphony in the Valley in collaboration with the Danse Arts Theatre Company will present Dancing into Christmas, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec.1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Featured musicians will be Zac Milby, violin; Elise Helmke, harp; Ross Kribbs, violin; Paul Danker, vocal; and Debbie Dawson, vocal.

Featured dancers will be Laura Fautsko, Annie Harshman, Lindsay Hoffman, Alexandra Jerkunica, Anne-Marie Kelly, Carla Ober, Brandi Wittwer and Danielle Yost.

Get your Christmas pictures taken with Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Marble Community Church.

The Marble Community Church will be having Santa for Christmas photos with children, your pets or the young at heart. For more information call Mike or Darla at 928-0916.

A Procrastination Celebration Bazaar, luncheon and bake sale, designed for last-minute shoppers and procrastinating bakers, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the First United Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs.

Hungry shoppers can lunch on homemade soups, steaming hot corn bread, brownies or apple crisp, and a hot drink, throughout bazaar hours. Browse the craft tables for special gifts, and purchase pies, cookies, cakes and jellies at the Holiday Bake Shop in Fellowship Hall.

The church is located on the corner of Ninth Street and Cooper Avenue. All bazaar proceeds will help fund the missions of the church. Questions answered at 945-6232.

Contact information: Linda Levy, 384-1438. If no answer, call Ann Phillips, 945-9772.

Heritage Park Care Center and Heritage Park Assisted Living ask that family and friends of our residents mark the date of Sunday, Dec. 3, on their calendars for the Heritage Park eighth annual holiday dinner. Conundrum Catering Companies and some of the valley’s top chefs will once again come together to help create this event, which will begin at 5 p.m. at Heritage Park, 1200 Village Road in Carbondale.

Volunteers are needed to assist with serving, and may contact Ronda or Susan at 963-1500 or EKS Events at 927-8808.

Children ages 1-6 are invited to a catered lunch and a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9, at Carbondale Town Hall. Register for this event at the Carbondale Recreation Department by Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Join the Basalt community in celebrating this beautiful holiday season.

At 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Santa will arrive at the Basalt Library in Lions Park and will be available to hear wishes until 6 p.m. Matt Nieslanik’s horse-drawn wagon will offer rides through historic downtown Basalt. At 5 p.m., the Heritage Society will serve up $5 hot chili bowls, and the Lions Club will be serving free hot chocolate as the Basalt Middle School Band plays holiday favorites. The gingerbread cookie decorating workshop will take place in Wyly Community Arts located in Riverside Plaza.

At 5:30 p.m., the Peace Tree Lighting will take place.

There are many other festivities in Basalt throughout the holiday season.

Check for more information.

The Carbondale Recreation Department will be making gingerbread houses for ages 6-12 from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Carbondale Town Hall. The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 15. Call 704-4115.

Nonprofit organizations in Garfield County need your help. The Post Independent is helping raise money for some area nonprofits through the annual Holiday Fund drive, which is co-sponsored by the Two Rivers Community Foundation, La Tribuna, The Citizen Telegram and The Valley Journal. The main purpose is to raise money to support various nonprofit and other organizations in Garfield County. This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 for the following applicants: LIFT-UP, YouthZone, Colorado West Recovery Center, Advocate Safehouse, Operation Vacation, Special Olympics, Ranch Good Days, Garden School, Street Cat Coalition, Day of Infamy snowshoe race, Junior Achievement, Odd Fellows Lodge No. 45 and The Family Visitor Programs. All the money raised will stay in Garfield County.

All tax-deductible donations can be mailed or dropped off at the Post Independent, 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Call 945-8515, ext. 16705, for additional questions.

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