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Local Holiday Happenings

The Tri-Community Parishes of St. Brendan (Parachute), St. Mary (Rifle) and Sacred Heart (Silt) welcome everyone to join in the following celebrations of the Christmas season. Father Robert Hehn, pastor, will preside at the Christmas Eve Masses at 4:30 p.m. at St. Brendan and 7 p.m. at St. Mary on Saturday, Dec. 24. Lorie Beattie Courier, choir director, and Linda Jenks Colby, parish pianist, will conduct the adult choir in a pre-Mass program of traditional Christmas music, including selections from “The Messiah,” at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas morning Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Rifle. Father Jim Fox will preside at the Misa En Espanol at 2 p.m. at St. Mary.

New Year’s weekend Masses will be: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, St. Brendan, Parachute; 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart, Silt. New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2006 Mass will be celebrated at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and in Spanish at 2 p.m. at St. Mary, 671 Birch St., Rifle.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, First and Main in New Castle, will hold Christmas Eve Eucharist at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.

The First United Methodist Church will have Christmas Eve services at 6 and 8 p.m.; and Christmas worship will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25.

Apple Tree Park’s annual visit from Santa, “Santa Around the Park,” is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Anyone wishing to ride the hayride through Mountain Shadows and Apple Tree, please meet at the Apple Tree Business Mall at 5 p.m.

Three holiday decorated homes in Apple Tree Park will receive an award for their decorating prowess. Organizers will view homes the evening of Friday, Dec. 23, to take pictures and award prizes to the winners. There is no charge to enter.

The first place winner will receive $100 cash, second place winner will receive $50, and third place winner will receive $25.

Through Dec. 23, The UPS Store will offer customers the opportunity to purchase Toys for Tots donation cards for $1 each, with all proceeds supporting local Toys for Tots efforts. Additionally, the Basalt/El Jebel store is selling a limited-edition replica of The UPS Store/Toys for Tots No. 88 Ford race car, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.

Mountain Madrigal Singers’ 25th Annual Christmas Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Free admission, but donations are welcome. Free child care provided.

Join Santa’s Workshop at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Kids age 6 and older will complete high-quality gift projects.

For information, call the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts at 945-2414.

The Just for Me New Toy for the Inner City of Denver Children project will be ongoing until Dec. 15 at the First Baptist Church of Aspen. New unwrapped toys costing no more than $25 each are being collected.

Please no witchcraft, battery toys or CDs and no electronic toys. New Spalding regulation basketballs are the most wanted items, as well as soccer balls, Slinkys, cars and trucks, craft kits, watches, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. Gift wrapping paper, gift cards and scotch tape are also helpful.

Each child will receive a toy that will given by HIS Love Fellowship in Denver to open for Christmas. Please bring toys to the First Baptist Church of Aspen office at 726 W. Francis. Call 925-7828 for office hours.

Christmas-tree cutting permits are available and can be purchased at any White River National Forest office or the BLM Field Office in Glenwood Springs. Contact your local ranger district or BLM office for details. Permits cost $10 per tree with a maximum of five trees per individual. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold.

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