New Castle rings in holidays |

New Castle rings in holidays

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Tomorrow night is the kick-off for the holiday season in beautiful downtown New Castle. A number of businesses and activities will offer wonderful holiday entertainment this weekend. The festivities will begin with the tree lighting and Coal Ridge High School Choir performance at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Burning Mountain Park. Santa will make his appearance at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. Free hay rides start at 6 p.m. at the community center.Warm up at the Chili and Chowder Cook-Off, which will be held from 6:15-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Ritter Plaza. Sample the goods for $5, or $8 to get a mug as well. Again, bring your own Tums.

Creekside Hair and Skin, 386 West Main Street, is hosting an open house from 5-7 p.m. the same evening with cider, appetizers and cookies. And OZ, The Artists’ Workshop, will be open to browse for unique items and gifts. The Holiday Extravaganza will be held from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the New Castle Community Center. You’ll find lots of crafts and wonderful items for your Christmas list.Rec center grand openingThe new Lakota Canyon Ranch Recreation Center is hosting a grand opening with cocktails and appetizers from 5-8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 29. The private facility has a fitness center with a kids area adjacent to it; a full-service restaurant and grill for parties, manned by food and beverage manager Ethan Barth, with outside seating overlooking the seasonal pool; a game room with a pool table and a foosball table; downstairs aerobics and spinning room; and a massage room by appointment only. The facility also offers men’s and women’s full service locker rooms complete with showers, and has plenty of parking available.

The Lakota Canyon Ranch Recreation Center is open to the public for functions. Memberships are available only to Lakota residents. The facility is owned by Lakota Canyon Ranch Development.The recreation center can handle parties of up to 120 people. Call manager Ryan Parker at 984-0996 to book your holiday parties.”We hope to see a lot of people out here at the open house,” said Debi Billings, director of marketing for Lakota Canyon Ranch. “We’re very proud of it and we’re ready to show it off.”Business After HoursAlpine Bank New Castle Branch will host the next New Castle Business After Hours from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11.Business After Hours events are hosted by Chamber members. These provide a great opportunity to network with local business owners in a relaxed, social atmosphere. For further information, contact Maureen Maznio at 984-2746 or 970-989-6000.

Holiday crafts, activities and foodHelp the New Castle Branch Library make reindeer and star ornaments for your tree and the library’s tree. Read Christmas and Hanukkah stories, visit with Santa, and enjoy cookies and cider and decorating the tree from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. Children of all ages are welcome! Kudos to children’s librarian Diane Webster for putting this together and bringing back the tradition.Call 984-2346 for more information.With all this fun and excitement, aren’t you glad you live in New Castle? Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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