Holidays at the CavernsGlenwood Caverns Adventure Park is offering free tram rides from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 23 and 30. Holiday hours are: on Friday, Dec. 24, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Exclamation Point Restaurant will be open; Saturday, Dec. 25, the park and restaurant will be closed; New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec. 31: second annual “Toast at the Top” celebration at Exclamation Point Restaurant & Bar. Enjoy an elegant prime rib buffet, a midnight champagne toast, music by The Dags, and a free tram ride. Cost: $75 per person, $65 for annual pass members. Information: 945-4228 ext. 17, or 1-800-530-1635. area Democrats honor Dr. martin luther king Jr.Garfield County Democratic Party is sponsoring a dinner commemorating the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 5:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, at the Hotel Colorado. Mike Miles will be the guest of honor. Ticket price is $25. Information: 945-2396, 309-2886, or 285-9826.Carbondale Christmas Tree RecyclingBring your live Christmas trees to the collection site at Carbondale’s Town Hall parking lot. All decorations must be removed – no ornaments, tinsel, garland, tree stands, wire, screws or nails. No flocked trees, wreaths, or roping. Trees will be chipped into mulch available for landscaping projects in the spring. Information: 963-1307.Three Graces grace hotel colorado with performanceJennetta Meitler, and Shanti and Sheena Gruber, accompanied by local drummer Gary McElwee, will perform from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at the bar in the Hotel Colorado. Meitler trained in New York City at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, has performed on the Sea Princess Cruise ship, and is a member of the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Shanti Gruber is a senior at UNC, where she is a music major and teaches piano. Sheena Gruber sang throughout high school and is studying in Denver. Information: 384-5045.Pitkin County Grant AwardsPitkin County announces a contribution of $736,399 to 42 area health and human service agencies and community nonprofits. In addition, $200,400 in 2004 Emergency Funding was distributed to 10 health and human services grantees to help replace lost support from federal and state grant programs. Garfield County agencies receiving funding from Pitkin County include Alpine Legal Services, Catholic Charities, Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living, Computers for Kids Foundation, Family Visitor Programs, Healthy Mountain Communities, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, Roaring Fork Hospice, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Science Outreach, Sopris Therapy Services, Valley View Hospital SANE Program, Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention and YouthZone.The Pitkin County Health & Human Services Emergency Funding 2004 is earmarked to help maintain basic services. Garfield County agencies receiving emergency funding include: Alpine Legal Services, Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living, Family Visitor Programs, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention, Valley View Hospital SANE Program and YouthZone. Art by AliciaCarbondale Council on the Arts & Humanities presents Spanish artist Alicia Matesantz de las Heras at the CCAH Gallery, 645 Main St., through Jan. 7. Information: 963-1680. During the holidays, Artist’s Collective will open the gallery for viewing by appointment only: Alicia at 963-0707 or http://www.carbondalearts. com.new year’s eve in new castleArt of Defense Taekwondo and the New Castle Recreation Department present an alcohol-free family New Year’s bash from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at the New Castle Community Center. The night will include dancing, games for all ages and contests. Cost: $2 donation. Information: Sabrina Carmichael, 984-2109 (home) or New Castle Community Center, 984-3352.new year’s splash bashBring in the New Year with a splash with the Hot Springs Pool and Athletic Club. The annual New Year’s Eve Celebration will take place on Friday, Dec. 31. The non-alcoholic party includes complimentary noisemakers for the big countdown to midnight and a drawing for an annual pool pass. The pool will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve; noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Day; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve; and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. New Year’s Day. Information: 1-800-537-SWIM (7946) or 947-2954.Whip out the WIPs in the new yearAttention all quilters and scrapbookers: Anvil Points Quilt Guild presents a “Regret Minimization” retreat at the Hotel Grand Junction (formerly the Adams Mark) Jan. 7-9. Start the New Year out right by finishing all those WIPs (works in progress). Information: Pat Peterson, 876-5160.Attention all quilters and scrapbookers: Anvil Points Quilt Guild presents a “Regret Minimization” retreat at the Hotel Grand Junction (formerly the Adams Mark) Jan. 7-9. Start the New Year out right by finishing all those WIPs (works in progress). Information: Pat Peterson, 876-5160.
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