A Chamber CelebrationThe Glenwood Springs Chamber, 1102 Grand Ave., will host a holiday open house from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Enjoy a celebration with friends, appetizers and cocktails hosted by the chamber staff, board and ambassadors. Information: 945-6589Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas TreeChristmas tree permits may be purchased for $10 each at the White River National Forest supervisor’s office at 900 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11. Information: 945-2521.Made of ClayA Carbondale Clay Center student sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The center’s annual benefit cup show and auction is under way through Friday, Dec. 10, in the gallery. More than 75 cups, representing locally and nationally known ceramic artists, will be on display. Bidding is open until 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. The opening of the holiday show and sale that runs through Dec. 30, featuring work from 11 area ceramic artists. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Information: 963-2529.Glenwood Holiday HappeningsSanta and his helpers will be in Centennial Park from noon to 4 p.m. The Mollman Dickens Carolers will perform from noon to 2 p.m. in Centennial Park and while strolling around town. The Mountain Harmony Carolers will sing from 2-4 p.m. in Centennial Park and strolling, as will the St. Stephen’s Catholic School choir from 3-4 p.m. in Centennial Park and strolling in Glenwood Springs.Book SmartPreschool storytime for 3- to 5-year-olds will take place at the Glenwood Springs Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. The theme will be “Oh, Christmas Tree,” with stories followed by a simple craft. The library is located at 413 Ninth St. Information: 945-5958.Thanks for the MemoriesE. Dene Moore Care Center, 701 E. Fifth St., Rifle, hosts its 17th annual Memory Tree Celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. Open to the public, the program includes a tree lighting, music, thoughtful words for the season, and light refreshments. Remember those who have passed by purchasing a ribbon for the tree for $5. Ribbons do not need to be purchased to attend, and attendance is not required to buy a ribbon. Proceeds benefit the Grand River Memorial Trust and will be earmarked for center improvements. Information: Mary Jane Hangs, 625-1514. Forms may be picked up at the center or downloaded at http://www.grhd.org.Mix and MatchOn Thursday, Dec. 9, Basalt High School will host Mix It Up Day, a nationally recognized event where students gather at lunch and are encouraged to mingle with others they wouldn’t normally associate with to promote diversity and to break down social barriers. Marc Small will speak at the high school on the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 8, as an opening to Mix It Up Day. The Basalt High School Student Council and Leadership class will present Mix It Up Bowling later in the school year. Horticulturist-in-TrainingRegister today for Garfield County’s Master Gardener program training Jan. 26 through April 6 at the Eagle County building, 500 Broadway, Eagle. Master gardeners receive 66 hours of education on soils, fertilizers, irrigation management and water-wise gardening, plant pathology, insect identification, lawn care, herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, pruning and more. Applications are due at the Eagle County extension office by Friday, Dec. 10. Information and application request: (970) 328-8630.Mother Knows BestBreast Feeding Essentials, 2520 S. Grand Ave. No. 110, Glenwood Springs, will host an open house featuring information about consultations and supplies from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Information: Kim or Jeni, 945-MUMS (6867).Outdoor OpportunitiesRifle State Park staff will be at the Glenwood Springs Mall from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, selling 2005 Colorado State Parks passes. The seniors’ Aspen Leaf pass is $27, and the annual park pass is $55. With snowmobiling season just around the corner, don’t forget to stop by and register your machine.Christmas in CarbondaleBooth space is available for craft and food vendors wishing to participate in the old-fashioned Christmas bazaar and fund-raiser from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, 385 Second St. Groups and churches are welcome and space is limited. The event will feature live music from Mack Daddy and a chili lunch from the United Methodist Women. Information and applications: Erin, 704-0774 or Denise, 963-3526.
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