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The Nutcracker

Carbondale’s Crystal River Ballet School presents its production of “The Nutcracker” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, Wednesday, Dec. 10 and Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Hotel Colorado. Tickets are $12. Information: 963-0758.

Elementary holiday concert

Crystal River Elementary School will hold its holiday concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11 at Roaring Fork High School.

Sopris Elementary concert

Sopris Elementary School performs its holiday concert with the Sopris Elementary Singers and special guest John Adams at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Sopris Elementary. Information: 384-5418.

Homeschool presentation

L.I.F.E., Love In Family Education, a homeschool support group, will be having a Presentation Day at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. New families are welcome. Information: Donnalyne LaGiglia, 945-6222.

Rifle Masons annual dinner

Rifle Masonic Lodge will hold its annual dinner and installation of new officers on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 421 Railroad Avenue. A brief meeting will be at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the open installation at 8 p.m. A Grand Lodge officer will preside over the installation. Guests are welcome for the dinner and installation. Information: 285-9330.

Eco-talk on KDNK

At noon on Friday, Dec. 12, KDNK radio will be hosting a roundtable discussion with representatives of four area ecological organizations, as part of its Carbondale Characters radio show.

Participants will include Wilderness Workshop, the Roaring Fork Conservancy, Reudi Water and Power Authority and Colorado Big Country Resource Conservation and Development.

Marble Christmas concert

Marble Community Church hosts the Follow the Star Christmas Concert, held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at the church’s new Fellowship Hall. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8; Christmas desserts to follow. Information: 927-9771.

Audubon bird census

An all-day census of early winter birds in the Roaring Fork Valley will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, when members and friends of the Roaring Fork Audubon Society hold their 15th annual Christmas Bird Count.

Teams of observers will tally every bird they find in a designated circle 15 miles in diameter, and give their findings to a national database that tracks the prevalence of each species.

Participants should dress warmly and be prepared to do some walking. A potluck supper at the home of Linda Vidal will follow the bird count. Information: Dave Clark at 963-3479 or Linda Vidal at 704-9950.

Cash from Holy Cross Energy

More than 25,750 members of Holy Cross Energy who purchased electricity in 1993 will receive their share of almost $5.2 million in member equity distributions in December.

Residential members will see checks averaging $50 to $100 and commercial members will receive checks averaging $200 to $400. As a not-for-profit member-owned electric utility, Holy Cross allocates any annual revenues that exceed expenses back to its members. Eligible customers who do not receive a check in the next few weeks should contact their local Holy Cross Energy office.

Scuba class

Open water class will be offered Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14. This is a PADI certification for adults and children over 10. Call for NITROX class dates. Information: Dars Divers, 984-2820.

Kids’ education grants

The Aspen Valley Community Foundation invites nonprofit early childhood education programs from Aspen to Parachute to apply for funding through its Early Childhood Education Initiative. The program is a five-year, $1.25 million investment by the Community Foundation, with $250,000 available annually, including $130,000 in grants to early childhood education programs and $120,000 going to Kids First’s Glenwood Springs office.

Grant applications must be received by Jan. 7 at the Community Foundation office, located at the Red Brick Arts Center, 110 East Hallam, Suite 126, in Aspen. Information: 925-9300.

Winter slide show

Snowlight Editions, a Carbondale-based greeting card company, will hold a slide show featuring the work of photographers Burnham Arndt and Riccardo Savi from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, 100 Puppy Smith Road in Aspen. Snowlight’s greeting cards are available throughout the valley.

Community contra dance

Glenwood’s monthly Community/Contra Dance series continues from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, a week earlier than usual, at the Masons Lodge, corner of 9th and Colorado in Glenwood. This month’s caller is Pat Tognoni, with music by The Last Minute String Band and friends. Beginners always welcome; no experience or partners required. Adults $7. Information: Don, 945-0350.

Santa visits Storytime

Santa is coming to Storytime at the New Castle Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 17. Come join us for stories and a visit with Santa. Information: 984-2346.

No Open Gym in Carbondale

Open Gym for Carbondale, held at the Carbondale Middle School, is taking a leave of absence for December. Information: Carbondale Recreation Department, 704 4116.

A Night with Nina Storey

Spend “A Night With Nina,” a brand-new show celebrating Nina Storey’s new live CD, “24 Off the Board,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Basalt Middle School auditorium. The concert is a holiday celebration to benefit the Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation and the children of the Roaring Fork Valley. Tickets are $ 25 in advance, $30 at the door. Net proceeds will be given to the RFPEF. Tickets available at Midland Avenue Depot-Phillips 66 beginning today. Information: Scott Levine, 927-3599

Raley piano recital

The piano students of Annig Agemian Raley will perform their annual Christmas recital in the lobby of the Hotel Colorado from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Performances will feature younger students, recital pieces, duets and Christmast selections. Information: 945-2920.

Marble Firehouse Bingo

Bingo will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Marble Firehouse, sponsored by the Marble Historical Society. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., games begin at 7 P. M. Cash jackpots and prizes; refreshments and snacks will be available. Appropriate attire is holiday casual. Standard games packet is $ 10. Bring more cash for more chances to win big bucks. All proceeds of this event will go to maintenance expenses on the Marble Charter School building. Information: Vince Savage, 963-3608 or Kimberley Perrin, 963-9815.

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