Volunteer now or New Castle Angel Tree program will die
Betty Arthur, New Castle LIFT-UP volunteer, desperately needs volunteers, and if she doesn’t get immediate help, New Castle won’t have an Angel Tree program this year.”We want to keep the program going, and if we can’t the needy people will have to go to Rifle for help, and then transportation can be another problem.”The Angel Tree registration starts on Friday. Volunteers are needed by today. Call Betty at 984-0373. Help keep the New Castle Angel Tree program alive!Meanwhile, the New Castle LIFT-UP food bank is alive and well. The building is under construction and remodel, but the food bank is committed to individuals and families who need a little help.
New Castle LIFT-UP is located in the previous Baptist Church next to the New Castle Museum on Fourth Street. Its hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Wednesday and Friday. The office phone number is 984-2115. For emergency food assistance, please call Betty at 984-0373.Registration for holiday food boxes will be between Oct. 19 and Nov. 9 during LIFT-UP’s regular days and hours, with no registration after Nov. 9. Each registering family will receive a food box for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. Shop, shop, shop, pa-rump-pa-pa-pum!Get a head start on your Christmas shopping! A wide variety of items will be available at the Celebrate Fall Market Place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the New Castle Community Center, including jewelry, candles, crocheted and knitted items, handmade signs, garlands, ornaments and other wood Items, watercolors, handcrafted Native American Arts, fleece apparel, rustic creations, and much more.
A few table spaces are still open, call Julie Samuelson at 984-2646 (days) or Mickey Tucker (nights) at 984-3530.For people with a common threadThe Stitch in Thyme stitchery club meets the third Thursday of the month. The group is open to anyone who knits, crochets, does embroidery, cross stitch, or hooks rugs – anything with stitches. Group members will teach you what you want to learn, and help with a project. Mickey Tucker will demonstrate loom knitting at 6 p.m. tonight at the New Castle Branch Library. Everyone is welcomed. A friend showed Mickey how to use a loom to knit this summer. She found it quicker and easier making hats than using needles. She has patterns to do blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats and shawls in about 10 different stitches.
The same yarn is used on the loom, but strands of thinner yarn is doubled up. Bulky and chunky yarns like homespun and light and lofty, and specialty yarns such as eyelash work really well, and can be mixed with different yarns.A Stitch in Thyme meetings are held in the library, sometimes in the main room and sometimes in the children’s reading room. Librarians at the front desk know where the group is meeting.”It’s a chance to meet people who enjoy the same hobby as you and a place to get help if you need it,” said Mickey. “We sit, stitch, and talk. Any age can come, men and women alike. It’s a chance to relax. What else do you need?” Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle New,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with a news tip or inspiration, please call 384-9118 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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