Community Briefs: Rifle Seventh Day Adventist Church to host free vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner
18th annual P.E.O. Christmas Home Tour
The 18th annual Christmas Home Tour, sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter IP in Battlement Mesa-Parachute, will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Proceeds from this yearly event go to the chapter’s scholarship fund. The four homes chosen for this year’s tour are unique and beautiful. They include a home with an elegant Victorian winter wonderland including a collection of Victorian dolls. Another is decorated to remind you of past Christmas magic. Whites and creams throughout an Italian home glisten and will definitely warm your heart. Stepping into another home is like stepping into a Christmas wonderland. There are 12 decorated trees including an Elvis tree and the “critter corner.” You will also see over 100 Santas of varying shapes and sizes. A home with a warm Tuscan feel and expansive views of the Colorado River Valley includes a unique Genealogy Christmas tree. Coffee, hot cider and cookies will be served at the Battlement Historic School. Tickets are $12. More information is available by calling 285-5627. Tickets may be purchased from P.E.O. Chapter IP members. P.E.O. is an international organization that not only helps graduating students but also women who are in need of extra funds to return to school.
New Castle craft/trade show and chili cookoff
The New Castle Chamber has teamed up with the town of New Castle for two events on Dec. 5. There will be a craft/trade show at the downtown Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring 20 booths, face painting for the kids and a chat with Santa. This event will be followed by the New Castle Chili Cook Off from 4-6 p.m. right down the street at Burning Mountain Park. There will be two local school choirs performing, an appearance by Santa, followed by the annual tree lighting at 6 p.m.
Annual Christmas craft fair
The annual Christmas craft fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at New Castle Senior Housing Activity Center, 201 Castle Valley Blvd. There will be lots of Broncos items and unique handmade gifts as well.
Early library closure
The Rifle and Glenwood Springs Branch Libraries will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, so our employees may gather for a holiday reception. Other branches are closed on Sundays and will not be affected. Regular hours resume at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at all branches. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website, http://www.gcpld.org, during the closure.
Food drive at Ladybug Express
Ladybug Express at 133 W. Third St. is conducting a food drive from now until Dec. 10. Customers can bring in five cans and get 5 percent off a flower arrangement, or bring in 10 cans and get 10 percent off the flowers. The canned items will be donated to the LIFT-UP food bank in Rifle.
Ladybug Express also is one of the pick-up and drop-off sites for the Angel Tree program, which helps provide gifts to families at need. The program runs until Dec. 7. Anyone interested in participating in the food drive or making a donation to the Angel Tree program should call the store, 970-665-9243, before stopping by.
Rifle Sears store participates in holiday campaign
With the holiday season right around the corner, the Rifle Sears Hometown Store is joining more than 1,200 Sears locations nationwide in supporting the 2015 Sears Hometown and Outlet Store, Inc. holiday campaign with Make-A-Wish to help more children with life threatening medical conditions experience the powerful,. and often life changing impact of a fulfilled wish.
Through Dec. 31, customers are invited to make incremental donations of $2, $5 or $10 in support of the campaign. The Rifle store, which is located at 1900 Airport Road, also will offer the following fundraising promotions:
Donate now, save later with award cards — Customers who donate $5 to Make-A-Wish Dec. 10-13, will receive a $10 award card to be used toward a future purchase; valid Dec. 3-9 or Dec. 26-31.
A very merry Santa sale — Customers who donate $5 to Make-A-Wish will receive an extra 10 percent off everything storewide; valid Dec. 17-24.
Through the Season of Wishes holiday campaign; Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. will donate 100percent of customer donations who Make-A-Wish. For more information visit wish.org.
Medicare open enrollment
Medicare open enrollment is here. Until Dec. 7, people can compare Medicare benefits for the next year and change their prescription drug plan, Medicare D, or Medicare Advantage Plan. Trained counselors from High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) are available to help with free, unbiased assistance. Call High Country RSVP at 970-384-8744 and a volunteer will call to schedule an appointment.
Symphony in the Valley seeks members
Symphony in the Valley is a volunteer organization comprising local musicians making music for the communities here in the valley. Musicians of all ages who play an orchestra instrument are invited to join. High school students are welcome with a teacher’s recommendation. Visit the Contact Us page at sitv.org for ways to reach us. The symphony will be meeting on Wednesday for fall practice.
Glenwood High graduates searching for classmates for 50-year reunion
The Glenwood Springs High School class of 1965 will hold its 50-year class reunion Sept. 16-17, 2016.
Organizers are searching for the following classmates: Jean (Moore) Albro, Karen (Smith) Barnes, James Collier, Jim Crook, Edward Harvey “Skip” Davis, Howard Halsey, Wilbur Harrington, John Juaregui, Matthew Kapushion, Ralph Kraig, Roger Laurence, John LeCavalier, Mike McGinnis, Ken McGuire, Dale Mecham, Aaron Mitchell, George Motichka, Patty (Coryell) Ogan, Duane Palmer, Charles Prellwitz, Vicky Price, Kathy (Juaregui) Rendon, Margaret Scholz, Martie Sebastian, Tom Selhime, Jack Stortz, Gloria (Godeski) Strouse, Frederick Thompson (formerly Rick Bianco), Sharon (Yoder) Trauger, Sam Weimer and Bob West.
If you are one of these missing classmates, or have information that might help locate them, please email your contact information to Linda (Tekoucich) Fromm at: firstname.lastname@example.org; direct a personal message to Linda on Facebook; or call Dixie (Strode) McClenahan at 360-797-1622. Please include your maiden name with your contact information if you are married.
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