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The Colorado Rocky Mountain School climbing team will host the Sopris Showdown 3 on Saturday, Dec. 2. The event brings scores of climbers to CRMS’s newly expanded climbing wall for an event sponsored by Climbing magazine and sanctioned by the American Bouldering Series (ABS).Competition starts at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $20 with categories ranging from Open to Recreational. Registration begins at 5 p.m.

The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department is still accepting registration forms for Youth Hoops at Glenwood Community Center. Local youth boys and girls third through sixth grade are eligible to participate. Age is determined as of Dec. 31 of the current year. “This is a great opportunity for our Glenwood youth to develop the fundamentals of basketball while having a fun and exciting time. There has been a longtime interest in the valley for youth basketball,” states Youth Coach Jacky Gaddis. Practices and games are held Monday through Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center starting Dec. 11. Registrations are being taken on a first come-first served basis. There is a $5 late fee for registrations taken after Dec. 1. Participation fees are $45 for residents and $48 for nonresidents. Information: 384-6301; http://www.glenwoodrec.com.

Two weeks ago the CRMS climbers had an excellent first outing at their season-opening competition in Breckenridge. Senior Chase Cazedessus finished second in the Men’s Open division-which included juniors and adult climbers.Lily Safford-Smith took fifth place in the Women’s advanced division. Kelsey Lewis won the girls’ Youth “A” category. Safford-Smith was 14th in the 2006 Junior Olympics in climbing. CRMS brought 29 climbers to the Breckenridge competition, and its full team numbers more than 40. More than one-fourth of CRMS’s 150-member student body climbs competitively.



New Castle Recreation will be hosting open gym starting Dec. 2 for basketball players 18 and older every Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at Riverside Middle School. Information: 984-3352.

The Carbondale Recreation Department will again be conducting a Christmas holiday week full of fun for ages 7 and up. The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 15. All transportation is provided to and from Town Hall for the activity, and is included in the cost.Visit to the Clay Center & Glenwood Rec Center will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. The cost is $35. Bowling and a movie will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 21, and the cost is $20. Four Mountain Rumble Ski Day will be held on Dec. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $15 (must be an intermediate skier or above and have own ski pass).On Dec. 27 the CRD will be having its fun at the Aspen Rec Center day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $15. The group will visit the Hot Springs Pool on Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., costing $20. It will then venture to the Dinosaur Museum in Fruita from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 29, and the cost is $15.Information: 704-4116.


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