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Happenings
2013 December/January
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
-Opening Day, Sunlight Mountain, Dec 5.
-Opening Day Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands, Dec 14
-Carbondale Community School, ¡®Wee-Cycle¡¯, gently
used kids clothing & toy sale, Dec 14, 11a-4p, Willits
Shopping Center, kids games & bake sale, drop off gen-
tly used clothing and toy donations at the school or call
Robin at 970.618.3101 for pickup.
-Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: The Nutcracker, Dec 14-15,
dazzling dancing, magnificent sets, cast of 60 dancers,
actors and circus artists. www.aspensantafeballet.com
-St. Regis Aspen: The 12 Days of Christmas, Dec 14-25,
events include book reading by local author Amiee
White Beazley. Craft your own bespoke holiday orna-
ment in Santa¡¯s Living Room as Amiee reads her new
book, Snowmastadon. www.stregisaspen.com
-12 Days of Aspen, Dec 20-31, downtown Aspen, every-
thing from free ice skating & carriage rides to concerts
& carolers. Santa joins in, as do his reindeer Comet &
Vixen! New Year¡¯s Eve fireworks over Aspen Mountain.
-Wheeler Opera House Reopening w/Burt Bacharach,
Dec, 21, www.wheeleroperahouse.com
-USPA World Snow Polo Championship, Dec 21-22,
Marolt Property.
-Ajax Cup, Dec 30, Aspen Mountain, Winter¡¯s most
exciting Celebrity Ski Race, on Little Nell Run on Ajax.
-Winterskl, Jan 9-12, Downtown Aspen, festivities,
activities, live music, canine fashion show, fireworks.
-Aspen Nordic Festival & Owl Creek Chase, Jan 18-19,
one of Colorado¡¯s largest and most premier cross-coun-
try ski races since 1985. www.owlcreekchase.com
-Mountain Air Mechanical Ice Fishing Tournament, Jan
18-19, Rifle Gap Reservoir, 5775 Hwy 325, Rifle, Sat, 8a-
3p, Sun, 8a-1p, $35 for Adults if registered ON/BEFORE
Jan 3, $50 for Adults registering between Jan 4 & Jan 17,
Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce 970.625.2085 Ext 4.
-X Games Aspen 2014, Jan 24-27, Buttermilk Mountain.
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
-Family Science Night: Astronomy Night, Dec 5,
6-8:30p, an evening of science & star-gazing. Fun for all
ages! 2660 Unaweep Avenue, Gr Jct, 970.254.1626.
-First Friday Art Opening Reception at The Art Center,
Dec 6, Free, Rainbow Journey by Karen Kreyeski, Artist
introduction at 6:30p, Exhibit runs Dec 6-Jan 25, 1803 N
7th St, Gr Jct, 970.243.7337.
-Demofest, Dec 14, Durango Mountain Resort, demo
this year¡¯s newest goods. Vendors include Icelantic,
Black Diamond, Scarpa, and more!
-Colorado Nordic Ski Challenge Season Opener, Dec
15, Racers invited to test ski and target shooting skills
in the Red Ryder BB Gun (supplied) Biathlon, includes
competitive 12km or citizens 6km with 3 opportunities
to shoot at targets.
-Santa & Mrs. Clause visit Durango Mountain Resort,
Dec 22, Come to Paradise Pizzeria and Creamery for
Kids Apr¨¦s Ski! Tableside S¡¯mores, Hot Cocoa & Apple
Cider Floats, drink specials for Mom & Dad. 2-5p.
-Free Canine Skijoring Demo Day, Clinic & Fun Race,
Jan 4, Jennifer Martin w/Colorado Mountain Mushers
and The Pagosa Nordic Club free clinics.
-Snowdown, Jan 29-Feb 2, Winter festival in Durango,
parade Fri at 6p, music and events all over town based
on the theme ¡®Safari so Good!¡¯
Eagle/Gypsum/Edwards/Avon/Vail:
--Audi Birds of Prey World Cup, Dec 6-8, Beaver Creek
-Minturn Winter Market, Dec 7 & 14, 10a-2p, carolers
& live music, hot chocolate & cider, roasted marshmal-
lows & Santa for the kids.
-Nutcracker, Fri, Dec 13, 7:30p, Vilar Center, Beaver Cr.
-Vail Snow Daze, Dec 9-15, the biggest early season
party in North America.
-WinterFest, Dec 21-Jan 4, Beaver Creek, performances,
interactive activities, Winter characters, parades, con-
tests, holiday lights & more! Activities are free and fun
for ¡°kids¡± of all ages!
-Ski, Ride & Slide Series, Dec 28, Skiers & snowboarders
compete for Freestyle dominance.
-Jan 5, Beaver Creek Trail Running Series: Winter Snow-
shoe Edition, first-time snowshoers, world class snow-
shoe athletes, kids of all ages & everyone in between.
-Jan 23-26, Beaver Creek Resort and Food & Wine host
the 2014 Beaver Creek Food & Wine weekend!
Glenwood/Aspen/Carbondale/Rifle:
-The Valley Divas, Dec 4, 5:30-7p, Konnyaku, Carbon-
dale, discussion on the ¡®Art of Networking & that elu-
sive elevator speech¡¯. $12 incl. appetizers, house drink
& tip. Bring business card for door prizes & network-
ing. RSVP & more info: Lauri Rubinstein, 970.704.1711,
Lauri@StepIntoGreat.com
Dolores/Mancos/Cortez/Dove Creek:
-Stop by the Cortez Cultural Center now through Dec
13 and enter a drawing to win 1 of the 12 Trees of
Christmas. Tickets $1/ea, The Trees, each fully deco-
rated, given away Dec 13, between 5-7p w/music by
Newcomb High School Jazz Ensemble.
-The Montelores Early Childhood Council, luncheon
meeting, Dec 2, 11:45a, Johnson Building, downstairs
meeting room #110, 525 S. Broadway, Cortez. Lunch
provided so please RSVP to Vangi McCoy, mecc.
coordinator@gmail.com or vangim@monteloresecc.org,
970.749.7017. Please note the venue change.
-¡¯Dance into December¡¯, Raising Readers Storytime,
Cortez Library, 202 N Park St, Cortez, every Thu,
10:30a for preschool-aged children. Older children
welcome to join us for the craft at 11:15a. ¡®Hi Neighbor
Month¡¯ is the subject Dec 5. ¡®National Cocoa Day¡¯ Dec
12. ¡®Toys¡¯ Dec. 19. No Storytime Dec. 26. 970.565.8117.
-Mancos Tree Lighting, Santa, Rudolph Run Movie
Night, Dec 6, 6-8p, Pioneer Plaza & Community Ctr.
-Dolores Community Ctr Christmas Bazaar, Dec 7, 8a-
4p, local arts & crafts that make great holiday presents.
Call Ruby 970.882.7717.
-Dolores River Brewery Holiday Arts & Crafts Show,
10a-3p, Dec 7, 100 S 4th St, Dolores. Local artists offer
pottery, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, handmade
soaps & more, live music, refreshments, and good
cheer! For more info: Michele Martz 970.562.4494.
-Town Holiday Dinner, Town of Mancos, Dec 13, 6-8p
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
-Holiday Arts Show, Dec 6-8, Fairgrounds. 970.247.2117
-Festival of Trees, Dec 6-8 & 13-15, Durango & Silver-
ton Railroad Train Museum, silent tree auction.
-Moon Rise/Sunset Cross Country Ski Social, Dec 13 &
Jan 10, The Pagosa Nordic Club, fun moonrise/sunset,
soup & chili, family X-C Ski socials.
-Pagosa Springs Holiday Palooza! Dec 6-8, Dec 13-15,
Dec 20-22, Dec 27-29, lighting ceremonies, lighting
contest, Santa Claus, driving tours, carolers, live music,
Parade of Stores & a town that twinkles at night!
-Free Learn to Cross Country Ski Clinic, Dec 7, The
Pagosa Nordic Club.
-Winter Wonderettes, Dec 13-29, Pagosa Center.
Events, Fairs, Festivals, Fun