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‘TIS THE SEASON OF GIFTS! HOW CAN YOU BE SURE THE GOODS YOU BESTOW WILL BE WELL RECEIVED?

By David Gilbert, Special to Colorado Community Media What are some of the hot gift ideas this season? We asked around: Flying first-person view (FPV) drones will be flying off the shelves, and elsewhere, said Sid “The RC Guy” Vega at Colpar Hobbies in Lakewood. Users strap on a pair of goggles and see what the drone sees. Don’t do it standing up – you might fall over. Inductrix makes an all-inclusive 3-inch by 3-inch FPV kit, goggles and all, for $199. Buy two and race ‘em for extra excitement. Englewood’s Army Surplus is well stocked in perennial favorites like surplus Soviet gas masks, kerosene lanterns, and a shockingly vast selection of hardcore boots, but manager Chris Moore said he thinks snowshoes will be big this year. He’s got four sizes of Yukon Charlie snowshoe kits that come complete with trekking poles, starting at $70. Know someone who might need some psychic healing after this year’s nasty election season? Check out Spirit Wise Gifts in Centennial, where soul-cleansing crystals and candles abound. For those looking ahead, Spirit Wise has a wide array of divination tools, such as tarot cards, pendulums, runes and scrying mirrors (kinda like a crystal ball). The future’s bright, said manager Tim Christner. He oughta know – he’s

got the tools to see it. Give the gift of spring, said Chris Ibsen, manager of O’Toole’s Garden Center in Littleton. He’s selling gift cards – complete with cutesy envelopes – that are redeemable in the spring for a specially selected collection of summer flowering bulbs. The cards cost $9.99. Who remembers to bring a present for a holiday party host’s dog? More people ought to, said Thomas Stewart, manager at Kriser’s Natural Pet in Highlands Ranch. He’s got festive dog cookies starting at $1.99 that look so good that we wanted to eat one. Or get your pooch a practical gift, like pawsafe ice melter for the sidewalk this winter, free of nasty ingestible chemicals. Believe it or not, board games are back in a big way, said Kari Bakken of Black & Read in Arvada. This year’s hot titles include Clank!, a deck-building adventure game; Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle; and one of her personal favorites, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. It’ll have your kids chanting, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!”

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ARVADA Lagniappe/Tree Lighting Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Olde Town Square, 57th and Old Wadsworth Boulevard. Celebrate Lagniappe (lawn-yahp) as local business owners thank loyal customers with small gifts of appreciation. The mayor will begin the festivities by lighting the tree. Enjoy carolers and Santa. visitarvada.org 30th Annual Fine Art Market Show and Sale Dec. 1-18, open daily, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Free. 720-898-7200. Saturdays with Santa! Dec. 3, 10, 19, noon-3 p.m., Olde Town Square, 57th and Old Wadsworth Boulevard. Free. Live entertainment, hot chocolate station courtesy of The Bluegrass. visitarvada.org “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Nov.18-Dec. 23, Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday matinee, 1p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinee, 2 p.m., The Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Happy Hours with the Cast Stay after the performance for a social hour with the cast. Nov. 25 after 7:30 performance, Dec. 4 after 2 p.m. matinee and Dec. 7 after 1 p.m. matinee. Tickets: https://arvadacenter.org/aboutthe-center/ill-be-homefor-christmas or 720-898-7200. Apex Therapeutic Recreation Holiday Musical Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Apex Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. Tickets: 303-431-9004 or email Julie Hines, julieh@ apexprd.org.

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Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3, starting at 9 a.m., Apex Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. Includes family entertainment. An adult must accompany children. Children 2 and younger are free, but must register. No tickets sold at the door. Register by Nov. 30: apexprd. org or call 303-424-2739. Santa visits the Apex Center Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd. Deliver letters to Santa, build a holiday craft, enjoy snacks, play games. Free. From Dec.1-18, kids can drop off letters to Santa at the special North Pole mailbox. Call Apex Guest Services, 303-424-2739, or visit apexprd.org. Visit Santa Nov. 26, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m.; Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada. Bring a can or package of non-perishable food to share with the Arvada Food Bank. 303-4247979, www.echters.com Continued on page 9

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Throw a holiday party with style, class and fun By David Gilbert, Special to Colorado Community Media There’s more to throwing the ultimate holiday party than just ordering enough pizzas and jamming the fridge full of beer. We spoke to Jennifer Lane, owner and manager of Jennifer Lane Events — a Denver-area event-planning business — to get the low-down on throwing a high-class shindig. Here are her suggestions:

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Choose a date that isn’t too close to Christmas, when guests might be sojourning back East to see family. Friday or Saturday evening, or midday on Sunday, are good choices.

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Choose your décor with your guests’ age range in mind. More than half are teenagers or children? Get Santa to pass out gifts. Adults only? Choose a color scheme or theme. If it’s Winter Wonderland, stick with crystal, white and glitter. If it’s old-school opulent, think ‘70s or ’80s country club, go with dark wood, gold and creamy ivory.

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Will your soiree be Semitic? If so, load up on the blue, silver and white. Got a 50-50 mix of Jew and Gentile? Put up a tree, but deck it out in the aforementioned colors.

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Food! It’s a winter holiday, so stock up on hearty stock. Think shredded pot roast, or pretzel buns with horseradish, fancy mustard and mayo. You can’t go wrong with cheese. Passing around a plate or three of hors d’oeuvres classes up the joint quickly.

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Music: if you’re just hooking up the iPod to a speaker, choose calm, tasteful music guests can talk over. If you want to splurge, hire a DJ. If you want to kick it up a notch, call a music school, high school or college, and hire students as carolers.

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If you’re serving alcohol, serve a beer, a wine, and one or two specialty drinks. For more elegance, consider a fully stocked bar. If you’re hiring a bartender, get one for every 75-100 guests.

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Have a non-alcoholic specialty drink on hand for those who aren’t imbibing. Designated drivers want to feel special, too.

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Have something interactive – a build-yourown s’mores setup, or a pasta station with different sauces. For kids, consider a goofy pastime like Pin the Nose on Rudolph.

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Staying festive and safe during the holidays TYPE OF TREE, PLACEMENT FACTORS TO CONSIDER By Clarke Reader Myriad options exist when it comes to picking out a Christmas tree, but there are extra considerations for those who prefer a real one.

“People should immediately cut off about two inches off the trunk,” she said. “This will help the tree soak up the preferably warm water the tree is placed in.”

“Most people want a tree that smells good and looks fresh,” said Elmer Dudden, who has worked on the Golden Optimists Club’s annual Christmas tree sale since 1980. “Most people also don’t want pine needles to fall off their tree all the time.”

Tree placement is also important, and Potton advises setting up the tree in a clear section of the home — and consider tethering it to something. A tree should also be kept at least three feet from any heating sources.

Often, organizations like the Optimists get their trees from a wholesaler, which means they can offer trees from different parts of the country to customers. “Some people like a longer needle, while others want a more traditional tree, with short needles and lots of branches,” said Suzy Stutzman, chair of the Optimists’ board of directors. “The more traditional look, which are usually fir trees, are our most popular sellers.” Dudden and Stutzman advise shoppers to take their time to wander the lot in their search for the right tree. Groups often liven up the experience with hot chocolate, lights and music. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. “People are so excited about getting their tree,” Dudden said. “Being part of such an enjoyable experience is my favorite part of my job.”

“Never use lights with torn or frayed cords, and we don’t advise using more than three strands on one tree,” she said. “Lights really can warm up, and so you don’t want to leave them on when you leave the house or go to bed.” Potton cited statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, which state that from 2009 to 2013, Christmas trees were the initial site of 210 home fires per year, resulting annually in seven deaths, 19 injuries and about $17.5 million in property damage. “Safety is such a big deal because you have something that is rapidly drying out in your home,” she said. “We want to make sure everyone stays safe.”

Once the tree gets home, safety becomes the priority, explained Colleen Potton, community risk reduction specialist with the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority.

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Small business is BIG — and getting BIGGER SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES THAT MAKE UP YOUR COMMUNITY Staff Report Small Business Saturday, started six years ago by American Express, is now a nationwide event that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving and promotes support for local businesses. The message is simple: Shop local.

ACCORDING TO AMERICAN EXPRESS AND THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS:

This year’s Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 26. Nationwide, the number of small business is growing rapidly, despite the downsizing of large corporations, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In fact, while big business eliminated 4 million jobs since 1990, small businesses added 8 million new ones, the SBA says. Since 1982, the number of small businesses has grown by 49 percent. The SBA also reports that in the U.S.:

•28 million small businesses make up 54 percent of all sales. •Small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 per cent of all net new jobs since the 1970s. •The small business sector oc cupies 30-50 percent of all com mercial space. “When you consider how many small businesses surround you in your everyday lives, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labor these hard-working individuals contribute to make their businesses both come to life and stay alive,” Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle

wrote in a 2014 article in Forbes. But aside from contributing to the local economy, small businesses give a community its “flavor,” John Rampton wrote in a 2015 article for Entrepreneur. “The combined presence of your town’s many local businesses makes it different from every other city in the world,” he said. “By supporting those businesses instead of chains, you ensure that uniqueness is preserved as a part of your community.”


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Lights! Action! Music! By Sonya Ellingbow

LIGHTS! Around the world and through the ages, people have celebrated the darkest days with festivals of light. In the metro area, we range from wonderfully decorated homes to festive streets, like Littleton’s Main Street and the area around Denver’s City Building, to huge displays: A Hudson Christmas — Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Paths through the Gardens (wheelchair and stroller-accessible) wind among bright displays of lights and images. And there’s a cup of hot cocoa awaiting you. Take a photo on Santa’s sleigh or share a wish list with Santa. Nixon’s Coffee House will be open with snacks and hot beverages. Open 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Dec. 11; open nightly beginning Dec. 16-Dec. 24 and Dec. 26-Dec. 31. Tickets: $6 ages 4-12; $7 members and active/retired military; $9, adults. Altitudetickets.com, or in person on event nights. Information: hudsongardens.org. Blossoms of Light — Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 25 and through Jan. 1, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. HoloSpex 3-D Glasses for kids sold at this and the Chatfield Farms locations. Roasted nuts, sweet treats and hot beverages will be available. Tickets: $13 adults; $11 adult members/seniors/military; $10

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR ALL AGES child (3-15) $8 child member. Free 2 and under. Trail of Lights at Chatfield Farms — 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. Trail of Lights add a country flavor with the 1880s Hildebrand Ranch, barn and ancient tractors. A longer trail features illuminated animal and insect sculptures, an enchanted forest and craft nights on selected evenings. Warming hut, free hayrides (Fridays and Saturdays). Treats and hot beverages for sale. Tickets $11 adult, $9 adult DBG member/senior/military, $8 child, $6 child member. Free 2 and under. Zoolights — Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. Seventy acres of whimsical neon-lit and lit sculptural animals, along with carolers, from Dec. 2 to Jan. 1. Specific information not available at this writing, but we have found it to be really charming in past years. Check http://denverzoo.org/events. 303-376-4800.

THEATER! “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a new musical by David Nehls, music director at the Arvada Center, and Kenn Mc Laughlin, Nov. 18 to Dec. 23 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Tickets: arvadacenter. org, 720-898-7200. “It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play” plays Dec. 8 to 18 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree, featuring local favorite actor Jamie Horton, returned from Dartmouth to play George Bailey. Tick-

ets: lonetreeartscenter.org, 720-509-1000. “It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play” will also be presented by Spotlight Theatre Company Nov. 18 to Dec. 18 at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver. Tickets: thisisspotlight.com, 720-530-4569. “A Christmas Story, the Musical” plays Nov. 11 to Dec. 30 at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Directed by Nick Sugar. Tickets: $25-$44. For specific performance times, go to Townhallartscenter.org; 303-7942787, ext. 5. “The Ultimate Christmas Show” by the Reduced Shakespeare Company plays Dec. 10 at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. A Holiday Variety Show gone awry. Tickets: parkeronline.org. “Making Merry” is Stories on Stage’s annual potpourri of holiday cheer (stories read by actors) on Dec. 10, 11 at the King Center, Auraria Campus, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver. Tickets: storiesonstage.org, 303-494-0523. “A Christmas Carol: A Hilarious New Adaptation” by Patrick Barlow is presented at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden, from Nov. 25-Dec. 23. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $27 for adults, $24 for seniors age 60 and above, and $16 for children age 12 and under. www.minersalley.com “The Story of the Nutcracker” is being presented by the children’s theater Continued on page 20


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Be a Tool 5K Elf Run The Be a Tool 5K Elf Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 26 under the welcome arch on Washington Avenue in downtown Golden. Registration is $15 for children under 12, and $35 per adult online or $39 on race day. Cost includes a pancake breakfast, reusable goodie bag with coupons to Golden shops and a T-shirt for all participants. Proceeds benefit Golden’s Neighborhood Rehab Project. visit www.beatool.org.

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 17, 9-10:30 a.m., Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S. University Blvd., $11 in advance; $15 day of, if not sold out. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and a visit with Santa. hrcaonline.org

Letters to Santa at the Golden Visitors Center The Golden Visitors Center, 1010 Washington Ave., will have a Santa’s mailbox set up for children to mail a letter to the North Pole. Letters may be dropped off Nov. 26-Dec. 15. Breakfast with Santa Breakfast with Santa will take place from 8:30–10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Golden Hotel, 800 11th St., in Golden. Visit www.goldenchamber.org/oldegolden-christmas for more information or to register. Candlelight Walk The annual Candlelight Walk takes place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 starting at the Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St. Visit www.Goldenchamber. org for more information. Other Candlelight Walk activities Fireplace, treats and family-friendly entertainment from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Golden Library, 1019 10th St. Free. Holiday-themed selfies at the new exhibit “Epic Events” and music played on a historic piano from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. Explore the inside of the Pearce/Helps Cabin, baked goods from the wood-fired oven, roasted chestnut or warm cider, live blacksmithing, and music and singing at from 7-8:30 p.m. at Clear Creek History Park, 11th and Arapahoe streets. Donations appreciated. Visit www.Goldenhistory. org for more information. Bruce Bouck and the Fat Fingers Quartet will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Baby Doe’s, 1116 Washington Ave. Olde Golden Christmas Parades Presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce, the annual Olde Golden Christmas Parades will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 on Washington Avenue in historic downtown Golden. Activities before and after the parade include barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, dog cart rides and antique fire trucks. www.Goldenchamber.org Small Business Saturday Small Business Saturday takes place Nov. 26. The Shop Small Welcome Station runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the east side of the Golden Visitors Center, 1010 Washington Ave. Enjoy warm beverages; shoppers may pick up a tote with coupons to local merchants. Information on Golden’s five shopping areas will also be available.

HIGHLANDS RANCH Hometown Holiday Celebration Dec. 2, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Town Center South, at Highlands Ranch Parkway and Dorchester Street, free. A fun-filled holiday celebration that includes lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, food, games, crafts and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. House Decorating Contest Residents vote for their favorite entry on the HRCA’s website Dec. 14-18.

Holiday chamber music Dec. 15, 6:30-8 p.m., Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Drive, $20 in advance; $25 day of, if not sold out. hrcaonline.org Holiday hay rides Book sleigh rides with Bella and Buster, the HRCA’s draft horses, into the Backcountry Wilderness Area. Rides include a campfire and marshmallow roast. Contact: Carla Baca at 303-471-7078, carla.baca@hrcaonline.org, www.facebook.com/HRCABackcountry for notifications about when the sleigh rides are offered. Highlands Ranch Holiday Celebration Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Drive, free. The day includes horse-drawn hayrides, reindeer games, letters to Santa, Mansion tours, puppet shows and more, sponsored by the Highlands Ranch Metro District.

LAKEWOOD Small Business Saturday Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Belmar, 464 S. Teller St. A national promotion sponsored by American Express credit card where visitors are encouraged to shop local, small businesses. Information: 303-742-1520 or www. belmarcolorado.com Lakewood Lights Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 801 S. Yarrow St. The official mayor’s tree lighting ceremony features Green Mountain High School’s Shadows of the Mountains Choir on Dec. 2. Visit the Lakewood Heritage Center decorated with thousands of lights, alongside museum tours, tractor-pulled hay-wagon rides, photos with Santa, musical entertainment, hot cocoa and holiday cookies in the White Way Grill, ornament-making in the Country School and gift shopping in the 20th Century Emporium. Information: 303-9877850 or www.Lakewood.org/HolidayLights Skate with Santa Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 1-3 p.m., The Rink at Belmar, 464 S. Teller St. Guests can enjoy laps around The Rink as they Skate with Santa, included with skating rink admission on day of event. Information: 303-742-1520 or www.belmarcolorado.com Ice Skating Performance by Mountain Edge Skating Dec. 4, 11-11:40 a.m., The Rink at Belmar, 464 S. Teller St. Information: 303-742-1520 or www.belmarcolorado.com Holiday Entertainment at Colorado Mills Kyffin Elementary School Choir, Dec. 9, 10-10:30 a.m. Westminster High School Orchestra, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vivian Elementary School “Signs of the Season” American Sign Language performance, Dec. 18, 3-4 p.m. Colorado Mills, 14500 W. Colfax Ave., Information: 303-590-1634 or www. coloradomills.com Continued on page 23


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DANCE! “The Nutcracker” traditional performances to Tchiakovsky’s memorable score: Colorado Ballet — Nov. 26 to Dec. 24 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex. This is a beautiful, large elaborate production, with full orchestra, that sells out many dates. Tickets range from $30 to $150. Coloradoballet.org, 303-837-8888, ext. 2. Littleton Ballet Academy — Dec. 2 (7 p.m.), Dec. 3 (2 and 7 p.m.), Dec. 4 (noon and 4 p.m.) at the Theater at Colorado Heights University, 3001 Federal Blvd., Denver. Students, plus guest artists. Tickets: $20 to $32 in advance, $2 more at the door. Free parking. 303-794-6694. The Nutcracker of Parker — Dec. 15 (7 p.m.); Dec. 16 (7 p.m.); Dec. 17 (2 and 7 p.m.); Dec. 18 (2 and 7 p.m.) at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Presented by the Colorado School of Dance. Tickets: 303-805-6800, parkeronline.org. “Snow,” with Jesse Manley and his band, is a new holiday fable/ballet presented by Wonderbound Dec. 13-22 at the Junction Box, 1075 Park Ave., Denver (Wonderbound’s studio). Tickets, wonder-

Englewood Arts Presents: “Bach for the Holidays” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Hampden Hall in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Silver Ainome Quartette, Ben Odhner Mallory Basstein, Yi Zhou. Tickets: $20/$15, free under 18.

“Nutcracker and More!” by the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra, with vocalist Heidi Schmidt, will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: websites LTSO and LTAC, 720-509-1000.

A Classic Parker Holiday” will be at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, featuring the Parker Symphony Orchestra and Parker Chorale. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 2 p.m. Dec. 4. Ticketsparkerarts.org, 303-805-6800.

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert takes place 7-10 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Green Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus, 924 16th St. in Golden. Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students ages 11-18 and $5 for children ages 10 and under. www.jeffersonsymphonyorchestra.org.

Arapahoe Philharmonic-“Miracle of the Season” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton. Tickets Arapahoe-phil.org/events/buy-tickets, 303-781-1892. Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers perform Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.); Dec. 3 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.); Dec. 4 (2 p.m.) at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets: Lakewood.org/LCCPPresents; 303-987-7845. ”A Kantorei Christmas,” with the Kantorei Singers, directed by Joel M. Rinsema, will be Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Tickets: lonetreeartscenter.org, 720509-1000. “Riders in the Sky: Christmas the Cowboy Way”

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Continued from page 18 Winter Solstice Celebration Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m., Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 W. Morrison Road. Celebrate the first day of winter with a short night hike and gathering around the campfire for a marshmallow roast and celebration that will include the traditional burning of the yule log. $2 per person. Information: 303-697-6159 or www.Lakewood.org/BCLP Noon Year’s Eve at The Rink Saturday, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., The Rink at Belmar, 464 S. Teller St. Performance by Mountain Edge Figure Skating Club. An early New Year’s Eve countdown at noon rather than midnight. Guests are invited to wear festive attire and take a few laps around The Rink. Information: 303-742-1520 or www.belmarcolorado.com

LITTLETON Candlelight Walk Nov. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Main Street in downtown Littleton. Walk the street with candles, sing carols and await the arrival of Santa on a reindeer-pulled sleigh. Bring donations of non-perishable food for Inter-Faith Community Services and toys for the Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop. Elf Crawl Nov. 26, 7-10 p.m., Colorado Business Bank, 2409 W. Main St., $25. Before the event, support small businesses by shopping local on Main Street during Small Business Saturday. Then check in at the bank at 5 p.m. to get your tickets for drinks at participating establishments. Proceeds go to Integrated Family Community Services. littletonrocks.com/event/elf-crawl-2016/  Holiday Shopping Night Dec. 3, 5-9 p.m., along Main Street in downtown Littleton. Downtown merchants remain open late; many merchants also will have special offers throughout the night.

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Holiday’s Evening Dec. 11, 5:30-8 p.m., Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St. Tickets for members: $7 for adults, $3 kids aged 2-16. General public: $10 adults, $4 kids. Step back in time as luminarias and bonfires light the way to wagon rides, refreshments and music of days gone by. Costumed interpreters will bring the past alive in the historic buildings and farmyard. www.littletongov.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/9847/232?curm=12&cury=2016

NORTHGLENN Christmas Crusade for Children The Northglenn Police Department is partnering with KYGO for the annual Christmas Crusade for Children, which allows law enforcement to bring the joy of Christmas to underprivileged children. Drop off unwrapped gifts for babies up to teenagers at the Northglenn Police Station in City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive. No food or toy guns. Information: Officer Scott McNeilly at 303-450-8852, smcneilly@northglenn.org. The official site is www. christmascrusadeforchildren.org. Donate Bikes, Clothing and Food The City of Northglenn is accepting donations of food, bicycles and Continued on page 28

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Continued from page 23 and warm clothing from Nov. 28-Dec. 14 to help residents. Drop them off at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive; the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive; or the city’s Maintenance & Operations Building, 12301 Claude Court. You can help ready the bikes for donation on Dec. 10 from 8-11 a.m. at the Maintenance and Operations Building. For more details on helping or nominating a family in need, contact Jenni Murphy at jmurphy@northglenn.org or 303-450-8904. Noel Northglenn Dec. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Outside, listen to carolers and eat s’mores by a fire as you wait to take a carriage ride around the civic center. Inside, kids can enjoy indoor snowball fights, face painting, WOW bubble rides, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photos with Santa are $5. There also will be pizza and drinks for sale and the Northglenn Senior Organization’s Annual Bake Sale, which starts at 2:30 p.m. Bring canned goods, new toys or gently used clothing to share with those who need it in the community. www.northglenn.org/noel or call 303-450-8800. Olde Fashioned Christmas Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Stonehocker Farmhouse, 10950 Fox Run Parkway. The Northglenn Historic Commission invites you to an old-fashioned Christmas at the beautifully decorated, turn-of-thecentury Stonehocker Farmhouse. Tour the home, listen to Christmas music, check out the baked goods and stocking stuffers. Santa will be there, along with the Northland Chorale and Sonshine Girls musical youth group. Information: Mayor Joyce Downing, 720-232-4402, nhpf1999@aol.com.

PARKER Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Nov. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive. Free. Enjoy the tree-lighting, caroling, ice sculpture displays, a scavenger hunt, carriage rides, elves and Santa and Mrs. Claus. www.parkeronline.org/172/MayorsHoliday-Lighting Cram the Cruiser (in conjunction with the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting) Nov. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Parker Police Department booth, O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive. A joint effort by the Police Department and Parker Task Force to benefit the Parker Task Force Backpack program, which provides kids in need with food for the weekend. Each Friday, qualifying children pick up a backpack with food so they can focus on their studies. Bring a food donation to the police booth (single-serving food items such as, packaged snacks, mac-and-cheese and breakfast bars) and receive a stamp on your scavenger hunt passport.  Holiday Carriage Rides Nov. 25, 4:30-8:30 p.m.; Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, and Douglas County Libraries’ new Parker branch at Mainstreet and Pine Drive. Free. Rides are 15-20 minutes through downtown Parker. Rides are free, but tickets are required. Sign up on the day of the carriage ride opens at 2 p.m. at www.parkeronline. org/1723/Holiday-Carriage-Rides. Christmas Carriage Parade Dec. 10, noon, downtown Parker at Mainstreet and Parker Road. An allequestrian parade of horse-drawn carriages, wagons, surreys and stagecoaches from across Colorado, dressed up for the occasion. Includes a holiday farmer’s market, petting zoo, pony rides and ice sculpting in O’Brien Park. And don’t forget a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. www.parkeronline. org/826/Christmas-Carriage-Parade

THORNTON Thornton Winterfest The festival extends over three days with myriad activities. Dec. 9, 6:30-9 p.m., Carpenter Park Fields, 3498 E. 112th Ave., free. Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m. to help turn on the Santa Village lights. Also enjoy ice skating on the Village Pond (minimal fee), ice carving demonstration, tree decorating contest, arts, choir performances, food, and a wine and beer garden. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Carpenter Park Fields, 3498 E. 112th Ave. The morning starts with a 7:30-10:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa at the Thornton Senior Center. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 years and younger. Call 303-255-7850 for information. The Winterfest 5K starts at 9 a.m. at the Carpenter Recreation Center, 3498 E. 112th Ave. Register at https://endurancecui.active.com Then mosey over to Santa’s Village for the rest of the day’s festivities. Enjoy ice skating, ice carving demonstrations, tree displays, a children’s craft shop, food vendors, holiday storytelling, the North Pole puppet theater and more. A holiday marketplace takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Village. The Thornton Community Band plays from 7-8:30 p.m. The night is capped by a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 5-9 p.m., Carpenter Park Fields, 3498 E. 112th Ave., free. The fun continues at Santa’s Village with ice skating, ice carving demonstration, choir performances, food vendors, a wine and beer garden and the Thornton Community Chorus at 5:30 p.m.

WESTMINSTER Information: Jodie Carroll, Communication and Outreach Coordinator for City of Westminster, 303-658-2012, jcarroll@cityofwestminster.us Small Business Saturday Nov. 26, along 73rd Avenue. Help support your local small businesses and shop local. Tree Lighting of Historic Christmas Tree Dec. 1, 6:30-9 p.m., along 73rd Avenue. Sponsored by the Westminster Historical Society, 73rd Avenue will be decorated with luminaries, and the South Westminster Arts Group will host cookie decorating at the Rodeo Market Community Art Center, 3915 W. 73rd Ave. Old-Fashioned Holidays: Second Saturday Art Walk Dec. 10, 1-5 p.m., along 73rd Avenue. Enjoy roasted chestnuts and mulled wine at Iddle Bits, cookie decorating at Aar River Gallery and Affordable Art Show at the Rodeo Market. There also will be a Victorian Open House at the Bowles House, 3924 W. 72nd Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dickens carolers will start at the Bowles House and stroll throughout the day. Helping others Westminster firefighters are coordinating a holiday charity drive with drop-off locations throughout the city. Green donation bins can be found at fire stations, libraries, recreation centers and other city facilities. Toys, clothing and non-perishable food items are being collected. New toys and clothes are preferred. Donations will go to Have a Heart Project, Jeffco Foster Care, Westminster FISH food bank and the Westminster Police Santa Cops program. 303-658-4500.

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WHEAT RIDGE Operation Blue Santa Nov. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Youngfield Walmart, 3600 Youngfield St. Police will be collecting toys and donations for needy families. Dispatch Communications Director Chris Garramone will dress as Santa. The Optimist Club will wrap the gifts and deliver them to families identified by the police. Monetary donations also will be collected to purchase gift cards for children’s clothing and food. New toys and cash donations will also be accepted at the Wheat Ridge Police Department, 7500 W. 29th Ave., from Nov. 28-Dec. 14. Holiday lighting party Dec. 3, 3-7 p.m., Ridge at 38, 7391 W. 38th Ave., Ste. 130. Photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and reindeer, games and cocoa, music, horse-drawn hay rides, and train lines. Information: 720-259-1030 or www.ridgeat38.com Operation Blue Santa gift wrapping afternoon Dec. 15, 4-6:30 p.m., Wheat Ridge City Hall, 7500 W. 29th Ave. Volunteers can help the Optimists Club wrap the gifts donated as part of Operation Blue Santa.

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Programs bring joy to holidays OFFERS ABOUND TO HELP MAKE IT A MERRY CHRISTMAS By Tom Munds

The holidays are portrayed as a time of joy, but the season isn’t very merry for many seniors, adults and families who are struggling with difficult circumstances. Two organizations, Salvation Army and Integrated Family Community Services, have programs to help entire families. IFCS seeks sponsors for about 450 families and seniors and the Salvation Army is looking to help about 200 families this year. In both programs, donors are asked to adopt a family. The donor is given a brief history of the family as well as clothing sizes and wish lists for each family member. The donor then fills some or all of the wishes and the gifts are delivered to the family. Those wishing to sponsor a family through IFCS can go to the website at www.ifcs.org and click on the donate button, or call 303-789-0501. Sponsor families need to contact IFCS to arrange a drop-off time for the gifts between Dec. 1 and Dec. 12. To help with the Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family program call 303860-5570. Both organizations welcome financial donations for those who want to help but may not want to adopt a family. The Salvation Army also is looking for volunteers to ring the bell at the familiar kettles and about 200 volunteers to help with a Christmas Eve meal. To volunteer, go to www.volunteer.uswest.org or call 303-866-9280. The Angel Tree project to help brighten the holidays for needy children is also a Salvation Army program.

Angel trees are set up in stores like Macy’s, schools, churches and other buildings with tags that lists names of children and a couple of wish list items. The donor pulls the tag, purchases the gifts — follow-up instructions are

Journey Church in Highlands Ranch that helps provide gift-shopping opportunities for needy families at Bishop Elementary School in Englewood. Many law enforcement agencies reach out to help make the holiday happier,

on the tag. Many churches also reach out to help members of the congregation and the community. One example is

too. The Englewood Police Shop with a Cop program is an example. Needy families are identified through the schools and police con-

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tact and, with the support of Walmart, families are invited to join a police officer for an evening of shopping. The Douglas County Sheriff ’s Department has a similar program called Christmas for Kids. “We help kids shop for the siblings with all the bills paid,” said Tom Cornelius, community resource administrator with the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Department. “We also try to provide gift cards for those who can’t join us on the shopping date.” Anyone who wants to financially support the program can send checks to the Douglas County Sheriff ’s Department, 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80190 and mark it to Attention: Community Resource, Cornelius said. Radio station KYGO and about 20 law enforcement agencies team up each year for the station’s Christmas Crusade. “Typically, we identify about 250 children, the radio station airs their stories and we seek donors to buy the gifts for the child,” board secretary Danette Hayes said. Not all children get sponsored so law enforcement agencies use donated funds and the generosity of Walmart to fill the rest of the wishes, she said. Law enforcement personnel distribute the unwrapped toys to children. For more information or to donate to the program go to www.christmascrusadeforchildren.org or call the project at 303-322-5437.


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