Michelle Balleck: Jam-packed weekend of seasonal celebrations

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Weekend movie show times

West Theatre

29 E. Victory Way

824-2000

• “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” — PG-13; 7 and 9 05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday

• “Tangled” — PG; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday

• Tickets: $7 for ages 10 and older, $5 for ages 9 and younger

• Sunday matinee: $5 for ages 10 and older, $4 for ages 9 and younger

Wowzers, it’s a wild weekend here in Craig, America. There are plenty of events and activities to keep you occupied, so there’s no excuse for boredom.

■ Kick up your boots during the Boys & Girls Club of Craig’s annual fundraiser Cowboy Christmas.

The event begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. There are also live and silent auctions, live music by the 1340 Band and a Texas Hold ‘em tournament.

Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at the club, the Craig Daily Press and Spirit Pass.

For more information, call the club at 826-0411.

■ Quack quack.

Support Ducks Unlimited this weekend during the organization’s banquet on Sunday.

Social hour and games begin at 4 p.m., with dinner slated for 6 p.m. A live and silent auction, featuring items such as guns, a Labrador puppy and a sporting clay shoot, will follow.

It all takes place at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple.

For tickets or more information, call Mardi Anson at 629-2380.

■ Check out this change of venue for some local music and laidback fun.

The Craig Variety Show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way.

There will be food and drinks, and local singer/songwriters, poets and storytellers are welcome to perform.

For more information, call Bill Ronis at 620-6589.

■ Twist and shout at the Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, on Friday night.

DJ Mason Siedschlaw plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, and there’s no cover.

■ Continue your Christmas shopping with some locally made handmade gifts.

Find fresh-baked goods, hand-embroidered pillowcases, tea towels and many other handmade items at the Ladies Mite Society’s Annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Call Ina Faye Mack at 824-3097 or Ruth Haskins at 824-6024 to learn more.

■ If you’re going to be out shopping anyway this weekend, stock up on a few gifts for donations to the annual Holiday Drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 9.

KRAI hosts the event, which is a benefit for Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, Advocates Crisis Support Services and Interfaith Food Bank, at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Find a list of what’s needed at www.krai.com.

■ Downtown Craig businesses open up their doors this weekend for an open house celebration.

Visit the many participating businesses from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday to find special deals, to view the holiday light show from 5 to 7 p.m. and to enter for your chance to win a holiday prize basket.

It should be a fun time and a good excuse to check out what’s available locally for your Christmas shopping.

■ Hayden businesses are also hosting a special event this weekend.

The Hayden Holiday Stroll features extended hours from 5 to 7 p.m. today and Friday, and again on Dec. 9 and 10.

Many stores are offering coupons for discounts or freebies, such as hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies.

So take a stroll through downtown Hayden and get deals on holiday gifts.

■ Also in Hayden this week is the annual Christmas Tree Festival.

The festival runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden.

The event features the auction of several decorated Christmas trees to benefit local organizations that decorated them. Attendees can also bid on centerpieces and wreaths.

To enter a wreath or centerpiece or submit an absentee bid, call Lori Laird at 846-0782 or Laurie Hallenbeck at 846-5259. Or show up to place your winning bid.

■ Get ready to celebrate.

The John Jarvie Winter Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the historic John Jarvie Ranch at Browns Park.

The event is free and open to the public. The festival features hands-on pioneer activities, a visit from Santa Claus and lunch for purchase.

For more information, call the Bureau of Land Management’s Vernal, Utah, field office at (435) 781-4400 or the Jarvie Ranch at (435) 885-3307.

■ Bryce Mackie, a documentary filmmaker and suicide survivor, will give what I fully expect to be an emotional and moving community presentation at 7 p.m. tonight at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide hosts the presentation.

Everyone is encouraged to attend, and I hope you do, because suicide is an ongoing issue we all need to be aware of.

Please attend and learn more.

■ Get a yummy meal and help someone at the same time.

A benefit dinner for Marge McKenzie and DeAnna Jacobs is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 to 9 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St.

The dinner will include a bowl of green chile, rice, beans and corn tortillas or a smothered green chile beef burrito with rice and beans, as well as tea, coffee or punch and dessert.

The price is $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 8. Tamales cost $1 extra, and the dinner will also allow a la carte and to-go orders.

■ The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors host their next Business After-hours Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Blue Ribbon Kitchens, 2005 W. Victory Way.

Stop by for hors d’oeuvres and chili. But RSVP first by calling 824-5689 or e-mailing office@craig-chamber.com.

■ G 57.

Play some bingo this weekend as American Legion Post 62 hosts Saturday evening.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and games begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way.

Call Mel Shockley at 824-3625 if you need to know more.

■ Away in a manger.

Take in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ annual nativity display this weekend.

With more than 400 nativity sets, it’s quite the scene.

The display is open from 5 to 8 p.m. today, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, at the corner of Ninth Street and Finley Lane. Enter through the north door.

■ Put the final gummies on and seal it with some icing.

The annual Downtown Gingerbread House Contest deadline is at 4 p.m. Friday.

To pay your $6 entry fee and get a special board to display your gingerbread house, call or visit The Kitchen Shop, 577 Yampa Ave., 824-8148, or KS Kreations, 523 Yampa Ave., 824-2151.

■ West Theatre continues to show “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” and “Tangled,” so don’t miss your chance to catch them.

Redbox has “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Triage” and “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” out this week.

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