Andy Bockelman: Summarizing this week’s social scene

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Andy Bockelman is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society, and his movie reviews appear in Explore Steamboat and the Craig Daily Press.

Movie show times

West Theatre

29 E. Victory Way

824-2000

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

• “New Year’s Eve,” PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

• 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

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Stepping into the shoes of a legend is never easy, but I’ll do my best as I try to take over for Michelle Balleck in getting Northwest Colorado details about the local social scene.

Fortunately, there’s plenty to work with for the following week.

Get an early start on the weekend with two separate events Thursday night that will let community members mingle, and maybe learn a little something.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host its Business After-Hours Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. at THPK Accounting, 555 Breeze St.

The free event is a festive way to get to know Chamber members with food, drinks and prizes. Call in your RSVP to 824-5689 or email it to office@craig-chamber.com.

Also that night is the 5:05 Drinks Program, courtesy of Yampa Valley Data Partners.

Kicking off five minutes after the working day is done at Mathers Club, 420 Yampa Ave., the event enables people to both kick back with a drink — first one’s on the house — and get some business tips for going green and information on groups that are environmentally sound.

For more information, call 824-1133.

For those of you who can’t get enough of the Mathers scene, the watering hole will have another get-together at 9 p.m. Saturday with a very informal dress code.

The theme of the night is “Pajama Party,” so bring your best sleepwear to show off to your friends as you take in the music and dancing.

Running until close, the party includes prizes for the best PJ’s, such as sexiest, warmest and more.

For more information, call 824-9946.

If you prefer giving gifts with a lot of TLC put into them, look no further than your local mall.

Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, will be hopping from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, as the venue hosts its Winter Arts & Crafts Show.

Local vendors will display their homemade goods and other items with plenty of time for buyers to get them wrapped and under the Christmas tree.

To inquire about getting a booth at the show, call 824-7011.

■ The growth of a higher learning institution is something we can all enjoy, even if we’re no longer students.

Join Colorado Northwestern Community College for an open house to celebrate its automotive technology building from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

If you haven’t seen the new digs, you’re in for a treat. CNCC will offer tours of the new facility, in addition to refreshments and door prizes.

For more information, call 824-1101.

Once you get past the beginning of December, it’s fair game for anyone to host a Christmas party, and the early ones prepare you for the rest of the holiday period.

Get in the spirit of the season with members of the Browns Hole Homemakers Club, who will host their country Christmas event at noon Saturday at Lodore Hall in Browns Park.

The free dinner includes ham, turkey and all the trimmings, with a potluck style for salads and desserts.

If you’d like to see your child’s face light up, bring a wrapped and labeled present for Kris Kringle to give them in person.

Santa will also have plenty more goodies in his bag for all ages.

For more information, call 269-3000 or 272-3213.

West Theatre will be bringing in movies highlighting not one but two holidays with the animated “Arthur Christmas” and the all-star “New Year’s Eve.”

Or, if you haven’t succumbed to cabin fever, get comfy with new Redbox releases including “The Help” and “The Smurfs,” or even old re-released favorites like “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”

There’s also the yuletide-themed “The 12 Dogs of Christmas,” or for the less holly-jolly, “Demonic Toys Revenge.”

I’m not sure if that one is supposed to take place around Dec. 25, but the cover suggests something a little more Halloween-like.

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