Movie show times
29 E. Victory Way
• “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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If you’re hoping for a quiet, uneventful lead-up to Christmas Day, you’re going to have to work extra hard to not get swept up in the festivities.
Ebenezer Scrooge himself would have a difficult time staying away from some of the holiday activities in store for Northwest Colorado throughout the next week.
■ Start things off with a moment of remembrance Thursday at the fifth annual Celebration of Life Tree event at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St. Commemorate the loved ones in your life with a decorative ornament and visit with others doing the same.
The party starts at 4:30 p.m. and the VNA will provide all the materials and a few holiday treats.
For more information, call 871-7682.
■ Thursday is also the first of two big nights for holiday performances at Craig’s schools.
East Elementary School, 600 Texas Ave., starts things off with a winter concert at 6 p.m. in the school gym.
The kindergarten and first-grade students of Sandrock Elementary, 201 E. Ninth St., follow suit with their own concert at 6:30 p.m.
Across town at the same time, the second-graders of Ridgeview Elementary, 600 Westridge Road, will take the stage in the holiday musical “Christmas at the OK Corral.”
The lineup of performances will pick up again Tuesday morning, when the kids of Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., trod the boards in their own play, with showings at 8:45 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.
That night, Ridgeview’s school choir performs “Shape It Up, Santa” at 6:30 p.m., at the same time as the Christmas program at Sunset Elementary, 800 W. Seventh St.
Finally, Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, hosts its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m.
Take it from someone who’s been a music and theater student at half these schools: Try to catch as many of these shows as you can.
■ If you’re more of a singer than an audience member, you’ll have your chance to shine Friday.
Join in the ensemble of community carolers starting at 6 p.m. at the north end of First Congregational Church, 630 Green St.
Anyone who wants to sing along with the selection of holiday tunes is welcome, and the church will provide some tasty cookies and hot cocoa afterward.
For more information, call 824-4136.
■ No matter how much you may know about the history of this corner of Colorado, it’s a safe bet that there’s still more to learn.
The fourth annual Parade of Museums starts at 7 a.m. Saturday. Crowds can get a comprehensive view of the historical institutes in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties: the White River Museum, the Jensen House, the Meeker Hotel and Café, the Museum of Northwest Colorado and Wyman Living History Museum.
The ticket price includes brunch, lunch, desserts and other amenities.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Wyman Museum or the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
For more details about the trip, call 824-6346.
■ The tour isn’t the only fun thing happening at Wyman Museum over the weekend, and the younger crowds will probably prefer this one.
The museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, will host its Christmas for Kids event from 1 to 4 p.m.
The free family event offers an afternoon of holiday crafts and music, sleigh rides across the snowy landscape and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
If you have any questions, call 824-6346.
■ On a more serious note, the holiday season isn’t always so merry for everyone, with many in the community needing basic winter clothing more than the latest gadget or toy.
Love in the Name of Christ will be giving out coats from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Church of Grace and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 657 Green St.
The Community Coat Drive is open to anyone who might need a winter coat, regardless of income. One coat per person is the limit this year.
For information on receiving or giving help, call 826-4400.
■ West Theatre will hold over “New Year’s Eve” and “Arthur Christmas” for another week. If you have yet to see the latter, I’d strongly recommend it, because it will put a smile on your face and a “Ho, ho, ho” in your heart.
Check out my review in today’s issue.
New on DVD are the science-fiction crowd-pleaser “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and the artier Middle Eastern drama “Circumstance.”
Redbox features hits like animated martial arts movie “Kung Fu Panda 2” and the vampire remake “Fright Night.”
The rental service is also in the middle of its “12 Days of Deals & Prizes” holiday offer, giving discounts on items through Christmas Eve, as well as a few sweepstakes giveaways.
Use your cell phone to text “FUN” to 727272 for more information.
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