Michelle Balleck: Kick-starting the holiday season

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Michelle Balleck

Weekend Movie Showtimes

West Theatre

29 E. Victory Way

824-2000

• “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday

• “Happy Feet Two,” PG; 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

There’s plenty on the calendar for this weekend, with a range of feel-good activities to heel-stomping fun, many geared toward throwing you full-force into the holiday season.

But, before I tell you what’s planned, a couple of personal notes first. This will be my final Livin’ It Up column, and next week you’ll see a new face here. I am moving onto a new challenge and am very excited.

Also, I’d like to shamelessly use this space to wish our little man happy birthday today. He’s now 9, and a “tween” — yikes.

Happy birthday, Shane!

Kick up your boots as you dance the night away at Cowboy Christmas.

The event, a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

There’s dinner, dancing, gambling and, of course, live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $35 each. Get yours at the club, the Craig Daily Press or Spirit Pass.

Call 826-0411 for details or a whole table.

The Walker Williams Band is the life of the party beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sports Page Bar, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

The bar opens at 5 p.m. with drink specials for you early birds.

Enjoy local talent during the monthly Variety Show from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way.

Call Steve Ghirardelli at 824-4791 to join the fun.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas inside many local homes.

Have a peek during Court Appointed Special Advocates’ Holiday Home Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The tour concludes with refreshments and a silent auction at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Pam Designs, The Kitchen Shop, Cramer Flooring and Furniture Connection.

Get more info. from 620-2342.

Get homemade goodness at the Christmas Bazaar, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

It’s your go-to place for handmade gifts this weekend.

Call 824-6024 to get details.

Canines and clothes are a perfect pair.

Check out the Rescues and Runways fashion show and discounted pet adopt-a-thon Saturday.

The Maurices fashion show is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The adopt-a-thon runs from noon to 3 p.m.

It’s better to give than receive.

Find out firsthand by making a donation at the annual KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive, which runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Drop off cash, nonperishable food items and toys to benefit local organizations this holiday season.

Visit www.krai.com for a list of suggested donations.

Be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas at the Interfaith Community Nativity Display, scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St.

Call Mae Vallem at 326-7300 for details.

Jarvie Fest is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jarvie Ranch, about 80 miles northwest of Maybell.

The event includes a visit from Santa Claus at 1 p.m., leather crafts, wagon rides, candle dipping, bird feeders, rope making, wool spinners, live music, cowboy poetry, blacksmith demonstrations and a silent auction of Christmas trees.

Admission is free. Lunch is $5, and baked goods will also be for sale.

Call the Jarvie Ranch at (435) 781-4400 or the Bureau of Land Management at (435) 885-3307 to find out more.

West Theatre is holding onto “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” and “Happy Feet Two.”

New at Redbox this week are “Water for Elephants,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.,” “Our Idiot Brother” and “30 Minutes or Less.” On the couch is where you’ll find me this weekend.

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