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With Halloween just around the corner and autumn in full swing, it's the perfect time to enjoy the crisp weather, get in the spooky spirit and start carving.

And that's just what we intend to do this weekend.

Lucky for you, there's plenty happening this weekend to help you celebrate however you choose.

Good for gooey fun, pies and decorations, pumpkins are the trademark of the season. And kiddos can get a free one this weekend.

Marvin "Red" and Linda Cortner will again offer 1,200 free pumpkins to area youths on Saturday as a good will gesture.

Kids can get theirs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at either Homemaker Furnishings, 468 Ranney St.; Rio Blanco County Courthouse, 555 Main St., Meeker; or Little Snake River Valley School, 333 N. Main St., Baggs, Wyo.

Thanks, Cortners!

More pumpkin fun can be had at Wyman Museum later in the day Saturday.

The museum offers its second annual Pumpkin Patch event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, hay rides, costume rentals, needle in the hay maze and food. There will also be a painted pumpkin silent auction and a homemade pumpkin pie contest, for which all entries are due by 1 p.m. Saturday.

All the activities for kids are free.

For more information about this super cool seasonal event, call the museum at 824-6346 or just stop by 94350 E. U.S. Hwy. 40 on Saturday to check it out.

The Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colo. Hwy. 13, offers up the band Murphy's Law live from 9 p.m. until close Friday and Saturday.

There's no cover charge to listen to this country and Southern rock band, featuring Kenny Bradberry, so head on down for some drinks and dancing.

And speaking of drinks, Yampa Valley Partners is launching its 5:05 Drinks program tonight.

At 5:05 p.m., the organization offers free food and drinks, networking and a presentation by Chad Feagler of Mountain Energy Inc. about how to save money at home through rebates and energy audits.

It all goes down at the OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

Call Yampa Valley Partners at 824-1133 for more info.

Give a tip for a kid. That's what those at the Golden Cavvy ask of you on Friday.

From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, the restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave., will feature community members as "celebrity servers" to raise tip money for Christmas for Kids.

So head on down for a meal and see who your server might be. Call the Cavvy at 824-6038 if you have questions.

Be a princess for a day at the Miss Yampa Valley Pageant this weekend, or just attend to support the young girls.

This "natural" pageant — girls 12 and younger are not allowed to wear makeup (love it) — is open to girls ages 3 to 18. The day begins at 9 a.m. for contestants, and the final judging and crowning is at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colo. Hwy. 13. Entrance costs at least one can of food, for a drive the pageant organizers are hosting.

Call Stephanie Pearce at 620-0235 or visit http://www.visitmoffatcounty.com/missyampavalley to learn more.

Warm up with a bowl of soup on Friday night.

First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., is hosting a soup and dessert supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Choose soup or chili, plus get rolls or crackers, dessert and a beverage for $6.

Call 824-6836 or 824-5960 if you need more details.

Prep your car for the winter for free this weekend, if you're a single mother, senior citizen or person with disability, thanks to a small group at The Journey at First Baptist Church.

Volunteers offer the clinic, which features bumper-to-bumper car checks, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Appointments are necessary, however, so call 826-4000 to make yours.

If you don't qualify for the free checks, this is a good reminder to get your vehicle in tip-top shape before the snow flies, too.

Get your pizza ration for the week as Pizza Hut teams up with Sunset Elementary School for a fundraiser today.

Just stop by for dine-in or carryout, or place a delivery order, and tell your server or driver that you'd like to participate in the fundraiser, and the school gets between 10 and 20 percent of your sale, depending on the total Sunset-related sales for the day. It's just that easy.

Call Pizza Hut at 824-6531 or visit them at 1070 W. Victory Way to help Sunset.

Get your learning on at the Challenging Behavior Prevention & Solutions Conference, focused on affecting young children's behavior, on Saturday.

The conference, sponsored by Eagle's Nest Preschool, is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. The cost is $50 for the course, lunch and training hours.

Call (303) 423-1026 to register or show up Saturday morning to participate.

It may not be instant gratification, but these events will surely have you livin' it up down the road.

Friday is the $600 deposit deadline for Colorado Northwestern Community College's life-long learning spring break trip to Italy from March 10 to 19, 2011.

It's $2,500 for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Rome, Siena, San Gimignano and Florence.

To save your spot, call Mary Morris at 824-1100

For an unforgettable trip on American soil, stop by the informational meeting for the annual We See D.C. trip at 6:30 p.m. today in the library at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Anyone's welcome on the trip. If you can't make the meeting or want to learn more, call Courtney Jenison at 824-5651.

To get you in the mood for this spooky season, West Theatre has two freaky flicks this weekend.

Check out "Devil," about a group of people in an elevator who realize that one of them is the devil, and "Let Me In," a thriller involving a young girl vampire. Both look like they would keep me up at night, but that doesn't take much.

Redbox has "Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare" to get kiddos in the mood for Halloween, as well as "Leaves of Grass" and "The Human Centipede" for comedic relief for parents.