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Briefs: Tuesday, Oct. 23

Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Our annual SAPP Pancake Breakfast is going to be held November 3rd and November 10th at McDonald's. We are looking for volunteers to assist with serving pancakes, orange juice, coffee etc. We will only need help from 7am until 10am. If any of you are available to volunteer your time, please send me an email.

Thank you so much for supporting our program.

Ripple Creek Lodge to Celebrate Harvesting of the U.S Capitol Christmas Tree

The White River National Forest in northwest Colorado has been honored with the opportunity to provide the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The staff at Ripple Creek Lodge would like to invite you to enjoy our hospitality and help us celebrate this gift from the state of Colorado to the people of the United States.

On Friday the 2nd of November, from 8:00am to 12:00pm, Ripple Creek Lodge is throwing a party to commemorate the harvesting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the beginning of the tree's journey from the Blanco Ranger District to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. This festivity is free and open to everyone and will include photo opportunities with the Capitol Christmas Tree, a bonfire, giveaways, Christmas cookies and candies, hot cocoa, coffee and a special visit from Santa Claus.

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After the November 2nd tree-felling ceremony, the tree will be loaded on a flatbed truck and prepared for a festive voyage across the country. Representatives from the Forest Service and Ripple Creek Lodge in partnership with the nonprofit Choose Outdoors will accompany the tree for several weeks of celebrations in communities and military bases across the land. Thousands of ornaments made by young people from Colorado will travel with the tree and be used to decorate the tree's branches when it is illuminated in front of the Capitol Building in early December.

After the opening lighting ceremony, the Tree is lit every night from dusk until 11:00 p.m. The Tree will remain on public display throughout the holiday season.

Ripple Creek Lodge is located approximately 40 miles east of Meeker. Nestled deep in the heart of the White River National Forest on the edge of the pristine Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Ripple Creek Lodge offers cabin rentals; guided hunting, fishing, horseback riding and back country camping trips; dining in the historic main lodge; and a passageway to miles of scenic wilderness trails, hundreds of back country glacial lakes and the spectacular beauty of the Colorado high country.

39020 County Road 8

Meeker, Colorado 81641

http://www.ripplecreeklodge.com