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Nov. 5

Don’t trash it, SMASH it! Join Scraps-to-Soil at the Idaho Springs baseball fields for the third annual Pumpkin SMASH Nov. 5 from noon to 5 p.m. Bring your old jack-o’-lanterns and smash them.  Proceeds benefit Scraps-to-Soil, and the organic waste benefits the community gardens.  Activities include contests, games, a bouncy castle and more.

Nov. 8

Flood Insurance Rate Map revisions are being proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Virginia Canyon, Witter Gulch and Upper Bear Creek stream systems.  A letter was recently sent to potentially affected property owners by the Clear Creek County Site Development Department. The FEMA deadline for appeals is Nov. 8. For more information, contact the Site Development Department at 303-679-2421.

Nov. 10, 11, 12
Clear Creek High School will perform a farce called “Hello … Is Any Body There?” by Ian Hornby in the school auditorium. Performances are at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12. Get ticket information by calling the school at 303-679-4600.

Nov. 19
The Idaho Springs Annual Tree Lighting celebration will be on Nov. 19 at 5:15 p.m. at Citizens Park. The Cow Boy Band will be playing Christmas carols, the High School Madrigal Ensemble will carol down Miner Street, and Santa will be on hand afterward at the Elks Lodge.

Nov. 26

The 2011 Georgetown Tree Lighting Celebration will be held Nov. 26 at approximately 5:15 p.m. in downtown Georgetown at Rose and 6th streets. Join us for the annual Georgetown Tree Lighting with holiday singers, children’s chorus, hot chocolate, a visit from St. Nick, a big bonfire to keep you warm and more. This celebration has been an annual tradition in Georgetown for many years and helps to kick off the holiday season and New Year!

Dec. 3
The Idaho Springs Underhill Museum and Gardens annual holiday party is from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $50 per person and will include live entertainment, cocktails and hors d’ouevres. Tickets available in advance at the following locations or at the door: Heritage Visitors Center, 303-567-4382; Underhill Museum & Bookstore, 303-567-4709; and The Barber Shop, 303-567-4204. For additional information, contact Karla Reeves at 720-260-6686.

Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11
The 51st Annual Georgetown Christmas Market is celebrating a half-century of being an Old World Christmas in Georgetown. The outdoor European-inspired market features handcrafted gifts, horse-drawn wagon rides, free entertainment and admission, carolers, roasted chestnuts, and the Santa Lucia Children’s Procession.

Dec. 10 & 17
Christmas at Hamill House in Georgetown will present the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree candles, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and the fellowship that is the foundation of the holidays in Georgetown.


Storytime at the Idaho Springs Library:
Join other parents, infants, toddlers and preschoolers in this fun social time with books and crafts, Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.
Games Night at the Library:
Every second Friday evening of the month at the Idaho Springs Public Library, 4 to 6 p.m. and
every fourth Friday evening of the month in Georgetown from 4 to 6 p.m.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the John Tomay Memorial Library in Georgetown.
 Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to the library for preschool fun and stories. Preschool story time entails fun and socialization.

FRIDAY NIGHT BINGO is held at the Senior Center in Idaho Springs across from Tommyknockers (14th and Miner streets). $10 per player at the door, additional game cards $1 each. 
Doors open at 6 p.m.; games start at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit STI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
THE AMERICAN LEGION will meet at the Idaho Springs Elks Club the last Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

UNITED STRENGTH AL-ANON FAMILY group provides help, understanding and anonymity for friends and family of alcoholics and addicts. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the white house at 1422 Colorado Blvd. in Idaho Springs next to the United Church.
 For more information, call Cheryl at 303-567-4623 or Mary Ann at 303-567-0885.

FREE HEALTH ASSESSMENTS are offered to those 18 and older by Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions and Clear Creek Public Health. Cholesterol screenings, diabetes check, cardiac assessment, education, navigation, referrals and resources are offered from 8 to 11 a.m. every Monday or by appointment. Allow 30 minutes for the screening. For more information, call Carolyn Kennedy at 720-837-8343.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the Project Support Senior Center Thrift Shoppe and Warehouse. Call 303-567-2382, or stop at 1402 Miner St. in Idaho Springs.

PRAY FOR CITY PROSPERITY in Idaho Springs meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Wildfire Restaurant. For more information, call 720-276-7634.

GRIEF GROUP: Have you recently experienced a loss? The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every third Thursday at the Clear 
Creek County Metropolitan Recreation Center. For more information, call 303-679-2426.

COLUMBINE GARDEN CLUB meets the second Thursday of the month at noon at the Elks Lodge.

MILL CREEK HISTORICAL SOCIETY meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Dumont School House.

NARCOTICS GROUP IN EVERGREEN meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturdays at 3757 Ponderosa Drive across from Evergreen Safeway.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: The Clear Creek County Advocates offer support groups to children, men and women who are victims of domestic violence. These groups meet once a week and are free. For more information, call 303-679-2426.