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Nov. 30
Honoring the Empty Chair: Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice is holding a free workshop called Honoring the Empty Chair from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 30, at its offices, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen. Mt. Evans Bereavement Counselor Barb Lamperski will lead the meetings, which will feature discussions about coping strategies and support resources. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to reserve a space, call Mt. Evans at 303-674-6400 or e-mail blamperski@mtevans.org.

Dec. 1
Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity holiday open house: Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity will host a holiday open house to celebrate its new office from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at 1520 Evergreen Parkway in the former urgent care building in Bergen Park. For more information, visit www.bluesprucehabitat.org or call 303-674-1127.

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
The Clear Creek Rock House is looking for crafters, cooks, musicians and artists for the annual Christmas Mart at Carlson Elementary School on Dec. 3. Those interested in participating as a vendor make a reservation at 303-567-4950.

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. 8
Books and Cooks at the Georgetown Library at 11a.m. features Chef Gordon Rocks from the Georgetown Loop Dinner Train. Rocks will demonstrate how to prepare Butternut Squash soup with goat cheese crostinis. After the demonstration, the tasting begins.

Dec. 9
An Evening 
with Dr. Susan Solomon: World-reknowned scientist Dr. Susan Solomon will provide scientific information that can be useful for everyone who wants to better understand the challenges of climate change and why international agreement on climate change has proven particularly difficult. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, at the Evergreen Fire/Rescue building, 1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen. There will be a reception afterwards where you can talk directly with Dr. Solomon. Admission is free.

Dec.9
Idaho Springs Christmas Decorating Contest: Lights need to be up by Dec. 9 to be judged and winners will be announced on Dec. 12 at the city council meeting. The award for 1st is $100, 2nd $75 and 3rd $50.

Dec. 10
Central City’s second annual Business Bash. Central City is hosting a good-old fashioned, bust-a-move, good-food-eating, holiday business bash. Central City’s event is for smaller companies who have extra small budgets this year, and holiday party-orphaned individuals who want to join in the fun. The event will be held from  7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are just $10 each, or $15 at the door. Purchase them at any King Soopers or City Market location, online at www.ticketswest.com or by phone at 1-866-464-2626.

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.

Dec. 17
St. Mary’s Holiday Party & Hay Ride Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Alice School House. The P.O.A. and Alice Historical Society welcome everyone for an evening of holiday cheer. The event will include food, silent auctions, Santa and more. For information e-mail www.stmarysglacier.com.

ONGOING


Adult Drop-in Sports: The Clear Creek Metro Recreation District (CCMRD) offers free drop-in adult volleyball and basketball at the Clear Creek Admin Building Gym in Idaho Springs (former Middle School).  Volleyball: Monday nights 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Basketball: Wednesday nights, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  For more information, please call 303-567-4822.
 
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.