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November 28, 2012
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Tonight is the night to learn a bit more about Eagle County's history and perhaps even take a piece of it home.The Eagle County Historical Society annual meeting is scheduled for tonight, Nov. 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library. The meeting will include a demonstration of “History Take-Out” — a hands-on program created by History Colorado (the Colorado Historical Society) for third- and fourth-grade students.Meeting participants will use “artifacts” such as buffalo bones, a beaver hide and an assayer's scale to learn about the movement of early people in Colorado from Native Americans to the miners of 1870. Artifacts including tools and clothing help teach about some of the pioneering industries in Colorado. Timelines, maps and old photographs add historical perspective to the lesson.For the first time, this year's meeting will also include a silent auction for a few “excess” items from the museum archives, including antique bottles, branding irons, newspapers from the World War II era and magazines from the 1960s. The general public as well as ECHS members are invited to attend and families are welcome.For more information, contact Kathy Heicher at 328-7104 or

Personal use Christmas tree tags are now available from all offices of the White River National Forest.Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the White River National Forest with the following exceptions: wilderness areas, commercial timber sales, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas and Glenwood Canyon. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available at all offices where permits are sold. Permits cost $10 each and may be purchased with cash, check, or money order. Trees must be less than 15 feet tall from the stump with a maximum of five trees per individual. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold. The tags must be attached to the tree prior to cutting and must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination. Permits expire Dec. 31, 2012.In the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger Districts, permits are now available at both the Eagle Ranger Station, 125 W. Fifth Street in Eagle, or at the Holy Cross Ranger Station, 24747 U.S. Highway 24 in Minturn. Permits may be purchased Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Eagle office location. Permits may also be purchased at the Minturn office location Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Minturn office will also be open Saturdays, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Eagle Ranger District at 970-328-6388 or the Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.

The Eagle Public Library will kick off the 2012 holiday film matinee series with a free screening of the holiday classic, “It's a Wonderful Life,” on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. The library will screen a special matinee every other Sunday throughout the month of December, with “A Christmas Story” scheduled Dec. 16, and “Bridget Jones' Diary” on Dec. 30.“It's a Wonderful Life” is probably the most well-known holiday classic movie, according to Robyn Bryant, Adult Services Librarian at the Eagle Public Library. “Though it portrays the stereotypical spinster librarian in that one memorable scene, I have to admit that it is one of the very best oldies, and has stood the test of time with its message about individual significance and how we impact one another's lives.”For more information, contact the library at 970-328-8800.

Member and potential members of the Gypsum Chamber will celebrate their third annual Casino Royale Holiday Party Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Gypsum Recreation Center.Festivities will include blackjack, roulette and poker played for fun, not for cash, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Food by Ekahi Grill & Catering will include haiku chicken, teriyaki beef, north shore shrimp, Kauai chicken, salad, rice and more.Local companies who would like to donate any products or items to be used as prizes throughout the event, or anyone who would like to participate as a dealer in the casino games, please contact Jessica with the Gypsum Chamber at (970)328-0109 or at Auto and Diesel Repair will be collecting non-perishable food items at the event for local food banks.Tickets are $15 per single or $25 per couple if purchased prior to the event and $20 at the door.

The Gypsum Chamber is also looking to expand its ambassador program.Ambassadors meet monthly and help plan meetings, mixers and ribbon-cuttings. Business owners, managers and employees are welcome to join.The chamber said the program brings increased name and face recognition; increased networking opportunities; opportunities to connect one-on-one with new and existing Chamber members; increased referral opportunities through other ambassadors; an insider's perspective of the local business community; opportunities to meet local business and community leaders; chances to help the community and show community pride; and recognition via the Gypsum Chamber email marketing newsletters.

The popular Edwards Farmers Market is back in business for the winter season.Look for fresh produce and local products at the market, planned Sundays, Dec. 2 through March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edwards Colorado Mountain College campus.For more information about the market, contact

Gypsum Town Hall hosts Christmas Bingo from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19. A seven-game pack costs $15, giving players 37 chances to win a holiday ham and Christmas cash. Proceeds benefit the Eagle Valley Booster Club.

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