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Alpine Ambiance Anniversary

Alpine Ambiance in downtown Eagle will host its 15th anniversary celebration and holiday open house tonight, Dec. 4, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Owner Jan Rosenthal-Townsend promises prize drawings, tasty treats and libations along with 15 percent off all Christmas items and ornaments. Additionally, there will be a 10 percent discount offered storewide.

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Sylvan Lake State Park Open House

The staff at the Sylvan lake State Park visitor center will host a holiday open house Saturday, Dec. 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will include holiday arts and crafts, a skins and skulls program, treats and cocoa for all ages. Additionally as a holiday treat, the center is offering 15 percent off everything in the book store during the event.

The visitor center is located at 10200 Brush Creek Road in Eagle, CO. Call 970-328-2021 for more information.

Mason’s Toy Drive returns

The local Masonic Lodge helps around 1,000 children have a merrier Christmas each year.

Castle Lodge in Eagle is more than 100 years old, the county’s oldest civic/service organization, and its mission has not changed in the last century.

As they do every year, the local Masons are collecting tens of thousands of dollars worth of toys, food and cash. When they swing open the doors, the Lodge basement looks like Santa’s workshop.

“We find ways to raise money, so we can give it away,” said Jon Asper, one of the lodge’s dedicated Masons. “We do all kinds of other things, too, but almost all of it’s geared toward helping people who need it.”

Toward that end, the Masons partner with a few other local organizations to give away Christmas presents to families who need it. In addition to all the toys, food and cash, the Masons collect used bicycles and fix them up, just so they can give them away.

Anyone interested in helping the Masons carry out their holiday mission can call Jon Asper at 970-977-6234.

Historical Society looking for volunteers

The Eagle County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help present programs to local schools.

The group’s “History Take-Out” program for fourth graders features a large floor map of Colorado that the kids can walk across, a timeline they can post on and artifacts from different cultures in the state’s history including Utes, mountain men and miners. The students use the artifacts to learn about a specific culture and then make a mini-presentation to the class about what they have learned.

Each program is about a 45-minute to an hour time commitment.

“We serve both upvalley and downvalley schools. Volunteers can chose where they would like to help,” said Kathy Heicher, ECHS president

Anyone interested in this volunteer opportunity can call or email Heicher to learn more at or 970-328-7104.

Gypsum man choosen for ag leader program

Jeff Pieper of Gypsum, a student at Colorado State University , is one of 22 participants chosen for the twelfth class of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program.

The two year program, led by the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, is an intensive study of agriculture worldwide that equips people in the agriculture industry to become leaders in their fields.

“Participants will collaborate with others, and establish mentoring relationships with professionals serving agriculture and rural communities,” said Angie Cue, Executive Director of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program.

“Given the critical issues facing agriculture today, there is a need to provide an intensive leadership program to develop a new generation of leaders,” said State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg, Board President of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program.

The course focuses on communications, government, policy, economics, social and cultural issues and change management. Through the program, leaders will have the opportunity to travel internationally, nationally and statewide to extend their knowledge on the global agriculture industry.

The first session will begin February 25, 2015 in conjunction with the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture.

Around Town

The Eagle and Gypsum public libraries will host free workshops with local artist, author and educator Helen Hiebert on Saturday, Dec. 6. Hiebert will be at the Gypsum library from 10:30 a.m. to noon and at the Eagle Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Adults ages 18 and over are invited to a festive afternoon of holiday crafting. These workshops have limited space, so please register beginning Monday, Nov. 3 with Robyn at the Eagle Library, 970-328-8800 or Susan or Amber at the Gypsum Library, 970-524-5080.

Greg Earle of the Eagle County Historical Society is organizing an effort to put portable displays in public places throughout the county to recognize the area’s history and promote the society’s presence. He is looking for members to join a committee to help choose and implement a first project. Anyone interested in helping with the project can call him at 328-2329 or email

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