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Andy Jessen, Kevin Brubeck and Dominic Mauriello enjoy a Bonfire beer at last week's Eagle Chamber Holiday Business After Hours mixer, hosted by the Eagle Regional Visitor Information Center.
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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.

home for the Holidays

Join the Gypsum Recreation Center, Town of Gypsum, and the Gypsum Public Library for our Home for the Holidays Event on Saturday, Dec. 13. Start your evening off with a free open house at the Gypsum Recreation Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Gymnastics, Rock Climbing, Swimming, and Bounce Houses will be open for all.

Join Santa as he arrives at the Gypsum Public Library at 5 p.m. to light the town of Gypsum’s Christmas tree. The Gypsum Fire Department will be serving chili and there will be live reindeer on site. Snow games, book readings, crafts, cookies, cocoa and more are planned.

Eagle Baptist Christmas Program

The Eagle Baptist Church, located just west of town on U.S. Highway 6, will host a special Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

The program will focus on the history surrounding favorite Christmas carols. Following the presentation refreshments will be served.

All are welcome to attend. For more information call 970-328-7792.

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.

Spring registration under way at CMC

Registration for Colorado Mountain College’s spring semester is under way. Many classes begin the week of Jan. 12; others begin later in the semester.

The college sends each household throughout the Eagle Valley a course schedule in the mail for both credit and continuing education (noncredit) classes, including online courses.

New students and those who haven’t taken a class during the past 12 months need to first apply to Colorado Mountain College online or in person if they want to take a credit class.

Students who have taken a credit class within the past 12 months and students only interested in continuing education classes may register for classes in person, online, or by phone, fax or email.

Information about registering is available online at coloradomtn.edu/register or by visiting the campus in Edwards, 150 Miller Ranch Road. For more information, call 569-2900 or 1-800-621-8559; to learn more about the college or to view a class schedule online, go to coloradomtn.edu.

Town of Gypsum will collect discarded Christmas Trees

The Christmas holiday is still two weeks away, but the town of Gypsum has already advised residents it will be able to dispose of Christmas trees following the holiday season.

All trees to be destroyed must be delivered to the Sports Complex parking lot anytime from Jan. 2-15.

For more information, contact Peggy Jensen at pjensen@townofgypsum.com or call 970-524-5024.

Holiday Party DUI Enforcement

The time of year is upon us when coworkers, friends and family gather to celebrate the joys of the holiday season.

As these celebrations are under way, the Colorado Department of Transportation is once again teaming with the Colorado State Patrol and nearly 100 law enforcement agencies across the state to encourage partygo’ers to celebrate responsibly. The enforcement period runs through Monday, Dec. 15 and spotlighting holiday parties is part of CDOT’s ongoing “The Heat Is On” impaired driving prevention campaign.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year because people are in good spirits and it’s a time to celebrate all of our successes in 2014,” said Amy Ford, CDOT Communications Director. “We encourage good times and celebration but want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, so we urge partygo’ers to not drive impaired.”

If the Thanksgiving DUI enforcement period is any indication of what the holiday season holds, it should be an eventful one for law enforcement agencies statewide. There were 345 arrests made during the Thanksgiving weekend this year. There were two alcohol-related fatalities during the period. In 2013, there were 19 fatalities on Colorado roadways during the holiday season, 11 of which were alcohol-related, and more than 1,500 Coloradans arrested for a DUI from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year with 12 specific DUI enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. More details about the campaign, including DUI enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips, can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.

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