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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Center for the Arts in Glenwood Springs is offering classes to enhance your creativity and lower stress. Art is scientifically proven to lower anxiety and stress.”Culinary Arts” have now been added to the program, along with the dance and movement arts, fine arts, music and clay arts and the art of silversmithing.Registration begins Dec. 15. Dance classes will be performing in “Dancers Dancing” and “Cabaret Night.” Want to become a published author?Mark Shaw’s “How to Become A Published Author or Poet: A to Z” teaches writers how to decide if your book concept has publishing potential, how to create unique storytelling ideas, how to improve writing skills, what publishing alternative is best for you, why it is important to market the book proposal, not the book, and how to choose the best literary agent or publisher. Shaw is the author of 17 published books. The seminar is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pitkin County Library in Aspen. It’s free of charge. For more information. contact the library, http://www.booksforlifefoundation.com, or Books For Life Foundation at 970-544-3398.Henry Parsons Project announces final showKEYSTONE – The Henry Parsons Project (HPP), formed in 2002, will be performing its last show at the Goat in KEYSTONE, as the band plans to close down shop in January 2005. HPP, the Widespread Panic cover band, agreed to supply the “rabid and deprived” Spreadheads with Panic tunes when the Southern rock band took their “hiatus” over 2004. Since Widespread will return in spring 2005, HPP will be performing final performances Friday, Jan. 14, at its favorite Summit County venue, the Goat, and Friday, Jan. 28, at the Gothic Theater as a benefit for the Michael Houser music fund. Following the Jan. 14 show, PolyToxic – another musical side project comprised of members from HPP – will perform. Steamboat show hosts 38 international artistsSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will exhibit slipcast ceramics from 38 international artists in “The Slipcast Object,” juried by artist Richard Notkin. The exhibit is presented by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council in collaboration with Ceramic Design Group of Steamboat Springs and additional sponsors Paragon Industries, Nabertherm, Mile Hi Ceramics and Bailey Pottery Equipment. The exhibit continues on display at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot through Jan. 9, 2005. For more information, call 970-879-9008 to enroll.Breck theatre presents ‘The Supporting Cast’ BRECKENRIDGE – The Backstage Theatre presents the second show of its 31st season: “The Supporting Cast,” a a comedy with fangs by George Furth. How would you feel if someone wrote a book about you – warts and all? Okay, now multiply that by four. Ellen has written a tell-all book about her friends, and the time has come for them to read it before it is published. Comic sparks fly as the four friends discover just how much of their private lives has been exposed in Ellen’s book. “The Supporting Cast” is directed by Melissa Amato (“Me and Jezebel,” “Turn of the Screw”) and features Matt Devine (“Earth and Sky”), Jacquelyn Lies (“Metamorphoses”), Gail Westwood (“Murder at Café Noir”), Jennifer Ruff (“Red Herring”) and Denise Townsend (“”Alabama Rain”). The play opens Thursday, Dec.16, and performs Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 South Ridge Street, through January 22, 2005. The Saturday, Dec. 18, performance is the Champagne Opening night with complimentary champagne and hors-d’oeuvres catered by Hearthstone Catering. Tickets for this performance are $25 for adults, $10 for children under 12. For reservations call 970/453-0199 or visit http://www.backstagetheatre.org. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children under 12. Ring in 2005 at the Hot Springs Pool GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Bring in the new year with a splash. The Hot Springs Pool and the Athletic Club continue their traditional New Year’s Eve Celebration on Friday, Dec. 31, with extended hours until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2005. Noisemakers will be provided for everyone for the big countdown to midnight. Participants are eligible for a drawing for an annual pool pass. This is a nonalcoholic event for the whole family.For more information on the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool, call 1-800-537-SWIM (7946) or visit http://www.hotspringspool.com. Vail Daily Vail, Colorado


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