Salida Elks Lodge Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the lodge at 148 E. Second Street. The fair is open to the public with creative vendors and lots of items for the holiday season. Enter through the side ramp. Santa Claus will be in attendance noon-1:30 p.m. Linda Cardinelli at 530-8697 or Linda DeLuca at 539-6356.
Art Under the Cupola Nov. 30, 10 a.m-6 p.m., Old Courthouse Gallery at the Heritage Museum. Local artists will have art for sale for holiday shoppers. Free and open to the public.
Art Under the Cupola FREE Wine Reception Nov. 30 4-6 p.m., at the Old Courthouse Gallery at the Heritage Museum on Main Street. Come sip wine and browse the art booths of 15+ local artists. A great start to your holiday shopping.
CRIPPLE CREEK BUS TRIP Dec. 2. Bus leaves Salida Safeway at 9 a.m., stops at Johnson Village VFW and on to Cripple Creek, arriving shortly after 11 a.m. Bus departs Cripple Creek at 5 p.m., arriving in Salida about 7:15 p.m. For sign-up or more information, contact Ellen, 539-6495 or Helen, 966-5095.
CHAFFEE COUNTY WRITERS EXCHANGE 5TH ANNUAL COCOA LOCO WRITING AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Creekside Gathering Place, 203 Cedar, BV. This is a writing session and a potluck dinner; limited to members only. Bring a dish to share as well as paper and a writing instrument. Please be respectful of the group and refrain from wearing perfumes as some attendees have allergies. Exercises led by Jennifer Sweete and Maria Weber, based on Natalie Goldberg’s method for writing freely and spontaneously. Seating is limited. RSVP: info@CCWritersExchange.org
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE Dec. 4, LDS Church, 611 Arizona St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For an appointment, call the Vitalant Appointment Center at 800.365.0006, ext 2 or bonfils.org, site code #0038.
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center artist reception Dec. 4, 5:30-7 p.m. for the four artists whose work was featured in the hospital’s rotating art exhibits this year. The reception is open to the public and will be held in the hospital’s atrium lobby, near the main entrance. The hospital displays the work of regional artists as part of its mission to create a healing environment for patients and visitors. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from art sales is donated to the HRRMC Foundation. For more information, call Allison Gergley at 719-530-2217.
WINTER CONCERT SERIES, ‘GOOD NEWS, GREAT JOY!’ by The Noteables and You’ve Got Male Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., ClearView Community Church, 457 Rodeo Road, Buena Vista; Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Grace Church, 1320 D Street, Salida; Dec. 8, 3 p.m., SteamPlant Event Center, Salida. Suggested donation is $10 to help pay for the cost of music, publicity and the groups’ scholarship fund. Linda Taylor at 539-2428 or visit salidasings.org.
CHRISTMAS OPENING Dec. 7; Chocolate Walk, Dec. 7-8; Holiday Craft Show, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ivy Ballroom inside the Surf Hotel; Parade of Lights, Dec. 7, 5-6 p.m. BV chamber, 719-395-6612.
‘The Woman Jesus Called Mother’ Dec. 8, 6 p.m., Valley Fellowship Church, 608 S. San Juan, BV. A dramatic presentation of the life of Mary of Nazareth
written and performed by Maggie Wallem Rowe.