Briefs (politics and holiday happenings)
AG candidate in Aspen on Friday
Don Quick, Democratic candidate for Colorado attorney general, will have a meet-and-greet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Cantina in Aspen.
“This is a great opportunity to introduce myself to voters where they live, but also to learn more about the issues facing their communities on the Western Slope,” he said in a statement.
Earlier this week Quick, a former Adams County district attorney, told the Denver Post he has mailed his candidate paperwork to the state’s secretary of state office.
Republican Attorney General John Suthers is term limited and won’t be running in 2014.
Toy Drive underway
The Shining Stars Foundation’s annual Toy Drive is underway through Dec. 19.
Shining Stars provides aid to children afflicted with cancer. Gifts donated to the drive will go to the cancer-stricken and their siblings.
Suggestions for gifts include gift cards, books, art supplies and crafts items, games, toys, dolls, action figures, Legos, remote-controlled toys, video games for Wii, XBox 360 or Nintendo DS, newly released Disney DVDs, and sports equipment. Children choose what they want, so gifts should not be wrapped.
Drop-off locations are at the following businesses: Alpine Bank in Snowmass, Alpine Bank on East Hopkins Avenue Aspen, Aspen Eagles Club, Aspen Elks Lodge #224, Aspen High School, Aspen Middle School, Garfield & Hecht (601 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen), Heather’s Restaurant in Basalt, US Bank in Aspen, US Bank in El Jebel, and US Bank in Glenwood at both Grand Avenue locations.
For more details, visit http://www.shiningstarsfoundation.org.
Carols at Community Church on Dec. 18
Aspen Community Church will host an evening of holiday carols at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Aspen Music Festival and School CEO Alan Fletcher will host the evening and provide piano accompaniment to the sing-a-long of the season’s popular carols. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served immediately following. The event is free and open to the public, but donations to the church’s building restoration fund will be accepted.
For more information, contact the church office at 970-925-1571
Holiday Science Festival is Dec. 18
The Aspen Science Center will hold its Holiday Science Festival from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Aspen Middle School.
Among the offerings will be exhibits, experiments and games that have been designed to instruct, entertain and inspire. There will be hands-on activities, crafts to take home, LN2 ice cream and a science demo. Costs are $10 for pre-registration at AspenScienceCenter.org or via email to Jackie Francis at jfrancis@AspenScienceCenter.org, or $12 at the door.
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