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News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Got any gently used toys that your child no longer wants? A toy drive is on, and the gifts received will go to kids with cancer.

Mason Morse Real Estate and the Dancing Bear Residences in Aspen are teaming up with the Shining Stars Foundation on Shining Stars’ first-ever toy drive.

“This is a wonderful way for those of us who live in the Roaring Fork Valley to help families that are going through difficult times,” said Kathy Gingery, Shining Stars Foundation executive director.

The Foundation provides year-round outreach programs for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Shining Stars last year served more than 2,200 children, family members and supporters in 77 communities around Colorado.

Toys can be dropped off at four locations in the Roaring Fork Valley: Mason Morse in Aspen, 514 E. Hyman Ave.; Dancing Bear Residences in Aspen, 411 S. Monarch St.; Mason Morse in Carbondale, 0290 Highway 133, and Mason Morse in Glenwood Springs, 1614 Grand Ave.

To culminate the drive, a holiday event with Santa is planned for 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, at Dancing Bear Residences. The event is open to the public.

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For more information, call Shining Stars at (970) 925-STAR or Mason Morse at (970) 704-3214.

ASPEN – The Aspen Art Museum will host a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday for the opening of exhibitions of work by Mamma Andersson and Roger Hiorns.

Swedish painter Andersson has an exhibition of some 30 paintings in the museum’s downstairs gallery. It is the artist’s first one-person museum exhibition in the U.S., and the museum is creating an illustrated catalogue with essays by Aspen Art Museum director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, who curated the show, and others. Andersson’s work focuses primarily on spaces – domestic interiors, as well as landscapes – rather than people. Her image “Sleeping Standing Up” is featured on a limited edition Aspen Skiing Co. lift ticket this ski season.’

Hiorns, a British sculptor, has created a series of new works in plastic that explore transparency as a property of sculpture.

ASPEN – A memorial service will be held for Russell Anderson on Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church, Aspen. The service will begin at noon, with lunch following this celebration of Russell’s life. The church is located off of Cemetery lane at 1235 Mountain View Drive.

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