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News in brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club will play host to its annual Ski and Snowboard Day at Aspen Mountain on Wednesday.

Tickets can be purchased at Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain starting at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $40 for adults and $20 for kids 18 and younger.

The resort opens to the public and season-pass holders Thursday.

ASPEN – Aspen Middle School students will host a bike ride to nowhere in an effort to raise money for the Shining Stars Foundation’s Winter Games.

The students, along with The Aspen Club, are holding a Stationary Bike-A-Thon on Dec. 11, featuring five 50-minute biking sessions in the aerobic room at the club. Riders are expected to raise at least $40 through pledges for the program for their 50-minute period.

The Shining Stars Foundation invites children with cancer and life-threatening illnesses to Aspen to engage in recreational and outdoor activities. The organization helps kids from across Colorado. The Winter Games begin March 18 and last the whole week. The program allows kids to participate in many of the activities that Aspen offers, including skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, crafts, dinners and many other events.

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“With more funding, more children with cancer and serious illness will be able to come to Aspen for the week of their lives,” said Cookie Ready, director of outreach programs.

Hallie Harrison, a Stationary Bike-A-Thon organizer, said, “We can exercise, have fun and raise money to bring even more children to the Shining Stars Foundation’s Winter Games here in Aspen.”

For more information, contact Harrison at (970) 925-3760, ext. 2341.

ASPEN – In observance of Thanksgiving, many state offices will be closed on Thursday. Aspen City Hall’s offices also will be closed to the public on Thursday. Pitkin County offices are closed Thursday and Friday.

State driver’s license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, Division of Wildlife Service Centers and administrative offices for executive-branch departments will be among the facilities closed Thursday.

All Colorado State Parks will be open and staffed, but administrative offices and visitor centers will be closed. State troopers will be patrolling the highways, and the Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working as necessary.