An annual change of seasons always brings a change of feeling in the air, and the Surface Creek community is responding with a number of events and business promotions taking place as a lead-in to the holidays that are just around the corner.
Following is a sampling of the events and activities in store.
• The ImpressionZ Artists Co-operative Gallery will be hosting its artist of the month on Nov. 4. Ella Kelly creates unique works of art in the metalworking medium. Many of her works will be featured and on display the entire month, and Kelly is a regular exhibitor at the gallery also. A reception is scheduled for this Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with refreshments served.
• The annual Stars and Stripes Military Ball will take place Nov. 12 at the Stolte Shed. Cathy Meskel of Cedaredge is the founder and organizer of this 5th annual edition of event that takes place each fall near Veterans Day. There will be a Missing Man ceremony at 5:30 p.m., a prime rib catered dinner at 6 p.m., and dancing afterward. The event is reservation only and veterans may attend free. Others pay $25 per ticket and reservations information is available at 856-7522 and at Shady Creek RV Park in Cedaredge.
• Veterans Day will find the Grand Mesa Post #9221 of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary hosting a fund raiser pancake breakfast at the Stolte Shed on Friday, Nov. 11, from 7 to 10 a.m. The menu includes all you can eat pancakes with sides of scrambled eggs and ham, juice and coffee. The event is a VFW/Auxiliary fund raiser that helps support the groups' educational and patriotic activities throughout the year.
• The Eckert Presbyterian Church will present its annual Harvest Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church. This community event has a heritage that dates back to the days of the Challenge Creamery and when the annual event was a community-wide celebration of the harvest season -- a character it retains to this day thanks to the church members and community support. According to accounts from area residents, after the creamery quit business the Presbyterian church picked up the event and continued the tradition.
• The theater students of Cedaredge High School will present their fall production Nov. 18 and 19 at the school.
• On Saturday, Nov. 12, there will be a free trash dump at the Public Works Department. A dumpster will be available for residents to use for disposing of their household garbage and yard waste only. Items that will not be accepted for recycling or disposal include electronics. Those planning to use the free service are advised to check with town hall if they have questions about what materials will be accepted; call 856-3123. The free dumpster will be available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Local businesses are getting together for a Shop Small, shop local promotion to take place on Nov. 26, the day after "Black Friday" and the first Saturday following Thanksgiving. This "Small Business Saturday" promotion is one the chamber has supported in the past. According to the chamber, the program will be promoting local businesses in the DCI and through other media venues. Forms are available at the chamber office and local businesses wanting to participate need not have a store front to be a part of it. A "marketing fee" of $25 applies for a "pop-up" (no store front), and $15 for a store front/host business. The promotion includes retail and dining establishments. There are some guidelines for this event, so contact one of the CACC ambassadors for full details.
• Local businesses have also been running their own promotions and entertainment nights. One unique example that has proved successful is Cedaredge's Pondy has been hosting series of innovative enterprise promotions
called "Paint and Wine at the Pondy." The cost for participants is $25 and includes paint and supplies, instructor, one glass of wine, and snack plate. Participants create actual works of art. Those interested may call 856-3464 or stop by the Pondy to sign up for the next one.
• Surface Creek Veterinary Center hosted its annual Dog Jog for pet owners and their best four-legged buddies last weekend at Aspen Trail Campground.
• Two businesses hosted "customer appreciation events recently. The volunteers at the Shelter Shoppe held a half-price sale and business was brisk, they reported -- possibly the best business day of the year, they said. The volunteers beat the Black Friday rush by hosting their customer appreciation event at the end of October.
And, Surface Creek Valley residents attended the member appreciation event hosted by DMEA at its Read Service Center last week. DMEA members enjoyed refreshments and got free gifts of soup mugs, 2017 planners, mini LED flashlights and LED light bulb packs. Hot topic among members was the broadband project DMEA has launched. A DMEA spokesperson said, "Our purpose for hosting Member Appreciation Days is the opportunity for members to meet the people behind their power, visit with board representatives, and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a member."
• As November draws to a close, all focus is on the December Parade of Lights with "Memories of Christmas Past" the theme for this year.
• On into the winter months the annual dog sled races and fishing derby on Grand Mesa are anticipated.