There will be a SHIP counselor in Delta Dec. 5 to help you with Medicare open enrollment questions. Call 970-249-3132 to make an appointment.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for our region is housed at Region 10 under Community Living Services. SHIP is a state program that is funded by the federal government to give local health insurance counseling to people eligible for Medicare benefits.

Biz gathering

The Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce hosts Business After Hours 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 5 at 195 W. Main St., Cedaredge. Join the group for an evening of great networking while kicking off the holiday spirit.

Kicking off the


The Cedaredge Parade of Lights, O’Christmas Tree, is set to take place 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Bundle up and come out to kick off the Christmas season. Bring the kids to meet Santa following the parade at The Grand Mesa Arts Center on Main Street. Small gifts will be handed out courtesy of Stacy’s on Main. (While supplies last.) The town will be handing out hot apple cider in their lobby, courtesy of Red Mountain Ranches. The parade will begin at Fifth and Main Street and continue down to Highway 65.

Warm up after the parade

Cedaredge Methodist Church will join Cedaredge’s Parade of Lights festivities Saturday, Dec. 7 by offering its traditional chili and baked-potato dinner. The hearty menu will keep cold weather at bay warming folks up for Santa’s arrival.

Bowls of chili and baked potatoes with all the fixings will be served plus homemade desserts and drinks from 4:30-7 p.m. in the lower level of the Masonic Hall at 255 West Main Street, Cedaredge, along the route of the holiday parade. Several menu combinations will be available for children and adults. Children will eat for $3. Adults can choose chili or baked potato for $5 or pay $8 to get both menu items.

For information, contact Pamela Gubkin weekday mornings at Cedaredge Methodist Church at or 970-856-3696, or Pastor Joe Agne, or 720-891-5233.

Grab your girls

and get out

Annual Holiday Ladies Night is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Paonia Farm and Home, 206 Grand Ave.

This is always a fun time to mingle with other ladies and get your holiday shopping started and maybe even finished. This year the event will also have some local artisans selling handmade jewelry, pottery and glass art. There will be a drawing for free prizes every 20 minutes, food and drinks. There will also be a large selection of toys as well as ornaments and candles and lots of other gift ideas.

Paonia concert on tap

The next World Music in Paradise concert featuring Fortunato will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 6, at the Paradise Theater in Paonia.

Jazz violinist Anthony Salvo presents his new group, Fortunato, a virtuosic ensemble bringing the best of Gypsy, Klezmer, Indian, Latin and African traditions into a jazz setting. Embodying a variety of the world’s musical cultures, Fortunato draws on both classical and jazz idioms, bringing a new, exciting energy to jazz improvisation and crossover fusion. The music is upbeat, invigorating and sometimes transcendent. Their current repertoire includes Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Shakti, as well as Anthony’s original compositions.

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 in advance, $25 day of; available at the Paradise and Brown Paper Tickets.

Arts for All is also sponsoring Fortunato performances for the kids at two of our local elementary schools (Hotchkiss K8 and Paonia Elementary). Arts for All, bringing musical love to the North Fork Valley kids.

Advent concert

series continues

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fifth and Palmer in Delta, continues the Annual Noon Advent Concerts 12:10-12:55 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. A group of musicians from the Valley Youth Orchestra (VYO) will regale listeners with violins, cellos and flutes. Director of the Orchestra, Debra TenNapel, offered to share Senior Mentor, Martha Ditto, retired cellist, to lead a select group of youth musicians for the third concert.

Information on this orchestra, that includes youth aged 6 to 18 years old, will be available at the event. A donation basket will be at the door for those who desire to support this worthy activity for youngsters on the Western Slope.

The final concert, Dec. 18, will be singer, Kathy Kolman and friends. For more information on these concerts contact our facilitators, Elizabeth Wilcox, 970-874-9832 or Lucy Warner 970-399-3274.

Returning show

The Pink Unicorn will return to the Paradise Theatre for an encore performance 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. The play tells the story of Trisha Lee, a Christian widow from a small town in Texas, whose life is upended when her daughter comes out as gender queer. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this performance explores challenges of holding onto our faith when God’s lessons for us are not what we expected. Tickets available at the theatre, the Cirque and online at brownpaper

Get your dance on

The Delta Hubwheelers Square Dance Club will host a “Pearl Harbor” theme dance 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the aerobics room of the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer St., in Delta. The dance will be directed by Naaman Moorehouse, our club caller. Admission is $6 per dancer.

Everyone is encouraged to wear patriotic red, white and blue-colored attire for this anniversary of a momentous event in our nation’s history. Dances are “Mainstream” with “Plus” Tips. Non-dancers welcome to come and enjoy at no charge, meet our dancers, and get on a list for our winter classes, which start in two months. If coming from out of town, call to verify dance dates, details and directions: Paul, 970-773-4495.

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