Clifford Irving speaking at luncheon
Aspen resident Clifford Irving, the author of a fake authorized biography of Howard Hughes, will speak at Wednesday’s Aspen Business Luncheon.
Irving served 17 months in prison for fraud in 1972-73 as a result of the book, which purported to be a tell-all based on extensive interviews with the reclusive Hughes, an American icon in the worlds of business, aviation and cinema. However, Hughes and Irving had never actually met or spoken with each other.
Irving, 81, has written upwards of 20 books, including works he has recently self-published. The Hughes book was a major scandal of the early 1970s, and is considered one of the great hoaxes of all time.
Irving is giving a rare public appearance at the weekly Aspen Business Luncheon, where he will be interviewed by business luncheon organizer Todd Shaver. The lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sky Hotel, and costs $30. You may reserve a seat through www.AspenBusinessLuncheon.com 
Deadline extended for Wintersculpt
The entry deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 14 to enter teams for Wintersculpt, to be held in January.
As part of Wintersköl festivities, Wintersculpt will be held Jan. 10-12. Each team will carve an 8-square-foot cube of snow in 48 hours on the Aspen pedestrian mall.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center is seeking submissions from artists and amateurs, sculptors, organizations and businesses. Everyone is invited to participate.
The 62nd annual Wintersköl and Wintersculpt theme is “Vintage Spirit!” The participation stipend is $200 per team, with prizes awarded for first place ($400); second ($200); and third place ($100). Sculptures will be judged on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. and awards will be announced at 5 p.m. at the CP Burger skating party located at the Silver Circle ice rink.
Visit andersonranch.org/wintersculpt to download an application. For more information, contact Sonya Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org  or 923-3181, ext. 204.
Santa Claus Coming to the ARC
“Visit with Santa” day at the Aspen Recreation Center is on Saturday from 4-7 p.m., and is open to the general public with free admission to see St. Nick.
The day will be complete with photos with Santa, cookie decorating, live music and hot cocoa.
Visit www.aspenrecreation.com  or call 544-4100 for more information.