Coat and sleeping bag drive
The Aspen Homeless Shelter, in collaboration with J. Crew, is collecting winter coats and sleeping bags for people in need.
Drop off gently used coats or sleeping bags at the J. Crew at the Mountain store, 205 S. Mill St., near the corner of Hopkins, and receive a coupon good for 25 percent off a purchase.
The response to the local coat and bag drive has been so strong that J. Crew increased its coupon from 20-25 percent, which is good until Nov. 19.
“As the Aspen nights get longer and colder, homeless men and women need our help the most,” according to a statement by Vince Savage, executive director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter.
“With the need on the rise this year we hope you reach deep this holiday season and share your precious resources with those who are less fortunate,” it continued.
The shelter is also now accepting cash donations for the upcoming winter season. Checks may be mailed to: Aspen Homeless Shelter, 405 Castle Creek Road, Suite 12, Aspen, 81611.
For more information, call 544-5545.
See the U.S. Capitol tree
The city of Glenwood Springs and the White River National Forest will co-host a free viewing party of the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree during a public event in Centennial Park that begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The 80-foot tall Englemann spruce is making a stop in Glenwood Springs while en route from the Payette National Forest in Idaho to its final destination 2,000 miles later in Washington D.C.
The tree was cut on Nov. 2 near McCall, Idaho and will be seen by about 25 different communities, including three in Colorado. Stops are also planned in Grand Junction and Denver.
“Glenwood Springs looks forward to being part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tradition,” Mayor Michael Gamba said in a statement released by the Forest Service. “We are honored to celebrate the tree as it travels to Washington, D.C. and to celebrate the season with our community.”
A 4 p.m. performance by Symphony in the Valley Brass kicks off the celebration. The official “welcome” from the city is scheduled to start at 4:25 p.m., followed at 4:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Sunlight Tunnel of Lights.
The Glenwood Springs High School Jazz Band begins playing at 5 p.m. and at 5:45 p.m. is a special thank you performance from the Forest Service and Jim Deeming, who will play a guitar that was made from the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
Local band, Sleepy Justice, is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the movie “Elf” will be shown at the library starting at 6:30 p.m.