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EVENTS

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Virtual Chanukah Songs and Stories with Leah and Caroline. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, boulderjcc.org.

Get your menorah ready, light eight candles and let Leah and Caroline Saliman lead you and your family through a program of stories and songs for Chanukah.

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Holiday Sweater Fashion Show Fundraiser. 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont, firehouseart.org.

Safer at home doesn’t have to mean bored at home. The Firehouse Art Center is hosting a virtual “Ugly” Holiday Sweater Fashion Show and Fundraiser. While it’s too late to enter the contest, you can still vote on your favorite “ugly” sweater in three categories: Best Overall Sweater (kid or adult), Group/Family, or Pet. Photos will be showcased on the Firehouse website starting on Dec. 17. People will be able to vote for their favorite submission with their dollars — one dollar equals one vote. All proceeds support art exhibits, art education and cultural events in your community. Contest ends on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. The contestants with the most donations win. Prizes:

• $100 gift card

• Party Pack from St. Vrain Cidery, including a $50 gift card 

• $50 gift card to McGuckins

• $30 gift card to Madhouse 4 Paws

Boulder Bookies: Online. 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, Virtual Event URL: calendar.boulderlibrary.org/event/7049357

Boulder Bookies is a discussion group conducted on Zoom. Members select the books in twice-yearly nominations and balloting, and selections range widely, with books in English and in translation, contemporary and classic. Meetings are on the third Friday of each month, 1-3:30 p.m. For book selections and Zoom invitation, contact john.dunn@colorado.edu. As this is a community-run event, it may be updated, changed or canceled with little notice.

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Virtually Christmas, A Theatrical Gift to the Community. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, online via Facebook, facebook.com/broomfieldcommunityplayers. Donations accepted. 

This holiday season, the Broomfield Community Players present a series of eight original monologues featuring a personal connection to each actor telling the story. The performances, filmed at the Broomfield Auditorium, are set to broadcast on YouTube (and Facebook) beginning with a premier performance on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Themes include celebrating Christmas far from home, what the holidays mean to a single parent, family issues in a mixed culture household, fun, sadness, delight and despair. Watch the Broomfield Community Players’ Facebook page for updates and links to view the show. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes and is free, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Last Chance Gift Fest. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, Boulder County Fairgrounds Pavilion Park, 9595 Nelson Road. Longmont, giftfestivals.com.

You will find the perfect gift at the Last Chance Gift Fest, featuring a vast assortment of art, crafts, toys, home decor, delicious food, unique items and much more. This free event features more than 170 of Colorado’s finest vendors offering a tremendous selection of unique holiday gifts. The two-day event kicks off with a night market on Saturday, Dec. 19 and then continues all day on Sunday, Dec. 20. This free event also has great live music on both days and lots of fun for all ages. 

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Christmas Bird Count. 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, Harper Lake Open Space, McCaslin Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Louisville, louisvilleco.gov. Registration required.

Join Open Space staff for a walk on Harper Lake and Davidson Mesa to learn about local birds and contribute to the 121st annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the nation’s longest-running citizen science project. 

Virtual DIY Dipped Beeswax Shabbat Candles. 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, boulderjcc.org.

Brighten up your winter break and learn to make dipped beeswax shabbat candles with Milk and Honey Farm’s beekeeper and herbalist Tzuria Malpica. It’s a great activity for the whole family. You will need beeswax and wicks. You can choose to purchase and pick up a kit from the JCC for an extra $18. Kits will be available for pick-up from 4-4:15 p.m. on Dec. 17 or Dec. 18, or between 10 a.m. and noon on Dec. 21.

Outdoor Christmas Story with Living Nativity, Christmas Concert and Worship. 5-6 p.m. drive-through only; 6-7p.m. walk-through only, Thursday, Dec. 24, St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church, 2425 Colorado Ave., Boulder, staidens.org.

Join in on a fun and safe way to celebrate Christmas outdoors this year. On Dec. 24, St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church is offering a living nativity combined with a live Christmas concert (that can be heard safely in your car through your radio), and a Christmas worship service. Bring a non-perishable food donation for Sister Carmen Food Pantry.

Drive-in Movies

Village at the Peaks (Regal Cinemas Parking Lot), 1250 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Tickets are $10 at Eventbrite.

Relax and watch holiday classics from the comfort and safety of your own car.

‘Christmas with the Kranks.’ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. 

Finally alone for the holidays, Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) plan to eschew the Christmas traditions and take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. This doesn’t sit well with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd) and Walt Scheel (M. Emmet Walsh), who are determined to win the annual “best decorated street” competition, and the Kranks soon find themselves social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit. 

‘A Christmas Story.’ 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. 

Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact. 

‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.’ 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. 

As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid), and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.

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