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Giving Thanks During a Pandemic

Some of us are able to manage our sadness with what is going on in our world, and are able to be grateful for what we have and pivot our mindset to knowing that this November and December the holidays will be less festive and more insular than holidays of the past. Others are struggling with anxiety and loneliness. Beginning with Thanksgiving, let our thoughts and actions be with those feeling isolated in their homes, dining by theirselves. Let’s reach out to our neighbors and others with tokens of kindness to let them know that they are not really alone. After all, giving and having compassion for others is ultimately what brings us true happiness.

Below are some Thanksgiving ideas:

Take your neighbor for a drive with masks on, or ask them to Zoom with you over dinner / cocktails

Bring your neighbor a baked bread or holiday side dish

Take a walk around the block with someone you know is lonely

Shining Stars Foundation Toy Drive

The Posh Peacock in Downtown Basalt is an official drop-off location for the 2020 Holiday Toy Drive benefitting The Shining Stars Foundation.
Drop off a new, unwrapped toy donation at The Posh Peacock, between now and December 23rd, and receive a one-time 20% Discount on any single item in the store (one per customer).

Small Wonders’ and Red Brick holiday art sale give Aspen area artists a boost

Small Wonders” showcases work by local artists, all of it measuring no larger than 12 square inches for affordable prices (most under $200). A popular launch to the holiday shopping season and a beloved annual party, the event is among few remaining venues for budget-friendly original art in the Aspen area. ~ Aspen Times

The 2020 version opens to the public on Friday, November 20th. Amid the ongoing pandemic, social distancing and masks are required. And while there is diverse art on the walls from 30 Aspen area artists, the gallery won’t host its usual opening bash.

“We cannot do the community part,” said gallery co-director Michael Bonds during walk-through on Tuesday. “We can’t do the things we did in the past. But we are just trying to go with the flow and not have huge expectations.”

That reception has also traditionally provided a boost to local families in need. The show is hosted in partnership with the volunteer-run Holiday Baskets program has supplies food and gifts for some 250 Roaring Fork Valley families in need. It allows people to “adopt” families and provide the gifts they request for the holiday season. Visitors to “Small Wonders” can sign up to adopt a family in the gallery.

The 2020 “Small Wonders” show runs concurrently with the annual holiday art sale at the Red Brick Center fro the Arts in Aspen, which showcases work by its 12 resident artists for the shopping season. A cash-and-carry show in the “Small Wonders” mold, the works there showcase ceramics and vases, abstract and representational painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture and jewelry design.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Ajax Tavern or Element 47

Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 6 PM MST – 10 PM MST
Hosted by The Little Nell
This Thanksgiving, Ajax Tavern will offer a two-course Thanksgiving menu in addition to its regular menu. The specialty menu features your choice of festive flavors – turkey, crispy-skinned salmon or wagyu steak, served with family-style sides and a choice of pumpkin pie or fall spiced verrine for dessert. Seating for the specialty menu is available from 6-10 pm. $50++ per guest

Element 47

Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 3 PM MST – 9 PM MST
This Thanksgiving, Element 47 will offer a three-course dinner with holiday favorites and gourmet twists on traditional Thanksgiving flavors. Enjoy your choice of soup or salad or pillow-soft gnocchi to start. Turkey, crispy skinned salmon, wagyu steak or coal-roasted mushrooms for mains, served with family-style sides and a decadent fall flavored dessert to complete the menu. Seating is available from 3-9 pm. $100++ per guest, available with a $65 wine pairing option, $50++ per child.

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2020 Summit for Life

Nov 26 at 12 AM MST – Dec 6 at 11:59 PM MST
Online Event
With statewide health restrictions still in place due to COVID-19, CKF’s annual Summit for Life celebration is going to look a little different this year…but that doesn’t mean the party’s over! The 2020 Summit for Life is entirely virtual and better than ever! Why? Because instead of the typical in-person race up Aspen Mountain for just one night in December, we are giving contestants TEN DAYS to complete their OWN CHOICE of vertical ascent. That’s right! This year’s Summit for Life event starts on November 26th and ends on December 6th, so you’ll be sure to work off that Thanksgiving dinner in no time! Forget about bad weather and cold temps! As a 2020 Summit for Life participant, you get to decide how you want to virtually “summit” Aspen or Buttermilk Mountain, anywhere and anytime: whether it’s hiking up a hill, using the stair-master, running at an incline on the treadmill, uphilling on your local ski mountain (*cough cough* looking at you, Aspen)—the possibilities are endless! Climb the 3,267-vertical-foot or 1,683-vertical foot ascent at your own pace and on your own time: in the morning, after work, over the weekend—as long as you log the feet (or meters), it’s completely up to you! Pro tip: you don’t have to run or walk each day (phew!), you just have to finish the total vertical ascent in ten days. You’ll be able to log your feet/meters, track your progress, and check the leaderboard daily. We’ll also be sharing the best photos that you guys post on social media, so wear something fun, snap a pic or take a video, tag us and give a shoutout to CKF and organ donation! Did we mention? You can also register with your buddies as a team! If you belong to a gym, work for a company, volunteer with an organization…you name it. Get a group together, pick a team name, and start climbing to raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation! Go above and beyond (literally!) with our 2020 Summit for Life Vertical Challenge! If 3,267 vertical feet seems like a walk in the park (and not a race up a mountain), then keep going! Compete against your friends and other teams on the leaderboard to see who can climb the most vertical feet in ten days. The first-place winner will receive a special prize. All registered participants will receive a commemorative 2020 Summit for Life T-shirt and neck buff with their registration. Those that fundraise get entered into the giveaway! If you’re local, we will be hosting a pickup location for your swag at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. If you’re not local, we’ll be shipping your items to you. Just let us know what you prefer when you sign up! Registration ends on December 6th at 8 PM MDT. Register and learn more today at

Thanksgiving Take Home Dinner

82 Redstone Blvd, Carbondale, CO 81623-9498, United States
Hosted by Redstone Inn
Enjoy our renowned Thanksgiving Day feast from the safety of your home this year. Spend time relaxing and let us do the work. Choose from Traditional Turkey or Salmon en Croute – either choice comes with: Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Gravy Sweet Potato Souffle Cranberry Spinach Salad Dressing Chef’s Vegetables Cranberry Sauce Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls Pumpkin Pie
$42.95 per serving. Limited availability. Call 963-2526 for more details and to reserve your meal by the 20th of November.

Follow @aspenvalleyhospital on Instagram for recipe ideas for Thanksgiving!

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