Volunteers:
‘Candlelight’ back at Nature Center

       Bear Creek by Candlelight, cancelled last year because of low attendance, will be back Friday Dec. 5 with two significant changes.
       Organized by Bear Creek Nature Center staff and volunteers, the event will be free this time and augmented by the preview of a large two-day art show.
       Also featuring luminaria-lit trail walks, appetizers and dulcimer musician Randy Zombola, “Candlelight” will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations are required because of space considerations.
       “It's a fun special event to invite people to our Nature Center, said Paula Megorden, Nature Center staffer. “We're celebrating landscapes and wildlife in Colorado.”
       The art show, titled “Visions of Nature,” will also be open to the public the next day, Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., again at no charge. It will consist of about 150 nature-related works in a range of media from 36 local artists, according to Megorden. Because people are expected to drop by throughout the day, no reservations are required.
       Started in 2006, Bear Creek by Candlelight had been conceived as an annual event to encourage membership in the Nature Center's volunteer docent group. But staff and docents decided to make it free this year - instead of requiring purchase of at least a $20 membership, like last year when too few people signed up to make it worth the effort to set up the event.
      
       Volunteers are needed as the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site readies itself for the Christmas season. Two multi-day December events are planned:
  • Holiday Tea and Tours, Dec. 4-6, 10, 17-19 and 21, at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. At a cost of $15, this will consist of a tour of the Rock Ledge and Orchard houses), followed by tea and old-fashioned treats. Reservations are required.
  • Holiday Evenings, Dec. 12-13, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will include wagon rides, barn dances, caroling and St. Nicholas. Admission cost each day will be $6 for adults.
           As with all events at Rock Ledge, volunteers are heavily involved, led by the ranch's Living History Association. According to ranch interpreter Elizabeth Barber, help for both events is needed. For more information, call 578-6777 or (if you can bake scones) call Barber at 578-6781.

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