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Hometown Holiday sells local wares in Steamboat today

Shopping event is 1 of many upcoming holiday-themed sales

Margaret Hair

— In its second year hosting the Hometown Holiday Local Pro­ducts Shopping Extravaganza, Northwest Colorado Products has member businesses at every one of the shopping event's booths.

"We started to make that transition last year and have completed that," said Nancy Kramer, project coordinator for North­west Colorado Products.

"It's pretty exciting because we continue to grow the program, and this really starts to show the capacity of the local products," Kramer said.

Featuring vendors of food, arts, crafts and more, Hometown Holiday is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Admission is free for the shopping event, which includes items from more than 30 producers, Kramer said.

A program of the Community Agriculture Alliance, Northwest Colorado Products is a network of more than 35 producers and retailers. Its Hometown Holiday showcase started more than 10 years ago as a shopping event for Routt County Woolens; that business will be represented at today's sale.

"The purpose is to build a network of producers and retailers to showcase and promote products or retailers that originate in the region," Kramer said. Not all of those products are manufactured here, but all of them have a connection, she said.

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In addition to the sale, North­west Colorado Products has made a holiday tree with gift certificates and discount coupons to all participating Hometown Holiday businesses. The group will sell raffle tickets for the tree throughout the day and draw a winner for the tree and all the certificates on it at 6:30 p.m., Kramer said.

Work of Human Hands

Holy Name Catholic Church hosts its 12th annual Work of Human Hands Holiday Craft Bazaar Nov. 21 and 22. Featuring fair trade products from artisans worldwide, the craft fair supports those artisans through SERRV International.

SERRV International is a nonprofit alternative trade organization that promotes economic and social progress for people in developing regions. For each craft bazaar, the organization provides a small monetary cushion for the presenting group to send back items that don't sell. Holy Name event organizers choose a different local organization each year to receive any part of that cushion not used for shipping the unsold product. This year's local beneficiary is Poogie's Place, a youth bereavement program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

The Work of Human Hands inventory includes baskets, jewelry, toys, musical instruments, candles, kitchen and bath items, chocolates and holiday items. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 22 in the Holy Name parish hall. Donations at a soup lunch at noon Nov. 21 go toward a planned church youth group trip.

Holidays in the Rockies

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council has some openings remaining for its annual Holidays in the Rockies craft sale and fundraiser, scheduled for Dec. 5.

Designers and creators of original arts and crafts, as well as local nonprofit organizations, can apply for a booth spot by calling the Arts Council at 879-9008.

Holidays in the Rockies typically hosts about 60 vendors with a variety of arts-and-crafts gifts, said Rachel Radetsky, events and facilities coordinator for the Arts Council. This year's event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Christian Heritage School.

Across the county, the annual Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at South Routt Elementary School. The Phippsburg rummage shop hosts its Christmas sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, as well as Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

If you go

What: Hometown Holiday Local Products Shopping Extravaganza, presented by Northwest Colorado Products

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Admission is free

Call: Nancy Kramer at 879-4370

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