Sunday December 25 A clean, well-lighted place: For some, a turkey and all the trimmings are all it takes to make the Christmas Day special. Every year, the Salvation Army gallantly makes it possible. Less fortunate city dwellers are invited to gather for another massive Christmas Day Dinner at Currigan Hall, 1324 Champa St., where all are welcome, regardless of circumstances, for a hearty meal, Christmas music and toys from Santa. Needless to say, the tireless Salvation Army, which expects more than 1,200 hungry guests to convene at the hall at noon, can use all the help it can get; when that many folks are involved, serving up the eats is quite an undertaking. To volunteer call 861-4833.
Monday December 26 Tracks in the snow: As a tourist attraction, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad never goes out of style. And the breathtaking cliff-hugger of a ride can still be had in the dead of winter. We don't know how they do it, but the icy rail adventures depart from Durango daily at 10 a.m.--and the holiday train, originally scheduled to run only through January 1, will continue to run throughout the ski season. In addition, skiers who buy Purgatory Resort's Total Ticket can trade a day of skiing for any of several winter activities, including snowmobile tours, excursions to Mesa Verde National Park and, of course, one of those thrilling train rides to Silverton. For train tickets call 1-303-247-2733; for information about Total Tickets call 1-303-247-9000.
Tuesday December 27 White's Christmas: Kids in your hair? And in your kitchen? And on your nerves? The Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., will kindly leap to your assistance by offering holiday performances of Charlotte's Web, a delightful stage version of E.B. White's classic, beginning today at 10 a.m. and continuing at 10 and noon daily through December 30. Tickets are $4; call 431-3939. Was that a sigh of relief?