Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Smith River School band students made the rounds before starting their Christmas vacation, spreading holiday cheer through music performances. They played their 10th mini-concert in one day recently at the corner of Third and H streets, led by Marshal Jones, director of the music department at Smith River School. "The kids are tired, but they're working hard," said Charlene Knowlton, a sixth-grade teacher at the school who joined the outing.