Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Crescent City Emblem Club's 19th annual Festival of the Trees at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Saturday was a big hit.

"It went wonderfully," said one of the organizers and an Emblem Club member, Charlotte Fleshman. "It was absolutely a huge, huge success."

The event was held earlier than usual this year, which many people found favorable, Charlotte said. A total of 46 trees were donated and 311 people attended - "it was just the perfect amount," she said.

The club honored longtime member Billie Myers, the brainchild of the event that has grown into its largest and most successful fundraiser. "She attended and we honored her," said Charlotte. "It was very emotional for her."

Decorated trees, large and small, donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals, were raffled off during the event. All proceeds go to local charities, Wounded Warriors and scholarships.

Meanwhile, consider this grocery list: canned yams, cubed bread stuffing, pickles, olives, rolls and other bread.

Those are ingredients still sought by organizers of Thursday's free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be served from noon to 2 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.

Items can be dropped off at the fairgrounds, Bicoastal Media and Del Norte Ambulance. To donate rolls or bread, orders can be placed through Safeway, and pick-up will be arranged.

Teri Sandler, an organizer of the annual dinner, wants to be sure that everyone knows that all are welcome. "We try as a community to help each other," said Teri. "The community donates to the community dinner. It's everybody's dinner. It's been a tradition for more than 20 years. It's wonderful to be part of a very giving and caring community."

Redwood Coast Transit is volunteering its services to get people to and from the dinner. Riders must call in advance for an appointment at 464-6400. A donation of a canned food item is requested and will go toward Rural Human Services' holiday food baskets.

Call Teri for more information at 464-5591.

The annual dinner is one of the community's signature charitable events, but certainly not the only one this time of year.

Holiday food and gift baskets are available for those in need from Rural Human Services and the Lighthouse Community Center.

Rural Human Services at 286 M St. is accepting applications through Dec. 12. Applicants will be notified Dec. 16-17 if they have been chosen as a recipient. Photo ID and proof of income are needed to apply. The food boxes will be distributed Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Kim at 464-7441 for more information.

The Lighthouse Community Center will not distribute food in its Christmas baskets, but there'll be a gift for everyone in the household. Applications will be accepted until Saturday and baskets distributed the week of Dec. 16. Give the center a call at 464-2825.

Both venues will gladly accept donations of food and/or cash to help spread holiday cheer.

The holiday season, of course, is just getting rolling. Here's what else is coming up locally:

andbull; Don't forget that Santa's Light Parade will illuminate the streets of downtown Crescent City on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

The route starts at Fifth and H streets and makes its way to Third, hanging a left and stopping at Tsunami Plaza. Upon arrival, audience members young and old will delight in the tree lighting ceremony while enjoying hot cocoa, cookies and entertainment. From there, kids can walk a block to visit with Santa at his headquarters (aka Andrew's Green Ark Pet Store) with wish lists in hand.

Call Cindy for more information at 464-9526.

andbull; Artisans and crafters alike are gearing up for the annual Lighthouse Community Center's Christmas Boutique scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 2455 Oliver St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Tamales will also be available for sale.

On Saturday, kids can have breakfast with Santa from 9 to 10 a.m. at the center. Call 464-2825 for more information.

andbull; Three days of shopping galore await patrons at the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Dec. 6-8.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There'll be plenty of arts, crafts and baked goods.

Call the fairgrounds for more information at 464-9556.

andbull; Lighthouse Quilt Guild's Quilt Bazaar is scheduled for Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Andy Flynn Memorial Hall, 201 Del Norte St.

A wonderful selection of beautifully crafted quilts and other handmade gifts created by true experts in the field will be available for purchase.

And while you're there you can also design a block for a wounded soldier quilt, which will be sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

For more information call Debi at 458-4407.

andbull; In its 24th year, the Candlelight Walk, sponsored by Redwood Parks Association, offers participants a chance to venture through a forest of ancient redwood giants along a trail lined with luminarias.

The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It's about 36 miles south of Crescent City, but worth the trip.

A ranger will lead strollers through the woods to a warm campfire to hear stories told by the North Coast Storytellers Association, then return to the Visitor Center for refreshments as well as a silent auction and Dutch raffle.

Suggested donation for the event is $10 per person or $12 per family. For more information call 465-7327.

andbull; Habitat For Humanity's annual Yuletide Tea at the Anna Wulf House is a another local holiday favorite. On Dec. 8, three tea times are offered: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., at 622 J St. Served with a pot of tea will be savory sandwiches and seasonal treats.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Ruth at 458-3205. Proceeds to benefit Habitat For Humanity.

andbull; On Dec. 8, the Curry/Del Norte Orchestra Guild will bring together local musicians for an afternoon of auditory delight. Some of the world's most beautiful music by renowned composers will be performed by the guild and conducted by John Webster from 3 to 5 p.m. at Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road.

Tickets are available at Del Norte Office Supply or at the door for $10 for adults. Admission is free for students through grade 12.

andbull; Who can resist the sweet strains of children's singing?

The recently formed Pacific Music Guild presents a Christmas Concert by the North Coast Chorale and Crescent City Children's Choir on Dec. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St. A variety of pieces will be performed, including the "Little Drummer Boy" and Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Del Norte Office Supply or at the door.

andbull; If you still haven't found something for everyone on your gift list by then, the Crescent City Art Walk on Dec. 13 will offer ample opportunities. Watch for more details coming up in the Triplicate.

andbull; Del Norte High School Dance students will perform a "Dancing in a Winter Wonderland" show Dec. 13-14 at 7 p.m. at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

andbull; The Del Norte High School Madrigal Dinner has always been a popular event, and with three performances being offered, there's bound to be one to fit into your busy holiday schedule.

The Madrigal Choir will transport the audience back several centuries, dressed in their lord and lady attire, as they perform a concert fit for a king.

Show times are Dec. 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. with a matinee at noon on Dec. 14 at Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road. Evening performances cost $30 and the matinee costs $25. Presale tickets are required and will go on sale Nov. 27 at Del Norte Office Supply. When purchasing tickets, showgoers must provide their dinner choice: chicken, beef or vegetarian.

andbull; Another Del Norte High School production will be the annual Winter Choir and Band Concert in the school gym Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

The performance is a conglomeration of the Performance Choir, the Women's Ensemble, the Madrigal Choir, the Concert Band, the Stage/Jazz Band and the Steel Band.

Call the school for more information at 464-0260.

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