Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Wednesday brings another event full of local holiday cheer

Friday night was a reminder of how good it feels when this community comes together to celebrate the holidays.

And Wednesday evening will bring another chance to gather downtown and make memories, especially for the little ones.

"Believe in the Magic of Christmas" is the name of a downtown event that will take kids and their escorts on a tour that starts with an elf and ends with Santa Claus himself.

It all starts at 5:30 p.m. at 6 Degrees of Celebration at Third and I streets with a meet-and-greet with the "Elf on the Shelf," a children's book character portrayed by a real person, which will then lead the procession to Del Norte Office Supply at 5:45 for treats and a chance for parents to win a gift certificate.

Then everyone will walk through the Plaza around the Community Christmas Tree to the Del Norte Reads office in Mason Mall at 6:15, where Del Norte Reads will present a special reading of, you guessed it, "The Elf on the Shelf." Snacks will be served.

That's also where Santa is scheduled to pay a "surprise" visit at 6:30 to pose for photos with the kids and hear their holiday wishes.

For more information about the Wednesday events, call 464-6600.

If you were downtown Friday night, you know how fun these local celebrations can be. The sidewalks filled with spectators as well-lit vehicles and participants paraded for several blocks. It truly felt like the beginning of Christmastime, especially with Santa perched atop a fire truck.

I was lucky enough to serve as one of the three judges sitting at a table in front of Tomasini's Enoteca. It got a little cold, but the parade entries were so heartwarming that frankly it didn't matter who "won."

Still, first place went to Remax for its float featuring a miniature hot-air balloon. Andrew's Green Ark Pet Store took second. Third place went to Dance Art Studio, which had dancing students on a float and occasionally performing on the street.

After the parade, an impressive crowd gathered around the Community Christmas Tree in the Plaza for its lighting, as well as refreshments and all around good cheer.

The Triplicate has been publishing the list of upcoming holiday events for a couple of weeks now, but there are some last-minute additions:

andbull; On Wednesday, eighth-graders from Redwood and Crescent Elk will hold a "quarter craze" auction at the Foursquare Church gym, 144 Butte St., at 5:30 p.m. to raise money for their trip to Washington, D.C. A soup, salad and dessert bar will be available. The cost is $5 at the door if pre-registered and $6 otherwise. Bring a child's stocking-stuffer gift and you're eligible to win what organizers are calling the "Magic Paddle." For more information, call Roxanne Garman at 218-7822.

andbull; On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Crescent City United Methodist Church, 664 H St., will host its annual holiday concert featuring the Chancel Choir, the Spirit Rings Handbell Choir and other musical selections. A reception will follow.

andbull; On Saturday, the Smith River Heritage Association will sponsor two events at the Smith River Community Hall. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there'll be a decorated cake contest and a book sale held by the Smith River Library. Enter your Christmas-themed decorated cake for a chance to win cash prizes. There'll be two categories: children up to 14 years old and 14 to adult. Books will be 25 cents each or five for $1. For more information call 487-3025 or 487-1975.

andbull; And the always-popular singing Christmas Tree will rise again for concerts at the Foursquare Church Dec. 12-14 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

andbull; On Saturday morning, there may be even more activity than usual in the Walmart parking lot as the annual "Shop with a Hero" event unfolds. The Rotary Club program pairs needy kids with law officers, firefighters and service members for a shopping trip that helps them get the idea of how fun it is to give as well as get.

andbull; For the next two weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteer firefighters will be collecting donations of toys as part of their "Spark of Love andndash; Fill a Fire Truck Toy Drive." Last year the effort netted more than $5,000 worth of toys and cash for Santa's Workshop, a Rural Human Services program that also place donations "mittens" around Del Norte and provides gifts to hundreds of children.

This weekend the firefighters will be at Walmart. Next weekend they'll be at Walgreens.

Here's another look at the rest of the holiday events coming up locally:

Bazaar at fairgrounds

Three days of shopping galore await patrons at the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday.

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 andbaked goods.

Call the fairgrounds for more information at 464-9556.

Quilt Guild bazaar

Lighthouse Quilt Guild's Quilt Bazaar is scheduled

for Saturday 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.

Tea, anyone?

Habitat For Humanity's annual Yuletide Tea at Anna Wulf House is a holiday favorite.

On Sunday, three tea times are being 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.

Orchestra concert

On Sunday, 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 performedby the guild and conductedby John Webster from 3-5 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.

Choirs team up

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.

Family Holiday Festival

The Del Norte Child Care Council will celebrate 35 years of service Dec. 11 with its annual Family Holiday Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. at 212 K St.

The event will feature games, crafts, refreshments, face painting, door prizes and photos with Santa.

Call 464-8311 for information.

Holiday Art Walk

If you still haven't found something for everyone on your gift list, the Crescent City Art Walk on Dec. 13 will offer ample opportunities from 4 to 7 p.m.

Watch for more information on the Art Walk in the Triplicate.

School concerts

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.

Madrigal Dinner

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 are $30 and the matinee is $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.

Band and choir concerts

Another Del Norte High School production will be the annual Winter Choir and Band Concert in the school gym on 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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