Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Holiday-themed events under way, with plenty more to come

The Take a Bite Out of Blight volunteers were chewing on another cleanup site Saturday, this time in unseasonably cold weather.

The volunteers organized by Our Daily Bread and county Supervisor Roger Gitlin tried to stay warm by removing about 2 tons of trash that had been illegally dumped over time near Union Street, east of Iowa Avenue out Elk Valley Road.

Roger founded the "Bite Out of Blight" effort, which has accomplished surgical strikes for more than a year now in an effort to make our community more picturesque. But he hasn't done it alone.

"I am in awe of the Daily Bread volunteers who devoted part of their Saturday to pitch in and clean up our community," said Roger. "There was no cost to the taxpayers as this was a 100 percent volunteer effort."

He passes along special thanks to Recology Del Norte for a donated Dumpster, the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority for waiving all Transfer Station fees, and Redwood Oil Chevron and Renner Petroleum for fuel donations.

Why do they do it?

"Trashing Del Norte County is an embarrassment and our community should have zero tolerance for any blight," said Roger. "More cleanup efforts are planned in January and February."

Now that's a New Year's resolution.

Another kind of cleanup

As documented in front-page photos in Saturday's Triplicate, another group of volunteers was busy last Thursday night with a whole different sort of charitable cleanup.

There wasn't room in the caption for all the kudos due this effort to help out the Coats for Kids campaign, so like Paul Harvey used to say, here's the rest of the story.

Cholwell, Benz and Hartwick Financial Services Inc. and KCRE/KPOD came together at 101 Laundry, 503 L St., to give a thorough washing to the gently used kids coats donated so far. Pizza King provided the food energy for the festivities, and these community-minded coat-cleaning angels brought out the spirit of the holiday season.

Donations from local

community members, organizations and businesses, including North Valley Bank, Dr. Tom Polidore, Dr. Fred Ward, Kevin and Gayle Hartwick, Tamera Leighton and the Rotary Club of Crescent City, totally $3,600 were presented to KCRE/KPOD the same evening.

The donations will be used for the cleaning of the coats for kids, as well as purchasing new coats as needed.

There is still time for you, too, to be a "coat cleaning angel." Just contact Rene at KCRE/KPOD at 464-9561.You can also still donate new or gently used coats of all sizes for the largest coat drive on America's Wild River's Coast through December.

The coats can be dropped off at the following locations: Any Oregon Coast branches of Rogue Federal Credit Union, Curry Medical in Brookings, Lucky 7 Casino,Recology Del Norte, Cholwell, Benz and Hartwick, Del Norte Ambulance, North Valley Bank and the BiCoastal Studios.

Holiday events heat up

It was another weekend of holiday events around Del Norte. Lucky kids got to Shop With a Hero at Walmart, while the three-day annual Holiday Bazaar was held at the fairgrounds and the Lighthouse Quilt Guild's Quilt Bazaar was held at the Andy Flynn Memorial Hall, and Habitat For Humanity's annual Yuletide Tea was held at the Anna Wulf House.

The Family Resource Center hosted a Holiday Fun event for entire families that featured ornament-making and games, as well as an infant clothing and book exchange.

And at Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church, the "little town of Bethlehem" was re-created for Friday and Saturday night events.

And there's more coming up:

andbull; The recently formed Pacific Music Guild presents a Christmas Concert by the North Coast Chorale and Crescent City Children's Choir today and Wednesday 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; A Family Holiday Festival complete with games, crafts, food, door prizes, face-painting and photos with Santa will be held Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Del Norte Child Care Council. For more information call 464 - 8311.

andbull; The always-popular "Singing Christmas Tree" musical event at Foursquare Gospel Church will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with a matinee at 10 a.m. Sunday.

andbull; If you still haven't found something for everyone on your gift list, the Crescent City Art Walk on Friday will offer ample opportunities. Call Rick at 465-6191 for more information.

After the Art Walk, a Community "Read-Along" of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will be held at 7 p.m. at 925 Third St. in Crescent City, next to 6 Degrees of Celebration. Scripts will be provided and festive garb is encouraged.

andbull; Del Norte High School Dance students will perform a "Dancing in a Winter Wonderland" show Friday and Saturday 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 Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. with a matinee at noon Saturday at Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road. Evening performances cost $30 and the matinee costs $25. Presale tickets are required and can be purchased at Del Norte Office Supply. When purchasing tickets, showgoers must provide their dinner choice: chicken, beef or vegetarian.

andbull; The "Drive Through Christmas," hosted by the Del Norte High School softball boosters, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16-19 and from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 20-22 at the fairgrounds. The charge is $5 per car. There is a 10-foot height restriction. No buses or motorhomes, please.

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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