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Contest, open house events on tap

Riggins News

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

RIGGINS — “Light up Riggins,” sponsored by Two Rivers Coffee and Salmon River Chamber of Commerce gets under way this week. To enter the contest, just put up lights or incorporate lights in a Christmas scene and win big prizes... first place business $125, second place business $75; first place residence $125, second place residence $75. Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite at Two Rivers Coffee, Idaho Banana Co., Crump’s Chevron, Summerville’s, Riggins Sterling Bank or any other participating business that may become available this week. The contest ends Dec. 23; all votes must be turned in by 4 p.m. to Sterling Bank. You may vote as many times as you like, but vote only once for the same business or resident. Be sure to drive around to see the beautiful creation of lights and Christmas scenes on Main Street as well as north of Riggins, in North Riggins, and south of Riggins.

Gifts of Christmas scheduled at Lodge

RIGGINS — The “Gifts of Christmas” at Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main Street in Riggins will celebrate the holiday season with two free events in the Big Salmon River room. Refreshments will be served and special room rates are available. For information call the lodge toll-free at 877-957-2743, local at 628-2743, or visit their website

www.salmonrapids.com

The first “Gift” is Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. (MDST) with a book signing of “Salmon River Fire: 30 years as an Idaho firefighter” by local author John Sangster of Grangeville. Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. (MDST) with Hotwire who features solid two-, three- and four-part harmonies and hot instrumental solos on guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

Riggins Assembly of God Church Christmas Bazaar is this Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They have lots of Christmas gift items for your Christmas giving. Table fees benefit their Girls Ministries. Lunch will be available for a small donation. If you would like to sell your crafts or need information, call Kathy Scheline at 630-4444.

Unique Antler Design wildlife gallery just south of Riggins on the river side is having its annual holiday open house this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with refreshments being served all day as well as having drawings for discounts and door prizes. They carry antler carvings, lighting and furniture; soapstone sculpture, local photography, handcrafted jewelry and much more.… all made in Idaho!

After School Kids, ASK Inc., is going to the Lewiston Civic Theatre for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Sunday, Dec. 8, as an incentive trip for kids who attend ASK at elementary or the junior/senior high school at least 50 percent of the time.

The Giving Tree in the Sterling Bank still has a few numbers for names of children on it. Just go to the bank by Friday, Dec. 13, select a tag, purchase a gift, and take it to the Riggins City Hall by Monday, Dec. 16, unwrapped to make some child’s Christmas merry. The Secret Santas will wrap gifts on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Volunteers are welcome to call City Hall or Riggins Elementary School to sign up to help. If you would like to donate money for this program, send tax deductible contributions to City of Riggins Christmas Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 249, Riggins, ID 83549… Thank you in advance.

More upcoming Christmas events in Riggins on the December calendar:

The second “Gift” at Salmon Rapids Lodge is Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. (MDST) featuring a children’s concert with youth from the Riggins and New Meadows areas doing vocals as well as piano and assorted instruments. The Heartland Community Choir will perform a Christmas musical arrangement collaborated and directed by Julie Good. The children get to have a cookie decorating activity following the concert.

Riggins Assembly of God Royal Rangers and Girls Ministry Program will present its traditional Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come watch the Christmas musical “Candy Cane Lane.” Our very own local youth have practiced for almost three months for this one performance; come join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus and the dedication of these awesome kids.

Riggins Elementary students have lots of great events coming up in December. Thursday, Dec. 12, they will have their favorite Christmas story reader, me, Mrs. Fitch, reading stories and serving cookies and hot chocolate. The students have play practice Dec. 16, 17 and 18 at Salmon River High School to be ready for their Christmas play Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the SRHS multi-purpose room. Everyone is invited to attend. They will also go Christmas caroling to the Riggins businesses on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Everyone is invited to be on Main Street to enjoy their joyful music. Thursday, Dec. 19, Santa will visit Riggins Elementary students during their classroom parties with an early release at 2 p.m.

Heartland Community Choir made up of people from Riggins and New Meadows will perform a Christmas cantata, “Silent Night, Holy Night,” Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at Salmon Rapids Lodge; Saturday, Dec. 14, in McCall at 10 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Methodist Church in New Meadows; Friday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in New Meadows; and Sunday, Dec. 22, Salmon River Community Church at 6 p.m. The public is invited to each of these performances.

Riggins Assembly of God will have its traditional hourlong Christmas Eve Service Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The Riggins Farmers’ Market members would like to say “thank you” to all of their members who helped make this event a success! We enjoyed the newly renovated Riggins Community Center! We appreciate the support we received from our local and area customers! Glad to see you there! Warm wishes to you all!

Santa was delighted with all the little ones who came to visit him… and they were equally delighted to see him! Frank’s Photos took photos of the children with Santa and had them printed and placed in Christmas folders for them Saturday afternoon. Kudos to Santa and Frank, Marlene and Jeannette!

Merry Christmas season.

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