RIGGINS — The American Legion Post No. 130 will hold its annual orange sales this Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at10 a.m. in front of Cloninger’s grocery market. The funds from the orange sales will send SRHS boys and girls to Girls and Boys State in the spring. Cases of oranges can be purchased ahead of time from Dean at 628-3335, Gary at 628-3633 or Dale at 628-3727. White Bird oranges will be delivered in downtown White Bird Sunday, Dec. 14.
The first annual Salmon River Chamber of Commerce Christmas tree lighting ceremony held adjacent to the Twin Rivers Coffee Shop was a spectacular hit! Just more than 100 people came out for the evening for well-wishing, hot chocolate, cider, coffee and cookies. The Christmas carolers started the evening with good ol’ Christmas songs, and then the beautiful Christmas tree filled the night with awe as its lights twinkled and sparkled at its first lighting. The Assembly of God Church provided a hay ride for the kids, and then Santa stopped by with candy canes and gifts for all the little ones... what a delight he was!
Saturday, Dec. 13, Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop located at 103 1/2 N Main St. in Riggins is having its Christmas Affair featuring the works — handmade consignment items on the patio. Complimentary lunch of chili and hot chocolate will be served from noon to 2 p.m. with the Old Fiddlers providing great foot-tapping music. They will have “in store” specials and door prizes. The Tourist Trap is accepting your clean and gently used coats, hats and gloves, along with nonperishable food items which will be given to the Riggins School District and the Riggins Food Bank.
“The Christmas Cross” will be presented by 22 children from our Salmon River Community at the Riggins Assembly of God Church this Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
Riggins Elementary School will present its annual Christmas program next Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at SRHS multipurpose room. ASK music recital will follow the elementary program. All the kids are getting ready to share a wonderful night of music to help you celebrate this Christmas season
Christmas caroling by the Riggins Elementary kids will be heard right on Riggins Main Street next Thursday, Dec. 18. Be out and about to hear them singing and wishing you a Merry Christmas.
The annual tradition of holiday magic and music continues this December at Salmon Rapids Lodge in Riggins. The Gifts of Music will celebrate the holiday season with a free community event in the setting of the lodge’s Big Salmon River Room Saturday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. (MST), with music performance by Hotwire. Hotwire features an ear-grabbing mix of old-style bluegrass, newgrass, country, folk and acoustic genres that are hard to pin down — delivered with a hard driving energy that they call “high-voltage bluegrass.” Their sound features solid two-, three- and four-part harmonies and hot instrumental solos on guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle. Refreshments will be served. Special room rates are available to guests with advance reservation. Salmon Rapids Lodge is located at 1010 S. Main Street in Riggins. For information call the lodge toll-free at 877-957-2743, local at 628-2743, or visit the website at www.salmonrapids.com.
“Light Up Riggins” contest for businesses and private homes is in full swing. Lights and/or decorations for participation in the Christmas Lighting contest must be up no later than Monday, Dec. 15. Judging by a committee will be completed Dec. 21 with the winners being announced Dec. 23. Contest rules state contest is for decorations outside or window lights that must be seen from outdoors. Beginning this year 2014, winner can only win once within a two-year period. The judging committee will consider these four categories: overall grand prize is $150, best theme is $100, most lights is $100, and most original is $100. Take some time to drive through Riggins to see all the Christmas displays and lights shining brightly helping to celebrate this Christmas Season.
The Secret Santa “Giving Tree” is at the Riggins Umpqua Bank and has a few “boy/girl and ages” decorations left to help make Christmas bright for families here in the Salmon River Canyon. Still time for you to choose a tag, purchase gifts, and take them unwrapped to the Riggins City Hall by Tuesday, Dec. 16… Santa’s helpers will wrap gifts Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Riggins Community Center behind Crump’s Chevron; anyone wanting to help wrap is welcome. Gifts and Christmas food baskets will be delivered Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Food boxes for anyone wanting to donate food for the Christmas baskets are located at the Riggins’ grocery stores, the Riggins City Hall, and the Salmon River Community Church... all food needs to be donated by Dec. 16.
Christmas Eve Service will be held Wednesday, Dec 24, at 6 p.m. for just an hour at the Riggins Assembly of God Church. Contact Pastor Scheline at 630-4444, if you wish to participate in the program.
Our dear friend and Salmon River icon, Pearl Carrey, died Nov. 27 at the age of 96 in Fruitland. Pearl lived most of her life here in the Salmon River Canyon and only recently moved to the valley. She and Johnny had one daughter, Dolly, who had two daughters, Gayle and Donna, who each had two children, John and Joni, Cortney and Colton. Pearl loved her family so much as well as her many friends in the Salmon River Canyon, in rodeo arenas across Idaho, with the Old Time Fiddlers, and just plain ol’ good friends. Pearl was a precious jewel! Arrangements are pending at Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette.