•The Hangout, 603 Front Street, Cottonwood, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverage will all be available at no cost. Call 962-7383.
•St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will be sponsoring the Christmas “Angel Tree,” which helps match generous donors with those in need of gifts for children and food for families. Individuals in need are urged to call Stacie Jackson, project coordinator at 962-2326 (days) or 962-3201 (evenings.) On Nov. 26, tags will be put on the Angel Tree outside the hospital chapel. People wishing to fulfill a wish can take a tag from the tree and shop for the child. Return the unwrapped gift with the tag to Jackson at St. Mary’s Physical Therapy by Dec. 17. They will also be delivering food baskets in conjunction with the food bank. Financial contributions may be sent to “Angel Tree Project” Stacie Jackson c/o St. Mary’s Hospital, PO Box 137, Cottonwood, ID. 83522.
•The Elk City Reach Club is planning a Christmas Bazaar and would like donated items that the students can purchase for their family members. Items can be brought to the school. For information call Sue Phillips at 842-2359. A Christmas bazaar sponsored by REACH Club will be held at the school on Tuesday, Dec. 13. This bazaar offers the school and preschool children of Elk City an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for their immediate family at reasonable prices. Donations of gently used or new items welcomed and can be dropped off at the school with Nichele Slover.
•Santa will be at Irwin Drug Saturday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for photos. Stop in and visit with this unique Norwegian Santa Claus.
•The ninth annual Grangeville Horizons Recreation tree lighting of Pioneer Park is set for Saturday, Nov. 26, 5 p.m. Santa will come in on the fire truck and local music will be part of the evening. For details: Terra Hill, 983-1486.
•Idaho County Recycling sites will have some upcoming holiday closures: The Grangeville and Kooskia facilities will be closed Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving weekend) and Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve day), but will be open on Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve day). The Cottonwood site will be closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
•Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 311 South Hall Street, Grangeville, will be host to the following holiday services: A Thanksgiving service is set for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m., for evening prayers; A Christmas Eve “Lessons and Carols Family Service” and Holy Eucharist will be held Dec. 24 at 2 p.m.; Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Holy Eucharist will be served at 10:30 p.m.
•Families in Grangeville, Harpster, Clearwater, Fenn or White Bird, are welcome to sign up for the Grangeville Tree of Sharing. To have your child’s wishes placed on the tree, you will need to sign up at the Department of Health and Welfare during the month of November and no later than Dec. 7. Anyone having questions may contact Linda at 983-2300. Those from other communities will need to sign up for the tree in their area.
•The Community Presbyterian Church, 7th and Hill streets, has a variety of holiday events set including the following: A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be held Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church. Come and eat and fellowship, bring a side dish to share if desired; a free “Soup Canteen” will be held Thursday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; a piano recital for the students of Julie Angeny will be held at the church Friday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.; a Christmas candy and baked food sale is set for the church Wednesday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the church will host a candlelight Christmas Eve service Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. No service will be held Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day.
•Valley Singers, Bell Ringers and the COGS (Children of God Singers) will hold three holiday concerts. The first is set for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.; the next will be Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.; and the last is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. All will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Parish, 7th and Idaho streets.
•The Upriver Rampage (basketball shootout) is set for Nov. 29. Varsity girls and boys will play at Clearwater Valley starting at 6 p.m. The teams raise funds for the local food banks to help those in need.
•A Tree of Sharing for families in need in the Kooskia, Stites and Clearwater areas is currently set up at Umpqua Bank, 001 Main Street. To have your child’s wish placed on the tree, sign up before Dec. 12. Gifts can be picked up Dec. 20. Cash donations will also be accepted to help purchase gifts. Call 926-4236. Gifts are for kids birth to 18 and the price range is $20 to $30.
•Riggins Christmas Bazaar 2016 will be held at the Riggins Community Center, 121 S. Lodge Street Saturday, Nov. 26.
•The Christmas Giving Tree will be displayed at Umpqua Bank through Nov. 30. Residents are encouraged to take a tag from the Giving Tree and help a family out this Christmas. Gifts may be taken unwrapped to the Riggins City Hall anytime; gift wrapping will be Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Riggins Community Center, 9 a.m. until finished. Food boxes will be readied Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Food boxes and gifts will be distributed Wednesday, Dec. 21. noon-3 p.m. Call Michelle at 628-4020 with any questions.
•A Christmas Decorating Contest will be held in White Bird. Decorate the exterior of your home or business if you live between White Bird and Slate Creek, up the Twin River subdivision and Copperville (within the 83554 zip code). Prizes will be awarded, and include a Dutch oven and four gift baskets. Call the Canyon House at 839-2777 for details.