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Holiday Happenings: Nov. 30, 2016


•The Monastery of St. Gertrude has some holiday events set: Silence the Christmas Noise: Advent Retreat will take place Dec. 1-18. Set aside a few days for calm, quiet Advent preparation this year. Register online at or call 208-962-2000. Christmas Masses include: Christmas Eve caroling at 7 p.m., Eucharist at 7:30 p.m.; and Christmas Morning Eucharist at 11:30 a.m.

•A craft fair will be held at The Hangout in Cottonwood Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All items are homemade. Holiday photos available. Coffee, cinnamon rolls and homemade chicken soup available by donation, in addition to a raffle.

•Cottonwood Lighted Christmas Parade is set for Sunday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m. Lineup begins at 4:30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot. After the parade, head down to the fire station for the Santa Cabana and enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and hot dogs. Santa will be available for pictures. Cottonwood Saddliers and Livestock 4-H Club will be collecting unwrapped toys for the St. Mary’s Hospital Giving Tree. Call Tara Rowland at 962-7071.

•Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., in the Prairie Elementary gym will be the Prairie Elementary bands, youth choir and fourth grades Christmas music concert. Fourth grades will be presenting songs from “The Nutcracker.”

Friday, Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m., in the Prairie Elementary gym, Christmas music will be featured by grades kindergarten - third grade.

The Prairie Junior Senior High School concert is set for Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., in the Prairie Junrio Senior High School gym.


•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.


•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 Grangeville Senior Citizens Center will be the venue for a holiday luncheon for all adults, with support from Syringa Hospital and Clinics. This is set for Friday, Dec. 2, noon, the regular lunch time. A prime rib meal will be served tableside and there will be door prizes. There is no charge for the meal but donations are appreciated and will benefit the senior nutrition program.

•Grangeville’s 31st Annual Holiday Gift and Food Fair is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School with more than 70 tables of unique and handmade gift items. In addition, homemade lunch will be served all day. This year will also include the Camas Prairie Children’s Business Fair of handcrafted items made by local kids.

•Sts. Peter and Paul Parish women will host a food and gift bazaar at the church parish hall Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Soup and salad lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

•The annual Pets and Kids Pictures with Santa will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to noon at Primeland Country Store. Cost for a color 5 by 7 matted photo is $10. Donations of wet and dry dog and cat food, litter, collars, leashes and monetary donation are so appreciated to help Animal Ark Lost and Found. Call Melinda at 983-5832.

•United Methodist Women’s Annual Christmas Bazaar and Pie Fellowship at 404 W. Main Street, (across from Asker’s), is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come and buy crafts, pecans, lentils, split peas, candies, jams/jellies, baked goods, plus enjoy a piece of pie and drink. The Methodist Famous Homemade Mincemeat also for sale.

•The Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive is being sponsored again this year by the Grangeville Kiwanis. If you have any questions or would like to sign up to ring the bell at a different time, contact Janet at 507-1733 or email at or Monica at 983-5993 or email Send donations to Salvation Army, c/o Grangeville Kiwanis, P.O. Box 416, Grangeville, ID 83530 or stop by Aloha Laundry at 817 Cunningham in Grangeville and drop off a donation.

•Tree of Lights Hospice Memorial Dec. 4, 2 p.m., at Grangeville Senior Center. To make memorial donations and receive a handmade ornament, log onto and download a form or pick one up at the hospital.

•Upcoming Holiday events at Centennial Evangelical Free Church at 408 N. College in Grangeville include the following: Christ In Christmas, a tree service, is set for Sunday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m. This hourlong service features the decorating of the tree with ornaments representing the names of Christ from scripture. This is followed by a finger-food potluck at 6 p.m.

•Cornerstone Theater will present performances of “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Performances will be at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9-10, and 3 p.m. on Dec. 11. A goodwill offering will be taken. Proceeds will go to charity.


•Kids are invited to talk with Santa Claus on ham radio this Saturday, Dec. 3. 3 Rivers Radio Club will have radios set up from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cloninger’s Harvest Foods in Kamiah and Clearwater Valley Market Place in Kooskia.

•The Community Presbyterian Church, 7th and Hill streets, has a variety of holiday events set including the following: 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.

•Valley Singers, Bell Ringers and the COGS (Children of God Singers) will hold holiday concerts Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. All will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Parish, 7th and Idaho streets.

•Kamiah’s Christmas Tree Light Parade and tree lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Lighted Float Parade: Line-up will be at 5:30 p.m., at Idaho and 8th streets. Call 935-2290. The children’s flashlight serpentine parade line up is at 5:45 p.m., on 4th Street at the American Legion Hall with Terri Musgrave; parade begins at 6 p.m. Children should dress warmly and bring their own flashlight. Decorate businesses and leave Christmas lights on during the parade. Floats are needed. Singing and Santa will be part of the mix.


•Kids are invited to talk with Santa Claus on ham radio this Saturday, Dec. 3. 3 Rivers Radio Club will have radios set up from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cloninger’s Harvest Foods in Kamiah and Clearwater Valley Market Place in Kooskia.

•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.

•Kooskia’s Jingle Bell Parade and Christmas tree lighting is set for Saturday, Dec. 3.

•Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School will hold its Winter Concert Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., in the High School cafeteria.

•The Kooskia Community Christmas Party, sponsored by Gateway Christian Fellowship in Kooskia, is set for Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Kooskia Community Hall. Free hot-dogs and snacks will be provided and drawings for prizes will occur every 15 minutes. The large drawings for items including bicycles and an iPod will take place at 3 p.m. Drawings also include gift certificates for free groceries and gas. A variety of games will be played throughout the afternoon. All are welcome.


•The Lowell QRU Christmas Party will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Wilderness Inn in Lowell.


•The Riggins Christmas Tree Lighting and hayride will be Friday, Dec. 2. Everyone is invited to go Christmas caroling on the hayride, then back to the Two Coffees Coffee Shop for hot drinks, more singing, and the lighting of the tree.

•The Jet Boaters Winter Ball, fund-raiser for the 2017 Salmon River Jet Boat Race, sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon, and Idaho Banana Co., will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Riggins Community Center. Dance to Joaquin, Verna, and Dave. No host cocktail hour begins at 7 p.m.; dinner of prime rib and devil’s shrimp at 7 p.m.; dance 8:30 to midnight. The event is $40 per person; reservations are required and space is limited. Call 628-3322 or 628-3615 to RSVP. Dance is open to public at 8:30 p.m. for $10 per person.


•The Stites Christmas Tree Lighting is set for this Friday, Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m., at city hall. This is sponsored by Stites Baptist Church. Refreshments available following the lighting.

•Stites Baptist Church will host a Christmas cantata at 7 p.m., Dec. 16 at the Stites Baptist Church. Members of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cottonwood will perform. Refreshments will be served following the cantata. For questions call Joetta at 926-4426.


•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.

•Decorate White Bird beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at City Park. The White Bird Women’s Christmas Social will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the I00F Hall. Tea, coffee and soup will be served. Bring cookies or an appetizer and a Christmas ornament for the prize basket to be awarded at the Winter Lights Parade.


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