Grangeville Lions members recently helped unload the Christmas trees at Green Acres and Cash and Carry Marketplace. This volunteer effort raises money for the Lions' scholarships to Grangeville High School students. Pictured are (L-R) Lions Justin DeFord, Todd Yocum and Jeff Blackmer. Lions Dave Wimer, Paul Eimers, Fred Stevens (and his son, Warren) and Jim Schmidt also helped with unloading. These trees are now available at Cash and Carry and Green Acres in Grangeville, and Lions members will be helping out at Green Acres each weekend Saturday, Nov. 25, through Dec. 17. The trees, which are Grand Fir out of Sandpoint, range 5' to 9' in height, with pricing as follows: red tag (5'-6') $39, yellow tag (6'-7') $49, green tag (7'-8') $59 and white tag (8'-plus) $69.
•The Hangout, 603 Front Street, Cottonwood, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 23, 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 208-962-7383.
•Holiday meats can be donated at Les Schwab for Camas Prairie Food Bank. Meats, as well as other donations, can also be donated directly at the food bank on Tuesdays or Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A donation box is also at the back door for their facility located at 411 E. North Street (corner of Florence and North streets) across from Les Schwab. For information: 208-507-2365.
•The Grangeville Lions Club’s annual Christmas Tree sale starts Saturday, Nov. 25, at Green Acres and continues every weekend through Dec. 17. Proceeds support the scholarships the club provides to GHS students who take their educations to the next level. Last year’s successful Christmas Tree sale and the club’s other fund-raisers allowed the Grangeville Lions to provide three $2,000 scholarships for GHS graduates. The tree sale is located at Green Acres and runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17.
•Low income families in Grangeville, Harpster, Clearwater, Fenn or White Bird, are welcome to sign up their children 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 (C Street) no later than Dec. 8. Anyone having questions may contact Linda at 208-983-2300. Those from other communities will need to sign up for the tree in their area.
Trees with tags will be set up at a variety of local businesses in the surrounding communities. Community members are invited to take a tag, fulfill a wish and return it wrapped with the tag attached to the tree.
•Note the Camas Prairie Food Bank will be closed Nov 23 and 24 as well as Dec. 25 through Dec. 29.
•The Gym will be hosting a holiday fair every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 25-mid December. This will be held in the reception area of Real Life Church (located in the back of The Gym). Vendors can reserve their space by calling 208-983-7070.
•Do your family, church or organization in the Grangeville-area want to “adopt” a local family for Christmas? Contact Angie Edwards at Grangeville Elementary Middle School at 983-0400.
•The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m., in the Grangeville Elementary School multipurpose room. The community is invited to attend. Church members will provide side dishes and desserts, and the church will provide the main courses.
•Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 311 South Hall Street, will host a Thanksgiving Eucharist service Wednesday, Nov. 22, 5:30 p.m. All are invited.
•A Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft Bazaar is set for Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans Center. Tack, gifts, jewelry, music and more will be available. To be a vendor call 983-1033.
•Grangeville Eagles Aerie 539 will hold a Christmas Décor Sale Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Eagles Hall, 218 North C Street. Donations accepted. Contact Shirley Crane at 208-507-2320.
•Grangeville Border Days Royalty is putting on a lighted “Country Christmas” parade prior to the tree lighting Saturday, Nov. 25. Parade lineup is 4 p.m., North Idaho Street and the route will stop at Pioneer Park. All entries must be decorated with lights; free entry. Contact: Micaela Farris, Border Days Queen or Amy Farris at 208 507 0487.
•Grangeville Horizons Recreation Committee will host its annual Christmas tree lighting of Pioneer Park during its Winter Magic program Saturday, Nov. 25, 5:30 p.m. Music will be provided by local talent and Santa will be in on the fire truck.
•Toys for Tots distribution in Grangeville is set for Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center at 318 East Main Street.
Call for sign-up prior to Dec. 10: Julie Bentley, 208-983-2183 (leave a message).
Collection boxes for donated toys are at the following locations: Camas Lanes, the Veterans Center, Umpqua Bank and Larson’s in Grangeville and The Hangout in Cottonwood.
•Clearwater Christmas Affair and Small Business Saturday: Nov. 24 and 25; Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kamiah American Legion Hall, 7th and Main Streets. For information call Georgia at 208-935-5616.
•Kamiah Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 1. Lineup is 5 p.m., judging at 5:30 p.m., and the parade starts at 6 p.m. An Ugly Sweater contest will be held at the American Legion Hall about 6:30 p.m., and Santa will make an appearance.
•Kids Winter Festival is set for Clearwater Valley Elementary School gym Friday, Dec. 1, 2:45-6:30 p.m., cost is $20 per child. Parents are invited at 5:30 p.m. for wreath making and dinner at a cost of $5. This is for students K-8, Call or text to sign up: 208-451-3538.
•Sign up for the Tree of Sharing by Dec. 8 at Umpqua Bank, 001 Main Street, Kooskia. This is for children ages 0-18 who are in need and live in the Kooskia, Stites and Clearwater areas.
Tags will be available for the community to help fulfill wishes. Cash donations also accepted. Call Umpqua Bank at 208-926-4236. Gifts can be picked up Dec. 20.
•Kooskia Tree Lighting, tentatively set for Saturday, Dec. 2, subject to change. Call city hall at 208-926-4684.