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Holiday Happenings: Nov. 29, 2017

(Left) Scout meets Santa in 2016. Pets with Santa pictures are set for this Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ace Home Center in Grangeville; (Right) The Grangeville Horizons Pioneer Park “Winter Magic” tree lighting event brought a large crowd of both attendees and performers to the city’s park Saturday evening, Nov. 25. Here, the Grinch makes his presence known to singer Wendy Lindsley who whispered to the green mischief-maker, “See you at home later.”

Photo by Lorie Palmer
(Left) Scout meets Santa in 2016. Pets with Santa pictures are set for this Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ace Home Center in Grangeville; (Right) The Grangeville Horizons Pioneer Park “Winter Magic” tree lighting event brought a large crowd of both attendees and performers to the city’s park Saturday evening, Nov. 25. Here, the Grinch makes his presence known to singer Wendy Lindsley who whispered to the green mischief-maker, “See you at home later.”


•Cottonwood’s Lighted Christmas Parade is set for Sunday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Lineup is 4:30 p.m.


•Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation will be host to its second annual tree and gazebo lighting Friday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. Stop in for hot chocolate and peppermint sticks and holiday music by the Johnson family from 4:30-5:15 p.m.

• The Grangeville Lions Club’s annual Christmas Tree sale continues every weekend through Dec. 17. The tree sale is located at Green Acres and runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17.

•Pet pictures with Santa will be taken Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ace Home Center. Pictures of your pet and Santa will be available for a donation of $10 for a 5x7 color, matted photo. Children and adults are welcome to be in the photos as well.

Donations of wet and dry pet food, leashes, collars, cat litter, blankets and toys are also welcome, as well as cash donations to help spay and neuter.

A baked food sale is also set for this day. All proceeds go to Animal Ark Lost and Found.

•The 32nd annual Grangeville Holiday Food and Gift Fair is set for Grangeville Elementary Middle School, Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be available all day and there will be more than 70 vendors. This year, stop by and get pictures with Santa, too.

•Sts. Peter and Paul will host its Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon at the school’s gym Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

•Grangeville United Methodist Church will host its Christmas Bazaar and Pie Fellowship featuring its famous mincemeat, Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located by the stoplight at 404 West Main Street.

•Annual Christmas Nativity Collection is set for Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4-6 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grangeville, 403 N. Boulevard Street. This is a non-denominational event and organizers are looking to display nativity scenes from around the world. Contact Joe Rodriguez at 208-507-2597 or Kitty at 208-507-2598 to reserve your display.

•Military and veteran families are invited to have cookies and juice with Santa, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m., at the Idaho County Community and Veterans Outreach Center. RSVP to 208-507-1740 with name and age of children (free gifts for kids). Bring military ID or DD214.

•Centennial Evangelical Free Church will host its “Christ is Christmas” service and potluck, Sunday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m., 408 N. College. This service focuses on the names of Christ from scripture. Ornaments representing each of Christ’s names are placed on the Christmas tree as the scriptures are read, ending with the lighting of the tree. This is followed by a potluck fellowship.

•Grangeville High School music department will present its Winter Concert Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., at the high school. Concert band, concert choir, jazz band and Varsity Blue choir will all be featured.

•Winter concert for Grangeville Elementary Middle School students in grades K-5 is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., in the multipurpose room.

•Mrs. Bush’s fourth-fifth grade class at Grangeville Elementary Middle School is holding a coat drive. A drop-box is available by the GEMS office and near the school library. New and gently used coats only, now through Dec. 8.

•Grangeville American Legion Post 37, Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary will have a Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Eagles Hall. All community veterans and their families are invited. There will be a traditional holiday dinner including ham, turkey and trimmings. Members are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share, door prize items (may be gently used) and an unwrapped new gift for the Mountain States Tumor Institute Toy Barn for children with cancer. For questions contact Post Adjutant Don Owen at 208-983-1191.

•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.

•The Idaho County Free Press will sponsor a free Christmas matinee Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m., at the Blue Fox Theater in Grangeville. The Disney movie “Frozen” will be shown.

•The Syringa Hospice Tree of Lights Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Grangeville Senior Center.


•Valley Singers and Bell Ringers shows are set for Wednesday, Nov. 29. 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m., both at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, 407 7th Street. Cookies receptions will follow.

•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.

•Faith Lutheran Church, located at 6th and Idaho Streets, will host weekly worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. Each Sunday in December will be special Advent services with lighting an Advent candle. Candlelight Christmas Eve service with Holy Communion is at 5 p.m. at the church Sunday, Dec. 24.


•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.

•Kooskia Tree Lighting, tentatively set for Saturday, Dec. 2, subject to change. Call city hall at 208-926-4684.


•Wilderness Inn in Lowell will be host to the annual QRU Christmas auction and potluck, Saturday, Dec. 2. Bring auction items early if you can; event starts at 4:30 p.m.


•Santa comes to Bell Equipment Saturday, Dec. 9, 1 to 5 p.m. Stop in at 311 Oak Street for a visit with Santa, to see all the Christmas toys and have some hot cocoa.


•The Orofino Patchwork Bazaar is set for Saturday, Dec. 2, Orofino Junior Senior High School, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items to be sold must be artwork or handcrafted/ homemade items. Call Jo Sharrai at 208-476-3320 or Sallie Wilhelm at 208-476-3190 to obtain applications or further information.


•Saturday, Dec. 2, the Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set, sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce. There will be hay rides, goodies, hot drinks and singing.

•Christmas bazaar at the Riggins Assembly of God Church will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2

•The second annual Salmon River Jet Boat Winter Ball Fund-Raiser will be Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Riggins Community Center with a no-host cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m., featuring prime rib and Seven Devils Shrimp. Seating is limited; $45/person including hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dance to the music of Joaquin, Verna, and Dave. Reservations required; 208-628-3322 or 208-628-3615. The dance is open to the public from 8:30 p.m., to midnight for $10 per person. This event is sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon, and the Idaho Banana Co.


•The City of Stites’ tree lighting will be held Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m., with refreshments following at the Stites Baptist church.

•Stites Holiday Fair is set for Saturday, Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Stites Grocery, 215 Main Street. Stop by for crafts, baked goods, candies and more.

White Bird

•Town decorating is set for Friday, Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m. Meet at the storage unit if you can help.

•White Bird Christmas lighting parade is set for downtown Dec. 16, with lineup at 5 p.m., parade at 6 p.m. with music and dance at the IOOF Hall afterwards.


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