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Riggins News: Winter Ball is Saturday




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— Quote of the week: “It’s not what’s under the Christmas Tree that matters; it’s who’s around it.” Charlie Brown.

The Winter Ball 2018 is this Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Riggins Community Center featuring a no-host Cocktail Hour where Bev Knight will be playing piano music, followed with a dinner of prime rib and Seven Devils Shrimp. Reservations are required; all tables are now filled. Dance to the music of Joaquin, Dave, and Verna from 8:30 p.m. to midnight; the dance is open to the public at 8:30 p.m., for $10 per person. Buck Fitch will be auctioning gift items including a beautiful Christmas wreath, and the nine fantastic centerpieces throughout the evening. This event is sponsored by Salmon River Catering, Seven Devils Steakhouse & Saloon, and Idaho Banana Co; proceeds go to the 2019 Jet Boat Race in April.

The 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce was exciting with about 80 kiddos, parents, grandparents in attendance. The City Christmas Tree is beautiful. We all sang Christmas carols led by John Stewart, enjoyed hay rides given by Doug Boggan, and were visited by Santa and Mrs. Claus who were driven to the celebration by Jeff Joyce and Roger Rashok in the Christmas lighted city fire truck. The Christmas tree was decorated by the Native Sisters Tree Trimming Co, Jennifer Berrgrin, and her helpers with her lift truck. Kate of Cattlemen’s Restaurant made cookies and brought cocoa and cider to add to hot water; Mariah Crump of Crump’s Chevron and Yoga in the Canyon made cookies and kept the hot water filled and ready for everyone. Jeannie Fitch was the cheery emcee for the evening. Kudos to Nicol Tyler, owner of Two Rivers Coffee, who did it up right…even added a fire ring for keeping warm and roasting marshmallows. She would like to give thanks to D and Marie Clay and Jeannie Fitch who helped her organize and get things ready as well as to everyone else who helped…and especially to all who attended. What a wonderful way to begin December and the Christmas season.

Bingo at the Riggins Community Center is tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The progressive game has $120 in the pot with more to be added at this game. Come on out and have fun while you visit with friends and neighbors and help raise funds for our Senior Citizen Transit Bus.

Our Riggins Secret Santas are very busy getting gifts and food ready for our Salmon River kiddos. The beautiful Giving Tree is set up at the Whitewater Market and decorated with the names of the kiddos; stop by and take a tag and make Christmas merry for one of our little ones. Unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the Riggins City Hall by this Friday, Dec. 7. Gifts will be wrapped by our little elves Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center; pickup is Friday, Dec. 14, between noon and 2 p.m., at the Community Center.

The Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop is having its customer appreciation sale this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. They want to thank you all for #ShoppingSmall. Enjoy 10 percent off everything: in-store specials and clearance items and watch for the red dots for 50 percent off! Go to for details.

Riggins Assembly of God Children’s Christmas program, “Crazy, Busy, Peaceful, Holy Night” is this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Riggins Old-Time Fiddlers invite you to their Annual Christmas Fiddlers program, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., in the fellowship room at the Salmon River Community Church. Come listen to some good ol’ traditional Christmas music, Christmas poetry, and enjoy the evening with friends.

You are all invited to attend “Our Genius Hour Showcase” at SRHS multi-purpose room Thursday, Dec. 13. The presentation with Ms. Hale’s 6th grade study skills class and Mrs. Merabelle’s world history class begins at 2 p.m. The students have been working hard to create projects that showcase their passion.

Riggins Elementary School and ASK Christmas program will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., at the SRHS multi-purpose room. Everyone is invited to attend.

Riggins Whitewater Market will celebrate its one-year anniversary Friday Dec. 21, beginning at noon. Everyone is invited to share in the thankfulness and joy of “our new store,” and we sure do want to thank John and Jennifer Llewellyn for this lovely store and their active involvement in our Riggins community.

The annual Christmas Candlelight Service will be held Sunday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m., at the Riggins Assembly of God Church. Everyone is invited. Note this service will not be held Christmas Eve, but Sunday, the 23rd.

Rocke and Claudia Wilson had an awesome surprise when their son Kyler came home from Denmark to celebrate Thanksgiving with them and their son, Jonny. Kyler then visited his brother, Chance, and family in Boise before flying back to his home in Denmark. What a wonderful surprise.

Leighton Vander Esch News: Leighton was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month of November! Then, he helped the Dallas Cowboys win their game with the Saints…and, Drew Brees, quarterback for the Saints, walked over and gave Leighton a big victory hug at the end of the game. Leighton and Cedrick Wilson flew to Boise last weekend to attend the BSU game and support their college team.

Which #DallasCowboys player do you think best represents the highest level of achievement, sportsmanship, dedicated and leadership like that of #DallasCowboys Hall of Famer Bob Lilly? Cast your vote now for the 2018 Bob Lilly Award presented by Reliant Energy ®. When you vote, you’ll have a chance to win two tickets and two sideline passes for the Cowboys-Buccaneers game on 12/23. Go to


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