Lighting up the season

<p>The Grant Union choir helped lead the Christmas carol sing-a-long at last year’s tree-lighting in John Day. The group will be at this year’s event Saturday, Dec. 3, at the stoplight in John Day.</p>

Event in John Day to include tree-lighting, carols, prizes

JOHN DAY - Oh come all ye merrymakers ... to the second annual community Christmas tree lighting in John Day.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in a new location - on the southeast corner of Main Street and South Canyon Boulevard, at the stoplight.

Other activities that evening include a Christmas carol sing-a-long, joined by the Grant Union Junior-Senior High School choir, roasted chestnuts and other snacks.

There will also be a drawing for an Xbox 360 with sports bundle. Winner must be present to win.

People will also be invited to add ornaments to the tree representing their family, a veteran or other loved one(s).

The event is part of several "Jingle Through John Day" activities planned among the merchants throughout town, from Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-10.

The event is presented by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce and the John Day Merchants Association.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 541-575-0547.

‘Holiday stroll' and teen dance part of Prairie City's gala

PRAIRIE CITY - Already feel like you're running through the holiday season?

How about slowing things down to a stroll?

The Prairie City Community Association has planned a tree-lighting and "holiday stroll" event in town, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Activities include lighting the town Christmas tree and caroling in front of city hall, crafts for children, hot chocolate, holiday spirits for adults, roasted chestnuts and plenty of other goodies.

Shoppers can enjoy an evening "holiday stroll," with businesses staying open until 8 p.m. Fire pits will be set up around town to keep the wintery chill away.

Santa Claus will be on hand, for anyone who still needs to share their wish list.

Later that evening, there will be a high school basketball tournament dance, for teens, from 8:30-11:30 p.m. at the new community center, at the south end of city park. Admission is $2 a person.

This is the second event held by the PCCA. A well-attended Harvest Festival was held Oct. 27, at the community center, formerly the site of the Prairie City United Methodist Church.

PCCA president Melanie DeJong said the center will be decorated for holiday events through December and January. The festive trimmings will feature a 14-foot tree donated by Grumpy's Christmas Tree Farm east of Prairie City.

"This exceptional building is good now but we are in the formative steps of planning improvements and upgrades," DeJong said.

She added that the group "is thrilled by the injection of new energy and vigor of our participants and volunteers."

Association member Kim Jacobs said they hope to offer fun events all through the year for all ages.

"We have some fun new energy within our group," Jacobs said.

"The PCCA has already made a huge impact on the community and I feel with our combined efforts, we will be able to accomplish a great deal," she added.

Ideas for future events at the center include a New Year's Eve ball, Easter celebration and Octoberfest. Other potential uses include reunions, weddings, meetings, and live theater and music productions.

"We want to suit the needs of Prairie City and Grant County."

The group holds meetings the third Wednesday of each month, in the PCCA office at the community center, 211 W. Sixth St. For more information about the tree lighting and holiday stroll, or the PCCA, call 541-820-4252.


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