What's Happening for the Holidays in Grant County

The annual Timber Truckers Light Parade will roll down Highway 26 starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. An award ceremony will be held following the parade at Trowbridge Pavilion. File photo

Timber Truckers celebrate Forests Alive Forever

JOHN DAY - "Forests Alive Forever" is the theme of this year's Timber Truckers Light Parade planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. An award ceremony will be held following the parade at Trowbridge Pavilion.

Entries for the annual event are now being accepted.

For an entry form or to make contributions of money or gifts contact Angie Billman in care of Prairie Wood Products, P.O. Box 340, Prairie City, OR 97869 or call 820-3645.

'Light Up A Life' for Hospice at Dec. 8 ceremony

PRAIRIE CITY - Hospice of Redmond, Sisters and Grant County will hold its annual Light Up A Life ceremony 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Hospice office, 248 Front Street.

The ceremony will include a memorial reading of names, entertainment from local musicians and refreshments. A suggested contribution of $10 will sponsor a light in honor of a loved one.

This event is co-sponsored by Autumn Funerals and Redmond Memorial Chapel. A similar event will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Redmond and Friday, Dec. 13 in Sisters.

For information call Donita Adams at 820-3790.

Hospital Auxiliary prepares for Dec. 7 craft extravaganza

JOHN DAY - The Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary's annual holiday bazaar is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Trowbridge Pavilion. More than 70 tables will feature a wide variety of hand-crafted holiday gift items and seasonal decorations.

Soup, chili, hot dogs, chili dogs, pie and doughnuts will be served. Youngsters can have pictures taken with Santa from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 575-1227.

Dancers perform 'The Christmas Attic' showcase

JOHN DAY - The Grant Union High School Dance team and students from Body Fitness & Dance will present "The Christmas Attic" holiday showcase Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13, in Grant Union High School old gym. Both performances will be at 6:30 p.m.

Ballet and jazz by dancers 4 years old through 18 will be featured in the sixth annual holiday showcase.

Admission is $3 per person, with children under 5 free. All proceeds benefit the Grant Union High School Dance Team's 2002-03 season.

Christmas trees auctioned at Festival of Trees

JOHN DAY - The fourth annual Festival of Trees sponsored by Grant County Fair will be held Friday, Dec. 13, at Trowbridge Pavilion.

A matinee viewing will be offered 1-4 p.m. for children and senior citizens. There also will be a cookie decorating contest for kids, cookies will be provided. The doors open at 6 p.m. for the Festival, bidding begins at 7. Trees will not be shown the next evening during the Timber Truckers Light Parade.

Admission is $2 per person or two cans of non-perishable food or $5 per family. Food donations will benefit local holiday food baskets. Monetary proceeds will assist fairgrounds operations and Tree of Joy. For more information, contact Fair Manager Carolyn Stout at 575-1900.

Juniper Singers present music of the season

JOHN DAY - Works from Handel's "The Messiah" will be featured during the Juniper Singers Holiday Revue 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on East Highway. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

"Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Silver Bells," and other seasonal songs will be performed. Dr. Ed Carwithen will direct "The Messiah" portion of the program. The Holiday Revue will be directed by Peggy Neal accompanied by Sharon Hoeft.

Holiday Joy Craft Bazaar opens at Keerins Hall

JOHN DAY - The Holiday Joy Craft Bazaar, sponsored by the Assembly of God Women's Ministries, will be held in Keerins Hall from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, offering items from Christmas decor and homemade items to books. There will be drawings for a porch glider and candy tree at 3 p.m. Table space for $15 is still available by calling 575-1837.

Methodists plan Christmas worship

JOHN DAY - The United Methodist Church of John Day will hold the following activities in preparation for Christmas:

• Dec. 8 - 9 a.m. worship service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday school; 5 p.m. Soup and Bread Supper followed by making Luminaries for Christmas Eve

• Dec. 15 - 9 a.m. worship service; 10:30 a.m. Sunday school

• Dec. 22 - 9 a.m. children and youth Christmas program during worship service; 10:30 a.m. Sunday school; 5 p.m. Soup and Bread Supper followed by community caroling.

On Christmas Eve, candlelight services will be held at the following times: 8 p.m. at the John Day church and 11 p.m. at the Prairie City church.

The community is invited to attend any and all of these activities. For more information, call the church office at 575-1326.

Schools announce holiday programs

Grant County schools provide a variety of seasonal celebrations.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, the choir and band at Mt. Vernon Middle School perform their Christmas Concert in the gym; and Seneca School hosts a play, "A Cause for Mrs. Clause," also at 7 p.m. in the school gym. At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, Humbolt School hosts its Christmas program, "An Old Fashioned Holiday."

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, is Long Creek School's Christmas program. On Thursday, Dec. 19, Dayville School stages its Christmas program, "The First Snowfall"; and Prairie City School hosts its high school band and choir concert. All of these events start at 7 p.m.

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