Winter Wonderland approaching – Jingle Bell Rock and Smurfs

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Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock! Rock your way to the former Ray cafeteria ramada to experience Winter Wonderland 2013, Saturday, Dec 7. Shop with your local entrepreneurs who will be selling jewelry, crocheted towels and scarves, hand crafted wood projects, In Memory ornaments and much more. So far Gary Hill, Amy Laiklam, Dottie Schaub, Joan Baxter, Barbara Munoz, Tina Carrillo and Sylvia Lechuga have registered as merchandise vendors. Merchandise vendors still have time to submit an application.

The Knights will be selling their popular hamburgers and hotdogs, and enjoy the Magees funnel cakes and Indian fry bread. Posole and menudo will be sold during the parade.

All of the action begins at 11 a.m. There will be a variety of Christmas crafts for children that includes decorating Christmas stockings, beading, pompom projects, and a candy cane reindeer. All of the projects can be made for one dollar per child. It is anticipated that Event Wizards will be here with games where everyone wins a prize.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by helicopter at 2 p.m. courtesy of Native Air. They will be escorted by Junior Chamber elves, the Grinch, and Marvin the Christmas Moose (or maybe he’s a reindeer).

Join in the spirit of Christmas and prepare a float for the Electric Light Parade. Check with Anna Flores at the Kearny Town Hall for entry information. It can be individuals, bikes, wagons, single vehicles, motorcycles, or a regular float. Be sure your lights have sufficient batteries so you do not march in the dark. Sign in on Allen Street across the highway before 5:30 p.m. It is important that entries are there early, unregistered late comers are placed at the end and possibly might not get announced as they pass the judges stand. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Allen, crosses highway 177 to Upton, right on Alden. Each entry needs to stop in front of the judges stand to perform and give the judges time to evaluate the entry. Proceed to Tilbury. The parade then goes down Tilbury to the 400 block of Danbury and will turn right, proceed up Danbury to the Ray cafeteria ramada where winners will be announced.

The movie Smurfs 2 will be released to the public Friday, Dec. 6 and will be shown at the ramada at approximately 8 p.m., after the parade awards are presented to the winners.

Luminarios and Love Light angels may be purchased that day and even decorated in preparation for the Love Light ceremony to be held on Alden Street, Friday, Dec. 20. These are in honor or in memory of someone special. The Mc Callister family has spearheaded the Love Light project for many years and the Junior Chamber members are in charge of the luminarios which will light up Alden Street Dec. 20

Volunteers are needed at the children’s craft tables and to help with other necessary work to get the day going.

There are time slots for entertainers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call or drop by the chamber office to see what you can do or the time you can perform.

During the holiday season it is important to keep our local businesses in mind. Avoid the crowds. Shop Small Business Day is Saturday, Nov. 30. Shop local and include those who are participating in Winter Wonderland the following weekend. Hand crafted items are always appreciated. Gordon’s will be offering 10 percent off purchases over $50 on Nov. 30 as part of this nationwide campaign.

Shop local and enjoy Winter Wonderland.

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