Holiday Weekend to remember offers plenty of fun for families |

Holiday Weekend to remember offers plenty of fun for families

Staff reports

The Holiday Weekend to Remember is billed as a family weekend, and to judge by the turnout the last couple of years, Carson Valley families enjoy it.

Light the Lights in Minden. The 10th anniversary of the Light the Lights in Minden will draw hundreds to the Minden Park gazebo when the lights are turned on Friday, Dec. 3.

Providing refreshments are the Carson Valley Inn, Ladies of Winhaven, Minden Business Group and Heidi’s Restaurant.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Christ Presbyterian Church choir will sing. From 6 to 6:30 p.m., the Carson Valley Middle School choir will sing, and at 6:30, the lights will be turned on.

Children may visit Santa Claus at the C.O.D. Garage from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., and each child may get a free photo with Santa courtesy of the Minden Business Group.

The Douglas High School Choir “Image” will sing at the Minden Inn, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Letters to Santa. The Douglas County Public Library will sponsor writing letters to Santa at the Minden Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. and again Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Poster contest. On display in the CVIC Hall will be posters drawn by Minden Elementary School students.

The students entered a poster contest for the theme of next year’s holiday celebration, “Light the Lights 2000.” The posters winning the grand prize and first and second in each category will be marked. The students win cash awards.

Food for closet accepted. Residents who take preserved foodstuffs and drop them off at any of the Minden core businesses – Artistic Nature, Tumblewind, C.O.D. Garage, Lone Tree Frame and Gallery Co., Nevada Gourmet Grocery – will get a raffle ticket for merchandise donated by the businesses. The food will be donated to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, and the prize winners will be posted Saturday morning on the windows of each business.

Elks Christmas Tree Bingo, spaghetti feed. In addition, Friday evening will be the time for spaghetti dinner and Christmas Tree Bingo as the Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge offers its annual benefit.

The event will begin at about 4:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails. Dinner will be at about 5 p.m. and Bingo games begin immediately after the lighting ceremony at the park.

The cost for dinner is $6 for adults, $4 for children 6 and under. Cost to play Bingo is 25 cents per card. The proceeds from this event go to the club’s charity fund, which is used to help needy families.

For more information, call Trueblood at 782-3416.

Saturday’s events.

Parade of Lights. On Saturday at 5 p.m., the fourth annual Parade of Lights, with the theme, “Lighting the Way to the New Millennium,” will begin to wind its way from the senior citizens center in Gardnerville to Minden Park.

The parade features floats, autos, individuals and “other creative mobile objects” decorated with lights – and with Santa bringing up the rear.

The event is designed to provide quality family entertainment for the Valley, according to the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority Ambassadors committee, which sponsors the parade.

Corporate sponsors for the parade are Accolades Trophies, Engraving and Gifts, Carson Valley Inn, MD Barns and Topline Construction, Carson Valley Medical Center, Barton Skilled Nursing Center at Virginia Creek, Sharkey’s, The Record-Courier, PolyPhaser and Valley Do-It Center.

Parade of Lights sweat shirts are on sale at the Chamber office and the R-C.

Categories include civic groups, businesses, paramedic, police, firefighter or medical groups, youths and animals.

Christmas fairs. During the Weekend to Remember, Dec. 4 and 5, two annual fairs will be offered.

The Genoa Christmas Faire will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in the Genoa Town Hall, with the annual Christmas Cafe set for the old Genoa Volunteer Firehouse next door.

The town will sell candy, T-shirts and sweat shirts in the hall. Various vendor booths will be available. Photos may be taken with Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

A non-juried art show and sale is also planned. Proceeds from the Christmas Cafe will go to the Genoa Events Committee, while all other funds will benefit Town of Genoa projects.

For information about the fair, call Alice Rogers 782-8696, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about the art show, call Ann Campbell at 783-1178.

The 18th annual Douglas High School Christmas Fair will be held only one day, Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 100 booths will offer a wide variety of holiday items, ranging from birdhouses to decorations and gifts. Admission is $1, and donations will be given to the March of Dimes.

People may take their favorite photo and have it made into a mouse pad, created by members of the DHS business class.

Food and refreshments will be offered in the cafeteria, with funds raised going to scholarships given to graduating seniors by the food preparation employees of DHS.

The fair is sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America along with help from the DHS Ski team.

For information, call 782-5136.

Sunday events.

Gallery of Trees reception. The Carson Valley Historical Society will present its annual Gallery of Trees Festival running through Dec. 28 at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

On Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the historical society will have an open house with refreshments and Christmas goodies. At 1 p.m., the Trinity Lutheran church choir will sing.

The event is free.

Businesses and organizations to participate this year are Carson Valley Brewery, Summerville at Virginia Creek, Sierra Vision Center, C.O.D. Garage and Motor Co., Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Carson Valley Lions Club, Greenhouse Garden Center, A Wildflower and House of Orange. Trees will be on display, decorated by staff from the cultural center and the Genoa Courthouse Museum.

Trees will be on display in the main exhibit hall.