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Lights, spaghetti, bingo

Amy Roby

The Tahoe-Douglas Elks host their annual Spaghetti Feed and Christmas Tree Bingo tonight at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Avenue in Minden, starting at 5 p.m.

Dinner is served from 5-7 p.m. with bingo to follow. Meal tickets are available at the door; $9 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger.

Bingo cards are 25 cents each per game, and there will be special games and prizes for children. Proceeds from the event help to fund the Elks’ many community activities, including holiday baskets for needy seniors.

If traditional bingo is more your style, the Elks also host regular games tonight at the lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with warm ups following at 6:30 and games starting at 7.

Beer, wine, soda, water, hot dogs, chips, chili and candy are all available for purchase at the lodge; coffee and pretzels are free. Players must be 21 to participate in bingo at the lodge.

For more information, call 265-5120 or 267-1362.

Lighting of the Minden Gazebo

The Town of Minden’s annual gazebo lighting takes place tonight at 6 p.m. DJ Bill McClain will provide the entertainment and the Douglas High School jazz band will play some holiday favorites. Blazing fire pits will be open throughout the park to warm spectators and toast some tasty s’mores. A performance from All About Dance will follow the gazebo lighting.

A drop-off station will be set up outside the Town of Minden offices at 1604 Esmeralda Street to collect donations for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. Kids who bring a can of food or monetary donation will receive a bag of treats, and the lucky few who find a golden ticket inside their bag will be entered into a drawing to help Santa light the gazebo.

20th annual Parade of Lights

Tomorrow night, the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Parade of Lights sets the streets aglow starting at 5 p.m.

The theme for this year’s parade centers around the green gemstone associated with anniversaries that have hit the two-decade mark. “Our Emerald Celebration – 20 Years of Holiday Lights” is a nod to the many years of delight that the Parade of Lights has brought to spectators.

Carson Valley’s Active 20-30 Club #85 is Grand Marshal for this year’s parade. Organizers wanted to acknowledge and thank the 20-30 Club for their many years of hosting and arranging the annual Carson Valley Days parade.

The Parade of Lights route starts at Eddy Street in downtown Gardnerville and continues down Main Street to Esmeralda. Highway 395 traffic will be rerouted from about 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.