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Christmas Bingo and spaghetti feed this Friday

Amy Roby
Amy Roby

The day after Halloween gave me pause when I realized Thanksgiving was a mere three weeks away, and now here we are on the cusp of the wintertime holidays.

Shops and streetlamps lining Highway 395 are aglow with twinkling lights, and the towns of Minden and Gardnerville are set to welcome the joyous season. Festivities get underway tonight starting with the Heritage Park Christmas celebration at 4:30 p.m., the Minden Park gazebo lighting on Friday at 5 p.m., and the 23rd annual Parade of Lights down U.S. Highway 395 on Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

The Tahoe/Douglas Elks’ Christmas Bingo and spaghetti dinner is part of this local holiday kick off tradition and will be held Friday at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Tickets are available at the door. Cost for the dinner is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for no-host cocktails with mealtime following from 5-7p.m. The menu features spaghetti with the Elks’ special homemade sauce and garlic bread.

Bingo cards are three for $1. Adult winners will be awarded either a gift certificate redeemable toward a Christmas tree at Gardnerville’s Mountain View Tree Farm or a holiday ham.

Diners are invited to bundle up and head outside after dinner to watch Santa arrive at 6 p.m. to light the Minden gazebo. Family Bingo gets underway back inside the CVIC Hall following the outdoor merriment.

Bingo cards are three for $1. Adult winners will be awarded either a gift certificate redeemable toward a Christmas tree at Gardnerville’s Mountain View Tree Farm or a holiday ham. Children are welcome to play and winners will get to select from a special group of prizes that includes antique dolls, sports equipment, and stuffed animals.

Prizes are provided through the generosity of Mountain View Tree Farm and personal donations from Elks members.

Proceeds from the event help the Elks prepare and deliver holiday food baskets for seniors in Douglas County and also benefit their numerous programs for local children and veterans.

Parking is limited at so plan accordingly. The CVIC Hall is located at 1604 Esmeralda Ave., in Minden.

For information about the spaghetti dinner and Christmas Bingo, contact event coordinator Mary Retterer at 775-392-2249.

Holiday events at the Minden Library

The Douglas County Public Library (DCPL) in Minden screens the holiday family movie, “The Polar Express,” at 2 p.m. Saturday in the library’s meeting room. The film is rated G, and complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn will be served.

Next Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10-11 a.m., children ages 4-11 are invited to frost and decorate a gingerbread man at the library. Space is limited to 30 participants and registration must be received by Thursday, Dec. 6 to participate. Cookies and decorations will be provided.

These events are sponsored by the Friends of the DCPL.

DCPL is located at 1625 Library Lane in Minden. For information or to register for the gingerbread decorating, call 775-782-9841.

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