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Smells like Christmas is in the air

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Planning and craft groups work all year to prepare the Nov. 3 event. Co-chair Rhonda Sack with volunteers.
Sharon Hoelscher Day photos

As stores swap candy corn for candy canes and pumpkins for pumpkin pie, it’s hard to remember that Christmas is still the better part of two months away.

But that doesn’t mean people are waiting until December to do their shopping.

This weekend, Carson Valley sees several major holiday craft fairs and there are more where they came from in the month of November.

The “Heavenly Holiday Faire” is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Road.

This year marks more than 30 years the Methodist women have handcrafted gifts, fall and Christmas holiday decorations and baked goodies for a holiday fair to support their local, national and international service projects and missions.

“The Heavenly Holiday Faire will have something for the whole family: handcrafted gifts, ornaments, jewelry, holiday décor, home-baked goodies and a kid’s market with Santa,” Susan Hamarlund said. “You could be a winner of a silent auction or gift basket. We have a large number of women who share their time and talents all year long to make amazing hand-made gifts and decorations. We also have lots of fun and build strong friendships in the process.”

The annual Young at Heart Craft Fair is 4-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, 1329 Waterloo Ave. Gardnerville. Admission is free. Information,

Sierra Lutheran High School is hosting a Christ is Christmas Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Information

A Christmas show featuring cards produced by Linda Stratton and Mimi Jobe is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry.

The 39th annual Champagne Christmas Show has been a longstanding tradition at the store, located in The Record-Courier Building, 1503 Main St., in Gardnerville.

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For those who with a more do it yourself vibe, Evelyn Yonker will host a hands-on demonstration on decorating lavish Christmas Cookies. This class will help participants create holiday treats for their family and friends.

The $10 class fee covers all material; DCHS Members $5. Doors open at noon; class begins at 1 p.m., Nov. 3 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville. For more information call (775) 782-2555.

Tahoe-Douglas Elks are hosting a close-out sale of boutique items 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road Gardnerville Ranchos.

St. Gall Catholic Church is hosting a rummage sale featuring Christmas items 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Nov. 10, 1343 Centerville Lane. Information, 782-2852.

For the bookworm on your Christmas list, the Douglas County Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Douglas County Public Lirbary are hosting their annual book sale Nov. 10-11.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Thousands of used books, children’s books, and audio books will be for sale. Individually priced collectible books will be available. There will also be a large selection of DVDs and music CDs.

All proceeds from the sale support the Friends and the Foundation.

Shoppers will need some place to put all those gifts

Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be available for purchase beginning today.

Christmas tree permits must be purchased in person and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10 each, with a limit of two trees per household. Permits are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and only valid through Dec. 25. The Ranger Districts have a limited amount of Christmas tree permits available, and once those allotted permits are sold, no more will be available.

Although the entire Carson Ranger District is open to cutting, access may be limited due to seasonal road closures.

“Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a Christmas tree on National Forest lands,” said Vegetation Program Manager Duncan Leao. “Dress warmly and bring along a saw, shovel, map, snacks, and water. Also, make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when to expect you home.”

The topping of Christmas trees has created problems in previous years by leaving behind high tree stumps. Please ensure that the maximum height of the stump left behind is no taller than six inches above bare soil with no live branches left on the stump.

Permits are available at the district office in Carson City, the Markleeville General Store and the Hope Valley Cafe.