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The Christmas Holiday is approaching

Linda Hiller

Those who want to enjoy all the special holiday events in the Carson Valley this season may have to split into small groups to see everything. Either that or clone themselves.

Here’s a list of activities for the weekend of Dec. 5-7.

n The 8th Annual Light the Lights of Minden Park event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and ends at 8:30 p.m.

The Carson Valley Middle School band will perform from 5:30-6 p.m., and the CVMS choir will sing holiday selections beginning at 6 p.m. From 6-8:30 p.m., strolling violinists, The Yales, will be providing entertainment.

The lights of Minden Park, including the gazebo, will be lit at 6:30 p.m., and afterwards the Douglas High School show choir, Image, will perform.

At the C.O.D. Garage, Santa Claus will be available to greet children, and the Minden Business Group will provide free photographs of visits with Santa, while the Minden Town Board will supply Santa’s treats.

The Lone Tree Gallery will have a display of Minden Park gazebo drawings by students in the 6th grade at Minden Elementary School. Three of the drawings will be framed by the gallery and cash awards will be presented to each of the three winning artists. Holiday artwork done by the Minden Montessori School will also be on display.

After the lighting of the lights, Minden businesses will be providing free refreshments in downtown Minden.

“The Carson Valley Inn will have hot cider and cookies, Heidi’s will be providing cookies and hot cocoa and the Minden Business group will have cookies and coffee,” said Roxanne Stangle, coordinator of the event. “All the downtown businesses will also be open late with specials. This is a real family evening.”

n That night, the Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge-2670 will be holding their annual spaghetti feed and Christmas tree Bingo, timed to coordinate with the lighting of the park. The event will be held in the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue in downtown Minden. Social hour is at 4 p.m., with dinner including all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad and garlic bread served at 5 p.m. The charge at the door for adults is $5 and seniors and children under 12 are $3.50.

Bingo begins at 7 p.m., with hams and turkeys as prizes. Proceeds from both events go to provide Christmas baskets for needy area families.

n Also that night, Dec. 5, Genoa will be “lighting the town” and caroling at the Genoa Community Church, beginning at 7 p.m.

n Dec. 6 in the morning from 8-11:30 a.m., Boy Scout Troop 495 will be holding Breakfast with Santa at Minden Elementary School.

The cost is $4 and includes a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and beverages in addition to a photo with Santa. A silent auction of special gift baskets will also be held.

n Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., a Holiday Craft Faire will be hosted by the Douglas High School Future Business Leaders of America.

The 15th annual faire, one of the largest in Douglas County, will have more than 200 booths selling crafts and food. Santa will also be on hand to have his picture taken.

The faire will be held at Douglas High School, located on Highway 88 just south of the intersection with Highway 395.

Entrance to the faire will be a donation to the March of Dimes, no less than 50 cents. FBLA has pledged to raise $900 for the charitable organization.

n Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 21st annual Genoa Christmas Faire will be open at the Genoa Town Hall and Masonic Lodge.

More then 25 vendors will be selling hand made items. There will be angels on stage at the hall, and entertainment will be provided by the Barber Shoppers. The Faire continues Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Genoa Christmas Cafe, located in the Town Meeting Hall, will be open Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Many Genoa businesses will be open both days, with special events, drawings and more.

Santa Claus will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and entrance to the faire is $1 for both days.

n The evening of Dec. 6 will be the time to come see the 2nd annual Parade of Lights. This year’s theme is “Dreaming of a Light Christmas.”

According to event chairperson, Leesa Hanson, this year’s parade should be larger than last years since entries have already exceeded last year’s numbers.

“Last year we had 31 entries, and this year we already have more than that,” she said, adding that the parade committee is limiting the number of participants to 50.

The deadline for entries into the parade is Wednesday, Nov. 26. Call the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority, 782-8144 and ask for Barbara Lamerdin or Barbara Hall to enter. The entry fee is $25.

The parade begins at 5 p.m. near the Douglas County Senior Center at the south end of Douglas Avenue, moves toward Minden on Douglas, to Wildrose Drive, turning right on Sixth Avenue to end at Minden Park (which was lit the night before).

This year, Hanson said, there will be more activities following the parade.

“Last year after the parade, we really didn’t have any activities, and people just had to go home,” she said. “We were all excited from the parade and it was a bit of a letdown.”

So, this year, she said, area service groups have combined efforts to provide a “post parade party,” with food and drinks available for sale at booths around the park.

Music will be provided by Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, playing in the gazebo from 4-9 p.m.

KGVM-FM radio will have a live remote broadcast from the Carson Valley Health Center parking lot, where the judges’ panel, headed by Commissioner Bernie Curtis, will evaluate each entry .

Parade of Lights T-shirts and sweatshirts will also be on sale at the park, with proceeds going to the chamber.

One winner in each of the six categories of entrants – businesses, individuals, youth, animals, civic and/or religious groups and police, firefighters, paramedics – will be awarded a trophy for first place in their category. The grand prize winner will have their entry fee paid to the 1998 Nevada Day Parade, where the float will represent the Parade of Lights. Winners will be announced at Minden Park after the parade is over, approximately 7:30 p.m. Afterwards, floats will be parked around Minden Park for viewing.

n Sunday, Dec. 7, the Third Annual Soroptomist International of Carson Valley holiday home tour, “Holiday Weekend to Remember,” will run from 1-5 p.m., with a reception at one of the homes from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased from any Soroptomist, or at 1662 Highway 395, Suite 208. Proceeds go to scholarships and other charitable contributions they make to the community. For more information, call Judy Hammock, 782-0206.

n Also on Sunday, the First Annual Carson Valley Museum and Historical Society Gallery of Trees Holiday open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many decorated Christmas trees will be on display in the main gallery of the museum, and refreshments will be served all day. The event is free to the public.

Any individual or group who would like to enter a decorated tree in the Gallery of Trees Festival is encouraged to enter. The entry deadline has been extended to Friday, Nov. 28. Trees may be installed through Dec. 1, and judging will be Dec. 5. Three winners will be announced Dec. 7, 3 p.m., at the open house. For more information on entering the contest, see story on page 14a.

n The museum open house will coincide with a Dec. 7 walking tour of Gardnerville, where businesses will be decorated for the holidays and offer their own refreshments and special displays. Maps for the tour of Gardnerville businesses will be available at the museum, located at 1475 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

n A Christmas train display will also be sponsored by the Elks at 1279 Bodie Court in the Gardnerville Ranchos, beginning the weekend of Dec. 6-7. The huge lighted and animated display of Elks member Chuck Harris’s model trains will be open for viewing each listed night from 6-8:30 p.m.

Other nights for viewing are Dec. 11-14, and 18-27. Santa Claus will be on hand on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Dec. 12. This year’s event is organized by Elk Leith Hooker.

“We have had as many as 6,300 people in a season come and visit this display,” Harris said.

Elk members such as assistant engineer (and neighbor) Dick Hill, will be available to answer questions and a train will be raffled off. Any groups wishing a special viewing can call Harris at 265-5863 to make arrangements.