Christmas program preparations under way |

Christmas program preparations under way

by Marylin Portman

Antelope School is buzzing with activity

Preparations for the annual Christmas program are in full swing. The festivities will take place on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Coleville High gym. Ms. Janine Hamilton and students kindergarten through eighth-grade will present a modern version of “The Christmas Carol” with all students singing holiday songs. After the activities the parents of the sixth graders will put on a dessert sale. The proceeds will help the sixth-grade class participate in science camp.

Dates to remember are Dec. 19 through Jan. 2 for Christmas vacation. Classes will resume on Jan. 3. The Antelope students are busy collecting canned goods for a food drive to help fill baskets for Christmas delivery. Please drop by any donations to the office between Dec. 5 and Dec. 9. The PTO will host an ice cream party for the class that brings in the most items.

Have you picked up your Christmas wish tree ornament at the Walker General Store? Do help some child have a happy holiday.

Ski-snowboard program

Dec. 7, the June Mountain ski staff will present an informational assembly at school to go over rules, safety measures, rental information, etc., with all students kindergarten through 12th grade. A detailed packet will be given to each student before Christmas vacation and parents are urged to go over it thoroughly and return the proper sections promptly. Students in grades kindergarten through second must be accompanied by a parent for the ski program at June Mountain. All students must also be eligible academically and behaviorally in order to participate. Anyone wanting to help out may contact Bill Tichenor, the teacher in charge, at 495-2874. The cost of this program is set by June Mountain and is as follows: lift ticket $5, lesson $12 and rentals $12. The transportation and supervision to June Mountain are provided by the school and classroom teachers will assign make-up work to those students who participate. The ski program will start after Christmas vacation and eligible students will ski or snowboard on eight Thursdays. Local clubs sponsor some ski scholarships so all interested students will have the opportunity to learn and participate.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Bridgeport Ranger District

The Christmas tree cutting program is available again this year. The tree tags and maps are available at the Antelope Elementary office. The tag is good for a Piñon pine or a fir tree. The entire Bridgeport Ranger District is open to cutting, with best areas marked on the provided map.

Art destination at Artistic Viewpoints Gallery

Did you know that there is a lovely new art gallery in Gardnerville? The studio is just across the highway from Raley’s and is worth a visit. Local artists from our area are enjoying a variety of excellent art classes there. On Saturdays there are drawing classes offered for children. The attractive gallery has an eclectic variety of items for sale. There is handmade jewelry, beadwork from South Africa, gorgeous glass, painted silk scarves, a wide variety of framed art, beautiful cards and more. For the holiday season, their Christmas tree is decorated with original miniatures, which are for sale. Classes and events are being offered during day and evening hours. Photography and adobe workshops will start in February. Teri and Bill Sweeney will greet you, so do stop by and enjoy.

Planning advisory committee meets

The Antelope Valley RPAC met on Dec. 1 at the Walker Community Building. In addition to the regular agenda, the affordable housing issue was discussed. Keith Hartstrom from the Planning Department in Bridgeport fielded questions and comments. Although this was a very stormy night, approximately 80 valley residents were concerned enough to come out to learn more about the development of affordable housing. Those present were encouraged to attend a workshop that the planners will present in Bridgeport to the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 13 at the courthouse. For the specific time or to give input, call your supervisor John Cecil, at (760) 932-5538. At the next scheduled RPAC meeting on Jan. 5 at the Walker Community Building at 7 p.m., Larry Johnston, project planner from Mammoth, will provide more detailed information about affordable housing and other issues raised during the December meeting. Residents should continue to be vigilant and be involved in this planning process, which could impact us all.