Start of the Season

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The snow hit at the perfect time.

As we plan to kick off the holiday season with Christmas in St. Maries and Harrison’s Winterfest celebrations Saturday,  the BetterCARE Christmas gala Sunday and the Church of the Nazarene’s community Christmas dinner Monday, the snow our area received overnight serves as the perfect backdrop to the season’s opening events.

And it all starts Saturday in St. Maries.

The annual Christmas in St. Maries event is from 1 to 5 p.m. and includes the Stroll on Main, wagon rides, pictures with Santa, craft fairs, a business decorating contest, fire pits and the lighted Christmas parade.

Sue Shoemaker invites everyone to celebrate the start of the Christmas season Saturday with the annual Christmas in St. Maries celebration. There will be activities all day long for individuals to enjoy.

Sue Shoemaker invites everyone to celebrate the start of the Christmas season Saturday with the annual Christmas in St. Maries celebration. There will be activities all day long for individuals to enjoy.

If you’re in our area and just a bit northwest, head over to Harrison for their Winterfest celebration. Events begin with hot cocoa, cider and Christmas treats at 5:30 p.m. in city park. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. where small gifts will be distributed. Hayrides, live music, caroling, shopping and children’s crafts will follow.

Colton And Kimmy Galle and Teri and Rusty Riberich in front of the tree in the gazebo at city park. These four headed up decorating and organizing for the annual Harrison Winterfest celebration Saturday.

Colton And Kimmy Galle and Teri and Rusty Riberich in front of the tree in the gazebo at city park. These four headed up decorating and organizing for the annual Harrison Winterfest celebration Saturday.

The BetterCARE Christmas Gala follows Sunday, and this year’s theme is an old fashioned Christmas. The eighth annual event will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene. Tickets are still available, cost $25 and include a buffet dinner and a chance to win a decorated Christmas tree, valued at more than $400. BetterCARE is the fundraising arm of Benewah Community Hospital, and since its inception in 1987, has raised more than $365,000 for the hospital.

Each hospital department has made a basket to be raffled off at  BetterCARE's annual Christmas Gala. The volunteer group at the hospital and the admitting department which includes Debbie Flach, Patti Wheeler, Sam Nelson, Gayle Larson, Inga McCarter and Justine Juarex put the pictured basket together. Others who worked on it but are not pictured were Connie McCalman and Margaret Ann Brookhart. The Gala is Sunday.

Each hospital department has made a basket to be raffled off at BetterCARE’s annual Christmas Gala. The volunteer group at the hospital and the admitting department which includes Debbie Flach, Patti Wheeler, Sam Nelson, Gayle Larson, Inga McCarter and Justine Juarex put the pictured basket together. Others who worked on it but are not pictured were Connie McCalman and Margaret Ann Brookhart. The Gala is Sunday.

And on Monday a group of volunteers hopes to feed a community – for free.

Last year 42 pounds of stuffing, 115 turkeys and 70 pies fed 501 people at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene’s Community Christmas Dinner. This year’s meal will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Eagles Lodge in St. Maries. The first dinner was served in 1991, and it has been an annual event ever since.

Some of those who have helped for many years with the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene's Community Christmas Dinner are Lynne Marquardt, Connie Mueller, Don Mueller, Rita Mueller, Martha Gunther, Edgar Marquardt and Bert Miller. The annual dinner, which is free, is Monday, Dec. 8.

Some of those who have helped for many years with the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene’s Community Christmas Dinner are Lynne Marquardt, Connie Mueller, Don Mueller, Rita Mueller, Martha Gunther, Edgar Marquardt and Bert Miller. The annual dinner, which is free, is Monday, Dec. 8.

 

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