Category Archives: Christmas

Sullivan Roadhouse Holiday Lighting Celebration ~ Nov 30

Saturday, November 30
2 – 5pm

Family photos courtesy of Whitney McLaren (Wear our furs or bring your own)
Live Christmas melodies
Refreshment: hot drinks & cookies
Handmade ornaments for purchase
Outdoor fire pits with marshmallows to roast
Door prizes

Arrival of “Mrs. Claus” 4pm
Lighting of Roadhouse & Farmers Market 4:30pm

Come celebrate the spirit of Christmas!
Our gift to you!
“Sullivan Roadhouse Gardeners and Elves”

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Community Christmas Dinner ~ Volunteers

Volunteers needed for Christmas Community Dinner on December 25.

If you would like to bring a dish or dessert to share that would be great, but it’s not necessary.

Call Jessica at (907) 803-0330

Thank you and Merry Christmas,
Jessica

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Childrens Christmas Coloring Contest

Contest Information

– Entrants must be between the ages of 1 to 10 years old. – Coloring pages are due at the Chamber of Commerce office by Friday, December 14th. – Entries are separated by the following age groups for judging purposes: 1‐3; 4‐5; 6‐7; & 8‐10.  Judging will take place prior to noon on Monday, December 17th. – Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners of each age group. Winners will be identified by place ribbons. – Winners may claim prizes on December 18th prior to 4P.M.

Mail coloring pages to: Delta Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 987, Delta JuncƟon, AK 99737 or hand deliver to: Jarvis West Building (2855 Alaska Hwy), Suite 1B (They may be slipped under the door if after hours)

Click here for the coloring picture

Presented by the Delta Chamber of Commerce Location Sponsor: Delta Community Library

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Delta Greely Community Choir Concert ~ Dec 13

 The public is invited to the Delta Greely Community Choir concert at the Fort Greely Chapel on December 13th at 7:00 pm.  We are grateful to be able to bring the concert to the Delta Greely Community this year.  We have had to find new conductors and a new accompanist.  Thankfully, Fran Hallgren, Angie Barnard and Ivey Palmer came to our rescue.  We have put together a concert of some of our favorites as well as a couple of audience participation songs.  Choir members have enjoyed meeting weekly to practice, and we look forward to sharing the spirit of Christmas and the Holiday Season with all of you.  Join us afterward for a Christmas Cookie Social in the Chapel Annex.

This is an Open Post Event at Fort Greely Chapel.  Guests who do not have Fort Greely passes may join us by bringing a driver’s license and proof of both registration and insurance.  Photo ID’s are required only for passengers over 16.  Guests without passes are advised to arrive 20 minutes early.

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Project Christmas

Project Christmas referral forms are due Sunday, December 9

These forms can be obtained from pastors of churches in Delta Junction and should be returned to the pastors.

People in the Delta area who need a bit of “Love in Action” can be nominated to receive a food box and presents for their young children by filling out a form and getting it to your pastor.

Project Christmas is sponsored by the Delta Christian Ministerial Association (DCMA). Dave Becker, pastor of First Baptist Church, is the president of DCMA.

The Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheran Church is procuring the food which will be distributed from the church Friday, December 14, 4-7 pm and Saturday, December 15, 2-4 pm.

The gifts are being organized by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and will be distributed at the same times and place as the food boxes.

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There Will NOT BE an Annual Childrens Christmas Party

There will not be a Childrens Christmas party this year. If you would like to leave comments, we would like to hear your feedback.

We want to thank Judith Farrow for all the years she has done this for the youngsters in our community.

 

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Christmas Sessions with Raymie

Christmas Sessions with Raymie includes:

15 minute session and $33 credit towards Christmas cards through www.RaymieRushing.com

All for just $65.00

October 20 Appointment required with full payment

Clearwater Lodge, Delta

Raymie Rushing Photography (907) 460-0129 raymie@yraymierushing.com

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Delta Junction Christmas Eves

Written by Jason Aillaud and submitted by (mom) Cindy Lou Aillaud

I have thousands of fond memories of Christmas mornings from my childhood. There would always be an orange in the toe of my stocking, a few unwrapped surprise presents under the tree, cookie crumbs and a note from Santa Claus. The video camera would make its once-a-year appearance. A fire would be roaring in the woodstove. I remember those beautiful mornings and treasure them. But as an adult what I treasure even more are the Christmas Eves. They didn’t have the fanfare, I didn’t wait for them with wild eagerness, but they were the most special nights of the year.

Candlelight service was at 6:00 in a small log church the Lutherans and Presbyterians shared. We had a choir that would sing too loud or too soft or out of key, but each member was either married to, or the parent of, or the child of someone in the congregation so their performance was perfect. If we had a pastor that year, we would listen to his or her sermon, and I would try to make sense of it, and sometimes it resonated with me and sometimes it didn’t, but I always loved sitting there on the hard pew with my feet dangling over the starkly clean, plush red carpet feeling the warmth and love and closeness of my family: Mom, Dad, and Brian.

As the service neared conclusion small, white candles haloed with paper disks were handed out by the ushers. Some years I squeezed mine and the warmth from my small hands softened the wax so I could bend it into a J, other years I was careful to keep it straight. I always looked forward to the moment the flame was passed from one parishioner to the next. I felt so responsible and careful holding my candle, so grown up. The lights would be dimmed and the darkness of the Alaskan winter would almost overtake the church, but was conquered by the 100, or so, tiny flames. And then we would sing. Everyone sang and it didn’t matter if you were good or bad or shy because it was dark and the love and togetherness of the moment carried the tune and it sounded magical and angelic and perfect.

Sometimes wax would drip onto my hand through a hole in the disk and the heat stung, but no matter what, the sounds and lyrics of “Silent Night” healed it immediately and I kept singing. At the end of the song the church bell would ring for all to hear. Sometimes it would ring early and sometimes late, I never remember the timing being right, but it didn’t matter because the person outside ringing it was someone’s dad or uncle or grandpa or friend and they had missed the candlelight and braved the cold to ring it and they were proud of their role and it was perfect.

After the service, the children were given a bag of treats, usually a couple of candy canes and a piece of fruit, and I remember these being handed to me by the pastor who had a warm smile because he loved giving them away and seeing the genuine happiness on each child’s face. And the adults would talk and laugh and shake hands because for that moment they weren’t thinking about the stresses of the holidays. Everything was either done or it wasn’t and it would work out either way.

Afterward, we would load into the car, which had been started and warmed and we donned full winter gear a thick coat, hat, mittens, snow pants, and boots and we would take the long way home so we could see all the Christmas lights. The biggest displays were at the same houses every year, but every year we would look at the electric nativities and reindeer and Santa Claus and twinkling lights and I would be awestruck by their magical beauty. Every so often I would scrape some of the ice away from the inside of the car window to sneak a glance into the sky to check for Santa Claus who I never saw, but always wanted to and maybe this would be the year.

Wrapped in warm winter gear with everyone who mattered most close enough to reach out and touch we sang Christmas carols and sometimes Mom or Dad would hum or whistle a tune and Brian and I would guess which one it was. “It’s’ Rudolph’! It’s ‘Frosty’! It’s ‘Away in the Manger’!” I felt the closeness and love for one another as the carols resonated and I watched the Christmas lights twinkling and the stars burning through the otherwise pitch-black sky.

We’d pull into our driveway and our own Christmas lights would be twinkling a little more than they had on previous evenings and we’d go in where it was warm and Brian and I would put on pajamas and nestle onto the couch where Dad would read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”. The family couldn’t sit close enough as we hugged our way through the poem and the feeling of being loved was so genuine and warm and perfect.

Sometimes, as an adult, the commercialism and competitiveness of Christmas can bring me down. But it is these small moments, these heart-felt Delta Junction Christmas Eves that remind me of what is truly special about the holiday. It is the true love of family and friends and even with great physical distance between us, there is that ever-present powerful feeling of love that will always hold us as close as we were in the car looking at the Christmas lights on those perfect Christmas Eves.

Merry Christmas to everyone and especially to my family, I only hope one day I can give as much as you have given to me.

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Photo of the day December 23

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Sullivan Roadhouse Santa ~ Photo Courtesy Carol Watkins

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Holiday Closures and Christmas Wishes from our Local Businesses

Delta Meat and Sausage – Closed Dec. 23rd, 24th and 25th.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from the Staff at Delta Meat and Sausage.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
Closed December 21, 2011 – January 3, 2012
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year

City Hall will be closed for Christmas (Monday, December 26) and New Year’s (Monday, January 2, 2012).

The Library will be closed for Christmas (Sat., Dec. 24 and Mon., Dec. 26), and New Year’s (Sat., Dec.  31 and Mon., Jan. 2, 2012).

The Landfill will be open for business during the holiday weekends (December 23/24, and December 30/31.

Snowhook Club  Closed Christmas Eve and Day

Buffalo Fuel will be closing early on Christmas Eve (Dec 24th) at 1:00 pm and closed for Christmas Day (Dec 25th).
We want to thank all our customers for the continued business and the best wishes for the merriest Christmas ever and a Blessed start to the New Year.

Buffalo Center Service will be closing early on Christmas Eve (Dec24th) at 9:00 pm and closed for Christmas Day (Dec 25th) closed early on New Years eve (Dec 31st) at 9:00 pm and open at 9:00 am on New Years day (January 1, 2012).
We want to thank all our customers for the continued business and best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed beginning to the New Year.

Department of Motor Vehicles  will be closed December 24th for the Christmas holiday and December 30th thru January 14th for employee leave.

Buffalo Center Auto Parts (NAPA) will be closed Dec 24 and Dec 25, reopening on Monday, Dec 26. Closed Sat, Dec 31 and Sun, Jan 1 and will reopen on Mon, Jan 2.
We thank all of our customers  for their continued business and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Delta Building Supply – Closed on Dec 25 and  Jan 1
Business hours:
December 24,  8am to 2pm
December 26,  10am -5pm
December 31,  8am – 2pm
January 2 – Back to regular hours

Interior Building Supply – December 24 thru Jan 1

Alaska Department of Fish & Game – Dec 26 and Jan 2

If you would like to have your holiday business closures posted and Christmas wishes listed, please send them to webeditor@deltanewsweb.com

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Christmas Day Church Services

Christmas Day – December 25 

Our Lady of Sorrows Church 10 AM – 895-5232

Valley Of Decision will be holding Church service on Christmas day at 11:00am  (location downstairs at the ARK restaurant)  Contact Pastor Mark Pliska  895-4183

First Baptist Church on the Richardson Hwy will be having Christmas day services starting at 10:50.  Everyone is welcome to come sing Christmas hymns and worship God on Christmas morning.  Pastor Dave Becker 895-4490

Clearwater Baptist will be holding worship service at 11:00 am on Christmas Day. There will be no Sunday School or AWANA that day.  895-4218

Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheran Church will have regular Sunday service with communion at 11 am on Christmas Day. There will not be Sunday School. Call 895-4322 for more information.

If you would like to add your church service for Christmas Day to the Delta News Web, please send an email to webeditor@deltanewsweb.com

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Christmas Eve Church Services

Christmas Eve Services – December  24

Delta Christian Center  7pm – 895-4531
Candlelight Service –  Come and celebrate with us the Lord’s birth, with fun and love. Refreshments will be served.

Our Lady of Sorrows Church 6pm –  895-5232
Christmas Eve Children’s Mass

Clearwater Baptist Church – 7pm  – 895-4218
22nd Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Special music and traditional carols.  Cookies and refreshments after the service. Celebrate Christ’s birth with us.

Evangelical Word of Life Church – 4pm – (907)322-9997
Worship, activities for all children 3 – 14, and a reenacted Nativity play.   Every child will leave with something.  Transportation available on request.

First Baptist Church  – 5:30pm – 895-4490
Candlelight Service

Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheran Church - 6:30pm - 895-4322
Candlelight Service with Bell Choir Performance

If you would like to add your church service for Christmas Eve to the Delta News Web, please send an email to webeditor@deltanewsweb.com

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5th Annual Gingerbread House Contest – Updated

Category 1: Handmade Gingerbread House
1. All houses in this category should be made out of handmade gingerbread.
2. Decorations on, inside, or surrounding the house must be edible.
3. House should sit on a base of 24” x 24” x 40” or less and be sturdy enough to be moved if needed.

Category 2: Houses Made From Gingerbread Kits, Graham Crackers, Pretzels, & Other Edible Materials
1. All houses in this category should be made out of either store-bought gingerbread kits, graham crackers, pretzels, or other edible materials.
2. Decorations on, inside, or surrounding the house must be edible.
3. House should sit on a base of 24” x 24” x 40” or less and be sturdy enough to be moved if needed.

Rules and General Information
1. Age divisions are as follows 4-7 (Child), 8-11 (Youth), 12-17 (Teen), 18 & Up (Adult)
2. Contest entries must be submitted in the category of the oldest member, except for the Child category, which may have one adult or youth provide minimal necessary assistance. Assistance in the Child category must be listed on the entry form.
3. Houses must be delivered to the Delta Community Library ON and NOT prior to Thursday, December 15th by 4 P.M. Entry forms are due upon submission of gingerbread houses.
4. Houses will be displayed at the library up until 12/23 and must be picked up no later than 12 P.M. on that day.
5. Winners will be announced by noon on Saturday 12/17.  A winning gingerbread house will be se-lected from each age division and category. Judging will be based on choice and use of materials, degree of difficulty, attention to detail, creativity/originality, & overall appearance. A People’s Choice will also be selected for each age category; this is done by public vote. The People’s Choice winners will be revealed by Tuesday, 12/20 at noon. Ribbons will identify winners by age division and category.

– Entry forms and Entries are due at the DELTA COMMUNITY LIBRARY by Thursday December 15, 2010 by 4 P.M.
– Houses will be displayed at the Library until December 23rd
– Prizes will be awarded in each category, age group & for People’s Choice awards.

Click here to print the entry form.

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Delta Christian Drama Association Scores!

Well, they’ve done it again!  The playwright, set and costume designer, cast and crew of the DCDA have, if this were a competition, brought in another WINNER!

But it is not a contest, it is instead their annual gift to the community–no admission charge, simply attend, relax and enjoy!

Playwright George Hosier, has penned an imaginative, historic period comedy/fantasy, Gaylene Hosier has again created lavish sets and costumes, music director Paul Hebert, actor Martin Hosier and the rest of the cast and crew have combined to present this funny, fanciful evening for you!

The DCDA has built a holiday tradition spanning several years now- a wonderful event not to be missed.  Weeks and weeks of rehearsal and preparation, no subsidy,  no big-time media blitz, no dedicated playhouse/theater, no marquee, four successive performances in two weeks–a holiday gift from them to you and your family and friends.

If you missed performances last weekend, put it on your schedule to attend this week, Saturday or Sunday, December 17 or 18, 6:30 PM

Be there or beware!

Submitted by a local resident.

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12 Schemes of the Holidays

Anchorage, Alaska – Dec. 12, 2011 – Gifts and appeals may seem like true love, but Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington says be aware of the top 12 schemes of the holidays:

12. Trip Troubles: Before visiting relatives, evade overly enticing travel deals. Watch out for unexpected hotel and flight “confirmation” or “cancellation” notices—which trick consumers into clicking unsafe links to “stop” unreal reservations.

11. Getaway Goons: When shopping or vacationing, don’t become a target for theft. Guard belongings, be observant and pack lightly. Avoid broadcasting travel plans or empty homes on social networks—as it may entice burglars.

10. Cheating Charities: Be skeptical of seasonal charitable solicitors who use high pressure tactics, won’t answer basic donation questions or can’t provide proof of charity affiliation. Don’t trust solicitations with invoices for past due payments.

9. Good-For-Nothing Gift Cards: Avoid purchasing from disreputable third parties and examine gift cards closely for terms, restrictions, fees and expiration dates. Use cards early as they may become non-redeemable if retailers go out of business.

8. Gotta-Have Goodies and Gadgets: Dodge deceptive deals and “free” offers  on desirable toys, jewelry and electronics in audacious auctions, classified ad sites, social media posts, pop-up ads, online coupons, sweepstakes and surveys.

7. Cruel Credit Catches: During the big spending season, discard ads and offers for high-interest credit cards, costly layaway programs and payday loan traps.

6. Jester Jobs: Laugh off limited-time job offers for high-paying mystery shopping gigs and online work-at-home tasks. “Employers” may steal data from applications, fail to send start-up materials or induce paycheck money transfer schemes.

5. Suspicious Santa Sites: Steer away if “Santa” requests unnecessary personal data, doesn’t abide by advertising laws or fails to disclose contact details and privacy policies.

4. Dodgy Domains: Dangers may be hiding in holiday-themed articles, music, screensavers and other downloads. Before surfing the Web, social media sites or emails, update anti-virus protection and check firewalls. Avoid shopping or banking online on unsecured Wi-Fi networks at public places, like airports and hotels.

3. Hacking Holiday E-Cards: Do not click links or attachments in e-cards and other holiday greetings from unfamiliar senders. Ensure spam filters are set.

2. Bogus Bank Emails: Disregard sudden emails or text messages about bank account issues. Instead, contact banks or financial institutions directly to verify.

1. Deceiving Deliveries: Don’t accept notices about delivery delays or confirmations on unordered packages; phishers and smishers often pose as well-known retailers or shipping companies to gain false credibility.

Adam Harkness, Alaska Public
Relations Manager: 907.644.5202 | pr@thebbb.org

Niki Horace, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations:
206.676.4187

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An Afternoon of Music

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, and Tuba Quartet will perform a Christmas Concert at the Fort Greely Chapel at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11. The concert will include brass selections mixed with traditional Christmas music, and a reflective narration featuring an inspirational message by Chaplain Vince Cepeda.

Dr. Karen Gustafson and the Brass Quintet conduct the Brass Choir, and Dr. James Bicigo directs the Tuba Quartet.

Come and hear some wonderful Christmas music and sing along with the Christmas Tubas this Sunday!

When: Sunday, December 11, 2011
Where: Fort Greely Chapel
Time: 4:00 p.m.

This is an Open Post Event at Fort Greely Chapel.  Guests who do not have Fort Greely passes may join us by bringing a driver’s license and proof of both registration and insurance.  Photo ID’s are required only for passengers over 16.  Guests without passes are advised to arrive 15 minutes early.

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Children’s Christmas Coloring Contest

Contest Information
– Entrants must be between the ages of 1 to 10 years old.
– Coloring pages are due at the Chamber of Commerce office by
Friday, December 16th.
– Entries are separated by the following age groups for judging pur-
poses: 1-3; 4-5; 6-7; & 8-10. Judging will take place prior to noon on Monday, December 19th.
– Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners of each
age group. Winners will be identified by place ribbons.
– Winners may claim prizes on December 20th prior to 4 P.M.

Mail coloring pages to: Delta Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 987, Delta Junction, AK 99737 or hand deliver to: Jarvis West Building (2855 Alaska Hwy), Suite 1B (They may be slipped under the door if after hours)

Presented by the Delta Chamber of Commerce
Location Sponsor: Delta Community Library
For Questions Contact Dani @ 895-5068

Click here to print  your coloring page

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Pinching Pennies by Roxie Dinstel

Today, let’s not just think about saving money, but rather spending the money in the right
place on the right items. The holidays are around the corner and you, like me, might be struggling with ideas on what to get your loved ones.

Let’s make this a practical Christmas. Rather than spending your hard earned money on things that will catch dust, think about buying gifts that will help not only your loved one but also the local economy.

You’ve heard me tout the values of local foods before, so this year, let’s have a local Christmas. I have a dear father-in-law that is past the time of needing anything new in the house. He thinks buying books is an extravagance when he has a good public library and new shirts I buy him are often shared with others in the community. So, this year we’ll fill up his propane tank and maybe put a little payment on his electric bill. That, to a senior on a limited income, is pure gold in the gift department.

Let’s think of some other gifts that might not be high on your radar, but would hit
homeruns in the gift department.

How about a gasoline gift card (or a charge account) at your local gasoline station for your favorite teen? Nothing they’d like better than to be able to run around a little.

Everyone gets a haircut from time to time. If you know who they have cutting their hair, give them a gift certificate. Or, just go to the local barbershop; they will love to see you.  How about a manicure or pedicure? All will be much appreciated.

Utilities are a challenge for folks. Pay their phone bill, water bill or electric bill. For privacy considerations, the company probably won’t tell you how much they owe at any time, but plunk down money to be paid on anyone’s bill and they will take it. I have grown sons and as I’m paying my cable bill, sometimes I just pay a little on theirs. They are tickled because it frees up their money for other things and I’m glad to offer just a little treat to make their lives easier.

Many of our local stores offer classes from time to time on how to use items in the store.  Buy someone a class in sewing, fly tying or painting. Or, if you have someone who has always wanted to take the Master Gardener or Master Food Preserver class from Cooperative Extension Service, offer to pay their fees and clear their schedule (that means watch the kids, guys!) so they can take the class.

We have a ton of local restaurants that offer gift certificates. I had two elderly aunts in Colorado that I was always sending dust catchers for their holidays. One year, I called the church and asked where they commonly ate. That year (and every year after) I sent them a gift certificate to their favorite local restaurant.

Buy a gym membership for someone. Now, don’t use this as an opportunity to make a comment on someone getting a little thick around the middle, or you might be in trouble.  But if they go to the gym on a regular basis, drop a little on their bill.

Buy an oil change for someone’s car. Or, give them a gift certificate to a local auto parts store so they can buy what they need to do it themselves.

We have fabulous entertainment here in Fairbanks. Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre, Fairbanks Community Drama Association, University of Alaska Drama and a hundred
other organizations offer drama, song and dance, and musical events throughout
the year.  Buy tickets for an upcoming event. If it is applicable, offer to babysit so the recipients can attend.

How about hiring a local teenager to help for a day to put up the holiday decorations and clean the house after all the festivities? Or, if you are that teenager, offer your services as a gift.

Make a donation in their name at the local library, veterans’ center or hospital. A friend purchased a book and donated it to the library in her father’s name. That Christmas, he got a picture of his granddaughters giving it to the librarian.

The idea is to spend money locally on things and services that will be used, not something that catches dust or goes on a shelf somewhere.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is a professor of extension on the Tanana District Extension Faculty. Questions or column requests can be e-mailed to her at rrdinstel@alaska.edu or by calling 907-474-2426. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Sees Christmas Candies Have Arrived

Sees Candies have arrived and you can pick up your order at IGA starting today through Wednesday.  Lucille will be at IGA at 11am to 2pm Monday through Wednesday.

If you have placed an order last month with Lucille, now is the time to pick it up.  Be careful on the snowy covered, icy roads as you venture out this week.

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Children’s Christmas Party – Dec 10

 

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DHS Booster Club Sponsoring 2011 Holiday Bazaar

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Holiday Lighting Celebration Thank You!

Fabulous family photos: Carol Watkins

Live Christmas Melodies: Ken Farrow

Christmas Trees: Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District (S-DSWCD)

Handmade Ornaments – The Gardeners of Sullivan Roadhouse, Eddie Dee Growden, Sandy Wang and Marie Fett

Publicity: Mike Pelto (KDHS), Gary Rose (KPEN) radio stations; Deb Ward – Fort Greely Public Affairs, Delta Wind and Delta News Web

Dog Sled: Debra & Dave Fortune

The Fire Pits: Ellie Snyder & Don Quarberg

Snow Plowing: The Alaska DOT

Santa: For taking time out of his busy schedule to stop by

Additional Assistance: Phill Kaspsari, Marry Woodbury

A very special thank you to our elves: Christy Roden, Kathy Trim, Carol Dufendach, Laurie Franks, Matthew Cole, Janice Weller, and the Jurva family for making it all possible!

Chief Elf Lou Ann Fett

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Tree Lighting ~ Fort Wainright

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Fort Wainwright will officially kick off the holiday season on post with the annual tree-lighting ceremony and holiday party Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Physical Fitness Center.

The tree-lighting ceremony will include remarks from post leaders and a visit from Santa Claus.

Following the tree-lighting, Soldiers and their Families are invited to the holiday party at the Physical Fitness Center, where food, ice skating, photos with Santa, games and other activities will be available.

Allen Shaw
Public Affairs Office
United States Army Garrison, Fort Wainwright, Alaska
ALASKA POST – Home of the Arctic Warriors
1047-1 Nysteen Road
Fort Wainwright, Alaska 99703
(907) 353-6700

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Fairbanks Concert Association Presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, December 10
8 PM – Hering Auditorium

Hollywood hipsters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy turn yuletide classics like “Blue Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Three Kings” into a rollicking big band extravaganza! Throw in a few new songs of their own-“Zat You Santa Claus” and “Rock-A-Billy Christmas”-for a holiday show that’s cool enough to keep a snowman from melting.
Hollywood hipsters Big Bad Voodoo Daddy turn holiday standards into megabolt favorites the whole family will dig.

To purchase tickets: http://www.fairbanksconcert.org/tickets
$40 for adults and $36 for youth, senior and military.
Get your tickets at www.fairbanksconcert.org, Grassroots Guitar or call 490-2858 and put Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on your calendar!
Phone: (907) 474-8081
email: info@fairbanksconcert.org
Our physical address is 794 University Avenue.

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The Nutcracker Ballet – Updated

When: Performance will be
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Where: ON STAGE @ the
Fort Greely Middle School
On base (it will be an open post for this event.)
Tickets will be sold around town for $12.00 ea.
Under 6 yrs. old are FREE
M&W Gifts, Karla King at (907)505-0269 or at the door on Saturday.
Or call Mary Lou Longwell @ (907) 322-3995

Happy Holidays!

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What is the Meaning of Three Kings Day

To start with Happy Three Kings Day to our wonderful daughter-in-law Dielisse and to all the Puerto Rican families that are now a part of our little community that we call home.

Three Kings Day has become a sacred yet distant memory. Puerto Ricans in the United States have revamped the holiday–choosing to embrace both their American and Puerto Rican cultures–by combining both Christmas and Three Kings Day.   

Although celebrated by other members of the Latino community, the holiday is especially close to the hearts of Puerto Ricans.  

Three Kings Day, or El Dia de los Reyes Magos, celebrates the Biblical story of the three kings, Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar, who followed a star that led them to Bethlehem, where they brought baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The journey is believed to have taken 12 days, beginning on Dec. 25 and ending with their arrival on Jan. 6. 

In Puerto Rico, the Three Kings are to children what Santa Claus is in the United States–the gift bearer. But rather than bringing Nintendo Wiis and PlayStation Portables, candy and small gifts are handed out to children with the intent of reinforcing the importance of the birth of Jesus, as opposed to the commercialized idea that is often associated with Christmas in the United States.  

Many Puerto Rican families in the United States have chosen to abbreviate Three Kings Day, combining the holiday with Christmas–setting up both a Christmas tree and a traditional nativity scene. Others may begin celebrating on Jan. 5, the eve of Three Kings Day, known as Ví­spera de Reyes in Spanish. As a part of Puerto Rican tradition, on the eve of Three Kings Day, children leave a shoebox filled with grass, sometimes accompanied by a glass of water or freshly polished shoes, under their bed or by the door to help the three kings and their camels along on their journey.   

When children wake up on the morning of Three Kings Day, the grass and water will have been replaced with candy and small gifts, believed to have been consumed by the three kings and their camels. Family and friends will then gather for a feast and to sing the rosary and folk songs. 

But visit Puerto Rico around this time of the year–especially San Juan–and you’ll find yourself in the midst of 12 days of nonstop festivities: lively music, dancing, a feast of roasted pork, pasteles, pigeon peas, rice and coconut flan.  

The festivities begin after Christmas Day at midnight with a group of carolers accompanied by guitars, maracas and congas moving from house to house, entertaining. The observers show their gratitude by rewarding them with food and drinks. Many families also host dinner parties and these festivities continue every evening until the eve of Three Kings Day, when there are parades and the singing of the rosary until dawn. On Three Kings Day, the nativity of Jesus is acted out with the Three Kings being played by real-life fathers and the baby Jesus being played by the youngest baby. The day will then conclude with a huge feast.    

Although the celebrations in the United States are incomparable to those in Puerto Rico, communities with a large population of Latinos are quite festive as well. In New York City, El Museo Del Barrio’s annual Three King’s Day Parade is held in Harlem 

For Puerto Ricans and individuals of Puerto Rican descent, Three Kings Day is about preserving culture.

This information has been printed from Diversity Inc

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The Christmas Gift

The Christmas Gift  ~ By Glenna F Mckinley

Born this night a world of sin,
The Prince of Peace the Redeemer of Men.
This child of God, that was sent from on High.
To be born of Mary to suffer and die!
 
Rejected by men from the day of His birth;
To suffer and die on Calvary’s tree.
For the sins of the world to set me free.
From Bethlehem to Golgotha, he never complained
Laughed at! Spit on! Mocked in shame!
 
He was born of a woman, but He knew no sin,
This babe in the Manger the Savior of Men

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Delta Presbyterian Faith Lutheran Church Candlelight Service

The Christmas Eve Candle Light Service will begin at 6 pm on Friday, December 24 at the Delta Presbyterian Faith Lutheran Church.

The service will include reading of the Christmas story from scripture and singing Christmas carols.

The individual candles will be lighted during the singing of Silent Night. There will be no sermon.

For more information, leave a message at 895-4322.

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First Baptist Children’s Christmas Program

The First Baptist Church is pleased to announce that their children’s Christmas program will be presented in the evening on Sunday, December 19, at 6:00 pm.

The whole community is welcome to come and enjoy this delightful program.

Please bring a new toy or canned food item to support the youth choir’s toy and food drive.  For more information call: 895-4400 or 895-5260.

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First Baptist Church Candle Light Service

The whole community is invited to our candle light service at the First Baptist Church on Christmas Eve at 5:30 pm.  Families are encouraged to come and worship together on this special night.

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Family Christmas Photo Opportunity – POSTPONED

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this event has been postponed until further notice.  Photographer had to go to the lower 48 for a family emergency.

Photos will be taken during the December 11th , Alpha Omega Life Care, Inc. Community Childrens Christmas Party.

Have professional photos taken by Carol Watkins with cast member(s) and stage sets from the recent performance of the “Nutcracker”

Photographer will be on site from 3 – 6pm
Price $5 – $15 variable for # of photos and people

Please call 895-4104 for more information.

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Community Children’s Christmas Party ~ Dec 11

Gifts will be given to children from babies to 7 years old.  Come and celebrate Christmas!

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NUTCRACKER BALLET TRIUMPH

What a night! What individual and group performances! What a spectacle! What color and drama! Classical ballet came to Delta!

We believe little in talent, but we believe a lot in motivation, dreams,hard work, and practice. And the net result of those, to which we were treated on Saturday, exemplified all of those.

The dreams, hard work, and practice, practice, practice of the performers, the Production Manager, Mr. Dennis Castello MFA, and the many, many contributors and angels too numerous to list by name, was before us to enchant and delight.

Classical ballet has Principal dancers, ensemble dancers, specialty dancers, and often some non-dancing story-line support persons. With apologies to those not mentioned by name, even though deserving, there
are some whom we must recognize individually. So many on stage were so very good, and so commanding of our attention, so mesmerizing, that we are hard put to select the principals, Those named are only mentioned in order of appearance.

The roles of Dream Fairy and the Arabian Dancer, both presented by Ms Virginia Landry, were absolutely superb! The Ice Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy, danced by Ms Anne Steele were both dazzling. We fervently hope that both of these young women will continue their studies and grace the world of ballet in years to come. Don’t relinquish the dream, ladies!

And Oh, my, the Mouse King, presented by Mr Andrew Rovan, was suitably ominous, and his Prince was elegant. He, too, will continue to develop his artistic skills, we hope.

The young ensemble dancers presenting to us Snowflakes, Icicles, French Shepherds, and Cookie Angels were delightful and charming, and the Flowers were elegant, graceful and synchronized. Once again, apologies to those not mentioned individually–the entire production thrilled and saturated the senses! One runs out of superlatives and adjectives! All of you were simply GRRRREAT!.

Finally, when all was done, and the Standing Room Only crowd surely had developed painful hands from applauding, the last group was presented for recognition. The choreographer, the set designer, the scene artist, the chief worrier, the wardrobe mistress, the props and costume keeper, the principal instructor, the traffic director, the one-who-inspires-young-persons–OOPS! Sorry–those are all one single person! Mrs
Mary Lou Longwell grinned fetchingly, curtsied classically, waved and announced “…see ya next year…” and exited with her traditional floral spray.

It was Grand. It was charming. Whatever you do, don’t miss it next year!

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Children’s Christmas Coloring Contest

The photo at the top is just a sample.  Please click here and print out your coloring page.

Contest Information
Entrants must be between the ages of 1 to 10 years old.
Coloring pages are due at the Chamber of Commerce office by Friday, December 17th.

Entries are separated by the following age groups for judging purposes: 1-3; 4-5; 6-7; & 8-10.  Judging will take place prior to noon on Monday, December 20th.
Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners of each age group.  Winners will be identified by place ribbons.

Winning coloring pages will be displayed at the Delta Community Library from December 20-27.  All other coloring pages will be displayed at various Chamber member businesses.

Winners may claim prizes on December 23rd prior to 4 P.M.

Mail coloring pages to: Delta Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 987, Delta Junction, AK 99737 or hand deliver to: Jarvis West Building (2855 Alaska Hwy), Suite 1B
(They may be slipped under the door if after hours)

Presented by the Delta Chamber of Commerce
Location Sponsor: Delta Community Library
For Questions Contact Dani at 895-5068

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See’s Christmas Candy On Sale Now

Sale Dates: Now thru November 10

Customers will have their orders the week of December 5th.
Terry Detzel does the fundraiser for the Delta High School.

 

Come on out and order your See’s Christmas Candy. Contact Lucille by phone or stop by IGA where she will be hosting a table through November 10.  You will see Lucille sitting at IGA Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-1pm.

For your convenience we have made an order form for you to print off. Mark your order and take your order form along with your check made out to Soroptimist to Lucille at IGA. Click here to print the order form.

 All proceeds support Breast Cancer Detection, Women in Crisis, and WICA. Contact Martha Tuharsky 488-9185 or Lucy Stock 895-4262 for more information.  Soroptimist International Fairbanks.

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