SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane Valley United Methodist Church is inviting the community to an outdoor Christmas tree lighting ceremony Sunday afternoon.
Church leaders decided to create the event after learning the Spokane Valley Rotary would not be lighting its tree or hosting its annual ceremony. The church is located at 115 N. Raymond Road, a block north of the old University City Mall.
The afternoon will begin at 3 p.m. with Christmas crafts for children and teens. The outdoor program begins at 4 p.m. and after some caroling the lights on a big oak tree at the corner of Main Street and Raymond Road will be turned on at 5 p.m. Refreshments will follow indoors to allow people a chance to warm up before driving home.
The event is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring new socks, hats or mittens for distribution to low-income children.
Donations sought for youth baskets
FAIRFIELD – Organizers of the town’s “Thursday Night Thing” youth gatherings are once again collecting personal hygiene items for gift baskets to be distributed to the youths.
Suggested items include shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors (for boys and girls), socks and feminine hygiene products. Donations should be brought to City Hall at 218 E. Main St. by Dec. 10.
The weekly youth night at the Fairfield Community Center is for ages 8-18. The young people have dinner, play games, do homework and listen to guest speakers.
The Christmas baskets will be distributed Dec. 17 at the annual Christmas party for the youths. Any extra items will be saved for distribution when needed throughout the year.