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Town lights up with weekend Christmas festivities

Christmas lights in Iowa Park will be turned on Friday evening during a Light Up Christmas ceremony at Tom Burnett Memorial Library.

The ceremony will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the movie Snow Flake Express will be shown at 8 p.m., following the events.

Iowa Park High School Band will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Dan Fears will extend greetings to those in attendance and Mayor Pro Tem and Christmas Light Task Force Committee Chair Sherrie Williams will do a count down to the lighting of the Christmas lights, including the newest addition, the 60 foot Snow Flake Express train.

Mrs. Sabra Wright and the Bradford Elementary choir will provide entertainment.
Ruben Espinoza will entertain before the band plays and following the choir’s performance.

A reception will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. upstairs where refreshments will be served and Santa’s helper will make an appearance to read to the children.

To wrap-up the ceremony the movie, “Polar Express,” will be shown outdoors at the library starting at 8 p.m.

Free soda and popcorn will be available during the movie.

There is no charge for the evening of activities. However, since Christmas is the season of giving, members of the Christmas Light Task Force committee are asking for donations of canned and nonperishable items that will be given to the Iowa Park Food Bank. A box will be on the library porch for donations to be placed in.

Lighted Christmas Parade
The following evening Santa will arrive in Iowa Park during the Iowa Park Volunteer Fire Department’s Lighted Christmas Parade to be held downtown at 7 p.m.

The highlight of the parade will be the arrival of Santa transported by the fire department.

The parade will line up near Dutton Funeral Home at East Cash and Bond Streets.

The parade will travel west on Cash Street to North Yosemite. It will then turn north to Park Street and travel east in the 100 block of Park, before making a U-turn and proceed west to Pacific Street. The parade will conclude in the parking lot of 500 West Highway.

Santa will then make his way back to Kathy’s Deli meeting room in the 100 block of West Park and visit with the children. Members of the Iowa Park Evenings Lions Club will serve refreshments.

Music and announcements will be provided by TNT Mobile Entertainment.
Parade entries are still being sought. There is no cost to enter the parade, but monetary or new toy donations will be accepted.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Kidz Christmas program.

For more information about participating in the parade contact Patrick Moulton at 940-228-6816 or William Spomer at 940-613-1554.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Christmas Tour of Homes

The annual Friends of Friendly Door Christmas Tour of Homes will be held the following Saturday, Dec. 8.

The tour will include four homes and Tom Burnett Memorial Library.

The tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Home in the tour are at: 602 North Bell Rd., 2038 F.M. 367 E., 819 F.M. 368 South, and #12 Brandon Court.

Cost of the tour is $5. All proceeds from the tour will benefit Friendly Door Senior Citizen’s Center.

Tickets are available at Iowa Park City Hall, Iowa Park EDC Office, Iowa Park Leader, Tom Burnett Memorial Library, Friendly Door Senior Citizens Center and participating homeowners.

Craft Show
A craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library.

Approximately 15 vendors will offer a variety of items including quilts, homemade jewelry, wood cutouts, art, Sentsey, wreaths, canvas owls, purses, mistletoe, and other Christmas items.

For more information on the craft show or Tour of Homes contact Karla or Janice at 592-2131.

Meals on Wheels So No Senior Goes Hungry
Before going out to the tour of homes, you can have a hardy breakfast at Friendly Door Senior Citizen’s Center.

The center will host it’s second annual Meals on Wheels Awareness “So No Senior Goes Hungry” All You Can Eat Pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

The menu will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for children 10 years of age and younger and senior age 60 and over.

All proceeds benefit Friendly Door seniors and programs at the center.


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