Happy Holidays! Many events planned for the holiday season

Thanksgiving is here, and from now until Christmas, many events are planned in Oneida County to celebrate the holiday season. Unfortunately, one popular event will not be held this year, due to the lack of participants – the annual Parade of Homes sponsored by the Malad Theater Guild. However, there should be enough other activities to keep residents hopping!
Starting off the season in a very happy way will be the Malad Valley Theater Guild Christmas presentation of “A Tuna Christmas”. The Iron Door Players will be performing the play on Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1 and Monday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. To make reservations, call Cecilia Hess at 766-5558 or the Iron Door Playhouse and leave a message.
The fourteenth annual Light Parade will begin at dusk on the evening of December 1, which is normally around 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Malad Chamber of Commerce, businesses, organizations and individuals are all encouraged to get their lights out and decorate a car, truck, trailer, or anything else that moves! The procession of entries will go south down Main Street then follow Bannock Street to 200 West where it will turn to go by the hospital.
The children will have a chance to visit with Santa Claus and share their Christmas wishes on December 1 after the Light Parade. Santa is scheduled to arrive behind the Veterans Memorial in downtown Malad at approximately 6:00 p.m. He will be bringing with him a bag full of treats. The Malad Chamber of Commerce is coordinating St. Nick’s arrival.
In conjunction with Santa’s visit, the Chamber will be holding a merchant drawing. Each person in attendance will be given a ticket for a chance to win prizes purchased by the Chamber as well as items donated by local merchants. Warming barrels and hot chocolate will help keep the chill away while Chamber officers draw the tickets and call out the names of winners. Carrie Christiansen will be on hand to entertain everyone who comes out that evening.
The Idaho Enterprise and Malad merchants are again joining together to sponsor the Christmas Coloring Contest for children in the community. Look for your coloring book in today’s edition of The Idaho Enterprise. If it is not included, stop by the Enterprise office to pick one up. The Coloring Contest grand prize drawing will be held on Saturday, December 8, at 1:00 p.m. adjacent to the community Christmas tree. Children must be present to win. The deadline for children to deliver colored pictures to participating merchants will be Monday, December 3.
During the day of December 8, a group of local craft vendors will be set up in the Senior Citizens’ Center to offer special items for sale.
Also on the evening of December 8, the 91st annual Malad Firemen’s Ball will be held from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the American Legion Building to honor the local firemen, former firemen and widows of former firemen. The band, Rough Stock, led by local musician, Harry Sherman, will play for the evening. Lots of door prizes will be given away, and a 42-inch television will be raffled off. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold for rifles with scopes. The firemen encourage everyone to come join in the fun. Tickets will be available from any of the Malad Volunteer Firemen.
•    Stone Elementary students will present their school program on Tuesday, December 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Stone School. Virginia (Ginny) Neal, will be coordinating the program.
•    The Malad Elementary Christmas Program is slated for Wednesday, December 12, at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the elementary auditorium. The program is under the direction of the school’s music director, Helen Ward.
•    The Malad High School/Malad Middle School Music Departments will combine to present a Christmas program on Thursday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gym. The program will include performances by the Dragon Minstrels Swing Choir, the MHS Concert Band, the 7th/8th grade Cadet Band, and the 6th grade Band. This program will be under the direction of the school’s music director Ralph Bennett.
•    The Drill Team Christmas Show will be held on Monday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Malad High School gym.
The Chamber of Commerce Lighting Contest will be held again this year on December 14 and 15. The judges will be driving around to judge all businesses and residences, so be sure to have your lights on those two evenings. The first place residential prize will receive $75, second place $50, and third place $25.
To help bring the Christmas spirit into your heart, The Malad Valley Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Malad 2nd/4th/5th Ward Chapel. The program is free to the public, and everyone in the community is invited. The Community Chorus is under the direction of Ralph Bennett and accompanist Helen Ward.
The Presbyterian Church will be holding a Christmas Concert on December 22 at the Iron Door Playhouse at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free but donations are gratefully accepted. A baked food sale will be held in the lobby of the playhouse. The traditional Candlelight Service will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m. Both the Christmas Concert and the Candlelight Service will be featuring music by Ernest Palmer, Scott Treasure, Jana Treasure and others musicians.
The Malad Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging everyone to support the local business community and shop locally as much as possible. To provide incentive, the Chamber will be distributing Chamber Bucks to award people who shop locally during the holiday season. Make sure you have a “shopmalad” sticker in your car window for this special promotion. Shoppers can pick up stickers at local businesses.
The Chamber will also be awarding shopping sprees to those who do their holiday shopping locally. It works like this: Shoppers should save all their local receipts starting Friday morning, November 23 through Monday, December 24, then turn them in at the Chamber office located at the Oneida County Annex Building (Extension Office building) at 30 North 100 West by December 30. Upon turning in receipts, this will enter the shopper in the drawing for the shopping sprees by having one ticket entered in the drawing for every $100 spent. On Black Friday, shoppers will receive two tickets for every $100 spent for their purchases. This year three shopping sprees are going to be given away in the amounts of $300, $200 and $100. The winners will be notified on January 2. The rules are as follows: If a shopper receives a receipt for purchases with no name of the local business, the business name must be written on the receipt and the receipt signed by the cashier. Receipts must be totaled and put in an envelope before being turned in to the Chamber offices.
The Oneida County Hospital Long Term Care facility is having its 5th annual “Giving Tree” this holiday season. Cards are placed on the tree for each resident in the long-term care. The cards contain information about the resident so that community members can adopt a resident and purchase gifts for them. Anyone in the community is welcome to take a card from the tree, which is located in the hospital front lobby after November 15 until all the cards are gone. The unwrapped gifts need to be brought to the hospital in a gift bag and left with Sue Evans at the hospital front desk or with the long term care facility desk by December 17.
The Sub for Santa/Angel Tree is currently in full swing. In the Sub for Santa program, community members adopt an “angel” from the tree and purchase items for that child. The Angel Tree was set up for adoptions at Thomas Market on Saturday, November 10, and will be there again on November 17, and if needed on Wednesday afternoon November 21. Anyone who misses the tree on these days is welcome to stop by the SEICAA office, 175 South 300 East, to adopt an angel.
Applications for “angels” closed on the evening of November 21, which allows enough time for all of the angels to be adopted, gifts purchased and passed on to the families before Christmas.
This program, sponsored by Southeast Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA), is open to families with children under the age of 18 who need holiday assistance and have not received help from the Sub for Santa program in both 2010 and 2011. Income at or below 150% of poverty guidelines will apply for this assistance. Families must be living in Oneida County and not be signed up for other holiday assistance.
“Shop with a Cop” is a fun activity for children and for law enforcement personnel. Deputy Justin Schwartz is over the program in Malad. He reports that the children will be picked up from their home and driven to Pocatello where all the children and law enforcement officers from the area meet. McDonald’s provides a breakfast and then the children are taken to ShopKo for their shopping trip where they are able to shop for their families. Afterwards the children have their own personal time with Santa. The shopping day will be December 8. To sign up, contact Julie Williams at the SEICAA office at 175 South 300 East. Essentially the same rules apply as for the Sub for Santa program and is for needy or underprivileged children.
The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program will collect toys for local children in need. Donation boxes for toys and donation jars for money may be found in several locations around Malad.
To wrap up the holidays, the Malad Senior Citizens’ Center will be holding their annual free Christmas dinner for the community on Tuesday, December 25.