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The Stayton High School Winter Concert takes place Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Stayton High School auditorium. Performing will be the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Girls Choir, and full Concert Choir. Holiday carols will be sung with audience participation at the end of the presentation. Refreshments and a bake sale will be offered in the foyer at intermission.

Sublimity Santa will hand out candy canes at Sublimity’s tree lighting at Early Settlers Park, following the Country Light Parade Saturday, Dec 2, 6 p.m. The annual Candy Cane Breakfast, put on by Sublimity Rural Fire District volunteers, will take place at 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 3 with free biscuits and gravy breakfast for those who donate non-perishable goods. Santa will make an appearance. If conditions are just right, he might even arrive by the LifeFlight helicopter at 9:30 a.m. in the park across from the station.

Horse-drawn holiday wagon rides at 5 p.m. for $5 per person will start off at the festivities and pick up nightly again Dec. 20 - 30. Mill Creek Carriage’s wagon pulled by draft horses will tour Sublimity’s Christmas Lights. Wagon capacity is 12 riders, and reservations are required. For reservations and ride start location, call 503-769-2090 or e-mail

Elementary School, Willamette Valley Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church.

The public is welcome at the Sublimity School’s holiday program, Frosty the Snowman, at 1:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the school gym.

The city of Lyons will host its third annual Holiday Lighting Contest, with one winner to be selected for the Mayor’s Choice Award which includes an ornament trophy, movie package and “bragging rights.”

Aumsville Santa will tour Aumsville neighborhoods during the day on Saturday, Dec. 9 before showing up for an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting and gathering from 5-6:30 p.m. in Porter-Boone Park. The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. followed by a drawing for a giant teddy bear and Christmas stocking. Also beginning at 5 p.m. will be performances by various groups of carolers at Aumsville

Free refreshments – hot cocoa, cider, popcorn and more – will be available. An old-fashioned hay ride will ferry people down Main Street, to and from the park to the fire station.


“Nominations from the public will be accepted through Dec. 15,” said Micki Valentine, city recorder. Submit nominations to The Lyons Garden Club Annual Christmas Potluck Luncheon takes place at noon on Dec. 14 in the Lyons Fire Department conference room. Bring a favorite hot dish, salad or dessert to

share. A gift exchange of $10 or less will take place. The public is invited to participate. For more information, call John Hollensteiner at 503-508-5913.

Mill City The Santiam Canyon Community Chorus and Santiam Hearts to Arts invite community members to join in for an open house Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Canyon Art Center. A tree lighting will take place at the start of the event. “The chorus sings a wonderful array of holiday songs,” said Tom Peters, president of Santiam Hearts to Arts. “The Mill City International Club will provide holiday treats, and we will have a holiday sing-along.” The chorus will also perform at the Mill City Eagles Lodge Dec. 9, 6 p.m. and carol Dec. 20 at noon at the Capitol Rotunda and 4 p.m. at Marian Estates in Sublimity. For more bazaars, caroling and holiday concerts and see Datebook page 14.

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