Christmas Parade

The 42nd Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Tuesday.

Enjoy the Christmas Dedication starting at 6:30 p.m., in front of the Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial. The Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. on Commercial, between Fourth and 12th Avenue.

Santa’s mailbox will be located outside the Emporia Area Chamber office the night of the parade. Then it will be at the Emporia Public Library, 110 E. 6th Ave. from December 4 - 18. All letters dropped off for Santa that include contact information (name and address) will receive a letter from Santa.

City commission meets

The Emporia City Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for an action session in the Municipal Courtroom. Items on the agenda include consideration of a bid for the David Traylor Zoo waterfowl exhibit and entrance improvements, rezoning of a 14-acre tract of land on S. West Street and consideration of bids for a sewer realignment project.

Christmas Serenade

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Serenade — a musical celebration of Christmas is what this is about — 7 - 8:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 828 Commercial St. Come celebrate with the church and local musicians, to bring life to some Christmas classics.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

EARSP meets

The Emporia Area Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the Emporia Presbyterian Manor. The program will be “Holiday Music from EHS” presented by Sarah Bays, EHS Vocal Music Instructor. The greeters will be Jeanette Schmidt and Ellen Watts and the Thought of the Day will be given by Dee Schwinn.

Salvation Army Doubler Days

The schedule for Red Kettle Doubler Days, where kettle totals up to $1,000 will be doubled each Friday during the kettle season. BLI Rentals is Friday and anonymous donors for Dec. 13 and 20.

Angel trees

The Salvation Army Angel Trees are available at the following locations: Walmart, Bluestem, ESU Memorial Union, Casey’s East, and ESB Financial starting today. Angels can be selected to purchase gifts for children. Gifts may be returned to the location where the angel was selected or The Salvation Army office, 327 Constitution St., by Dec. 17.

Tags should be securely attached to the unwrapped gift to assure the selected child receives the gift. Families are available for adoption by calling the office at 620-342-3093. Groups or individuals may adopt a family and provide a meal or gifts for the children.

Home business/craft expo

First Christian Church is inviting vendors to its upcoming Home Business/Craft Expo from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 202 E. 12th Ave.

Booth space (15-by-15) is available for $20 and can be reserved by Wednesday. Chairs and tables furnished, WiFi available. Call Janet Lostutter at 343-0337 with questions.

Breakfast with Santa

The Emporia Public Library will hold Breakfast with Santa from 9 - 11 a.m. Saturday. Activities include a continental breakfast, crafts and holiday music. Come and view the library’s storybook tree and Polar Express train.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Children’s Storytime Room and bring your camera. Each child will get a free book to take home.

Volunteer work day

The next volunteer workday at Pioneer Bluffs will be 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday. Volunteer tasks vary from physical to nonphysical activities. People of all talents and abilities are needed and appreciated.

Those interested in volunteering can just show up, or contact Executive Director Lynn Smith for more details at 620-753-3484 or lynn@pioneerbluffs.org, or visit pioneerbluffs.org.

Red Stocking Breakfast

Fight child abuse, promote healthy families in Lyon County and have an excellent all-one-can-eat breakfast 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Emporia’s Pizza Ranch, 3000 W. 18th Ave.

Celebrities, auction items, great breakfast foods including biscuits, sausage, gravy, eggs and coffee-cake pizzas. $12 at tiny.cc/RSBtix or 340-0408; $15 at the door. Children 10 and younger are free! Support the Kansas Children’s Service League: kcsl.org.

Holiday bazaar

The American Legion Post No. 5 Holiday Bazaar is 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday at 2921 W. 12th Ave. Come for lunch served by the Legion Auxiliary and shop for your holiday gifts from more than 20 vendors.

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