Thursday, November 28, 2013

Courier News

Courtesy of the on-line November 27, 2013 Ida County Courier,

Area communities ready to celebrate holidays

The countdown to Christmas is on and area communities plan to observe the holiday with various activities.

Odebolt’s Christmas party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m., at the community center. All ages are invited for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The event also includes free barbecue beef and pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips, cookies and a soft drink, provided by the women of the Ingleside and Tuesday Clubs.

The O-A Showmen 4-H Club will be providing crafts for the kids. There will also be prizes for children.

Drawings for various prizes (Odebolt Santa Bucks, beef certificates, whole turkeys, turkey breasts, turkey filets, bag of seed corn) will be conducted, including the grand prize, a 47-inch lat screen television. To be eligible for the grand prize drawing, you must bring one or more canned good items or cash for the Sac County food pantry.

A live nativity will be on display on the east side of the community center on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 12:45 to 1:15 p. m.

Santa Claus will visit with children Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 10 a. m., at the community building. The City of Arthur and the Arthur Library sponsor Santa’s visit.

Schools to present Christmas concerts

Dec. 12 
On Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p. m., Odebolt-Arthur third, fourth and fifth graders will present “The Sights and Sounds of the Holidays,” under the direction of Sonya Schiphoff. The musical features songs describing the greenery, twinkling lights, winter landscapes and heartwarming sounds you might take for granted during the busy holiday season. Songs include “Like Diamonds in the Night,” “A Million Little Snow Flakes,” “O Come Little Children,” “Holly and Ivy and Evergreen,” “Mister Frosty Winter,” “The Sounds of Santa’s Workshop,” “Mostly What I Wish For,” “A Christmas Greeting” and “Winter Walk.”

The fourth and fifth grade choir will sing “Seven Feet of Snow” and “We Sing Gloria.”

The fifth grade band, under the direction of Neil Anders, will perform “Crusader’s March,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Jingle Bells.”

Dec. 16 
The O-A/BC-IG High School will present its holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p. m., in the high school gym. The concert choir is singing “Winter Wonderland” (arranged by Beck), “12 Days After Christmas (F. Silver),” “What Child Is This (arranged by Farnell), “O Little Town of Bethlehem (arranged by Culloton) and “Do You Hear What I Hear” (arranged by Simone). Linda Johnson directs the choir.

The O-A/BC-IG concert band will play several selections including holiday favorites. Selections also include “Nessun Dorma” from the opera Turandot. Eric Wells directs the band.

Community Basket

The Community Basket, an agency of the Foodbank of Siouxland, is now over a year old. Each month, the mobile food distribution is in one of seven communities: Arthur, Battle Creek, Galva, Holstein, Ida Grove, Kiron and Odebolt.

In November, the Community Basket distributed more than 4,000 pounds of food to 128 families at the Arthur Community Building.

The mission of the Community Basket is to share Christ’s love by providing free, supplemental food to those in need, who struggle to make ends meet, in the these seven communities. The Community Basket could not do this without the community and churches’ financial support and the many volunteers who help on distribution day.

Excess food products from the distribution are placed on the shelves of the Community Basket site pantry in back of the Horn Physician Clinic in Ida Grove, which is centrally located to help serve the communities. The site pantry is for additional food needs and is open every Thursday from 1 to 4 p. m.

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