Friday, November 28, 2014

Courier News

Courtesy of the 11-26-14 edition of Ida County Courier.

School Christmas concerts to begin

Dec. 11 
On Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p. m., Odebolt-Arthur Elementary will be performing “Santa’s Music Makers,” a Christmas mini-musical, under the direction of Alex Longnecker. This year’s performance will include all elementary grades, kindergarten through fifth.

The third graders through the fifth graders will be performing the musical, and kindergarten through second graders will be singing traditional Christmas songs in the middle of the concert.

The fourth and fifth grade choir will also perform.

The fifth grade band, under the direction of Neil Anders, will perform “Hot Cross Buns,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “Jingle Bells” and “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.”

Dec. 15 
The O-A/BC-IG High School will present its holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p. m., in the high school gym. The concert choir is singing “Venite Adoramus Te” by J. Estes, “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” by C. Jennings, “Still, Still, Still” by N. Luboff, “Bell Carol of the Kings” by P. Kern, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by O. Overby and “Christmas Sleigh” by D. Irwin. Linda Johnson directs the choir.

The O-A/BC-IG High School concert band will perform “Allied Honor,” “Greensleeves,” “Christmas at the Movies” and “A Christmas Festival.” The jazz band will also perform. Becky Maher directs the bands.

Odebolt  Holiday Activities

Odebolt’s Christmas party is Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m., at the community center. All ages are invited to 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, coffee or milk. 

For the kids: The O-A Richland Robins 4-H Club will be providing crafts and prizes for the kids. The Odebolt Fire Department will provide goodie bags. 

Drawings for various prizes (script money, beef certificates, whole turkeys, turkey breasts) will be conducted, including the grand prize, $200 in script money. There will also be a drawing for $100 in script money, and six people will each win $50 in script money. The drawings for the script money start at 1 p. m. You must be present to win. To be eligible for the script money drawings, you must bring a nonperishable food item for the Sac County food pantry.

A live nativity will be on display on the east side of the community center on Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 3 p. m.

Tree of Tribute lighting is Dec. 7 in Odebolt
PEO Chapter DS is sponsoring a Tree of Tribute lighting ceremony at the Odebolt Museum Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p. m.  Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

Arthur Holiday Activities
Santa Claus will visit with children Saturday, December 13, starting at 10 a.m., at the community building. Santa will have treats for the children. The City of Arthur and the Arthur Library sponsor Santa’s visit.

Snow info for Odebolt
Odebolt Snow Ordinance—The ordinance states no person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on a public street, alley or city-owned off-street parking area of any day from midnight to 6 a. m. when weather conditions consist of snow, sleet, ice or freezing rain. The business district is exempt until 2 a. m.

Odebolt’s snow removal equipment includes two plows with sanders, a payloader, a tractor and a snowblower. The city uses a salt/sand mixture on city streets. The city budgets $14,000 for snow/ice removal, sand and salt.

Odebolt Methodist offers blue service Dec. 14th
Odebolt United Methodist Church will observe a Blue Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p. m.  Blue Christmas is a service of worship designed for people suffering with pain, loss, isolation and grief in the Advent season.

“On this night, we remember those for whom the holidays are not joyful; they are lonely, in mourning, feeling alienated and cast apart from family celebrations; many are experiencing depression and sadness and yet are often compelled to ‘put on a happy face’ for others, denying their true feelings,” said Rev. Ken Miller.

Many of us are acquainted with the paradox of the Advent and Christmas seasons –a time when we feel we are supposed to celebrate hope, love, joy and peace, and yet a time that can also be full of depression, sadness and grief.

The Blue Christmas service offers special recognition of the struggles that many people face during this season. Its somber tone also testi ies to the struggles of Mary, Joseph and Jesus that are often overlooked. This service of worship will acknowledge the struggles that we all face while providing a safe place of rest, comfort and healing.

This service is nondenominational, and all who want to lift up the Christ child’s birth are welcome. You need not be a member of the Odebolt UMC or any other church to attend. A time of fellowship with a light snack will follow

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