Holiday festivities this week …
Be sure not to miss the family festivities this Friday and Saturday. There are light parades, Christmas tree lightings, merchant open houses with refreshments and sales galore, craft fairs, pictures with Santa, horse drawn trolley rides and more.
Quincy’s Sparkle begins at 5 p.m. The announcement of the Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year award will be made that evening.
Portola’s Tree Lighting event is from 5 to 9 p.m.
Westwood’s Christmas in the Mountains takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Graeagle’s Holiday Festival has its traditional festive event on Saturday, from 1 – 5 p.m.
Sweet student fundraiser
The Parent Cooperative Organization, commonly known at PCO, has teamed up locally with Carey Candy Co. owners Frank and Amy Carey to sell their locally made candy as a fundraiser benefiting the Quincy Elementary School fifth grade’s Water Restoration Project. The students are selling $10 bags of Almond Bark and Peppermint Bark candy until Dec. 7 with the delivery being made Dec. 14.
Let me make just a little editorial note here: Isn’t it refreshing to see local organizations partner with local businesses for some of their fundraising campaigns. I suspect — no, I know — there isn’t a business owner in Plumas County that wouldn’t find a way to make a fundraising effort that goes to such a good cause like the one mentioned work to everyone’s benefit! As the saying goes: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. So be sure to ask!
Nature store opens this week
The Plumas Audubon Society is opening a nature store at 429 Main St. in Quincy, also home to the newly opened Feather River Outdoors and Robin’s Roots. We should note that there will be a showing of the Audubon Photography Awards traveling exhibit at the store through Christmas. The store will carry binoculars, spotting scopes, nature guides, bird feeders and more. Proceeds will help support Audubon’s environmental education and wildlife conservation efforts.
Author Todd Borg at Epilog Books
Author Todd Borg returns to Epilog Books to sign copies of his latest book, “Tahoe Dark,” during Quincy’s annual Sparkle festivities Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 – 8 p.m. This is the 14th book in the Owen McKenna suspense filled murder/mystery series about a former San Francisco cop now working as a private detective in South Lake Tahoe. Be sure to stop in and meet Todd.
Live music and karaoke night
On Friday, Dec. 2, the Bank Club on Commercial Street in Portola will have live music with an open mic hosted by Jack Danny. Owner Leanna Hill invites anyone who has a voice or instrument to come join the fun starting at 7 p.m. Pete Rhodes takes over at 9:30 p.m. directing karaoke performances. Certainly sounds like an entertaining evening featuring some of the area’s best talents!
Shopping tour wrap up
There were over 30 winners receiving gift baskets and gift certificates offered by local businesses during this year’s annual Lake Almanor to Indian Valley Holiday Shopping Tour held two weekends ago. Sharon Booth, Chester, won the prize — an art piece valued at $300 — for visiting the most businesses and Vicki and Bill Schneider, Indian Valley, won a gift basket for finding the most candles while shopping. Marking their second visit here for the Tour from Reno and winning a prize for the best Facebook post was Janie Ogg, Kelly Norton, Julie Metter and Michele Sandberg.