Around the region people are decking the halls and wrapping paper packages. In Home for the Holidays, Inland 360 will highlight some of the region’s special holiday events taking place in the coming week, Nov. 27-Dec.4.LEWISTON-CLARKSTON VALLEY
The Tri-State Hospital Foundation’s 30th annual Festival of Trees continues Thursday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds.
Admission is by donation from 1-4 p.m. today. Ticket information for Friday’s 10 a.m. tea and the 6 p.m. Saturday gala dinner, dance and auction can be found online at http://festivaloftrees.tristatehospital.org.
The 2014 Hells Canyon Boat Club Lighted Boat Parade will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 along the banks of the Snake River between Lewiston and Clarkston. From Swallow’s Nest boat launch in Clarkston the boats will follow the Washington shoreline to the Blue Bridge, cross the river and head upriver along the shoreline on the Idaho side to Hells Gate Marina before returning to Swallow’s Nest. Those with watercraft interested in participating can contact Mary McCollum at (208) 724-6279 or Tom Aram at (208) 790-2648 anytime up to the parade time.
Black Friday shoppers can shop in peace by taking advantage of Drop and Shop at the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Kids ages 5 and up can be dropped off at the center for swimming, games and snacks. Admission is $5 per child at the door.
Dayton will open its doors Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29, for its annual The Town that Still Believes Christmas Kickoff event.
Besides a lighted Christmas parade, fireworks, hayrides and a visit from Santa, highlights include:
–The Christmas Market at the Historic Depot, featuring local foods and handcrafted gifts, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 222 E. Commercial St. A story hour for kids is from 2-4 p.m. in the stationmaster’s bedroom.
–At the Boldman House visitors can go back to Christmas past and see period costumes and decorations in a fully restored historic home at 410 N. First St. There will be live music and free nose flutes. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.
–Free showings of “The Polar Express” will take place at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Liberty Theater, 344 East Main St.
A detailed schedule can be found online at www.historicdayton.com.
KAMIAH and GRANGEVILLE
The Kamiah Valley Singers and Bell Ringers will perform with the Idaho County Orchestra directed by Larry Paul and a children’s choir.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4, and 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at Saint Catherine’s Church, Seventh and Idaho streets, Kamiah; and 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Grangeville Nazarene Church, 515 W. North Second St., Grangeville.
The Hospice Tree of Lights and Remembrance Ceremony is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Norma McGregor Community Room at the Colfax Library. Community members are invited to attend this solemn event, which pays tribute to loved ones who have passed through music, spiritual readings and special ornaments for the library’s Tree of Lights, which remains lit throughout the holiday season. More information is available by calling (509) 332-4414.