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Holiday briefs

Norway High School Leo Club advisor Tami Slagle donates as now-senior Callie Paul takes a turn ringing the bell during the Salvation Army’s 2018 Red Kettle campaign fundraiser. To encourage volunteers for the 2019 campaign, Erickson Jewelers has provided a “ring for bling” promotion that will give ringers a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Erickson Jewelers. For every slot they fill, their name will be added for five weekly drawings. All entries later will be eligible for a grand prize of a $100 gift certificate to Erickson Jewelers and a “blingy” bracelet. The drawing will take place Dec. 27. To sign up as a bell ringer, call Dickinson County Kettle Coordinator Debbie Floriano at 906-774-7578. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

‘Polar Express’ at Bay West

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bay College West will have a free showing of “The Polar Express” at 6 p.m. Thursday.

To follow the movie’s theme, movie characters will be on site, including the conductor, who will punch children’s tickets. The event also will offer free snacks, a photo booth and give every child a silver bell at the end of the movie.

In order to provide a great experience and a comfortable venue, Bay West is capping the event at 225 people. Those wanting to attend must register online by going to www.baycollege.edu/west. Questions can be directed to Gina Wollner at 906-302-3012 or gina.wollner@baycollege.edu.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Caroling

QUINNESEC — Quinnesec United Methodist Church will have its annual Horse-Drawn Wagon Caroling event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 677 Division St. in Quinnesec.

For those who do not want to take the caroling ride, the event also will feature a bonfire and food in the church basement. They will serve barbecue, hot dogs, chips, coffee, hot apple cider and cocoa, and treats.

They also will have board games available to play. All are welcome to attend.

Reservations needed for dinner

CRIVITZ, Wis. — The Netzel-Zenz American Legion Post will host its annual Christmas dinner celebration Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the clubhouse, 251 U.S. 141 in Crivitz.

Social hour will start at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6.

The menu will feature fried chicken. Those who attend are asked to bring a dish to pass.

Reservations for the dinner must be made by Friday to Commander Mark Crowley at 715-938-4935.

‘Little Christmas’ set for Saturday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain area Finnish American Raja Ryhma organization invites the public to its annual Pikkkujoulu or “Little Christmas” celebration Saturday.

The celebration begins at noon, with a catered meal to be served at 1 p.m. at the Recreation Lanes Antoine Room in Iron Mountain.

Music will be provided by Paula D.

Cost is $15, or $5 for children age 5 and younger. Prepaid reservations can be mailed to Raja Ryhma, P. O. Box 565, Iron Mountain MI 49801 by Friday. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas event in Mansfield

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Mansfield Township will host its annual Christmas program Saturday at the Township Hall.

Festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. with a program of poems, songs and carols by kids and adults celebrating the season. Singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is an invitation for a visit from Santa, who will pass out goodie bags for the children.

After Santa’s appearance, children can participate in opening a pinata filled with candy for all.

The evening concludes with a potluck. Everyone is asked to bring sandwiches or cookies to share.

For more information, contact Shirley Beck at 906-875-6376 or Sharon Nickels at 906-875-6098.

‘Holiday On Ice’ in Eagle River

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The Eagle River Figure Skating Club presents this year’s “Holiday On Ice” at 6 p.m. Sunday in the “Dome” at the Eagle River Ice Arena.

The public is invited to attend this holiday-themed skating performance by the area’s youth skaters. Tickets for prize basket drawings will be sold.

Admission is free, but those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Vilas Food Pantry. For more information, contact Amanda Mattke at 715-617-4519.

Chamber strings at Bay College

ESCANABA — Bay College once again will host the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Chamber Strings ensemble at 7 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday at the Besse Theater.

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra Strings is a conductor-less group of 12 to 20 string players who enjoy making music and playing a variety of styles. All regular members of the MSO, the ensemble includes doctors, a dentist, students and a TV personality, as well as professional musicians.

Sounds of Holiday Strings will offer a wide range of repertoire, from traditional to contemporary, including “Silent Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and selections from “Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite” among many others.

Tickets are available online at www.baycollege.tix.com or at the box office in the Besse Center for $12, or $6 for students and children. For more information, contact events@baycollege.edu or 906-217-4040.

Piano concert in Niagara Dec. 20

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Business Association will host its second-annual Christmas Traditions Piano Concert, featuring Marc James Pilon of Niagara, at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the Niagara High School auditorium.

Niagara native Marc James Pilon will lead guests on piano, playing Christmas favorites from the past and present with his own technique and creative takes. Special guests also will take the stage, including members of the local band Next Myle.

The event will have a 15-minute intermission with a silent auction and refreshments.

All funds raised will be donated to Coats of Many Colors, a local non-profit that provides winter clothes to children in need. Sponsors of the concert are the Niagara Lions Club and Bay College.

“Last year we had over 100 attendees and raised over $750 for the Niagara Senior Center–and are hoping for a much larger turnout this year. We had such a positive reception, we are grateful Marc James Pilon has agreed to do this again,” said Daniel Freeman, president of NABA.

Tickets are free but required and can be reserved through the Niagara Area Business Association’s Facebook page or online at https://christmastraditions2019.eventbrite.com.

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