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First on Saturday morning there is “Santa Paws for a Cause” a one mile Dog Parade in downtown Paris at 10am. The Parade is benefiting the Lamar County Humane Association and the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Pre-parade activities begin at 8:30 a.m with a “Bone-a- petite” breakfast of a Schlotsky’s mini cinnabon and coffee to satisfy a growling stomach, benefiting the Lamar County Humane Association.
Lifestyle Photography will take “pawtraits” with Santa Clause for $3 ( free to all parade entrants). Create your personalized “pet prints” ornaments, benefiting the Salvation Army. Dogs and masters can try out the Ruff Rally Challenge Course, sponsored by Bar Lo Kennels. A professional dog trainer will be on site. Parade line up begins at 9:45 a.m. Prizes will be handed out for best dressed holiday dog, best dressed master dog duo, most talented dog, and best float, with prizes sponsored by PETCO. All dogs and their owners must register before entering the Parade of Champions. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations.
All parade entrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and dog bandana while supplies last. Floats are encouraged, (non-motorized) or owners may decide just “Strut their Mutt.” For more information on how to join the parade, please contact City of Paris Main Street Coordinator Cheri Bedford, 903-784-9293 or email Cbedford@paristexas.gov. Visit holidayinparistexas.com and download an entry form to enter the parade of champion pooches. Cost: $20 thru Friday December 13th at noon, $25 on December 14th.
After the Dog Parade, head down Church Street for the 9th annual “Christmas with Santa” (which makes me feel very old since I was involved with the very first one) which will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Central Presbyterian Day School, 309 S. Church St. Activities include refreshments, storytime, games, crafts, pictures with Santa & a silent auction. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit Central Presbyterian Day School. For more information contact Shalina Ramirez-Melton at 903-272-2962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also rescheduled from last weekend is the 24th Annual Christmas in Fair Park, sponsored by Red River Valley Fair Association. The event and parking are free and it will be open Friday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and on Saturday from
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There will be lots to do for the whole family at the Lamar County Fairgrounds.
Finally, be sure to catch the final weekend of the Christmas musical “Annie” at the Paris Community Theatre. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and on Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets can be reserved (hurry, they’re going fast) by calling 903-784-0259 or at the PCT Box Office, open weekdays 10am-3pm. Or you can purchase tickets online at pctonstage.com.
And of course Santa should be back in his hut, ready to take Christmas wishes and wants and decide whose naughty or nice.
So as the ice melts, out comes the holiday spirit and good cheer!
From one mom to another,
As soon as the turkey is digested, it’s time to move on from Thanksgiving and get right into Christmas. Luckily, there is a lot going on next week for the whole family to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Starting the festivities is the 25th Annual Songs of the Season Concert, being held next Tuesday, Dec. 3rd at the East Paris Baptist Church. This annual concert is presented by the PCT Paris Community Choir (sponsored by Young Title and Sydney Young Law offices) and also features the Paris High Chorale and North Lamar Chamber Singers. Tickets are $8 and may be bought at the door or at the Paris Community Theatre box office – open weekdays 10am-2pm.
Dec. 5-6th is the “Living Nativity” at the Providence Baptist Church, located at 4680 FM 195. This drive thru nativity is nightly from 6:30-8:30pm and features live animal and people acting out scenes from the nativity.
Next, on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 7th at 8am is the Reindeer Run, benefitting the Paris Education Foundation. There will be a 5k, a 2 mile walk and a one mile fun run. Registration for students is only $5. All proceeds go towards scholarships for Paris High graduating seniors. All participants will receive a santa hat. You may pre-register on the PEF website at pariseducationfoundation.net.
That same evening (Sat. Dec. 7th) is the Christmas Parade in downtown Paris. The parade begins at 6pm and the theme this year is “A Rockin’ Christmas.” For more information call 903-785-2379. The Santa Hut will also be open for little ones to go visit.
And don’t miss the beloved Christmas musical “Annie” will be opening at the Paris Community Theatre on Friday, December 6th. The play runs for two weekends with performances Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. (There is also a 7:30pm performance on Thursday, December 12th. For more information call the PCT Box Office at 903-784-0259. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Finally, Central Presbyterian Day School is having their annual “Christmas with Santa” on Sunday, Dec. 8th from 1pm-3pm. This event is a fundraiser for the school, but is open to the public and tickets are only $5 each. There are lots of refreshments, crafts and activities for the kids including a horse drawn carriage ride and pictures with Santa.
From one Mommy to another,
All three of my kids at one time or another have been involved in the Upward Basketball program at First Baptist Church. Unfortunately, just my youngest, my third grader still plays. (I wish they had a basketball program for teenagers but that’s a different article). This is a really great program that teaches your child how to play basketball in a great, nurturing Christian environment.
Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian sports league for children, which provides a fun kids’ sports experience based on healthy competition. Statistics show that the top reasons children quit playing organized sports include:
To combat that, the Upward Sports program was designed to promote healthy competition in a positive sports environment in order to build healthy self-confidence. I also love the Christian atmosphere and experience with pre-game prayer, half-time sermons and weekly scripture memorization. My kids love the “stars” they receive for the jerseys that are awarded after each game for “best sportsmanship,” “best offense,” etc.
Registration for Upward Basketball is currently going on at the First Baptist Church for children in grades K-6tj grade. You can visit their website at fbcparis.com to download and print an online registration form. You will need to bring that form and your child to the Family Life Center at 206 SE 3rd street in downtown Paris – it is open Monday – Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm. Children will need to be measured for the uniform and partipate in a quick evaluation of their basketball skills (teams are equally divided between those kids with little or no basketball experience and those with more developed skills). Those are scheduled for Saturday, November 16th from 9am-1pm or Monday, November 18th from 6-8pm at the Family Life Center. Registration fees are $60 per child (which includes a team jersey and t-shirt; basketball shorts can be purchased for an additional $12). The Deadline for registrations is December 7th.
Practices start the week of December 14th and the first game is on Saturday, January 4th. All games take place on Saturdays. The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for February 15th. For more information, call the First Baptist Church at 903-785-6431 or Nathan Law at 501-269-2424..
From one mommy to another,
This week a young woman in my neighborhood went out to her minivan in the very early morning, about 5am, to head to the gym to workout. As she was driving to the gym, she realized there was a man sleeping in the back of her van. She opened the automatic sliding door and started yelling at him to get out. After some cussing back at her, the man did finally exit the van. Clearly, she is very lucky. I do not even want to think about what could have happened in this situation. This incident has made all the women in my neighborhood very nervous. I think it is safe to say that we are all locking our cars and double checking the back seats.
As a woman I have always been hyper vigilant of my surroundings. Living in a succession of “big cities” in my twenties (Orlando, Boston, Chicago) I think gave me a sense of the real dangers around me, and I certainly had a few scary moments. However, sometimes living in a small town and a “nice” neighborhood, we can let our guards down. With a young daughter who is only a year away from driving and having her own freedom, I am thinking even more about safety and what I want to teach her. So I did some research and here are some safety tips, specifically for women, that I think are good common sense.
The most important safety tip is awareness. Awareness of yourself, your surroundings and any potential attacker. Studies have shown that criminals are adept at choosing targets who appear to be unaware of what is going on around them. And use your “sixth sense” or your “gut instinct.” I believe God gives us this intuition to protect us. Always trust it – as women we sometimes don’t because we don’t want to appear “rude.” Avoid any situation or person which does not “feel” right or safe.
Driving my daughter to school this morning, I went over these tips with her. Although she didn’t roll her eyes – I could feel the vibe. I will go over them again and again to make sure she understands how dangerous this world can be, especially once she has a car and is out there “on her own.” A year or so ago, we watched “The Lovely Bones” together. I highly recommend every mother to watch this with their teenage daughter (I would say 12 or 13 is a reasonable age). Is the subject matter uncomfortable – yes. Will it scare her – absolutely. But the movie is well done and not graphic. But it does show that there is evil in the world. That not listening to your “gut” not following the above tips, can have awful, non-reversible results.
From one mom to another,
Downtown Paris will officially begin to celebrate the holiday season this Saturday with the lighting of the 30′ tall Christmas tree Saturday, November the 9th at 6:00 p.m. on the Plaza.
The celebration will start on the plaza around 2:30pm when the cotton candy and kettle corn vendors arrive. Then beginning at 4:00 p.m. the live reindeer and Santa be in their hut next to the fountain. There will be a some elves and even a clown or two to entertain the children as well as candy. Santa, reindeer, and clowns will be staying until 8:00 p.m.
Following the 6:00 p.m. lighting of the tree, the PCT Paris Community Choir will be singing Christamas carols. Then the local band, Blue Suitcase will get things rockin’ and play on the plaza until 8:00 p.m.
In addition, many downtown Paris businesses will be celebrating the season throughout the day with Christmas Open Houses, which is always fun for the family.