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Christmas home decoration contest is back

ELKO & SPRING CREEK – Didn’t it seem like everyone used to decorate more for the holidays when you were a kid? Well, let’s get back into that spirit! Let's have a Christmas decoration contest for the homes in our community!

That’s the message from Coldwell Banker Algerio/Q-Team Realty, High Mark Construction, Stewart Title and Cortney Worline, Farmers Insurance.

So, put up the bright lights, Nativity scenes, the cute reindeer, and that jolly Santa for your chance to win $250 cash. Nominate your neighbors' house or your own, before noon on Dec. 15. Just call either office of Coldwell Banker Algerio Q-Team Realty in Elko, 738-4078 or in Spring Creek, 738-9866.

All Elko and Spring Creek single-family homes are eligible. So, “Be A Griswold” and get into the spirit and decorate your house for the Christmas holiday season.

Christmas book giving tree

ELKO -- The Elko County Reading Council is sponsoring its Book Tree with a new partner, The Mudd Hutt.

The program has provided hundreds of books to children in Elko County Schools who might not have been able to obtain books themselves.

Pick an ornament from the tree at either Mudd Hutt coffee shop location, 2196 E. Idaho St. in Elko or 278 Spring Creek Parkway in Spring Creek. Buy a book for the child on the ornament and return it to the Mudd Hutt unwrapped by Dec. 10. All the books are for children in Elko County Schools.

Participants will receive 50 cents off any Mudd Hutt drink.

For any questions or to make a monetary donation to this project, contact Kathy McLeod at 777-5165.

‘A Christmas Carol’ through Dec. 9 at GBC Theatre

ELKO -- The Great Basin College Theatre Department is bringing the community the Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Shows will run Dec. 5-9 at 7 p.m., with an additional matinee show 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Bring the whole family for an evening of singing and dancing and all of the joys of the holiday season.

This GBC Theatre production is directed by Amber Adeline Brown.

All admissions are $5. Advance tickets are available in Berg Hall on the Elko GBC campus.

For more information, contact John Rice at 753-2240 or e-mail

Santa to visit library on Dec. 15

ELKO -- Santa is coming to the Elko County Library from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 15.

Each child will get to share their Christmas wishes with Santa and receive a gift from him. Photos will be taken.

For more information contact the Library at 738-3066 or visit the Library’s website at

Breakfast with Santa in Spring Creek

SPRING CREEK - Meet Santa and his elves at the first annual “Breakfast with Santa,” set for 8 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Fairway Community Center.

Enjoy a pancake and bacon breakfast, hot cocoa, a picture with Santa and ornament making for the kids. Olaf the Snowman will also be there.

The proceeds will provide a special Christmas for local families. Tickets are $2 per person and must be purchased early to reserve your space.

Visit Family Dental Care, 263 Spring Valley Pkwy., Ste. A3 or call 738-3500 for information and to buy tickets.

Pioneer Christmas for Kids at Trail Center

ELKO -- Pioneer Christmas for Kids, the California Trail Interpretive Center’s annual holiday celebration, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16

Cut paper snowflakes, create Christmas cards, and make other holiday arts and crafts. Enjoy free hot chocolate while listening to live Christmas music.

Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit F.I.S.H (Friends in Service Helping) and families of Elko County.

Photos with Santa at GBC

ELKO – Great Basin College is hosting its annual Photos with Santa event on Dec. 16.

Start time will be 9 a.m. by appointment only for anyone who would like their pets to have a picture with Santa.

Appointments beginning at 10 a.m. are for anyone who would like their photo taken with Santa.

This event, which will be in the Leonard Center for Student Life, next to the GBC gym and theatre, will close at 2 p.m.

Christmas Eve celebration at convention center

ELKO -- Living Stones Church invites everyone to join them for the “What Child is This?” Christmas Eve celebration happening at 11 a.m. Dec. 24 at the Elko Convention Center.

“We will have amazing music, preaching and fun for the whole family,” said lead Pastor Nathan Hornback.

For more information visit or like the Facebook page at

Choraliers at Faith Lutheran Church

ELKO — On Dec. 9 Faith Lutheran Church members will be assembling cookie bags for the Choraliers. Participants are asked to bring cookies to the church by 9:30 a.m.

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The Choraliers will perform at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10, immediately following church services, at 1700 Stitzel Road.

Candlelight service in Lamoille

LAMOILLE – A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at the Lamoille Community Presbyterian Church.

Join them for hot chocolate and cookies during the reception that starts at 6 p.m., followed by a candlelight service of worship and song at 7 p.m.

Christmas services at First Presbyterian

ELKO -- The following Christmas services and events will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Elko, 1559 Sewell Drive:

Sunday, Dec. 3

10 a.m. -- SCHS Great Expectations Choir

10:15 am -- Worship Service, Birthday Party for Jesus afterward (bring unwrapped infant gift for donation to NNRH Obstetrics).

Tuesday, Dec. 5

5:30 p.m. -- Presbyterian Women Christmas Party (bring a wrapped ornament for exchange/donation) women and children welcome.

Sunday, Dec. 10

10 a.m. -- EHS Choraliers

10:15 a.m. -- Worship Service...Children’s Christmas Program

Sunday, Dec. 17

10:15 a.m. -- Worship Service, including Sunrise Ringers providing worship music.

4 p.m. -- Sunrise Ringers Annual Christmas Handbell Concert, free admission, donations accepted

Sunday, Dec. 24

10:15 a.m. -- Worship Service

7 p.m. -- Christmas Eve Service


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