The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 19, 2012

Clinton area holiday happenings

Clinton Herald

CLINTON — Symphony of Lights to begin Thursday

CLINTON — Eagle Point Park will be aglow with the Symphony of Lights display starting on Thanksgiving. The light display will be up and running throughout the holiday season through Dec. 30 with numerous special events in between.

Symphony of Lights runs 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $7 per car up to 10 people and $2 per person for vehicles of more than 10 people. A family walk will be held on November 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., kicking off the Symphony of Lights season. This is the only opportunity to enjoy the enchanting 1.1 mile view of the displays on foot and at a leisurely pace.  Strollers are welcome, but please leave your pets at home. Free refreshments will be available in the Lodge.

Cost for adult registration is $15 and includes a long sleeve T-shirt. The cost for children’s registration (ages 6-12) is $5 and does not include a T-shirt. Children under age of 6 are free.

 Due to limited parking within the park, participants are asked to park at the Lyons Train Depot at 56 25th Ave. North, and use the shuttle bus service to get to the park. Buses will run from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Only vehicles with handicap permits will be allowed within the park.

 On Nov. 24 runners can take in the unique displays during the 5K run at 4 p.m.

The gates open at 2:30 p.m. and the course will be entirely within Eagle Point Park on approximately two miles of rolling paved park roads.

The cost for registration is $15 and includes a long-sleeve T-shirt.  

Other events include a free craft show  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will visit Dec. 2, 9 and 16 during operational hours. Jingle Bell Jam will take place on Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person to enter Eagle Point Park and it includes food tastings, drive through Symphony of Lights, holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere and hosted refreshments.

Clinton Symphony plans concert

CLINTON — The Clinton Symphony Orchestra will host a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School. Holidays are a time for friends and music; Clinton Symphony Orchestra will be joined by RiverChor in this celebration of the season. Plan a gathering of friends, family and co-workers. Groups of eight or more receive special ticket pricing.

Phone calls from Santa

CLINTON — Santa Claus will call children ages 3 through second grade on Dec. 5 and 6.  If children would like to receive a phone call from Santa, parents should fill out a form at the Ericksen Community Center, 1401 11th Ave. North, by Nov. 26.

Forms also will be available at local schools. For more information, contact the administrative center at 243-1260.

Curtis Mansion open house set for Dec. 9

CLINTON —  The annual Christmas Open House at the George Curtis Mansion will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 420 Fifth Ave. South, sponsored by the Clinton Women’s Club.

There will be no charge to view the first floor of the home but a donation can be made in the dining room where cookies, punch and coffee will be available. The complete tour of the three floors by a tour guide will be $6 per person.

Nuts and chocolate covered nuts will again be for sale on the first floor. This is the annual fundraiser for the club and they have 29 varieties for sale that are from $6 per bag and up.

A few dates are still available to rent the mansion for Christmas parties. For further information call 249-5861.

Art association hosts show

CLINTON — The Clinton Art Association's Annual Membership Show is now on display at the River Arts Center through Dec. 23. The public is welcome to visit the center at 229 Fifth Ave. South, Clinton,. The center is operated by CAA members and friends on a volunteer basis.

During the year  the center features seven exhibits by area artists, ending with a members' exhibit.  

New art is usually featured, but this year, in honor of the CAA's 50th Anniversary, artists are also allowed to show favorites they have created in past years.  About 30 artists are featured in the gallery and gift shop showcasing paintings, photography, collage, glass, pottery, jewelry, and many other one-of-a-kind creations. The River Arts Center is excited to host a tour by Fran Riley of KWQC-TV 6 later this month to be viewed on Nov. 29.  Watch to find out more about our gallery, gift shop, theater, clay studio, classes, permanent art collection and Rainbow Pottery. The center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  Rainbow is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.  The center also is  available for parties, meetings and tours by calling 243-3300.

Immaculate Conception will have bake sale

FULTON, Ill. — With the holidays fast approaching, you may find yourself short of time for baking. Stop by Immaculate Conception Parish Hall at 1111 Seventh St. in Fulton for a bake sale. You can choose from a variety of homemade baked goods. This is a fundraiser for the Immaculate Conception Auxiliary.

The sale will be Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Hope to see you there!

Trinity to hold Christmas for Kids

CLINTON — Christmas for Kids will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 656 Fifth Ave. South, Clinton, on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

Registration begins at 8:45.  Children age 4 through fifth grade are invited to attend.  Bible lessons, videos, crafts and music will reflect the theme "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come."  Snacks and a pizza lunch will be provided.  

The program is free. Contact the church office at 242-5328 for more information.

Our Lady of the Prairie to host event

WHEATLAND — At 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, there will be a Taize Vigil Service at Our Lady of the Prairie. Taize is an ecumenical movement, drawing Christians of all denominations together in unified prayer. Friends of the Prairie and churches of all faith traditions in the area are being invited to participate. Future services will be held the first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m followed by a soup supper. Our Lady of the Prairie is located at 2664 145th Ave. Wheatland,  For more information contact

Fulton plans Christmas Walk

“Oh Christmas Tree”  Dec. 7 - Downtown Fulton 5 to 7:30 p.m.

* Display & Silent Auction for 30-plus decorated trees at Masonic Lodge

* Arts & Crafts Show at  River Bend Senior Center (RBSC) - Fri. & Sat.

* Holiday Shopping at  Fulton Merchants * Ice Carving Demo - 11th Av. & 4th St.

* Santa & Mrs. Claus at  Masonic Lodge

* The Grinch

* Gingy from Shrek

* Live Nativity with animals by Second Reformed Church - 12th Ave. & 4th St.

* Refreshments by Community State Bank at  Masonic Lodge

* Children’s Activity & Refreshments by Central Bank at Fulton Journal Office

* Puppet Show at  State Farm Agency

* Children’s Nativity at  Words of Wisdom

* Gymnastics Performances

* Train Rides at  RBSC

* Olde World Photo Display of Christkindlmarkt at  1115 4th St.

* Party Town Mobile DJ - outdoors

* Riverside Brass Quartet - outdoors 5:30 to 7 p.m.

* 2 Mile Run/Walk, 6:30 p.m. at  Manny’s Too - see website for registration

* Illuminated Dike by Fulton Boy Scouts

* Warming Fire Pit at  11th Ave. and 4th St.


* Soup Supper by Fulton Boy Scouts at River Bend Senior Center

* Kettle Corn by Granny’s Sugar Shack

* Bake Sale by Harbor Crest at Fulton Township Building

* Downtown Restaurants (3)

Saturday, Dec. 1

* Breakfast w/ Santa at  New Fire Station, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.  

* Children’s Story Hour at  Fulton Library 10:30 am - Noon

* Heritage Canyon Christmas Walk    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

* Illuminated Walk at  Heritage Canyon 6 - 8 p.m.

* Christmas Tree Participants - 1st Gateway Credit Union - Agri-King, Inc. - Central Bank Illinois - Citizen's First Bank - Clinton Printing - Community State Bank (2) - Country Orchids - Distinctive Gardens - Fastool - Fulton Chamber of Commerce - Fulton Historical Society - Fulton Journal - Huizenga & Wierenga Insurance - Sheryl Huizenga - Johnnie's Tap - J.T. Cullen Co., Inc. - Kris' Kookies - Tina Lemke - Jon & Vickie Lockhart - Lockhart & Law Insurance - Maloney Equipment - River Bend Senior Center - Schmaling Memorial Library - State Farm Agency - Susan's Calico Creations - Sweet Woodruff (2) - Tree of Life Chiropractic - Wagner Pharmacy - Wilson's Floral & Gifts - Windmill Realty. For more information go to,, at (815) 589-4545.


FULTON, Ill. — The eighth annual Fulton Christmas Run/Walk will be held in conjunction with Fulton’s downtown Christmas Walk on Friday, Dec. 7.  

Start time for the race will be 6:30 p.m. and registration will be held at Manny's Too.  

The race route is 2 miles long and will begin at the corner of 4th Street and 11th Avenue and end at Manny's Too.  The route proceeds along the illuminated dike lit with hundreds of luminarias courtesy of the Fulton Boy Scouts.  

The first 175 registrants will receive an embroidered fleece beanie cap.  Pre-registration cost is $14 before Nov. 27.  After Nov. 27, registration cost is $20.  To register, you may download a form at (Events Page - Christmas Walk) or register online at

Male and female race categories will have first-, second- and third-place medal winners.  

The overall fastest male and female winners will receive a limited edition sweatshirt.

Christmas tea will be Dec. 2

MORRISON, Ill. — The women of Open Bible Fellowship Church, 11429 Ward Road, will host their annual Christmas tea from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2.

The event will feature samples of breads, desserts, pastries, candy and tea and a Christmas program. The cost is $5 per person and reservations are due by Nov. 20. Attendees can make reservations at the church by calling (815) 772-4098 or online at All women are invited to attend.

For more information, contact the church.

Morrison Christmas Walk celebrates 25 years

MORRISON, Ill. — Celebrating its 25th year, “Silver Bells” — The Morrison Christmas Walk and Parade are back ready to get everyone in the spirit of the season.  Sponsored by the Morrison Chamber of Commerce, this year’s Christmas Walk will be held on Friday, Nov. 30,  and Saturday, Dec. 1, with the parade on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

Resthave Auxiliary kicks off the celebration with their annual coffee hour and bake sale from 9-10:30 a.m. on Friday. Evening events on Friday will take place around the corner of Route 78 and Route 30 and include a holiday open house at Morrison’s Heritage Museum from 6-8 p.m.; a live Nativity complete with live animals from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; a chili cook-off from 6-8 p.m.; luminarias sponsored by; Christmas cocktail concoctions at downtown pubs; and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m, sponsored by Ashford University.  

Saturday celebrations for this year include many traditional favorites and new fun activities. Take advantage of all that Morrison has to offer for your holiday shopping including the PTO Craft Fair & Bake Sale, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m and numerous coupon specials available at participating businesses. Visit some beautiful Holiday Open Houses from 3-5 p.m, sponsored by Morrison Realtors and start the evening off by eating supper at one of these churches: Episcopal Church of St. Anne from 3-6 p.m.; United Methodist Church 4:30-7 p.m, and First Presbyterian Church from 5-6:30 p.m.  There is a small fee for all of the suppers and beverages are also provided.

The lighted parade, sponsored by Community State Bank, will make its way down Main Street, culminating with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The jolly pair and their elves will be available, following the parade, at Santa’s House on Main and Base streets, to take children’s requests.  Wells Fargo Bank will once again be providing the ever popular horse-drawn wagon rides on Main Street and delicious kettle korn from Granny’s Sugar Shack will be available on Main and Genesee, sponsored by Sterling Federal Bank. Many businesses and organizations will open their doors for warm-ups, refreshments and entertainment as visitors enjoy the sites.