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Light Up Damascus planned for Dec. 14

Damascus United Methodist Preschool Director Andrea Altenhof with preschool students (center) sharing a sample of baked goods, are shown with Damascus United Methodist Church volunteers, from left, Bonnie McDermott, Treva Miller, Helen Mincks, Mary Kay Heverly, Donna Lutz and Jean Phillips. The annual Light Up Damascus community event will be held Dec. 14, with a full day of activities across the town featuring the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Damascus Friends Church north parking lot. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

DAMASCUS – The annual Light Up Damascus community event will be held next weekend, providing a full slate of Christmas activities for community members to enjoy.

This year’s event will again feature a full day of activities Dec. 14 leading up to the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in the Damascus Friends Church north parking lot, including a community choir directed by Desiree Carrion, a message delivered by Damascus United Methodist Pastor Matt Wilson and the honoring of distinguished citizens and students.

The event will then move into the church’s sanctuary for the message of “Glad Tidings” delivered by Damascus Friends Pastor John Ryser at 6 p.m. followed by a performance by West Branch High School’s Young & Alive at 6:15 p.m. Prior to the lighting ceremony there will be a live nativity and performance by West Branch High School Band’s Select Instrumentalists starting at 5 p.m. in the north parking lot.

The lighting ceremony will also feature a memorial tree that will shine throughout the season. Community members may make a $5 donation in memory or honor of a loved one, the proceeds of which assist in continuing the community event. Donation envelops are available at the Damascus churches, Farmers National Bank, post office and Damascus Hardware. Names of the loved ones will be printed in the event program. Deadline for donations is Dec. 12.

Information about the event and a full slate of activities can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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Now in its eighth year, the event will feature the arrival of Santa by fire truck at 2 p.m. at the Damascus Friends Church.

Other events at the church, from 2 to 5 p.m., include: TGS Gymnastics and Dance tumbling, dancing and games in the cafe with owner Tracie McDonald; Stephanie’s Beauty House featuring nail art, hair feathers, tinsel, face painting and cookies with owner Stephanie McDonald; Kash’s Kreations, caricatures by Abby Kash; Pathway, investing in children; Ugly Sweater making contest at Auburn Skilled Nursing & Rehab; Damascus Garden Club ornament creation; Stampettes make and take greeting cards; vision screening and information table by Homeworth Lions Club; Highley Productions music by DJ/MC Chip Highley; and Austintown Bounce.

The day kicks off with the Damascus Community Park’s Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Damascus Friends Church featuring pancakes, local syrup, strawberries, sausage and juice, with eggs for the early birds. Damascus Hardware will offer sales, refreshments and special ornaments from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Heath’s Barbershop will donate all profits from 7 a.m. to noon to needy families; Station 42 will offer donuts, coffee, juice and $5 haircuts for kids from 8 to 11 a.m.; Dragonfly Spa & Salon will offer punch and cookies, $2 clip in colored extension or three for $5, $5 eyebrow waxing, $5 regular polish and $10 gel polish from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; G’s Pizza World Pizza will be selling pizza by the slice from 3 to 10 p.m.; the Barnwood Trading Company will offer refreshments and sale items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Christmas Wreath Tour and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation; holiday slate painting classes ($20 per 6-inch by 14-inch) from 10 to 11 a.m. at Studio KB; Studio KD open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; The Sewing Room open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring make it/take it ornaments, cookies and punch; and Gingerbread craft, cookies and cocoa hosted by the Damascus PIE from 10 a.m. to noon at Damascus Elementary.

The Pearce House will be open from noon to 2 p.m. with the Schoolhouse Stitchers interactive Christmas make it, take it stitchery and a drawing for homemade afghan by Lori Baker.

Damascus United Methodist Church will host its annual Home and Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring 29 vendors along with a cookie walk and lunch counter open to the public. There will also be Hot Pots ornament painting (paint free ornament on site, with finished product available at Tim Barnes Insurance), The Potter’s Daughter demos 9:30 to 11 a.m., a nativity room and Lego building fun.

This year’s sponsors include Sarchione Auto Group, Damascus Ruritans, Damascus Hardware, Tim Barnes Insurance, Farmers National Bank (Damascus) and Auburn Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation.

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