On a personal note: this season helps recalibrate my perspective, seeing the silver lining in every cloud. Recent arsons in South King County hit my old neighborhood. While saddened by the news, present-day blessings illuminate my life.
What are you thankful for?
Pat says: all our kind patrons who donate books, DVD's, talking books and financial contributions, creating a full, robust Community Library. Wonderful volunteers who keep it running.
Diana says: The Mighty Fine Seniors who host community breakfasts monthly and dinners regularly, rest area coffee stops and dozens of fundraising efforts. Patrons who support classes and events at the Senior Center.
Rene says: The community for supporting FCCLA students. City of Toledo for proclaiming December 3 FCS Day. Students who earn their honors daily.
November 25 Toledo First Baptist Church Community Thanksgiving Service 6:30 pm. with dessert fellowship following. Visit http://toledofirstbaptist.com or call (360)864-2550.
Tina says: November 26 Gee Cee's, proud column sponsor, offers Thanksgiving Dinner including dessert even if the power fails (they have generators) AND they do the dishes! Visit www.geeceestruckstop.com
November 27 Gallery 505 opens Black Friday. Theme: Fashion and Accessories. Visit www.artgallery505.com or call (360)864-2789.
November 27 second, fourth and fifth Fridays Cowlitz Prairie Grange Jam Night 7:00 p.m. Performers and supporters welcome. Donation at door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (360)262-3696.
December 1 kicks off vision:Toledo's Holiday Lights Contest with Tour December 21. Decorate your place and win fabulous prizes. Participation forms at City Hall. Watch for updates. Visit www.toledowa.us or call (360)864-4564.
Also: v:T seeking organizer for Lights In The Park. 12 campsites with electrical hookups available to put up decorations, lights, blowups, etc. for a walking tour experience. Successful candidate may consider collecting canned goods for Food Bank or other local program. Visit https://www.facebook.com/visiontoledo/
Heads up: December 5 Toledo's Annual Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Elementary School Gym. Arts, crafts and collectibles, cookies-by-the-ounce, door prizes and raffle. Lunch $5. Contact email@example.com or (360)864-2112.
Brooke says: Toledo Elementary offering sponsorship opportunities to install 16 new cedar raised beds. This school garden teaches where food comes from, recycling and composting, pollination, organic gardening practices, health and nutrition plus more. The kids love it, spending recess time in the garden on Garden Science Days. Commemorative plaques for individual and company sponsorships. $150/each, $290/two beds. Email Brooke, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360)219-6161.