Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Yuletide spirit takes root in community

November 24, 2004

As the holidays approach, it's time to ask some serious questions.

Do you love the city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style? Do you think that city streetlights, even stoplights, blink a bright red and green? Does it feel right to think that in the air there's a feeling of Christmas?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, Lansing is the place to be this holiday season. From Mayor Kenneth Bernard lighting the city's Christmas tree to the library's Deck the Halls with Books, the Lansing area is aglow with the spirit of the season.

Helping those less fortunate is a big part of that spirit.

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, the Salvation Army nationally will launch its annual Red Kettle Drive. Bell-ringers will be standing outside retail areas until Christmas, a red kettle available for donation deposit.

The City of Lansing sponsors the Mayor's Christmas Tree fund, created to help local families in need around the holidays. In City Hall's lobby is the Angel Tree, where you can pick up a tag with a child's name and gift wish. The Lansing Library is sponsoring Deck the Halls with Books. Anyone interested should stop by the library and pick up a tag with a child's name and book wish.

The Lansing High School Kayettes are organizing a food drive through Dec. 14. Boxes will be placed at the Elementary and Intermediate schools. Debra Hutton, Kayette coordinator, said the canned food drive was for the Mayor's Christmas Tree fund

The Kayettes also are putting together a mitten tree, a drive to collect mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and canned goods to give to the Leavenworth Assistance Center. Additionally the Kayettes decorate the school and make teacher gifts.

Lansing Middle School is participating in Toys for Tots, the national program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps to give needy children new toys for Christmas.

The Middle School's winter band concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, and its choir's winter concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

The Loyal Lansingers children's choir will perform the Spirit of Christmas at River City Community Theater at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5.

On Dec. 5, the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting will be at Lansing Community Center, featuring carols and vocal groups, as well as light snacks and hot cocoa. The event will be preceded by the second annual Children Light the Way parade, where children grades 1-6 march from Lansing High School to City Hall.

The Lansing United Methodist church presents Miracle at Midnight, a children's musical production that takes a new look at the traditional Christmas story at 5 p.m. Dec. 12.

Also on Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Christmas choral vespers will be performed at Annunciation Chapel at the University of St. Mary.

¢ For more Christmas events, see the Going Out calendar at lansingcurrent.com.

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