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Charlene and Bud Faller have no resemblance to Santa’s elves, but their mission has similarities -- they help recycle toys for distribution to girls and boys in need. The Fallers are volunteers at the House of Manna -- a non-profit, charitable organization that helps families in need of clothing, household ware and furniture on a free will offering basis.
Dickinson High School senior Lauren Jorda kept asking her family to get another dog, especially since their lab died a couple of summers ago. It didn’t happen, and then she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 17.That’s when Make-A-Wish created their magic. Lauren, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Sanford Health in Dickinson, remembers the night of the Wish Reveal.
St. John Lutheran Church in Dickinson will host its annual “Lessons and Carols” -- an interfaith Christian service celebrating the birth of Jesus. The program is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. “It encompasses lessons, and appropriate songs come after each lesson -- sometimes it’s a hymn, sometimes it’s a handbell song, sometimes the choir sings,” said Cheryl Hewson, handbell choir director and church organist.
The Eagles Auxiliary is sponsoring its annual Kids Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 15. The party is from 1-3 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Dickinson. “My kids ask year around when do they get to see Santa at the Eagles?” said Kim McNaney, Eagles Auxiliary madame president. “Not for a while” is usually the answer, but the party is almost here.
Church choirs, soloists and a handbell choir are joining together to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a free interfaith Christmas concert. The performance is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 510 Museum Drive.
Visitors were drawn like magnets to the display of mounted canvas prints at the Dickinson Museum Center. The prints were auctioned off during the museum’s annual Christmas open house Nov. 30. David and Lori Del Padre admired one print in particular -- the same butte in the Petrified Forest of the Badlands that they had visited previously. “As a history teacher, I wish I had the backstory on them,” said David, who teaches history at Hope Christian Academy.
Satchia Herring of Dickinson sews whenever she gets the chance -- when the kids are taking naps, in school or during weekends when their dad can watch them. Her interest in sewing has evolved into a home business that she calls TurkeyButt Threads -- named after her little “turkeybutt” children. “I started sewing with grandma in high school, and when grandpa passed away four years ago, I started sewing again as a way to deal with my emotions,” she said.
Medora is preparing to celebrate its 23rd annual Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas the weekend of Dec. 7-9. Holiday lights decorate the town, shops will be open, and of course, there’s the popular “Eats on the Streets.” “The whole town joins together for the event and many of the shops will be open,” said Chuck Andrus, a spokesperson with the Medora Chamber of Commerce.
Harold Hill is a fast-talking traveling salesman who tries to con the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he promises to organize. He plans to skip town with the cash, but his plans are interrupted when he meets the town librarian, Marian Paroo.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….” a classic tune by Bing Crosby, will capture the essence of downtown Dickinson on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Downtown Dickinson Association is spearheading its annual Old Fashioned Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights. Multiple businesses are sponsoring the festivities, sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Tori Barnum, an Association board member, is coordinating the Parade of Lights again this year.