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Lakeside Casino and OCMS partner to add Giving Trees Event to the Holiday Season

The Holiday festivities just got better with the addition of the First Annual Christmas Giving Trees exhibit. Lakeside Casino will purchase the trees to be used for decorating and lighting by organizations, individuals and businesses who choose to participate.

The themed, decorated, and lighted trees will be displayed for public viewing and voting December 1-16; the winner receives a prize and bragging rights. December 17 and 18 the trees will be donated to local families who do not have a Christmas tree.

OCMS believes this will be another great opportunity for public participation and enjoyment, while keeping the spirit of giving during the holidays.

November 28th Holiday Brilliance/Shop Small Saturday Activities: *mask required for all events

OCMS plans to keep spirits bright with a full slate of shopping and holiday festivities:

9AM-4PM: Shop Small Saturday begins the season of giving and supporting local businesses.

9AM-4PM: Crafters pop-up shop at Your Sweet Pickins Venue. Shop with seven vendors.

1PM-5PM: “Seven Businesses of Christmas” coloring contest. Children received holiday pictures at school to submit to businesses and collect a treat: Southern Iowa Saddle Shop, Your Sweet Pickins Venue, Ivy Rose, Mayberry’s, Chiropractic 1st and Timber Ridge.

1PM-5PM- Fill the Sleigh for the food pantry

1PM-5PM-Official North Pole Mailbox is open for letters to Santa

1PM-5PM-Gingerbread House competition sponsored by Mayberry’s. Drop off completed house at the old Robinson Building.

Prizes for each category: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th and 18 and over.

For 18 and over, there will be a prize for kit and homemade.

Grand Prize for Best of Show!

Each contestant receives a coupon for free small hot chocolate.

Mayberry’s will judge each creation based on creativity, overall theme, and general presentation. *can use kit or make from scratch

1PM-5PM-: Santa’s Workshop, kids crafts at old Robinson Building.

4PM-7PM: Free Mule Team wagon rides around the square by Dwayne Stewart

4PM-7PM: Animal Shelter fundraiser at Fire Station: Dog versus cats.

5PM: Santa and Mrs. Claus on the bandstand to read a story and light the courtyard decorations.

5:30PM: Lighted parade. Line up @ 4:45 going West on Cass towards Main.

6PM-7:30PM: Osceola Fire Department 'Grab and Go Soup Supper' fundraiser at fire department. Delivery option available- please check for details.

Holiday Reminders:

Please send your "Merry and Bright Spectacular," lighting entries to OCMS by November 20 to be added to the town map and be eligible for $50.00 in Warrior Dollars.

Now through December 26th-save those receipts for the OCMS Shop Local Drawings!

Submit the receipts to:, Facebook Message - Osceola Chamber Main Street; drop them off at the office or mail to 115 E Washington Street by 12pm Sunday each week.

One entry per $10.00 spent at a local business. Entries go into the weekly drawing for $50 Warrior Dollars! Eight drawings, eight chances to win!

Smithsonian Exhibition Now Closed

OCMS Staff and volunteers will be packing the Smithsonian Exhibition for its last Iowa stop in West Branch, before returning to Washington for refurbishing. In addition to about 90 5th grade and 65 high school students, over 150 people toured, including Lieutenant Governor, Adam Gregg.

OCMS could not have hosted this unique exhibition without all the partners, sponsors, and volunteers who made this month-long exhibit work. *Disassembling and Packing volunteers listed in next edition.

Partners: The City of Osceola, Clarke County Historical Society, Clarke Area Arts Council, and Ivy Rose-Rose Ann Jordison; Business Sponsors: Osceola Foods, Cactus Family Farms, Hunsicker & Associates, Clarke County Board of Supervisors, Southwestern Community College, Clarke County Hospital

Setup and Unpacking: Sara Rychnovsky, Paula McClaflin, Kristin Flaherty, James Rutherford, Nicole Jacobson, OCMS Staff, and Robin Bostrom from Main Street Iowa. Decorating: Missy Cline, Tacy Cummings, Mary Ellen Kimball, and Bob and Sarah Hettinger.

Volunteer Ambassadors: Suzanne Slaymaker, Sarah Hettinger, Barry Mateer, Jan Short, Nancy Friday, Katie and Linda Henry, Duayne Fletcher, Ann Diehl, Lori Ehrhardt, Vickie Binning, Chiropractics 1st-Amber Barton; Kathleen Johnson, Kathy Kooiker, Donna Sueferer, Anne Murr, Bob and Elisabeth Reynoldson Family, EveryStep Hospice Team, Kay Frizell, Deb Adams, Clarke County Organization of Philanthropic Services and Elizabeth Simpson, Dave and Lee Anne Opie and Great Western Bank: Angie Williams, Dawn Fry, Sean Cullen, Ethan Potter, Hilary McCoy, Ana Vasquez and Spencer Chapman;

A special thanks to Katie Henry for opening and closing the museum when OCMS Staff was unavailable.

Wine Walk Wrap-Up

Another successful OCMS Wine and Beer Walk is in the books thanks to all of our volunteer help for making it possible: Sara Rychnovsky, *Casey Spoelstra, *Nicole Jacobson, *Amy Lundquist, Ryan Lundquist, *Jeff Deforest, *James Rutherford,*Dave Bemis, Kasi Shaw, Rhonda Willcox, Brian Flaherty, Ray Bishop, Kim and Perri Draisey, and Ana Vasquez, Ethan Potter, Hilary McCoy, and Sean Cullen. *OCMS Board Members

OCMS appreciates Hermanos Lopez Taqueria for bringing their restaurant on wheels to the event to help feed hungry participants.

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