Mount Shasta’s annual 5k Reindeer Walk/Run is set to begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 starting at Studio B in downtown Mount Shasta.

Santa and his sleigh will be there, and prizes will be given for best ugly Christmas sweaters or holiday costumes.

Event organizer and Studio B owner Brenda Hall has pledged a portion of the event proceeds to help feed children in Siskiyou County through Great Northern Services’ “Fill Their Plates” campaign.

Registration is $15 per person and can be done at Studio B ahead of time or on the day of the race. Kids under age 12 can participate free of charge, and the event is dog-friendly. Studio B is located at 321 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.

2018 Winter Magic Festival

The Reindeer Walk/Run is part of the Winter Magic Festival on Nov. 23 in Mount Shasta.

Music, food, street vendors and holiday cheer will be centered at Castle Street in downtown Mount Shasta from 3 to 8 p.m.

Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. including Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves.

It will be followed by the tree lighting ceremony at Mount Shasta City Hall.

Tickets are available for a town-wide merchant raffle. The raffle drawing will be held after the tree lighting, and you must be present to win.

For more Winter Magic information, call Sandra at 530-859-2907 or Jamie at 530-859-2001.

Supporting meals for kids

The “Fill Their Plates” campaign supports Great Northern Services’ Summer Lunch program, providing free meals to kids while school food programs are not available.

“The number of kids in Siskiyou County who don’t always have enough food is incredibly high – 38.1 percent of our community’s children are considered food insecure,” according to Great Northern Services Public Relations and Fundraising Manager Nichole McCown. “Caring businesses and individuals like Studio B, Brenda Hall, and all the participants in the Reindeer Walk/Run are filling the plates of local children.”

“I’ve gone to the Reindeer Walk/Run for the last three years,” said GNS Executive Director Marie-Josée Wells. “It’s a very fun and festive event full of good community spirit – and the outfits are fantastic.”

Hall said, “People wear such wonderful costumes – one lady wore a Christmas tree on her head and we had three snowmen come from Yreka – but the best part of the event is the children. The whole family can come participate, Santa will be handing out candy canes, and everyone is helping to make sure no kids go hungry.”

Community members are also invited to donate to the “Fill Their Plates” campaign by visiting the website: www.northstategives.org/GNS.

Donations can be scheduled ahead of time or made on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, until 8 p.m. North State Giving Tuesday is powered by Shasta Regional Community Foundation with sponsorship provided by Redding Bank of Commerce.

To find out more about Great Northern Services and its programs visit www.gnservices.org, or call 530-938-4115, extension 115.