Rain can't dampen holiday spirit in Weed

Kelsey Shelton
Two excited little girls, left, shared their Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus Friday at the Weed Community Center’s holiday celebration.

While it was a bit wet and gusty for the annual tree lighting to be held at Centennial Plaza in Weed Friday, the celebration at the Weed Community Center was where everyone brought their Christmas spirit.

Attendees were welcomed with traditional and fun carols, such as “Sing Me Now of Christmas,” and “Up on the Housetop,” all performed by the Weed High School choir, led by Greg Eastman with piano accompaniment by Dave Reynolds.

One of the Weed Chamber of Commerce’s event organizers, Garrett Greene, was impressed with the turnout at the first ever Community Center Christmas event.

Greene was thankful to the Community Center for letting them hold the event indoors.

“Three out of seven years, the event has happened,” he said, due to poor weather. “It’s packed in here because it is not outside,” Greene joked.

The event was filled with fun holiday events, such as visits with Santa, sing-alongs, an ugly sweater contest and a multitude of games, all provided by the center. “It is a really cool environment,” said Greene, “It will always be at the center now.”

The event was a 100 percent volunteer effort, Greene said. Volunteers included Tri-Counties Bank, who brought their holiday photo backdrop for the Santa visits; Personnel Preference, which donated cash for the purchase of toys and prizes; Ellie’s Espresso & Bakery which donated cookies for the event; the Weed Berean Church provided cotton candy, and the Weed Chamber of Commerce, which provided popcorn and cocoa.

Santa was the most anxiously awaited guest of the evening. Children were lined up and ready to tell him their holiday wishes, and to receive a candy cane and a small toy.

Children who participated in the event were also invited to join in a Weed and Butteville Elementary School coloring contest. The pieces of art will be displayed at the Weed Community Center, and once judged, winners will receive prizes including gift baskets and Razor scooters.

Chamber Director Richard Dinges said he couldn’t have been more pleased with the event turnout and thanked all the donors.

This is the first holiday event in Weed that Dinges has been a part of after leaving the Dunsmuir Chamber to work at the Weed Chamber of Commerce. “The board works together well, and to bring it together in four weeks is great,” he said.

The Weed Community Center is located at 161 E. Lincoln Avenue, Weed. The center hosts a wide variety of exercise and mental wellness classes, such as Piyo, aqua aerobics, Zumba, Yoga classes, belly dance and more. They host the free senior lunch through the resource center, and are always interested in hosting events for businesses, foundations and the community.