Morning News Briefs for 11-21-16

| November 21, 2016
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The City of Valdosta will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, as always, Valdosta sanitation crews will be out collecting from their regular routes. Please note that the Sanitation Division will collect residential garbage only on Thanksgiving Day. Citizens should place their green rollouts at the curbside by 5 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24 to ensure their garbage is collected. Recyclables and yard waste for Thursday and Friday routes will be collected on Friday, Nov. 25.  For more information, call 229-259-3590 or visit www.valdostacity.com/residential-sanitation-services.

Due to a welcomed and rapid increase of pledged participants, we have changed the location of the 2016 Christmas Bazaar. The old location was the Senior Citizens Center. The new location is 2601 Bemiss Road at the Entrepreneurs of Valdosta, Inc. which is on the Northside of Sonics. The event is from 10AM to 2PM. SCORE is our small business mentor while November 26, 2016 is designated as small business Saturday. The events include our Christmas Bazaar, a variety of vendors, free activities for adults and children, along with guest artists and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa. This year we will also have a flea market. Portions of the proceeds will be used to help Stop Domestic Violence and to help the homeless. The Haven and Lamp will be on hand with information about how you can help or be helped.

The Valdosta Main Street office has released its 24th edition in the series of the Downtown Valdosta Christmas ornaments. These local collectibles feature historic downtown landmarks and make wonderful holiday gifts. The 2016 ornament is red and features the Strand-Alamo Theatre building located at 206 N. Patterson Street, which is now home to Birdie’s Market. The Downtown Valdosta Christmas ornaments for years 2010 through 2016 cost $10 each. Ornaments from years 2001 through 2009 may also be purchased for $6 each, while supplies last. Citizens may purchase these local collectibles at the Valdosta Main Street office, located on the first floor of the Valdosta City Hall Annex, at 300 N. Lee Street. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, call 229-259-3577.

 Mayor John Gayle and Valdosta First Lady Peggy Gayle will officially kick off the holiday season in Valdosta at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, on Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus, as he assists with the lighting of the fully-decorated 30-foot Christmas tree located on the front lawn of City Hall, at 216 E. Central Avenue. This year’s event will also feature the St. John’s Catholic Church Youth Choir, under the direction of Donna Farwell, who will lead attendees in the singing of a few holiday favorites. This exceptional 32-member choir performs locally and abroad, even traveling to Rome, Italy earlier this year to perform for Pope Francis at his New Year’s Day Mass. At the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Valdosta Youth Council will be accepting donations from community members for the Mayor’s Holiday Gift Drive . VYC members will also host a table where attendees can sign greeting cards for military service members who are deployed during the holidays. These cards will be mailed with the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program in time for the holidays.  While enjoying the festivities, citizens may enjoy hot cocoa, hot apple cider and other light refreshments provided by the Valdosta Main Street office. Citizens are encouraged to stay downtown after the Christmas Tree Lighting to enjoy the fun dining, shopping and entertainment experience of First Friday, through 9:30 p.m. This First Friday will also include the year’s final Art Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m., which allows attendees to experience the art in Downtown’s most elegant shops.


On Saturday, Dec. 3, citizens are invited back downtown to enjoy the annual Greater Valdosta Community Christmas Parade, which begins at 5 p.m. The parade will start at Woodrow Wilson Drive, proceed down N. Patterson Street, and end at the Department of Health Building, in Downtown Valdosta. The creative holiday floats will be judged on overall appearance, special effects, creativity, workmanship and use of the theme, which this year is “Dreams of Christmas.” For more information, contact Valdosta Main Street at 229-259-3577 or visit www.valdostamainstreet.com.
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