Christmas Hamper applications now being accepted

Applications for Christmas Hampers are now being accepted Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. until Dec. 5 at Colborne Legion for postal codes K0K 1S0 and K0K 1M0.
The Colborne Legion program is coordinated with The Giving Tree of Northumberland County: each sponsor is matched with an anonymous child who tells Santa only their age, gender and secret gift wish.
To share the spirit of Christmas in our community this year, cash donations are definitely needed to ensure requirements are met. Food donations will be accepted at the Legion anytime after Dec. 8. The Giving Tree program coordinates the toy donations.

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Festival of Trees returns Nov. 22-23!

The annual Colborne Public School Festival of Trees has become a holiday tradition. The festival of decorated Christmas trees returns to the Colborne Legion 5-9 p.m. Nov. 22 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 23. Admission is free! Come in and view the many trees decorated by community sponsors, including families, industries, businesses and community groups. Enjoy some seasonal sweets and hot chocolate! The trees are beautiful — and you have the opportunity to purchase tickets to win your favourite tree! All proceeds go to support the Colborne Public School Music Program (the multi-award-winning kids thank you for your support!). While the festival is open, feel free to drop off food bank donations. For more information, contact Chad Morford at 905.355.2532 or e-mail chad-morford@kprdsb.ca .

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Join the stars at Santa Claus Parade 7 p.m. Nov. 23

Christmas brings thoughts of a star … and stars. The Colborne/Cramahe Santa Claus Parade Committee has been busy planning for the big event! This year, the starlight parade theme is “Stars”, be it the five-pointed kind or your favourite Christmastime “star” — Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, etc.
The 2013 parade will take place 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
As always, the theme is to serve as an incentive. Put on your thinking caps and devise ways to decorate your special parade entry. While there is a prize specifically for the Float Best Depicting the Theme, there are plenty of other categories, with prizes to be awarded to floats which may or may not be theme-oriented. These categories are: Best Overall, Best Industrial, Best Commercial, Best Churches/Schools, Best Youth Group, Best Service Club, Best Family, and Best Walkers. There’s lots of opportunity to be truly creative.
All parade entries must complete an Entry Form by Monday, November 18. Entry Forms are available on-line at http://colbornelegion.org/ or contact Tracy Loveless, Parade Chair, colcramsantaparade@hotmail.com or phone 905.355.3488.
Please remember: there is only one Santa Claus in the Colborne parade, and he has his very own float at the end of the parade. The Colborne-Cramahe Santa Claus Parade is organized under the umbrella of the Colborne Legion.

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Monthly pool tourney Nov. 24

The monthly pool tournament is the last Sunday in November, Nov. 24. There are cash prizes to be won for first-, second- and third-place finalists. Sign in at 11:30 a.m. for the random pairing of partners. Registration is $7 per person. A lunch is available for $3. Play begins at 12 noon on the two pool tables in the club room. For more information or to pre-register, call Bill Lutton at 613.475.6480 or e-mail him at bill@creditsupportservices.ca .

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Annual dues are due

Tick-tick-tick! It’s time to renew annual membership dues! Pay your $50 by the end of November and you’re eligible for the Early Bird draw. You could win free dues for the year!

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Gift cards deadline Dec. 1 (gifts that keep on giving!)

Last chance before Christmas! Gift yourself and the Colborne Legion! It can be done by taking a new approach to your everyday purchases. Buy pre-paid “gift cards” for a whole host of name retailers. They never expire and you get the full value for the amount you buy. The retailer, in turn, pays a percentage (from 2 to 10%) of the value to the Legion. The orders for the gift cards go in monthly. Next deadline date for ordering is 5 p.m., Dec. 1. Among the 170 retailers included are Canadian Tire (including gas), No Frills (including gas), Your Independent Grocer (YIG), Metro, Ultramar, Staples, Winners, Giant Tiger and so on. Drop by the Colborne Legion for an order form. Make a cheque out to RCL Branch 187. Or, go on-line at http://colbornelegion.org/shop-n-support .

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Bid euchre tourney Dec. 1

The next bid euchre tournament will be held Sunday, Dec. 1 at Colborne Legion. Register ($5 per player) by noon for an afternoon of play. Great prizes to be won! A homemade, delicious lunch is available for just $2.

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Silent Auction is a seasonal favourite: Dec. 5-8

One of the favourite annual events at the Colborne Legion is the Silent Auction. There are tables of donated new or gently used items ideal for gifts, stocking stuffers and/or favours. You never know just what treasure you’ll discover! The items will be on display and bidding sheets active from Thursday, Dec. 5. Then, the Sunday afternoon of Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. on, the last-minute bidding begins in earnest over wine and cheese. Bids are closed from 4 p.m. on, item by item. It’s great fun! If you’d like to donate an item or items, do so anytime after Nov. 24 at the Colborne Legion. There’s no admission and all are welcome! Ho, ho, ho!

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New Year’s Eve tickets on sale now!

This year, Colborne will have a real New Year’s Eve party and dance! We’re bringing in the high-energy, live country/rock band Sawmill Road! The New Year’s Eve event includes a celebratory meal, special party favours and lots fun. Tickets are $75 per couple, $40 single, available in the Club Room or Tim’s Auto, 237 Industrial Park Road, Colborne, 905-355-3388. This is one you won’t want to miss!

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Frugal Friday every Friday at Colborne Legion

It’s Frugal Friday every Friday in our clubroom. Regular beer and liquor becomes $3 each after 4 p.m. until closing at 10 p.m.. End the week on a frugal note with friends new and old. Arrive an hour early for one of our twice-monthly dinners and enjoy the savings! There’s free high-speed Internet connection service at the Colborne Legion! Our club room is open seven days a week at 1 p.m..

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