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Through the eyes of children


The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will be holding their business after hours on Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Crook County Fairgrounds, and your host will be the Grimes Christmas Display.

I ran into Beth Grimes on Saturday, where she was in search of some miniature horse figurines to add to her always-growing collection of Christmas pieces that started in 1937. She now has more than 10,000 individual pieces, some large, some small, but all cherished for one reason or another.

The Grimes Christmas Display has had many homes over the years. I remember taking my children to the Grimes' home each year, where they transformed their living room into a magical Christmas wonderland for all ages to “Remember when you Believed.”

It became an annual outing for our family and I hold very fond memories of the times spent watching our children’s eyes grow big as they looked around in awe and wonder, and knowing that they truly believed. I want to thank Jay and Beth Grimes for all the time, effort, and love they have put into bringing the Grimes Christmas Display to the community throughout the years. As a parent, it was always exciting to see the display through the eyes of children.

You can remember to believe at this year’s Christmas in the Pines, to be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 28, Wednesday through Saturday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Crook County Fairgrounds.

Christmas in the Pines will feature an enchanting light show in the comfort of your vehicle; you can walk through the historic Grimes Christmas Display and Ochoco Valley Railroad exhibits, and meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa on Saturdays.

The cost is non-perishable food for the local food bank or pet food for the Humane Society of the Ochocos. Donations will also be accepted and appreciated.

I highly recommend that you make plans to attend this event this year with your loved ones and make it a family tradition as you remember to believe.

For more information on these and other events held at the Crook County Fairgrounds, call 541-447-6575. If you would like more information on Christmas in the Pines, contact Debbie Smith at 541-280-0029

• Amerititle, located at 150 N.E. Court St., is accepting canned, non-perishable food for their Annual Civil War Food Drive. They have pledged to match your donations can for can and have set a goal to meet or beat 1,000 pounds of food to support our local families through St. Vincent Food Bank. You can drop off your donations in either the Oregon State Beaver or Oregon Duck's “field goal” from now through Nov. 29.

• "What’s Brewing?" will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 8 a.m., at Meadow Lakes Restaurant. This week’s speaker will be Central Oregon Trails Alliance. The community forum is free and open to the public, and breakfast is available for purchase.

• Prineville Perk will be held at the Above and Beyond Sleep Headquarters on Friday, Nov. 15, from 8 to 8:30 a.m. They are located at 800 N. Main St. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

You can now check out Kindle e-readers at the Crook County Library through their new e-reader lending program. It comes with a variety of titles for children through adults. For more information, you can visit the Crook County Librar