Facebooks Prineville Local Community Action Grants applications are due Dec. 15

The Central Oregonian will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, so that we can spend time with our families.

Local businesses will be preparing themselves for the shopping to begin on Friday, Nov. 29, with Black Friday specials and the first of many open Sundays in Prineville. The businesses mentioned in this column may not be the only local businesses who will be open for any of the special days and hours. They are, however, the only ones that I have been made aware of through their advertising.

Many of your local retailers will be open with Black Friday Specials, so head into town and make sure that you stop by Bella Boutique, which will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be having 25 percent off regular price Miss Me jeans. Clothesline will open with door buster hours starting at 8 a.m., featuring up to 25 percent off selected merchandise. Ramblin’ Rooster will be offering 20 percent off storewide and they are open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday after Thanksgiving has now become what is known as Small Business Saturday. Created by American Express in 2010, this day is intended to encourage holiday shoppers to support their local economy by shopping at the businesses within their community.

This year, you can enjoy Christmas in the Pines, which starts on Nov. 30, and runs through Dec. 28, Wednesday through Sunday. Santa’s elves have been hard at work so that you can enjoy an enchanting light show in the comfort of your vehicle. It will be a magical display for young and old, of twinkling lights, snowflakes, holiday decorations, and more. You can also walk through the historic Grimes Christmas display, see the Ochoco Valley Railroad display, and meet Mr. Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Open Sundays has become a Prineville tradition with savings throughout the local business community and this year is no exception. Prineville Men’s Wear will be offering 20 percent off their entire stock and are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free gift wrapping. Clothesline will have up to 25 percent off selected items. Coupons for extra savings can be found in their ad in today’s Central Oregonian and also in Friday’s edition. They will be open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Goody’s of Prineville is open every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop early for best selection of chocolates, gift items, and “custom gift baskets.” Bella Boutique, LLC will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 20 percent off storewide, regular-priced merchandise. Ramblin’ Rooster will be offering 20 percent off storewide and they are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Terry’s Jewelry and Gifts will be open on Sunday noon to 4 p.m., and will be offering 20 percent off on all clocks and watches. They also have new jewelry boxes and a wide selection of Salt City candles for the holidays or anytime.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Central Oregonian will be running ads for our local businesses in the Our Town Christmas Giveaway, giving you a chance to win gift certificates from participating businesses and a chance to win one of three Christmas scrip prizes to wrap up your Christmas Shopping.

Crook County Fire and Rescue will be participating in the Holiday Partnership Food Drive.  The Food drive will be Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., collecting non-perishable food items. They will be focusing on the Northridge subdivision area.  For more information contact CCFR at 541-447-5011.

This is your last chance to donate to the Annual Civil War Food Drive, sponsored by Amerititle. Located at 150 N.E. Court St., they are accepting canned, non-perishable food. 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 of Oregon Duck’s “field goal” from now through Nov. 29.

Make plans now to attend the Ninth Annual Community Creche (Nativity) Exhibit with an outdoor live Nativity and Christmas Concert. It will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Southeast Second and Idlewood streets in Prineville. The concert, featuring Central Oregon musicians and the live outdoor nativity, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to Saturday, the indoor crèche display, which features nativities from around the world, will also be open for viewing on Friday, Dec. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public.

"What’s Brewing?" will not be held this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Prineville Perk will not be held on Nov. 29, but will start back up on Dec. 6. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Crooked River Elementary School will be having their Annual Cookies with Santa on Dec. 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free for everyone and sponsored by the Crooked River PTO. It will take place in the Crooked River gymnasium and is your chance to tell Santa what’s on your wish list and get a free cookie. Erin Miller will be taking pictures with Santa!

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