Enjoy many activities and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at 11th annual event


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Posted Online: Nov. 29, 2012, 12:18 pm
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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com
The 11th annual Christmas in Silvis celebration will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

People can enjoy free carriage rides, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch ice sculptor Rob Storm create art from blocks of ice in the town square between city hall, Blackhawk Bank and Trust and the police station, at 121 11th St.

The garden club will serve homemade cookies, hot cocoa, coffee and cider as people listen to carolers, the Silvis Junior High School choir and band and United Township High School choir.

St. Mark's Church will serve a sandwich and soup supper at the church.

"It puts everyone in the Christmas spirit, and we like giving them the opportunity to enjoy Silvis," City Clerk Jim Nelson said. "The greatest thing about this is it's sponsored by the Silvis Business Association."

Wreaths decorated by 11 city officials will be auctioned, and gift baskets donated by various Silvis businesses will be raffled, with all proceeds going to benefit Toys for Tots. There also will be a $1,000 donation to Toys for Tots in addition to money raised for the group at the event.

"It's nice to have a free event," Shirley Helmick, Christmas in Silvis chairwoman, said. "We do this every year on the first Saturday in December. It has come to represent raising money for Toys for Tots."

City Administrator Jim Grafton said he expects about 300 people to attend the event, and looks most forward to seeing kids have fun.

Ladies of the Library will host a craft area for children upstairs in the fire department, with volunteers from IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union.

A large tree donated by Weber's Tree Farm will be decorated with help from the Boy Scouts. It will be on display in the town square in time for the event.

"If it weren't for co-chairs Jim and Flora Nelson, of the Silvis Business Association, a lot of this wouldn't get done," Ms. Helmick said. "But no one person does everything; it's one big effort."

















 



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