The Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses and individuals in all the Upper Rogue communities to join them in helping those less fortunate have a very special Christmas. The Chamber will open Santa’s Shop Dec. 11 and continue it through Dec. 23, assuming the donated items last that long. The shop will be for all ages of those who cannot really afford to purchase items for family members. While donations will be accepted, those who cannot pay will be able to shop.
Right now the Chamber is collecting donations of new or nearly new items for every age. Items can be brought to the Upper Rogue Independent, in Ray’s Shopping Center, in Eagle Point., Mon-Fri 9-4:30 p.m. A list of donors will be posted at Santa’s Shop. In addition to items, donations of cash will enable Santa’s elves to go shopping. Wrapping paper, ribbon and a variety of boxes will be needed. Word of mouth has already seen donations of puzzles, books, jewelry and toys. Also needed is a clothes rack to hang a number of nice articles of clothing being received. Anyone who can loan such an item is asked to call the Chamber at 541-826-6945.Thanks to the City of Eagle Point, come Dec. 11 Santa’s Shop will be open in the Judge Stewart House (big blue two story house on Main St.) Hours will be posted in the Independent and at Santa’s Shop. There will be some special times set aside for children to shop for their siblings, parents and grandparents.
Plans are well underway for many holiday activities in the Upper Rogue. Information on The Magic of Christmas in Butte Falls can be found on page 22 while Shady Cove is making plans for activities as noted on page 14.
Eagle Point will have their traditional Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Bob Moore Park on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. This year the Eagle Point Community Association has selected John Meeker, who just retired as Eagle Point Chief of Police to light the tree. Following that ceremony, all the little ones will be off to the Ashpole Center for a visit with Santa. As always, there will be mound of stuffed animals from which each child may select one.
The entry deadline for the community decorating contest is Wednesday, Dec. 8. Judging will be Dec. 10-11. A new category this year includes “windows.” Entry blanks will be available at city hall starting Nov. 22.
And on Nov. 29, at 10:30 the holiday decorations will go up all around the business area.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent