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20,000 Fruitcakes Under the Sea
Ninth Internationally Acclaimed Independence Fruitcake Festival
FLOW OF EVENTS
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. (A. Einstein)
6pm Festival Convocation by Clanging of Flatware. Welcome, Welcome to all Fruitcake Aficionados. Introduction of Distinguished Guests and Festival Staff. Reinvestiture of King Bryan Kostors, Fruitcake Monarch for Life (until 6:15 PM, ± a bit
6:15 + a big DANCING with the Fruitcakes! Surf Music. The more you dance, the more Fruitcake you can eat! While we play, Judges Dean Stout and Brian Lamb, and Nutometer Technician Kevin Carunchio undertake the solemn task of judging:
- Fruitcake that traveled the Farthest
- Oldest Fruitcake
- Most Solids
- Judges Award, and
- Best of Theme
Stay hydrated with Eggnog! Make it a complete meal with your choice of clam chowder or a tuna sandwich. Just $5 - proceeds go to the Indy Kids Club. Remember this evening forever. Authentic “20,000 League Under the Sea” Movie Poster in frame will be raffled off to benefit Kids Club. Buy your winning ticket at the Chowder Bar. $1 each or 6 for $5.
7:15ish Hula Instruction. Get your wiggle on. Before you wiggle out of your costume, we will have the Best Costume Contest. Applause will designate
7:45ish Live Musical Mishmash
8:15ish FRUITCAKE TASTING BEGINS. Coffee and water available to help. But, wait, don’t leave!
8:30 ish The ARCHIVAL CIVIL DEFENSE FRUITCAKE will come out of seclusion. settle everything. King Bryan will select a taster from the many eager attendees. Not to worry, it’s only 9 years old.
8:45 ish AWARDS CEREMONY with wonderful and special prizes from our very own Fort Independence Travel Plaza, China Ranch Date Farm and Aplets & Cotlets. Dancing Continues – wild revelry
When: Sat., Dec. 14 (6pm-?)
Where: Legion Hall, Independence, ca
Spellbinder Books: Donate a used book and did you know you can donate that store credit to IMACA Wish Tree.
Here at Spellbinder, our customers are smart AND generous! Knowing that we participate in the Wish Tree discount program every year, a customer recently brought in some secondhand books for the store and asked that her store credit be donated to children in the Wish Tree program. What a great idea!!
If you'd like to do the same, gently used books can be brought in anytime during store hours. We'll determine which ones we think we can find new homes for, and add the credit to a special gift card we are accumulating for the Wish Tree.
When you bring your books in, let us know:
a) if you need to know the value of your donation, and
b) if you would like back any books that we can't resell, or if we should take them to the thrift store.
Please bring "Wish Tree Used Books" in by Wednesday, December 11th so that we'll have time to process them, figure the credit, and most importantly, make sure there is time to pick out (or order, if neccessary) books for the kids! Thanks again for your generousity!
Where: Spellbinder Books, Main Street, Bishop, CA
Click here for the official website.
Spellbinder Books and ICARE invite you to the 14th Annual ICARE Shopping Day on Saturday, December 14th.
Simply purchase a $5 ICARE Donation Ticket at the store between 10 am and 6 pm and receive 20% off a wonderful selection of books, calendars, greeting cards and assorted gifts. There will also be a drawing for prizes. Your $5 donation goes directly to ICARE and helps the Eastern Sierra’s homeless pets in need. Happy Holidays!
Proceeds from this year's event will go directly to Raise the Roof—a Cause for Paws, a fundraiser for the new Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center to be constructed in Big Pine, California. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday!
Spellbinder Books - $5 ICARE Donation Tickets gets you 20% OFF
When: Sat., Dec. 14 (10am-6pm)
Where:124 South Main Street, Bishop, CA
Questions: Lynne at 760-873-4511
The Bishop Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that they have been able to reschedule the annual Christmas Parade! As everyone is aware by now, the parade was originally slated for last Saturday, December 7th, but unfortunately had to be canceled due to snow and very slippery ice conditions that morning. Chamber staff has been working since then to coordinate a new date, time and location – no small task since it usually takes a few months to plan a parade and there are only two Saturdays between now and Christmas!
The Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 21st at 11am. There is a NEW location on Spruce Street, just east of Kmart and Vons. The route will run north to south, with the staging area on Wye Road and ending in the center parking lot at the Bishop City Park. The new time will be 11:00 am as it’s likely to be one hour warmer by then.
“We’re thankful that everyone has been so understanding; and we’re thankful for the cooperation and support of CalTrans and the City of Bishop,” states Tawni Thomson of the Bishop Chamber. CalTrans had originally offered to extend the parade permit for Main Street, but unfortunately it was not possible to get enough police officers scheduled for all of the road closures and detours on the 21st. The new route will require far fewer traffic control signs and personnel.
“While we certainly would prefer to have the parade on Main Street, we’re happy to have an alternative available for this year. Many people had gone to a lot of effort to create costumes and decorate floats and they are happy that we’ve been able to reschedule,” said Chamber Event Coordinator April Leeson. “We’re also happy that our special Grand Marshall Gia Joy Gehringer will get the chance to use that parade wave she’s been practicing.”
All parade entries that were previously registered have been contacted and you do not need to complete new forms. If you didn’t previously sign up, but would like to participate, please drop by the Chamber office before December 18th to sign up.
When: Sat., Dec. 21 (11am)
Where: NEW LOCATION - Spruce Street, just east of Kmart and Vons (running N to S)
Deadline to Register: Wed., Dec. 18
Questions/Register: April 760-873-8405.
The “Flu” Has Arrived
This week, public health received the first report of the season of a local who has a laboratory confirmed influenza infection. The individual has not traveled out of the area, and has not been hospitalized.
Seasonal flu activity in continuing to increase in parts of the US, and is expected to continue to rise in the coming weeks. Hardest hit areas include the South Central and Southeast regions of the country, especially Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Louisiana. California is experiencing the expected low levels thus far.
Nationwide, there have been 3 influenza-associated pediatric deaths so far. Last year, there were 169 pediatric deaths in children younger than 18 years of age. Almost half of children who are hospitalized or die from complications of influenza have no identified underlying medical conditions! These deaths are a somber reminder of the danger that flu poses to even healthy children.
This week (Dec 8-14) happens to be National Influenza Vaccination Week. Getting an annual flu vaccine remains the single most effective way for you to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications. Flu vaccine can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work or school due to the flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths for yourself, your family, and your community. Thus far, the vaccine is a perfect match for the strains of influenza that are circulating.
We want to highlight several points:
* Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone older than 6 months of age – that includes you!
* Getting the vaccine is especially important for children younger than 5 years of age and children of any age with an underlying medical condition like asthma, a neurological or neurodevelopmental disorder or immune suppression. In addition, vaccine is especially important for people who come in contact with high risk children.
* Pregnant women should all get the flu vaccine (in any trimester), as they are more likely to become seriously ill with the flu, and have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery.
* Since babies under 6 months of age cannot get a vaccine, pregnant mothers, and all caregiver’s and close contacts (Dad’s, siblings, grandparents, and babysitters) should be vaccinated to protect the baby.
* An egg free vaccine is available this year for those persons with severe egg allergies.
If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, now is the time! It will take about 2 weeks for protection to develop. Vaccine is offered locally at doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, and the health department. Do yourself, your family, and your community a favor – get a flu vaccine before the holidays!
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