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City’s Holiday Celebration Scheduled
Riverbank Museum
Riverbank Historical Society board members and volunteers were at the city’s museum on Saturday, taking the first steps toward seeing that the society’s antique 1919 Model T Ford is ready for the Christmas Parade coming up Thanksgiving weekend. They hope their participation in the parade that Saturday evening will inspire volunteers to come forward who are interested in preserving the history of Riverbank for generations to come. Ric McGinnis/The News

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas, at least in downtown Riverbank, with Thanksgiving just a week away.

And the weekend following Thanksgiving, the city begins its formal celebration with a day of holiday activities stretching from afternoon until well after dark.

The 52nd Annual Craft Faire and Christmas Parade are set for Saturday, Nov. 27. The faire will begin at noon, with the parade starting at 5:30 p.m. or so, with entries required to be lighted. There’ll be the usual tree lighting after the parade, at Plaza del Rio Park.

Santa will arrive near the end of the parade, then help light the tree and pose for some family photos after that.

Awards for the parade will be announced at 7:30 p.m., just before the tree lighting.

For more information and registration, participants are invited to call the city Parks and Recreation office at 209-863-7150.


Toys For Tots

Before all that, the annual Toys For Tots Campaign will kick off, at SaveMart Supermarket in the Crossroads Shopping Center, this Saturday, Nov. 20. Hours will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in front of the store.

The event, as usual, is sponsored by local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve members and Central Valley Community Resources. They’re accepting both cash donations as well as unwrapped, new toys. Monetary donations are also accepted with checks made payable to Toys for Tots Riverbank or CVCR (Central Valley Community Resources).

Along with the toy collection, those visiting Crossroads will get the chance to see the Show and Shine Car Show and have free pictures taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers also say there’ll be other locations to drop off toys in coming weeks, through Dec. 16. They include Riverbank Unified School District offices, the CASA del Rio, and several other businesses around town.


Home Decorating Contest

The city is taking entries for a Holiday Home Decorating Contest that will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The top three homes will win a cash prize, they say.

Applications can be obtained at the Parks and Recreation office. Deadline to apply is Dec. 10.


Shop With A Cop

Riverbank Police Services has announced the 13th Annual Shop With A Cop program will also return in December.

They say it’s designed to help underprivileged children during the holiday season.

According to officials, it’s through generous donations from the community and participating local businesses that selected children receive a warm jacket, shoes, or other much needed essential clothing.

Those who can donate and help sponsor a child can bring the donation, or mail a check, to the Riverbank Police Services office, 6727 Third Street, Riverbank CA, 95367.

Donors are asked to make the checks payable to “City of Riverbank”. A donation receipt will be available on request, as will a Tax ID Number.

Riverbank Christmas
Last week, in downtown Riverbank, signs of the coming holiday season were beginning to pop up in the heart of the business district. Here, at the corner of Third and Santa Fe streets, where Plaza del Rio Park is located, banners celebrating the approaching holidays are displayed on the street light poles there. A daylong celebration in the area is set for Saturday, Nov. 27, just after Thanksgiving. Ric McGinnis/The News