By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
There are so many things planned for the Imperial Chamber of Commerce’s “Old Fashioned Christmas” set for Dec. 2 that it’s almost hard to decide where to start.
Besides all of the special events, many stores are offering in-house specials.
Let’s say you’re hungry, first of all. Cookies, popcorn and cider will be served free at the following businesses throughout the day: Home Decor, State Farm Insurance, Imperial Credit Union, Farm Credit Services of America, Lied Imperial Public Library, MPCC Extended Campus and Adams Lumber.
While you’re munching at Adams Lumber, check out the guest artwork displayed.
Moving across the street to Adams Bank & Trust, view the gingerbread houses displayed in a contest. Then saunter across the street and up the block to The Imperial Republican, where a demonstration of the press run will be given twice, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Getting hungry again? Imperial Country Ford is serving cinnamon rolls and coffee all day, and showing off the new 2010 Ford Mustang. Subway is offering a free drink or chips with the purchase of a six or 12-inch sandwich all day.
If you buy a large specialty pizza at Pizza Hut you get a single order of bread sticks free, and hard shell tacos will be 65 cents at Kwik Stop all day.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adams Drug is serving free hot dogs, chips and cookies, while First Bank and Trust is serving free chili.
Of course, you’ve been hitting the stores, signing up for their drawings, such as gift cards at Alco, Carman’s Appliance, Added Touch and Frenchman Valley Coop; dinner for two at the Eagles Club, a basket full of party goodies at Imperial Super Foods, 12 pounds of popcorn at AK Acres, Chamber Bucks at McPherron Skiles & Loop CPAs, PC, a free family sitting fee at Pages in Time by Ann, a Nativity Set at Moreland Realty and more.
Many stores are offering discounts on items storewide, or for Christmas fabric at Priors, or toys, clothes and hand tools at 21st Century.
Some businesses are giving away items such as road atlases at State Farm Insurance.
Still hungry? Register for Hills’ Family Foods basket full of baking goods, or register for a dinner for two at Jack’s.
Green flyers with all of the specials, times and locations were mailed to boxholders and rural residents on Monday. If you take the flyer in to M&M Natural JAZ on Dec. 2, you’ll get a second lunch for $2.
Then it’s on to the special childrens’ events. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa at Pinnacle Bank from 3:30-6 p.m. Listen to Christmas stories being read by Christmas characters at the city offices from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Watch a free movie, “Christmas in Happy Forest,” at Lied Imperial Public Library from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Marla Smith and her guitar students will perform at McNair Agency from 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Christmas Carolers will be roaming the downtown area from 4:30-6 p.m., and the Christmas lights will be turned on about 4:30 p.m.
Hungry again? The Chamber will be serving soup and pie at the VFW Hall from 5-7 p.m. for a free will donation. All proceeds will benefit the Adam Spady fund to defray transportation and medical costs for Adam’s cancer treatment.
During the supper, drawing winners will be announced, beginning at 5:15 p.m. In addition, if the green flyer is brought in to the VFW or Pinnacle Bank before 5:15 p.m., the owner is eligible for the drawing for Chamber Bucks.
Five free tickets for The Imperial Theatre will also be given at the supper.
The day draws to a close, and all who participated will wind their way home, laden with goodies and presents purchased “at home” in Imperial. Lucky ones will also be looking forward to spending their Chamber Bucks for more Christmas presents.
Check out gift idea page
Starting this week, and for the following three weeks in December, The Imperial Republican will be including a page of Christmas ornaments. On the ornaments will be special Christmas gift ideas available at Imperial businesses.
Jana Pribbeno, the newspaper’s ad sales rep, encourages local residents to look for specials and great gift ideas each week for their holiday gift-giving.
Find this week’s on page B6.