Tree-lighting ceremony

Residents gather during last year’s tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 6, 2014. 

Soroptimist International of Patterson is reaching out to the community with three events planned in the coming weeks and entries are being taken now.

  • Christmas Trees in the Park, entry deadline Nov. 18: Once again decorated Christmas trees will fill South Park in historic downtown Patterson. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Saturday, Dec. 5, and the trees will be displayed through the holidays. Each entry includes a 6-foot Douglas fir tree, and the entrant supplies the outdoor-quality lights and decorations. This year there will be a judging competition for the decorated trees. Entries are $25 each and checks should be made payable to “Soroptimist International of Patterson” and dropped off to Veronica Ferraro at U.S. Bank, 12 Plaza.

    INFO: Juanzette Hunter, 892-6651.
  • Hot Cocoa 5K Family Fun Run: The event begins at 8 a.m. the morning of Dec. 5 at the Del Puerto Health Center, 1700 Keystone Blvd. The flat course finishes at the Keystone Basin Park. Entertainment will be featured along the course and every runner gets a holiday tumbler. Prizes will be awarded to first place, the most festive team of five, and the most festive team of 10. All proceeds will fund scholarships for female students in the Patterson Joint Unified School District. Online registration is preferred. Day of registration will be available from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Register online at runreg.com/hot-cocoa-run. Mail entry forms and checks payable to: Soroptimist International of Patterson Attn: Hot Cocoa 5K Family Fun Run.

    INFO: Kinisha Campbell, kinishacampbell@yahoo.com.
  • Relay for Life Purple Ribbons: Soroptimist International of Patterson will be painting the city of Patterson purple by hanging purple ribbons honoring Relay for Life during the month of May 2016. The cost is $10 per ribbon. Soroptimist will hang the ribbons and participants should include their name or business on the participation roster.

    INFO: Juanzette Hunter: 892-6651.

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