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The National Czech and Slovak Library and Museum is doing its best to bring back memories of yesterday with a Santa’s workshop animatronics display in their museum’s lobby.
According to an article in the Gazette, Sue Zazza Hutchcroft donated a Santa's Workshop display to the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library in honor of her brother Alan Zazza, her parents Mildred and Jack Zazza and her grandparents Milo and Vendelene Simanek. It was reported that the family bought the display after the Killian's department store closed, where it had been a holiday tradition for 20 years.
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees was held Nov. 18 and 19 at Hawkeye Downs. The trees were decorated by area businesses and organizations, and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Proceeds from the event will benefit a variety of local non-profits, including The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Shoes for Kids, and Toys for Tots.
Visit our holiday event page for fun activities this holiday season!
On this Day
Dec. 12, 1917
Father Flanagan Opens
In Omaha, Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan, a 31-year-old Irish priest, opens the doors to a home for troubled and neglected children, and six boys enter to seek a better life. Flanagan, who previously ran the Workingmen’s Hotel, a haven for down-and-out workers in Omaha, understood that mistreated or orphaned children were at high risk of turning to delinquency and crime in later years.
Most people don't start thinking about the holiday season until after Halloween. But those who are entrusted with the tasks of gathering presents and food for those less fortunate are busy months in advance.
If you would like to help make this holiday season a memorable one for someone in need, click on the tab below. There are many volunteer opportunities to choose from; bell ringing, helping out at one of the dinners, distributing food, or helping out with Toys for Tots.
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Looking for the best cookie recipes? Maybe you're looking to make something different this year. You'll find it on our Christmas Baking page!