By Bill Stoudenmire
Poway's free, traditional holiday celebration in Old Poway Park on Saturday drew a huge crowd of parents and their children, enjoying everything from face-painting, ornament-making, old fashioned games, a petting zoo, train rides, caroling and dancing, food and more.
Former Poway City Councilmember Bob Emery hosted the tree-lighting ceremony on the porch of Templar's Hall, and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by train right on time.
The event was co-sponsored this year by the City of Poway, the Old Poway Park Action Committee, Old Poway Village, The Home Depot of Poway, Walter Andersen Nursery, Francis Ralph Potograpiya and Neal Electric. Way to give back!
Boardwalk Craft Market
If you're looking for a beautiful, useful, hand-made gift for someone special this season, the Boardwalk Craft Market in Old Poway Park may be your best bet and it's open for one more Saturday before Christmas. It's called the “Boardwalk” because it's held on the covered boardwalk along the tracks of the Poway Midland Railroad.
The market features contemporary artists creating unique items in the spirit of the turn-of-the-last-century arts and crafts Movement. Check it out this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The artists will be present to answer your questions.
CERT Seeking Applicants
The City of Poway has begun accepting applications for the 2014 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy. It is set to begin on Saturday, Jan. 25, and will continue for 10 successive Saturdays through March 29.
If you want to sign up, just print and complete the 2014 CERT application from the City website www.poway.org. Return it to Michelle Clark at email@example.com, or mail it to the Poway Fire Department, P.O. Box 789, Poway, CA 92074-0789.
You can drop it off in person at the fire department administrative offices located at 13050 Community Rd. on the second floor. Class size is limited so hurry.
Donate Backyard Produce
Local families in need can use the extra produce from your garden for their holiday tables.
The recent rain has made everything happy. Don't let your backyard fruits and vegetables go bad.
Donate them this Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Seven Oaks Community Center, 16789 Bernardo Oaks Dr. in Rancho Bernardo, and at the Connection Church, 14047 Twin Peaks Rd. here in Poway.
Don't have time to harvest it yourself? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-485-5449.