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Trenton-Dade Optimist looking for volunteers for Oct. 24 Halloween event

The Trenton-Dade Optimist Club said volunteers are greatly needed for the drive-by Halloween Trick or Treating event on Oct. 24.


The event will take place in the Dade County High School parking lot from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. With COVID-19 still very much affecting daily life, Dade County Public Library Manager Marshanna Sharp said that parents and children are not allowed to leave their vehicles as they pass by each candy booth and trailers are not allowed.


Former club President Sarah Moore said that anyone interested in volunteering at the event should contact Sharp at the library. 


“We’re going to do this as safely as we can,” Sharp said. “[Trenton Mayor] Alex Case will be helping with traffic.”


Sharp said there will be 20 candy booths set up six feet apart. Case said the candy will be pre-packed and passed to each car through a tube to prevent social distancing issues.


Optimist members are collecting canned food items for Thanksgiving baskets that will be delivered to needy families on Nov. 15.


Club member Nina Carter announced at the club’s Oct. 6 meeting that she is selling wreaths, sprays, Christmas trees, centerpieces, candles and door hangers. Carter said that since the decorations are real, freshly cut and set at good prices, she is hoping to sell as many as possible to Dade citizens looking for gifts and Christmas pieces to add around their homes.


Carter said that wreaths range from $30 to $35, wreath sprays range from $25 to $30, Christmas trees are $35, garlands are $25 to $50, candles are $4.25 and door hangers are $2. To order any of these, find a Trenton-Dade Optimist Member or contact Nina Carter at 423-309-4580.


Carter said orders will finish on Nov. 1 and will be available for pickup in the first week of December. Checks should be made out to the Trenton-Dade Optimist Club.


The club will conduct a “Citizen of the Quarter” presentation on Nov. 10.


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