By REBECCA HAZEN
Dade County citizens were reminded of the many different Christmas events happening next weekend, Dec. 4-5, during the weekly county update.
The Dade EXPO – Jolly Holidays will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dade County High School.
Jane Dixon, Alliance for Dade board member, said that the EXPO has sold out of booth spaces.
There will be crafts and kid’s activities. There will also be door prizes. Santa Claus will be at the EXPO from 1 to 3 p.m.
“Let’s welcome people that we see, and maybe they will come back to Trenton for another event,” Dixon said.
A new event, held by the Dade County Sheriff’s Office, Christmas Crossing, will be at the Veterans Memorial Park on the Square, from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be different stations featuring activities such as ornament making and stocking decorating. There will also be light refreshments such as popcorn and hot chocolate.
Light Up Trenton will be at 6 p.m. County Executive Ted Rumley and Trenton Mayor Alex Case will be at the gazebo to turn on the lights in the park. All businesses and homes in Trenton are encouraged to decorate with lights for Christmas.
Audrey Clark, with the Bank of Dade, reminded citizens that the annual Dade County Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.
The parade will come around the Square and end at Moore Funeral Home and Trenton First Baptist Church. Clark asked everyone involved to please put lights on their trailer, float, truck, or even animals, since it is a nighttime parade. Also, please bring candy to toss to the children.
This year there will be judges and a Best in Parade award.
“We are really looking forward to it. It seems to grow more and more each year,” Clark said.
For more information or to enter in the parade, call the Bank of Dade at (706) 657-6842.
There will also be a drive thru live Nativity scene at the Trenton Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Trenton Police Department is collecting donations for the Silver Bells Project. Please drop off donations at Trenton City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For questions, please call Trenton Police Chief Steve Beaudoin at (706) 657-4167.
County offices will be closed this Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. The recycling and waste transfer station will be closed on Thursday, but will be open on Friday, Nov. 26.
Chelsea Kovalevskiy, Cherokee Regional Library Assistant Director, noted that the Dade County Public Library is still looking for a youth education coordinator. The position is part-time and the hourly pay rate is $12.26. To download an application, visit chrl.org/employment-opportunities.
The library is participating in the Food for Fines Program. Library patrons who have overdue fines are encouraged to donate canned goods to pay off their fines. One can equals $1 in overdue fines.
The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, and will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 27.
Dade County 4-H is looking for coaches for the 2022 BB and .22 rifle teams. All coaches will have to have a background check. Coaches are required to attend an overnight training at Rock Eagle 4-H Center to become a certified coach. Please contact the office at (706) 657-4116 if interested.
County Executive Ted Rumley noted that construction on Hales Gap Road is complete. Striping will begin in approximately two weeks. Work on Burkhalter Gap Road began on Monday, Nov. 15, and paving is set to be complete by the end of this week, weather permitting.
Dade County has seen 18 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 1,839 COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.
To make an appointment for a vaccine at the Dade County Health Department, or for questions, call (706) 657-4213.
The weekly county update is broadcast on Facebook and YouTube on Thursdays at 3 p.m.