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  • Celebrate the holidays in Alpine, Mountain Empire

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    By the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

        ​Everyone’s invited to the first official event on Saturday, Dec. 1, to beautify Alpine Boulevard!
    Twelve native plants will be planted and native plant workshops will be held between 9 a.m. and noon outside The Alpine Sun newspaper at 2144 Alpine Blvd. and the Alpine Woman’s Club at 2156 Alpine Blvd.
        ​“It’s going to be a volunteer workshop,” said Jon Green, Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) program and outreach director. “We’re going to teach people how to plant native plants.  There will also be some pruning and plant protection.”
    The project by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, BCLT and the Certified Community Wildlife Habitat is a continuing effort to make the boulevard more attractive.
        ​There will be more plantings in December and January! 
        ​Mountain Health & Community Services is celebrating the holiday season with two free Christmas parties this Saturday, Dec. 1, in Jacumba Hot Springs and Campo!
        ​The Jacumba Christmas Party for the Highland Senior Citizen Group will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at 44681 Old Highway 80. The Campo Christmas Party will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rancho Del Campo, 957 Forest Gate Road.
        ​Presented by nonprofit Mountain Health & Community Services, there will be free toys, snacks, crafts and games at each party. Please bring a canned good donation. 
        ​For more information, call (619) 445-6200, extension 132.
        ​Forget who’s naughty or nice ---- all rescued animals at Lions Tigers and Bears will get gifts and fresh Christmas trees this Saturday, Dec. 1, at the sanctuary’s     ​“Christmas Festival Fundraiser!”
        ​Food trucks, a full bar, shopping at the LTB gift shop, a silent auction and a visit from Santa are included in the fun from 1-4 p.m. at 24402 Martin Way.
    Requested donations for members are $40 per adult and $15 each for children 12 and under. It’s $65 for nonmember adult tickets and $20 per child.
    VIP tickets, which include a “Feed a Wild One” opportunity and a holiday drink, are $125 per adult and $15 per child for members. Nonmember VIP donations are $150 for adults and $20 for children. All tickets are $10 more at the door.
    Register online at www.lionstigersandbears.org. Call (619) 659-8078 for details.
        ​The Alpine Woman’s Club has five beautiful homes decorated this year for your viewing pleasure on Saturday, Dec. 15, for their 13th annual Christmas in Alpine Home Tour!
        ​The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 each in advance or $35 on the day of the event.
        ​Tickets may be purchased at Alpinewomansclub.org; the Postal Annex of Alpine, 2710 Alpine Blvd.; Alpine Garden & Gifts, 2442 Alpine Blvd., or from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the event day at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd.
        ​Proceeds will benefit The Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship, Preservation and Education Foundation.
    There will be refreshments throughout the day at the Alpine Woman’s Club. Please, no children under the age of 13.
        ​Congratulations to the Alpine Community Center for delivering more than 50 free Thanksgiving dinners to the homes of Alpine senior residents!
    This was the center’s 21st year of the program for older people who are homebound, on a limited income or don’t have family in the area.
        ​“They (seniors) were excited, tickled pink, very appreciative,” said Cindi Robertson, operations manager of the center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. “One woman I talked to was overwhelmed with gratitude.”
        ​Robertson thanked the “amazing delivery drivers,” Alpine Albertsons for their Turkey Bucks program that provided the meals and the generous Albertsons customers and private community donors who helped make the free dinner program possible.
        ​Be sure to mark Friday, Dec. 7, on your calendar for the free “23rd Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival!”
    Starting at 6 p.m., Alpine Boulevard between West Victoria Drive and Tavern Road will be shut down for the parade. It starts at 6:30 p.m.
    The free Snow Festival ---- with real snow for sledding ---- begins after the parade ends. The festival in the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road is over at 9 p.m.
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