It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Winter storm warnings continue through 4pm today, with an additional 4-10 inches predicted, and it's blowing all over and colder. The roads are better this morning than they were yesterday afternoon, the plow guys are doing a great job, but be sure to dress for the weather in case you do a little ditch dunking thanks to sudden deep drifts and ice under fine snow. Head lights are a great idea too, as it's pretty dark and swirly in spite of all the white frosting. The high school winter concert went on as planned at the Chilkat Center last night in spite of the blizzard and the new Man Choir stole the ladies' hearts. Power flickered all over town and even up in Klukwan, but lights went out for a couple of hours on the hillside thanks to what I heard were two power lines hitting each other out at Lutak, that blew some sort of fuse in the Young Road area, and took crews some time to repair what with the severe conditions. My granddaughters took their first candlelight bath. (As a fan of them, even when the power is on, I approve.) Still, the pool was open at 6 am this morning, and 85 year-old Joanie was right on time. The police remind snowmachiners to stay on local roads, avoid state roads, use lights, and obey traffic laws. Tomorrow cookies and candy for the contest are due at the Visitor  Center by 3pm, and Whitehorse is coming down (if the road is open) to play the boys' basketball team, at a time to be announced. There's a huge weekend coming up what with the Alaska Native Sisterhood Bazaar at the ANB/ANS Hall Saturday featuring "Carol of the Bells"  ballet performances at 1, 1:30 and 2,  as well as the museum holiday open house, the visitor center open house, Mountain Market's customer appreciation sale, and the parade (line up at 4 at the Elks, everyone welcome, make a float, or grab a gang to carol. Call Annette at 766-2708 if you want to help with the snow dragon). Right after the parade at the Legion is the annual Gifts for Grub Haines Uglies party. Bring a gift for a child and receive a pulled pork sandwich and potluck sides for free. If that's not enough on your plate--  at 7 Saturday night in the Chilkat Center, Juneau's Theater in the Rough presents a comedy, "The Ladies of the Camellias." At 5:45 the Arts Council and Lynn Canal Community Players will host a wine and cheese reception with the cast. Tickets are available at the Babbling Book. (Buy a book-- or three-- for someone while you are there!) Also, the rink at the Fairgrounds is full of hockey players, so check with Paul at the brewery when is best if you want to try a free skate- (or jump into beginner, intermediate, or advanced team play.)  

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