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Bazaar among holiday highlights this weekend

Dec 6, 2013 - From staff reports

Ovens in Riverton have been bursting with baked goods this month as organizers get ready for the annual Christmas Bazaar at United Methodist Church, one of several holiday-themed events this weekend.

The bazaar always includes a "cookie walk," during which participants fill empty tins with all the goodies they may need to celebrate the holiday season.

Also featured are peanut brittle, hard candy and almond bark as well as cookies, divinity and brownies. Homemade noodles also will be for sale during the event, as well as bags free-trade coffee.

For breakfast, expect hot coffee and sweet rolls. Lunch also is served at midday.

"It has a really intimate feel about it," organizer Helen Warpness said. "A lot of people come for the coffee and stay clear through lunch. ... It's a great time for fellowship and to see people maybe you haven't seen in a while."

UMC also orders brooms and knives for interested buyers, and Warpness said several church-goers make homemade crafts to sell during the bazaar. The money raised during the event supports church missions.

The bazaar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at UMC, 1116 W. Park Ave.

Other events

The Riverton Christmas Craft Festival goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring artists from throughout the state. The event takes place at St. Margaret Catholic School gymnasium at North Seventh Street East and East Park Avenue. For more information call 856-1423.

Central Wyoming College's sleigh rides with Santa at the equine center have been called off to to bitterly cold weather predictions.

On Friday evening, Light Up Lander takes place at Centennial Park on Lander's Main Street. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. and includes music, carols and a drawing followed by Christmas tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus. Attendees can enjoy free hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes; hay rides; and games with prizes. Anyone who brings a can of food to donate will receive a free raffle ticket -- one ticket per can.

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