Elections are over, leaving some happy, some sad, some hopeful, some disappointed, some angry. That’s often the assortment after an election, but how some of those feelings have been expressed this time around is disappointing.
We have a right in this country to express our opinions, but not in a way that hurts others. It’s hard to see and hear about the negatives from both sides.
Our grandson posted on Facebook a picture of a safety pin on a sweater as a symbol of “I will not hurt you. I will do my best to protect you.” Regardless of which side you’re on, this seems like a good way to speak out.
The holiday season is upon us, with more things going on that one can possibly connect with, but here are a few I encourage you attending if you can.
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Paradise Theatre presents “A Christmas Story” Dec. 2,3,4,9 and 10. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. Visit paradisetheatre.org or 253-851-7529 for tickets.
On the Key Peninsula, Santa arrives Dec. 3 at the Key Center Fire Station for breakfast cooked by the firefighters. Seating at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $5 per person, on sale now. Tickets at door are $10.
WayPoint Church hosts a Ladies Christmas Lunch at 12:30 that day. Tickets must be arranged for by Nov. 30, online or at the church at 253-853-7878
From 4 to 7 p.m. that same day at McColley Hall, the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church, 4213 Lackey Rd. KPN, is offering a free community meal and an auction at 5:30 p.m. of more than a dozen unique Christmas trees, decorated and donated by local nonprofits. Proceeds go to the organization that provided the tree or a charity of its choosing.
The KP Historic Society decorated a tree with historic pictures of people and places, for the Save the Vaughn Library Hall fund.
“It’s priceless!” said the committee when asked the value for the auction.
The annual Key Center Tree Lighting takes place at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Key Corral, with Dr. Roes’ Down Home band, Key singers and other carolers gathering to play and sing while awaiting the tree lighting and arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Their sleigh, pulled by a fire department engine, will be traveling to some of the local areas after the kids get their treats and pictures with Santa.
The Bluegrass Minstrel’s Festive Christmas Revelry will start at 6 p.m. Dec 10 at WayPoint Church, 12719 134th Ave., KP N. Fun and music. Special guest group is Bowties & Berets. Free admission, with $6 suggested donations accepted for the Hope Recovery Center.
“Noel, Sing Noel” is the Key singer’s annual gift to the community at 3 p.m. in McColley Hall, 4213 Lackey Rd. KPN. Sacred to light-hearted music by the chorus. Free admission, but food and money donations for the Key Peninsula Food Bank are encouraged.
Libraries in Key Center and Gig Harbor both have a variety of events for kids and families, including making gingerbread houses and enjoying Harry Potter parties. Check out their calendars.
Many churches hold Christmas Eve services, and here are some on the Key Peninsula:
▪ Grace Evangelical Presbyterian, 2406 McEwan Rd KPN, 4 p.m. Candlelight Service. Call 253-857-7284.
▪ Lakebay Community, 11 Cornwall Rd. KPS, 6 p.m. Candles and Carols Service, reception following. Call 253-884-3899.
▪ Longbranch Community, 16518 46th St. KPS, 7 p.m. Candlelight Service, Lessons & Carols. Call 253-884-9339.
▪ Peninsula Lutheran, 4213 Lackey Rd. KPN, 7 p.m. Candlelight Service. Call 253-884-3312.
▪ WayPoint, 12719 134th Ave. KPN, 7 p.m. Candlelight Service. Call 253-853-7878.
Enjoy the season of peace and love. Spread kindness to those around you.