As fall approaches and our hearts turn toward the holidays, please remember to dine and shop locally. The store you save could be your own or your favorite. Gift certificates to local restaurants and events make great gifts. Don’t forget to call and reserve locations for your office parties if you have not done so. Local stores also have a wide assortment of gifts and decorations for our holiday needs.
This holiday season, please join a local family and their children and take this pledge: No texting while driving! Our spokesperson, Lydia Davis, age 8 1/2, has a motto for us: “Please don’t text and drive … I want to stay alive!” Lydia is very committed to helping us all to stay safe. She has encouraged her parents to take the pledge even when she is not in the car. Please join Lydia and all of us who are taking the pledge for the holidays and for the New Year. Don’t text and drive … keep our children and others alive.
Please join us on Dec. 1 for our Holiday Tree Lighting at the Redwood Tree next to the entrance to Aptos Village Park. This will be our 25th year of celebrating the lighting with the children and adults in our community. Santa will arrive by fire truck, there will be lots of music and dancing, and games for the young and young at heart.
Special thanks to Aegis of Aptos who sponsors this event and brings their residents to see Santa. Special thanks also to Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant for the hot chocolate, Parish Publick House for the use of their parking lot, Ace porta potties, Green Waste, and the Aptos/La Selva Fire District for their help in staging the event. Also we would like to thank John Fuchs Construction for getting Santa from the North Pole to the event and setting up the magic Santa tent.
Bring your cameras … This is a truly magical night for Aptos.
Karen Hibble is co-executive director of the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.