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Blue and White Christmas plans made
San Jacinto News- Times

SHEPHERD – Santa, venders, entertainment, food, a parade and a band concert will highlight the annual Blue and White Christmas Celebration in Shepherd Saturday, Dec. 4. Activities will begin at noon in the city park located next to the Shepherd Area Library, gazebo, fi re department and senior citizen’s center. Liberty and Bell Streets will be blocked off to traffi c for the evening, according to Shepherd Chamber of Commerce representative Linda Yates. Yates said, “The parade will begin after 5 p.m. Parade entries will meet at the Shepherd Community Center at 5 p.m. and after the judging will proceed to First Baptist Church where the band will join in. When they get over the railroad tracks, the parade will take a left and circle around the park, just past the gazebo. They will stop while the band plays a couple of Christmas songs and then commence Shepherd’s 2nd annual tree lighting. The large cedar tree in the park will then light up.” The parade will then continue to Loop 424, turn right and proceed to the four-way stop and then on to Shepherd Junior High School for a concert. “People attending the event are asked to park in the Shepherd Junior High School parking lot by the football fi eld and administration building in order to alleviate parking congestion,” Yates said. The annual band concert will be held on the Shepherd Junior High School steps under the clock tower after the parade at 7 p.m. “Everyone is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and set out on the grass and enjoy the sounds of Christmas,” Yates said. “Please bring canned goods or non-perishable items for the Helping Hands Pantry,” Yates said. Boxes will be placed at entrances to the concert and at the gazebo for collection. “If anyone would like to mail in a monetary donation, please send it to John McIntyre, 12911 FM 2025, Cleveland, Texas 77328,” Yates said, “Or to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 187, Shepherd, Texas 77371.”


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