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Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:00 am

Ov’s annual holiday parade Saturday, Dec. 11

Oro Valley’s sixth annual Holiday Parade is on the schedule for Saturday, Dec. 11.

The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. that Saturday at Ironwood Ridge High School, proceeding east along Naranja to the Oro Valley Town Hall campus.

This year, the parade committee is recognizing local businesses, honoring existing merchants and welcoming newer vendors to the community. “The parade will be a celebration of business sustainability and expansion within Oro Valley,” a release said. Oro Valley small businesses paying the $50 application fee get entry in the parade, with business names displayed on special recognition banners and parade t-shirts.

For the fifth straight year, Hiremath Family Dentistry is the parade’s title sponsor.

“Plan to join the fun and festivities to support our wonderful community and showcase local talent, student performance groups, and city service providers,” the release concluded.

Registration is now open. Visit http://www.orovalleyparade.org">www.orovalleyparade.org for more information.

Two churches plan joint service Thanksgiving Eve

Two Northwest churches are planning a joint Thanksgiving Eve service this Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Casas Adobes Congregational Church and Oro Valley United Church of Christ from gather from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 6801 North Oracle Road. The public is invited.

Ministers from both churches — The Revs. Lee Milligan, Marie Bacchiocchi and James Briney — are participating. Seminarian Beth Frigard gives the sermon. An offering will be taken for Interfaith Community Services.

For additional information, contact the church at 297-1181 or by e-mail at info@casasadobesucc.org.

Watercolor guild’s show up at museum

The Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, in partnership with the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum Art Institute, presents its 14th exhibition through Jan. 2 at the Ironwood Gallery Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney, Tucson.

Fiesta Sonora 2010 features 83 art works by members celebrating subjects of the Sonoran Desert region in varied techniques, and in all types of water media. It is a juried exhibition by Miri Weible of Scottsdale of realistic and abstract works.

The show is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It is free with museum admission.

St. Odilia makes donations to ICS food bank

Parish members in the St. Odilia Catholic Community have collected 438 bags of non-perishable food and $1,098 in cash for the Interfaith Community Services food bank.

Knights of Columbus in the St. Odilia community passed out bags for two weekends, then collected them Nov. 20 and 21 for delivery to the food bank.

Parish members “made history with their unprecedented contributions of cash and groceries, making this the most successful food drive in recent parish history,” a release said. People gave an estimated 2.5 tons of food worth roughly $7,500, along with two frozen turkeys, a single check for $500 and a $100 gift from the Knights.

Knights co-chairs Brian Thome and Tony Plattner, Grand Knight Frank Ballesteros and many volunteers organized the drive. A 20-foot closed-in trailer was used to haul the goods. Each donor received a thank-you card.

St. Odilia Catholic Church is located at 7570 N. Paseo del Norte.

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