Save the date for Christmas in the Village – the first Saturday in December.
They day starts out with the annual Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction at the Osgoode Community Centre. Get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy a yummy pancake breakfast and shop our exciting Silent Auction. Tickets are available at the door. This event is a fundraiser for the Osgoode Co-operative Nursery School. Information: 613-826-2528 or visit www.theocns.com
Next up is the Santa Claus Parade. Grab a seat along Osgoode Main Street and wait for the big guy’s arrival. During the parade, Santa’s helpers will collect “Letters to Santa” and drop them off at Canada Post on behalf of all girls and boys. Don’t forget to bring your canned goods for the “Fill a Truck Challenge”. Frosty the Snowman will participate and Stay Puff Marshmallow Ghostbusters will also join the parade. Parade starts at Nixon and Main and ends in the Foodland parking lot. Contact: Greg Thurlow at 613 826 4695 to enter a float.
Don’t miss the Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Sale at St. James United Church.
Fill a Truck Challenge – Along the parade route and at Foodland Give from the heart this Christmas. Help support our community by sponsoring a family through the hamper program run by our local food bank (by donating the cost of a food hamper). This program helps make Christmas more festive for local families who may otherwise do without things we all take for granted. Your help goes a long way in providing for local residents in need. Whether you are able to sponsor a whole family (by providing food and gifts) or by just donating one or more nonperishable food items during the Santa Clause Parade’s food drive, your donation will be greatly appreciated. Donations will be collected by the 1st Osgoode Scouting Troup. This year all Osgoode residents are challenged to donate and help fill a truck with non-perishable food items. If you can’t join us on December 6, please remember that Osgoode Foodland accepts donations all year round. No donation is too small, every little bit helps. Here is a list of articles needed to successfully run the food bank, and, of course, cash is always welcomed: Canned tuna/Canned meat; Cheese; Fruits/Pudding/Apple sauce for kid’s snacks; Juice boxes for kids; Peanut butter/ Pasta/Sauces/Soups; Canned fruits and vegetables/ Fruit and vegetable juices; Oatmeal/Cereal; Ketchup/Mustard/Relish/ Mayonnaise; Pet food; and Toiletry Articles – soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, deodorant, shampoo, etc.
After the activities, purchase your Christmas tree here in Osgoode Village and support the local OSGOODE & DISTRICT LIONS CLUB. Visit Market Square outside Foodland.