ELKHORN — You’ll barely finish your Thanksgiving leftovers before it’s time to dig into Christmas activities in area communities.
Here are few places where you can enjoy the lights and sights of the season.
ELKHORN -- Walworth County Clerk Kimberly Bushey is seeking volunteers to serve as tabulators at the upcoming statewide Presidential recount, according to a news release from the clerk's office.
A tabulator counts ballots under the direction of the county clerk and board of canvassers.
Tabulators must be 18 years old. Those interested should e-mail their name, address, telephone number and e-mail address to Kimberly Bushey or stop by the County Clerk’s office, Room 101 at the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
The effort comes at the request of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who raised $6 million to recount presidential ballots in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, three states the Donald Trump won by slim margins.
A group of computer scientists, including John Bonifaz, a voting rights attorney, and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, according to New York Magazine, say the detected discrepencies in vote totals for counties that used computer ballots versus those that used optical scanning machines, like those used in Walworth County.
The recount would have to tilt in favor of Hillary Clinton in all three states to change the Electoral College outcome.
ROCKFORD -- Everything continues to be undead and well in the city of "Bloody Hills," the setting of the locally produced YouTube sitcom "The Deadersons."
The online show, which first aired about a year ago, explores a city of zombies that tries to associate with a neighboring city of the living after the apocalypse. The series is inspired by the 1960s television series "The Munsters" and "The Addams Family."
JANESVILLE -- Three days of holiday activities will be featured downtown during the third annual Janesville Jolly Jingle, set for Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, 2016. The highlights will include the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Lower Courthouse Park and the lighted parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 along Milwaukee and Main streets. Fireworks will follow the parade.
"The parade is really cool. We have the lighted floats. We have music groups. We have marching bands. We have live animals," said Shelley Slapak, Janesville recreation director.
The Rock County Historical Society will host Christmas with the Tallmans from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Lincoln-Tallman House, 440 N. Jackson St. The event will include tours of the house, decorated Christmas trees and hot cider and hot chocolate. The cost to attend is $5, and children 5 years and younger get in free.
Other activities will include the Christkindl Holiday Market, Holiday Vendor Market, "Spice on Ice" skate show, holiday film festival, live reindeer display, snowtubing, art exhibits, children’s craft projects and live music.
"There’s things for people of all ages and interests," Slapak said. "If you’re looking for more passive activities, there’s the craft sales, film festival and the sing-a-longs. If you’re into the more active activities, there’s snowtubing and ice skating.
"JPAC will present ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ which is geared more toward adults, but there’s plenty of activities for kids."
Jolly Jingle definitely attracts a crowd, but it’s tough to put a number on attendance, Slapak said.
"It’s hard to get an exact estimate because people are so spread out. There’s several thousands of people who line the downtown streets to watch the parade," she said. "It’s not only community driven, but we get people from outside of Janesville as well. The point is to get people from outside of Janesville to visit the community."
A multitude of groups work together to help make Jolly Jingle a success.
"There’s so many partners that are involved. The city hosts activities at the senior center. The Hedberg Public Library, Downtown Business Association, Janesville Farmers Market, Voigt Music Center, JPAC, Olde Towne Mall and Janesville Area Visitors and Conventions Bureau all host activities," Slapak said. "It’s a huge deal. Several community groups come together to host an event to kick off the holiday season."
For more information, go online to janesvillejollyjingle.com.
BELOIT -- The day after Thanksgiving traditionally is known as the start of the holiday shopping season, but the city of Beloit has a tradition all its own -- the Grand Lighted Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will be held Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with live music at the First National Bank plaza in downtown Beloit. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony at the plaza followed by the parade, which begins at 6:15 p.m. along Grand Avenue, from Third Street to Horace White Park.
The parade features floats decorated by local businesses and organizations. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three decorated floats in the business and nonprofit categories.
Crystal Cribbs, program coordinator for the Downtown Beloit Association, said the parade usually is well attended.
"About 30 floats is normal for the parade. Hopefully, we will have more to make the parade last longer," Cribbs said. "It’s not only a community tradition, but also a family tradition for people throughout the area."
After the parade, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at the Turtle Creek Bookstore, 444 E. Grand Ave., to take photos with children.
Cribbs said planning for the parade takes place throughout the year.
"Usually right after the parade ends, we have a committee that discusses how the parade went," Cribbs said. "Planning starts the day after it ends. We see what worked and what didn't work. Three months before the parade, we send our correspondence to get people to participate. We contact volunteers to man the different locations. We have a Santa crew that makes sure Santa lands safely at the First National Bank plaza. We work with the police and fire departments to make sure the event goes as smoothly as possible."
People can do their holiday shopping and enjoy an evening of entertainment with the annual Holidazzle in Beloit, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in downtown Beloit.
Participating downtown businesses will host crafters, musicians and artisans throughout the evening while offering sales and specials to customers.
"Basically, it’s an opportunity to shop for unique holiday gifts," said Crystal Cribbs, program coordinator for the Downtown Beloit Association. "It’s an opportunity to shop local and in downtown Beloit. The businesses host artisans and crafters, and people get to meet the people who are making their holiday gift."
About 25 businesses will be participating this year. Cribbs said the DBA begins contacting businesses early in the fall to encourage them to participate in Holidazzle.
"We reach out to businesses to get them on board," Cribbs said. "We then reach out to the vendors and artisans to get them to particate."
For more information about Holidazzle, go to downtownbeloit.com.
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