Here's the very latest information about Christmas on the Square this weekend.
About this story: One of Cambridge’s biggest events is this weekend. Here’s what you need to know.
Saturday, Dec. 2:
• 3 to 4:30 p.m. Cambridge Community Hall. Cookie decorating, crafts and more.
• 4 to 8 p.m. B & B National Toy Museum, West Center Street. Tours of the museum, giant toy-filled stocking raffle, face painting and J & C Old Fashioned Ice Cream. Immediately after the 6 p.m. lighted parade, Santa will arrive on a fire truck at the toy museum for visits with children.
Sunday, Dec. 3:
• 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cambridge Community Hall. Santa will be available for visits with children.
• B & B National Toy Museum will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. for tours. J & C Old Fashioned Ice Cream of Rock Falls will have homemade ice cream stirred up by an antique John Deere 3-horsepower hit-and-miss motor outside the museum. Vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream will be available, as will root beer floats.
• Village Light Church, located in the former Farm Bureau building, will serve a pasta dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu includes chicken alfredo, a pasta dish with marinara sauce and a gluten-free dish. The church requests a free-will offering, with proceeds going to Cambridge Cares.
• Businesses and storefronts in downtown Cambridge will offer sweet treats and more from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Cambridge Lutheran Church will hold a Swedish bake sale and barbecue lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The church will charge for the lunch, which will include a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink.
• Cambridge Baptist Church will host Calories Galore at noon.
• Cambridge Music Boosters will host a soup supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cambridge Community Hall. The menu includes soup, drink and dessert for one price, and a hot dog meal for a lesser charge. Cambridge High School’s jazz band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Santa will greet visitors.
• Cà d'Zan House Concerts will have a potluck at 6 p.m. before the 7 p.m. Christmas open mic show.
• Trees for a Cause will be sold at a silent auction from 3 to 8 p.m. at Cambridge Community Hall. Charities in the community are decorating trees for the auction, and each charity will receive proceeds from the sale of its tree. Bidding will end promptly at 8 p.m. See below for more information.
• 5:45 p.m. Christmas tree lighting in College Square Park. Cambridge High School’s choir will carol.
• 6 p.m. Lighted parade from corner of Center and East streets to Prospect Street and then to Memorial Park. Santa will ride on the fire truck.
• After the parade. Cambridge High School’s choir will carol at the B & B National Toy Museum.
• 7 p.m. Stay and Pay prize drawing at the toy museum. Winners need not be present to win.
• 7:30 p.m. Mystic Fire and Flames dance teams preview their competition routines at Community Hall.
• 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Christmas skits and impromptu fun at Cambridge Community Hall during the Cambridge Music Boosters soup supper. Local residents will perform some short Christmas skits with some impromptu thrown in for fun. Santa will be a special guest.
• 5:30 p.m. Cambridge High School’s jazz band will perform during the soup supper at Cambridge Community Hall.
• 7 p.m. Grace Notes concert at Cambridge Baptist Church. See below for more information.
• 7 p.m. Christmas open mic at Cà D’Zan House Concerts.
More about Trees for a Cause
During Christmas on the Square from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Cambridge Community Hall, visitors will be invited to bid on Trees for a Cause.
Anyone can donate a tree to the silent auction, with proceeds going to the charity or cause of the donor’s choice. Trees should be 3 to 4 feet tall, but donors can choose whatever size they like.
Decorated trees may be brought to the village office anytime prior to Saturday, Dec. 2, or delivered to Community Hall between noon and 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Bidding will be from 3 to 8 p.m.
John Taylor, a veteran who lives in Cambridge, will have one of the Trees for a Cause displayed at his home (where he hosts Cà d'Zan house concerts) until the silent auction.
Proceeds from the sale of Taylor’s tree will benefit two shelters housing homeless veterans, Christian Care in Rock Island and Humility of Mary Shelter in Davenport.
At the silent auction, the winner of Taylor’s tree should make the check payable to Christian Care, which will send half on to Humility of Mary.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution may send a check to Christian Care, PO Box 4176, Rock Island, IL 61204.
More about Grace Notes concert
Featuring flute, cello and piano, the Grace Notes trio will perform during Christmas on the Square at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at First Baptist Church, Cambridge.
The trio performs sacred music, ranging from classics to new arrangements of old hymns.
Grace Notes performs at church services, formal concerts, community events, weddings and instrumental workshops.
Trio members are Madeline Wood, Mari Hauge and Carolyn Kellert. For more information, contact clkellert@ yahoo.com.
More about Cà d’Zan
Cà d'Zan House Concerts will host Christmas Open Mic at 7 p.m. Sunday. Families in the Cambridge area are invited to come for child-friendly songs, stories, poems and food. Preceding the open mic will be a potluck at 6 p.m.
Performances can include music, poetry, stories, dance and other forms of the arts.
Anyone interested in attending or performing should sign up in advance by sending a message to John Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can ensure he has enough room for spectators and performers.