October 2, 2008 · Updated 11:30 AM
Find holiday cheer at Snoqualmie Inn
From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, the Snoqualmie Inn will be serving a prime rib buffet dinner with dancing to celebrate New Year's Eve.
The evening includes a complimentary bottle of wine per couple from Woods Lake Winery, a champagne toast, noisemakers, hats and appetizers at midnight. Semi-formal attire is expected.
Space for this special evening is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $75 per person. A four-course salmon or steak dinner will be available from 4-7 p.m. at a cost of $29.95 per person that will include a glass each of champagne and wine.
* For information, call (866) 316-9399 toll-free or (425) 888-9399; or visit www.snoqualmieinn.com.
The Snoqualmie Inn is located at 950 384th Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie.
Holiday concerts held at hospital
To celebrate the season the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is inviting the public to two holiday concerts taking place during the month of December.
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the Friendly Advice Men's Quartet will appear at 3:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, the Snoqualmie Valley Girls Choir will sing holiday classics.
* The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is located at 9575 Ethan Wade Way S.E., Snoqualmie. For information, call (425) 831-2300.
Enjoy Christmas glow in North Bend
Events for North Bend's first annual Christmas in the Cascades holiday celebration on Dec. 11 will start with an battery-charging breakfast hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce from 8-11 a.m. at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will attend the breakfast and will be available for photos afterwards. Cost is $4.50 for those ages 11-64; $3 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 2-10; and children under age 2 eat free.
Also at the senior center will be a bake sale with a wide selection of homemade goodies available for purchase.
Next on the schedule is the holiday bazaar located at Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Dr. Shoppers will find the wares of craftspeople and artists displayed in the center's main building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be live local entertainment from noon to 2 p.m. Gordy's Steak and BBQ Smokehouse will cater the bazaar.
At 5 p.m. it's back to the Mount Si Senior Center for caroling with Voices of the Valley. Those who want to tag along are invited to join North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing as he heads a group that will sing Christmas carols around downtown North Bend.
Then at 6 p.m. the crowd will gather for the Christmas lighting of a Douglas tree in the senior center's park.
Santa and his elves are expected to take part in these activities.
Prolong the festivities by attending the Unity Theater's production of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens from 7-9 p.m. at the theater located in the Masonic Hall in downtown North Bend. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under age 12.
Ticket information may be found on www.unitytheater.org or by calling (425) 831-5667.
Xmas tree permits available now
Permits for cutting personal-use Christmas trees within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will go on sale beginning Nov. 15 through Dec. 22.
Cutting areas are within national forest lands in the eastern portions of Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Maps and information about cutting areas will be provided where permits are sold.
Permits will be available for $10 each, with a limit of five trees per vehicle. Trees cut must be no more than 12-feet tall. Permits are nonrefundable. Quantities are limited, so it is a good idea to call ahead before making a trip to a sales outlet. Credit cards are not accepted at forest service offices.
Several forest roads in the Mount Baker and Darrington ranger districts are inaccessible due to washouts caused from October 2003 flooding. Check ranger stations for closure information.
Plan to purchase a Sno-Park Permit at a ranger station if you are going to park in a designated Sno-Park area. Parking is strictly enforced and fines can be substantial.
Getting your tree early before the snow falls usually means better access on forest roads. Most trees are accessible only by narrow, unplowed mountain roads. High-clearance vehicles are often essential, along with tire chains and a shovel.
Set out early in the day to allow for maximum daylight. Let friends or relatives know where you are going and when to expect you back.
Please contact forest service offices for advance road and weather information, or go online to www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs.
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Christmas Tree Permits may be found at the Snoqualmie Ranger Station-North Bend, 42404 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend.
Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, Nov. 27-28 and Dec 4-5, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
* For information, call (425) 888-1421.
Find gifts, goodies at Mouse Bazaar
The annual Christmas Mouse Bazaar will have many holiday gift and craft items for those looking for something unique. The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, located at River Street and Railroad Avenue South in Snoqualmie.
In addition there will be a luncheon of homemade soup with freshly baked bread, and a bake sale.
* For information, call (425) 888-1697.
Tickets going fast for dinner train
The Northwest Railway Museum is presenting the Holiday Dinner Train on Saturday, Dec. 18, departing at 5:01 p.m. from the Snoqualmie Depot.
Enjoy the holiday lights and the top of Snoqualmie Falls while feasting on a succulent three-course meal catered by La Cascina Ristorante Italiano and sipping wine from the Woods Lake Winery.
Proceeds from this event will help support the construction of the Northwest Railway Museum Conservation and Restoration Center.
Tickets are $50 per person and participants must be 21 years of age or over to attend this three-hour event.
* Tickets can be purchased at the Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 S.E. King Street, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call (425) 888-3030 or visit www.trainmuseum.org.