2017 Christmas tree lighting

Community members gathered around the Downtown Statesville Christmas Tree for the official tree-lighting ceremony in 2017 outside the Iredell County Government Center.

DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING

It’s time to light up the tree in downtown.

WHEN: Saturday, 6-7 p.m.

WHERE: Corner of Center and Court streets.

WHAT’S THE DEAL? Celebrate with caroling, cookies, cocoa and, of course, a special guest. The ceremony culminates with the lighting of the tree.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Shop locally with a chance to win a shopping spree.

WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Statesville businesses

WHAT THE DEAL? More than 50 shops, boutiques and restaurants will be participating. There will be Shop Small giveaways and you can enter to win a $500 downtown shopping spree.

JINGLE RUN 5K

A fun run through the Town of Troutman.

WHEN: Sunday, 3-5 p.m.

WHERE: Starts at 122 Grannis Lane in Statesville and runs through the Town of Troutman.

WHAT’S THE DEAL? The free event is an officially timed race by McLelland Racing Team. A gently used coat or personal care item for the Children’s Hope Alliance is accepted in lieu of a registration fee. Register at Eventbrite or in person.

FILL THE TRAILER

The Statesville Police Department toy drive continues this weekend.

WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.

WHERE: Walmart, Crossroads Drive during the day and corner of South Center and Court streets at night.

WHAT’S THE DEAL? Accepts donations of new, unwrapped toy/fun gift for kids and teens between the ages of 5 and 17. $10-20 donation ideas include board game/travel games, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, hand-held electronic/portable games, manicure sets, hair and nail accessories, drawing/craft/art supply sets, toy cars, action figures and dolls. Donations of gift cards, money, clothing, stuffed animals and food will not be accepted. Donations also can be dropped off anytime through Dec. 14 at the Statesville Police Department at 330 S. Tradd St.

FLAG FOOTBALL FUNDRAISER

WHEN: Registration today; tournament Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Statesville High, 474 N. Center St.

WHAT’S THE DEAL: The 7 on 7 flag football tournament is for ages 13 and up. Prizes for all participants. Giveaways, food and more on site. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. The event is presented by Aftershock Youth Empowerment.

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