Downtown organization ready to ring in holidays
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Nov 07, 2013 | 2428 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tracy City Center Association wants the community to spend a lot of time downtown this holiday season, so it’s planning three straight weeks of activities, according to Kim Scarlata of the Tracy City Center Association.

“I’m really excited — we have something every single weekend,” she said Thursday, Nov. 7, after the monthly meeting of TCCA’s District Identity and Streetscape Improvements Committee at the Tracy Transit Station.

Kicking off the holiday festivities is the annual Hometown Holiday Light Parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 7. The parade will feature a variety of community floats, music and holiday costumes. Santa Claus will ride at the end on the Tracy ladder truck, event coordinator Sarah Avila-Ward said.

The parade will begin at A and 10th streets and proceed east on 10th Street and south on Central Avenue to end at the plaza at the corner of Sixth Street and Central Avenue.

A city tree will be lit at 7 p.m., and Santa Claus will receive young visitors inside the Santa Hut at the plaza.

Children can also visit with Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21.

Avila-Ward said she is looking for a few volunteers to help coordinate the parade and assist on the parade route. Anyone interested can call 597-0379.

A new holiday tradition could soon be in development if TCCA decides to pursue a suggestion by Mia Bella Boutique owner Anna Craig to create a downtown holiday brunch stroll.

Similar to the wine stroll, Craig said participating merchants could provide refreshments and hand out special ornaments to commemorate the holidays. She suggested having carolers singing and Christmas music playing.

“The objective is to bring as many as possible (downtown) to know we’re here,” she said. “I think we can do it. I really do. It’s something we can do together every year.”

TCCA member Mike Corbett threw his support behind the proposal.

“It sounds like a lot of fun,” Corbett said. “It will bring people downtown.”

Kim Scarlata, chairwoman of the District Identity and Streetscape Improvements Committee, said a brunch stroll could mesh well with the horse carriage rides scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 21.

A subcommittee meeting has been scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Vita Dolce café, 11 E. Sixth St., to consider the brunch stroll proposal.

TCCA’s slate of holiday activities already includes the annual “Art Co-Opted” exhibit and artwork sales from Nov. 23 to Dec. 21 at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.; and Tracy’s Home for the Holidays Celebration on Nov. 23 and 24 at Portuguese Hall, 423 W. Ninth St., which includes a daily gift boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. and a fashion show by My Best Friend’s Closet from 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 24.

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