Mesquite’s Fifth Annual Parade of Lights is tonight. Hopefully the chilly weather won’t deter you.

This annual fundraising effort is for both the Salvation Army and the Virgin Valley Food Bank. Entrants into the parade collect a large amount of non-perishable food items to donate as their entrance fee.

On the night of the parade Boy Scouts will be pushing shopping carts along the street so spectators who enjoy the parade can also donate if they choose. Have your non-perishable food items ready and let’s pay attention to those floats. This year’s theme is “Parade of Music”, in addition to the food competition there will also be awards for ‘Best Depiction of Theme’, ‘Best Lights’, ‘Most participants’ and ‘Mayor’s Choice.’ There will be a ‘People’s Choice’ award, voting is via their Facebook page only at: http://www.facebook.com/mesquiteparadeoflights.

Beaver Dam’s Annual Christmas Parade and Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. (Arizona Time) This year’s craft bazaar will be held directly across the street from the Beaver Dam Fire Station, not at the elementary school as usual. The bazaar will be outdoors at the property/home of Dori and Murray Rothenberger; there are indoor bathroom facilities available.

Along with the parade and bazaar there will be a gingerbread house and wreath contest held at the Fire Station. For more information on the Beaver Dam Parade you can contact Dori about the Parade at 928-347-5387, Peggy about the wreath and gingerbread contest at 562-305-9975 or Kathy about being a vendor at 801-719-7549.

On Saturday you can help the basketball team at Beaver Dam Jr. Sr. High School buy uniforms by joining “Paint Night” on Saturday Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the high school The cost is $30 per person and includes all materials needed to complete a holiday painting. Baked goods will be available for purchase. To register for Paint Night, please call 928-347-5252 by Dec. 5, seating is limited. All proceeds will buy jersey’s and other necessary supplies for the basketball team.

If you’re hungry later, stop by Town Square at the Eureka Casino for the “Home for the Holidays” Community Christmas Village from 4-8 p.m.  25% of every meal purchase will benefit Mesquite’s non- profit community. Many of the vendors will be there offering information about their organizations and how you can help or get involved.

Remember to send in those event notices, things are going to be happening that you’ll want folks to know about. Send them to terin.bbm@gmail.com so you can everyone know what’s happening with your group or club.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Sunrise Rotary

Where: Scotty’s, 1024 Normandy Ln.

When: 7:30 a.m.

Info: 702-420-4494

FREE Chair Yoga

Where: Veteran’s Center, 830 Hafen Ln.

When: 1 p.m.

Info: Veteran’s Center 702-346-2735 or Ann 435-669-5978

Kids Steam

Where: Mesquite Library, 160 W. First North St.

When: 4 p.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Fifth Annual Parade of Lights

Where: Mesquite Blvd.

When: 5 p.m.

Info: www.mesquitenv.gov

Kokopelli ATV Club monthly meeting

Where: Scotty’s Restaurant, 1024 Normandy Ln.

When: 5:30 p.m.

Info: Bob Adams 307-631-7631

Al-Anon Meeting

Where: Mesquite Veterinary Clinic Annex, 371 Riverside Rd.

When: 5:30 p.m.

Info: 928-347-5478

Friday, Dec. 6

USA Softball

Where: Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Ball Fields

When: Times vary

Info: www.mesquitenv.gov

Ages 0-5 Story Time

Where: Mesquite Library 160 W. First North St.

When: 11 a.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Duplicate Bridge Game

Where: First Baptist Church, 700 Hardy Way

When: 11 a.m.

Info: 702-217-5005

Teen Scene

Where: Mesquite Library 160 W. First North St.

When: 3:30 p.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Saturday, Dec. 7

USA Softball

Where: Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Ball Fields

When: Times vary

Info: www.mesquitenv.gov

Beaver Dam Christmas Parade and Bazaar

Where: Old Highway 91 from the Beaver Dam Station to the School

When: 10 a.m. Arizona Time

Info: Dori, 928-347-5387

Paint Night at Beaver Dam High School

Beaver Dam Jr./Sr. High School

When: 6 p.m.

Info: 928-347-5252 to reserve your seat by Dec. 5

Community Christmas Village

Where: Eureka’s Town Square Buffet

When: 4-7 p.m.

Info: www.eurekamesquite.com

Sunday, Dec. 8

USA Softball

Where: Pioneer, Hunter and Old Mill Ball Fields

When: Times vary

Info: www.mesquitenv.gov

Al-Anon Meeting

Where: Mesquite Veterinary Clinic Annex, 371 Riverside Rd.

When: 3 p.m.

Info: 928-347-5478

Monday, Dec. 9

Bereavement Group

Where: Mesquite Library 160 W. First North St.

When: 5-6:30 p.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Al-Anon Meeting

Where: Mesquite Veterinary Clinic Annex, 371 Riverside Rd.

When: 5:30 p.m.

Info: 928-347-5478

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Silver Tongued Toastmasters Club

Where: Scotty’s Restaurant, 1024 Normandy Ln.

When: 8 a.m.

Info: 702-274-2046

Toddler Story Time

Where: Mesquite Library 160 W. First North St.

When: 10 a.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Rotary Club

Where: Holiday Inn, 1030 W. Pioneer Blvd.

When: noon

Info: 702-346-7025

City Council Meeting

Where: City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd.

When: 5-7 p.m.

Info: www.mesquitenv.gov

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Pre School Story Time

Where: Mesquite Library 160 W. First North St.

When: 10 a.m.

Info: 702-346-5224

Al-Anon Meeting

Where: Living Waters Fellowship, 211 W. First South St.

When: 10 a.m.

Info: 702-845-5736

T.O.P.S.

Where: America First Credit Union Community Room, 590 W. Mesquite Blvd.

When: 3:30 p.m.

Info: 702-346-2980

Mesquite Republican Women Meeting

Where: Mesquite Veteran’s Center, 840 Hafen Ln.

When: 5:30 p.m.

Info: 702-346-3804