During Saturday’s Santa’s Workshop at the Idyllwild Library, volunteer Donna Barber helps Jack and Bella Edmundson make decorations for the holiday season.
Photo by John Drake


Idyllwild Arts employees receive turkeys for the holidays, and some decide it’s better to donate to those more in need. On Monday afternoon, Idyllwild Arts delivered 25 turkeys to the Idyllwild HELP Center. Pictured (from left) are IA Transportation Driver Bart Grady, HELP Center Client Services Administrator Skye Zambrana, HELP Center Executive Director Colleen Meyer and IA Director of Business Operations John Newman. Photo by Jenny Kirchner


Mary Morse (standing) hosts the evening with members of Spirit Mountain Retreat to start the Winter Solstice with Local Color performing last Saturday at Silver Pines Lodge. Photo by John Drake


The kindergarten and first-grade classes sang carols during the holiday program on Friday, Dec. 16, at Idyllwild School. Photo by Vic Scavarda


Marlene Pierce (left) addressed the Idyllwild Rotary Club at its weekly meeting on Dec. 14 and received an official mug from Rotary President Marc Kassouf. Pierce presented many volunteer opportunities available to residents of the Hill, including the Pine Cove Property Owners Association, Mountain Community Patrol, the Idyllwild Area Historical Society, the Garden Club, the Mountain Red Hot Mamas and the Mile High Radio Club. Photo by Tom Kluzak


The Presidents Club — (from left) Colleen Tell, Maggie Di, Susan Judkins, Jeffrey Cohen and Prasad Peebles — discuss the presidency of John Quincy Adams on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Idyllwild Library. Photo by Amy Righetti


Last Saturday, New Spirit Love hosted 100 children at the New Spirit Idyllwild location. The children enjoyed an afternoon of festivities including meeting Santa Claus. Santa Claus handed out hand-picked gifts to each child provided by New Spirit with the assistance of his helpful elves. Photo courtesy New Spirit Love


Singer Sherry Williams performs with the Idyllwild Master Chorale, singing holiday ballads from all generations. Photo by Jenny Kirchner


John Fleming solos with the Idyllwild Master Chorale Saturday night at Lowman Concert Hall at Idyllwild Arts. Photo by Jenny Kirchner


The cast of the Idyllwild Artists Theatre Company performed “A Holly Jolly Christmas” Friday and Saturday evenings at the Rainbow Inn. The cast (from left) included Kathleen Walker, Michèle Marsh, Jeri Greene, Conor O’Farrell, Barbara Rayliss (at piano), Suzanne Avalon and Jacob Teel. Photo by Peter Szabadi


Jenni Cole (left), Doug Walker (behind), Gloria Fradd (behind), Gary Gray and Bob Packard (right) are finding ravens and blackbirds before entering the gates at Lake Hemet in the early morning on Saturday for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird County. Photo by John Drake


Gerry High of Artspresso Gallery added some new pieces to his collection on Saturday, Dec. 17. The gallery features work by other artists as well, in a warm and intimate setting on North Circle Drive. Photo by Tom Kluzak
Many people attended the special “Afterglow Gala” performance Sunday following the Idyllwild Master Chorale’s annual Christmas concert. The fundraiser was held at the Grand Idyllwild Lodge. Photo by John Drake