Pleasant Hill honors a 2013 "Citi zen of the Year" and p resents a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Mayor's Appreciation Dinner held last Fri day evening at the Memorial Bui lding in downtown Pleasa nt Hill. This year, Lay Clergy Council volunteer Carolyn Bolinger (second from right) was selected the "Citizen of the Year" and former R-3 school superintendent Mitch Hanna (second from left) was the recipient of the 2013 "Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards were presented by Mayor Pro Tem Paul Beason (left) and Pleasant Hill city administrator Mark Randall (right). Beason presided over the ceremonies in the absence of Mayor John Van-Gorkom, who was out of town. The dinner is held each year to thank the dozens of volunteers who serve on different city boards and commissions for their service. Earl ier in the ceremonies, member of the Pleasant Hill Planning & Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Parks & Recreation Board, Recycling & Solid Waste Committee and Community Betterment Committee were recognized. Members of the Pleasant Hill City Council, city department heads and the staff at City Hall were also introduced.
Grinch is coming to town for Christmas
By F. KIRK POWELL
Editor & Publisher ...The Grinch will be coming to Pleasant Hill for this Christmas season. ...The motion picture How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be presented at a Pleasant Hill Parks & Recreation Department family night at the movies Friday evening, Dec. 13, at the People's Theater in downtown Pleasant Hill. ...The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. ...Advance tickets will sell for $5 and children age 3 and under will be admitted free. Tickets at the door will be $6. ...Tickets are on sale at Pleasant Hill City Hall at 203 Paul Street in downtown Pleasant Hill or at the door. ...Space is limited to 350 people so the purchase of advanced tickets is encouraged. ...Concessions will be available at the theater. ...Based on a book by children's author Dr. Seuss, the Grinch is a bitter and grouchy cave-dwelling creature with a heart "two sizes too small" who lives on snowy Mount Crumpit, a steep high mountain just north of Whoville, home of the merry and warmhearted Whos. ...His only companion is his unloved, but loyal dog, Max. From his perch high atop, the Grinch can hear the noisy Christmas festivities that take place in Whoville. ...Annoyed, he decides to stop Christmas from coming by stealing their presents, trees and food for their Christmas feast. ...He crudely disguises himself as Santa Claus and forces poor Max, disguised as a reindeer by tying an antler from a deer plaque on his wall, to drag a sleigh to Whoville, where he slides down the chimney and steals all of the Whos' Christmas presents, the Christmas tree, and the log of fire. ...He is briefly interrupted in his burglary by Cindy Lou, a little Who girl, but concocts a crafty lie to effect his escape from her home. ...The Grinch then takes his sleigh to the top of Mount Crumpit and prepares to dump all of the presents into the abyss. ...As dawn breaks, he expects to hear the Whos' bitter and sorrowful cries, but is confused to hear them singing a joyous Christmas song instead. ...He puzzles for a moment until it dawns upon him that perhaps Christmas is more than presents and feasting. ..."Maybe Christmas means a little bit more," he thinks. His shrunken heart suddenly
grows three sizes larger and the reformed Grinch returns all of the Whos' presents and trimmings and is warmly invited to the Whos' feast where he has the honor of carving the Roast Beast. ...How the Grinch Stole Christmas was initially a children's story by Dr. Seuss written in rhymed verse with illustrations by the author. It was published as a book by Random House in 1957. ...The motion picture was irected and produced by Ron Howard and stars comedian Jim Carrey with Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski in supporting roles. ...This is the second year for a Pleasant Hill Parks & Recreation Department family night at the People's Theater. Last year, hundreds of people packed the historic theater to enjoy Will Ferrell tar in the popular family movie Elf. ...The historic downtown Pleasant Hill theater is home to the weekly Big Creek Country Show, but last year's movie was the first time that a motion picture had been shown there in almost 30 years.