The theme of Saturday's 27th annual Geneseo Christmas Walk is "Finding the Christmas Spirit."
The highlight of the event will be a lighted parade through the downtown at 5 p.m., ending at the boulevard, where Santa and Mrs. Claus and Mayor Linda VanDerLeest will light the Christmas tree. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., people can view living and still window scenes in buildings on State Street.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with kids at Call to Victory Christian Youth Center in the former library on South State Street from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Throughout the afternoon, there will be children's crafts at Smith Art Studio, 124 S. State St.; cookie decorating at Websites to Impress, 200 S. State St.; photos with Buddy the Elf at Maple Leaf Medical, 111 S. State St.; and live alpacas at the corner of State and 1st streets.
Artist Vicky Walker will personalize wood Christmas ornaments at Coffee Break, 123 S. State St.
There will be a variety of food vendors throughout the afternoon and evening, including roasted chestnuts.Food will be served during the evening at First Presbyterian, First Methodist, First Lutheran, First Congregational and Concordia churches.
Other activities are: - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Indoor market at the Community Center, 541 E. North St..
- 2 p.m.:5K Jingle Bell Run – Walk. For details, see getmeregistered.com, or call the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce at (309) 944-2686.Awards will be presented for best Christmas costumes.
- 3 to 4 p.m.: Jingle Bell Obstacle Course at the Community Center
- 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Elementary and middle school choirs will perform at First Methodist Church, 302 N. State St.
- 3 to 5 p.m.: Letters to Santa at Central Theater, 111 N. State St.
- 5 p.m.: Constance Diel and her violin students will perform at First Congregational Church, 101 W. Pearl St. .
- 5 p.m.: Free Christmas movie at Central Theater.
- 6 to 9 p.m. Jingle Bell Skate at the Community Center.
- 6 p.m.: Geneseo High School Madrigal Singers perform at Central Theater.
- 6:30 and 7 p.m.: The Moline Boys Choir will perform at Concordia Lutheran Church, 316 S. Oakwood Ave.
- 6:30 p.m.: Geneseo High School Madrigal Brass performs at First Congregational Church, followed by the high school Madrigal Singers at 7:15.
At the Geneseo Historical Museum, 205 S. State St., "telephone girls" Eryn Murray, Elysia Woulf, Ashton Woulf and Hannah Rakestraw will chat on telephones used in the early 1900s.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.