The Greater Area Kirkland Chamber of Commerce sponsored its annual Christmas in Kirkland on Dec. 1 at Alpine Bank. The Kirkland United Methodist Church sponsored a breakfast at the church with Christmas crafts available for children.
Santa gave treats to children, grandchildren and adults who sat on his lap and told him whether they had been naughty or nice this year. Special music and holiday music was provided by the Hiawatha Schools Band under the direction of Matthew Golloday and R & S Carriage Service provided free carriage rides courtesy of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.
Jared Poynter, the principal of Hiawatha Elementary School, presented $25 checks to the winners of the art contest for grades K through 3 and the essay contest for grades 4 through 8. Art contest winners were Aniaya Booker, kindergarten, Sara Manzano, first grade, Cole Brantley, second grade, and Evan Sarver, third grade. Essay contest winners were Erick Villamar, fourth grade, Lily Padilla, fifth grade, Taylor Meier, sixth grade, Nikki Kilcullen, seventh grade, and Nathan Taylor, eighth grade.
Dr. Ken Brooks, president of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, recognized the winners in the holiday house lighting contest. First place went to Greg Jindrich, 1418 Kennedy Drive; second place, Jim and Debbie Ehle, 225 W. Main St.; third place, Greg Hay, 210 N. Sixth St.; and fourth place, Wayne Blake, 100 W. Main St.