Join the Winter Reading Program

Readers of all ages can participate in Dallas Library’s Winter Reading Program.

Sign up at or download the READsquared phone app.

Reading time is logged  online to acquire points to enter prize raffles. Book reviews can be submitted for extra points. This program supports lifelong learning and a love of reading for everyone. The program runs from Dec. 28 through Feb.12, 2021. You can sign up at any time during the Winter Reading Program.

Storefront contest votes tabulated

And the winner is ... Dallas Antique Mall. Second place went to Karma Coffee and third to Latitude One.

The Storefront & Window Decoration Contest ended on Dec. 19. 

“It was a close race with Main Street Emporium and Some Things coming in close behind,” said Eddie Nelson, with the contest sponsor Dallas Downtown Association. “This year’s displays were wonderful and it was great to see  all the time and effort that the businesses put into their displays. If you haven’t seen Dallas Antique Mall Christmas Tree, you should stop by and take a look.”

Before the calendar flips to 2021, take a walk downtown to look at the displays.

“You need to get out of your car and take a walk around,” Nelson said. “There are a lot of little fun things to see. Some Things has a really cute display in their parking lot.”

Dallas Downtown Association and the Dallas Arts Association sponsored this year’s event and would like to thank each business for bringing some holiday cheer to our community this year. The organizations are grateful to everyone who votes, Nelson said.

Warm & Fuzzy runs until Jan. 6

Deb Darr hosts the annual Warm & Fuzzy clothing drive until Jan. 6, 2021.

The drive collects sweaters, jackets, socks, hats, gloves and other warm articles of new or gently used clothing.

These clothes will be distributed in Polk County to those in need.

The drop site is the Dallas Public Library, 950 Main St., Dallas.

Clothing may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, in the drop off bin by the Work Station.

Catch the Gnome on the roam

Head to downtown Independence for the Gnome on the Roam Scavenger Hunt through Jan. 9.

There are more than 15 gnomes painted and hung on shop windows along Main Street and C Street with hidden items for you and your family to try to find within the paintings.

Scavenger hunt forms can be found in front of Indy Commons, 154 S. Main St.,  and in several downtown businesses. Pick one up and find the items hidden throughout the windows downtown and return the form to the drop box, (located at Indy Commons), for your chance to win.

Those who submit a finished scavenger hunt form will be entered into our weekly drawing for a $20 gift certificate to any downtown business.

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