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A Merry Millwork Market

FRIDAY , DECEMBER 3 @ 4 – 8 PM SATURDAY , DECEMBER 4 @ 9 AM – 2 PM SCHMID INNOVATION CENTER ( 900 JACKSON ST ) After a year off due to COVID-19 , A Merry Millwork Market returns Dec . 3 and 4 to the Schmid Innovation Center in the heart of the Millwork District . The market hosts a broad variety of vendors from local artists and craftspeople , to woodworkers and leathermakers , to cupcakes and beverages .
The opening night tradition is a family favorite and includes a performance from Duhawkapella , a visit from Santa , and a tree lighting ceremony . On Saturday , visitors can catch holiday carolers , choreography from Adam ’ s Dance Connection , and holiday magic tricks by local magic club Ring 93 throughout the day . The Millwork Collective will be coordinating special photo opportunities throughout the weekend at the base of the Christmas tree , and you can purchase a ticket to ride the horse and carriage on Saturday .
Since the inaugural market in 2017 , A Merry Millwork Market has grown from occupying only the courtyard of the Schmid
Innovation Center to filling surrounding streets with holiday tents and lights . The idea of an outdoor market was that of Mary Mulgrew Gronen , who wished to replicate a small-scale Chicago Christkindlmarket , which is Chicago ’ s largest open-air Christmas festival , well known for its high quality gifts , food , and holiday cheer .
All proceeds from the event benefit the Millwork Collective , a group of nonprofits located in the lower level of the Schmid Innovation Center who work together to operate more efficiently and generate increased impact through co-location and shared services . The resulting collaboration provides cost savings , while fostering new opportunities and a greater focus on each partner ’ s individual mission .
For more information about A Merry Millwork Market , follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ merrymillworkmarket or visit merrymillworkmarket . com . •

Stuff the Truck for Toys For Tots

SATURDAY , DECEMBER 4 @ 8 AM – 5 PM DUBUQUE THEISEN ’ S HOME • FARM • AUTO ( 2900 DODGE ST ) The 12 th Annual Theisen ’ s Stuff the Truck event to benefit Marine Corps Toys For Tots returns to Dubuque on Saturday , Dec . 4 from 8 a . m . to 5 p . m . Radio Dubuque will supercast live at the Dubuque Theisen ’ s while shoppers take advantage of their annual toy sale discounts . The Marines and / or Marine Corps League members are scheduled to be on location as Toys For Tots looks to match or beat the amazing $ 10,000 + in cash and toys they receive from the annual event . Stop by and say hi to Bryce and the Theisen ’ s and Radio Dubuque crew manning the truck outside the store ( no matter the weather ) all day long on Saturday .
Every year since 1946 , the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Programs have brought the hope and joy of the holiday season to millions of children and families across America , and Dubuque is once again proud to be a strong part of that effort .
The goal is to fully support the needs of nearly 5,000 children in Dubuque
County , IA ; Clayton County , IA ; Grant County , WI ; and East Dubuque , IL . Keep an eye out in your favorite local retailers for official Toys For Tots donation bins . Mark your calendar as well for the Teddy Bear Toss with Santa Claus at the Dubuque Fighting Saints game the night of the Stuff the Truck event , Dec . 4 , at the Mystique Community Ice Center . Game time is 7:05 p . m . Bring a new teddy bear or other plush toy to throw onto the ice following the Saints first goal !
Information about the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots charity as well as online donations can be made at toysfortots . org . All donations stay local , and cash donations are tax deductible . Locally , Toys For Tots serves children and families through the many agencies that serve those families year round including the Salvation Army , the Department of Human Services , Veterans Affairs , the Grant County Holiday Project , and more but does not serve families directly . If you need assistance with toys this season , visit dubuquetoys . org for registration details . •
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