Christmas in the Park

Don Taylor, left, presents a Balance 200F scooter to De’rihanna Riley, the first child whose name was drawn during the 5th annual Christmas in the Park, held December 19 at Houston Avery Park. Each child was allowed to choose the toy he or she wanted when his or her name was called. Sheriff Heath Jackson, Mayor Jim Staff and city council members Chris Harrison, Eunice Johnson and Shawn Lassiter were among a crowd estimated at more than 200, most of them youngsters, who enjoyed Gospel singing, games, food and drink, and recorded holiday music from DJ-RR.