Christmas in Cambridge

By Rebecca Hasbrouck

The Cambridge Events Committee hosted more than 60 people on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. for their first annual "Christmas in Cambridge" celebration.

The event included Christmas carols, a special blessing, the lighting of the Cambridge Christmas Tree and a visit from Santa Claus. The children’s faces lit up as a fire truck pulled up and Santa Claus Ho-Ho-Ho’d himself out of the passenger seat and into the crowd to hand out candy canes.

After the jolly old elf flew away on his fire truck/sleigh, the party returned to the Cambridge Community Center. Children and adults were served hot cocoa, cookies and popcorn before settling in to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

The children were invited to take home an ornament and an angel necklace from the Christmas tree. The necklaces were crafted by Cambridge Events Committee members for the event.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and everyone who helped with the event. We are planning a Beefburger Bingo night after the holidays for the next Cambridge community event.

For information on how to donate your time to help with events, contact Rebecca Hasbrouck at Or give her a call at her salon at 515-383-4875 or on her cell, 515-230-5106.

Upcoming events

Saturday, Dec. 14: A holiday soup supper will be held at Dorcas Hall in Cambridge at 4 p.m. The dinner costs $6 and includes salad, drink and homemade holiday desserts.

Wednesdays in Cambridge: Holy Grounds Coffee gathering at Dorcas Hall, from 8-10 a.m., on Wednesday mornings. Join your friends and neighbors for conversation and a cup of coffee.

Cambridge begins review process to update city code

The Cambridge City Council is beginning the process to update its city code. The Story County Planning and Development Department approved the code and has sent it to the City Council for the review process.

The first reading of the ordinance will be held Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to make comments at that meeting. A copy of the draft code is available at City Hall and in the library. The code booklet is not available to be checked out at this time, but is available for review. The council will hold three meetings to allow for public comments. Those readings will be held Dec. 16, Jan. 6 and Feb. 3.

Cambridge American Legion Auxiliary Meeting Notes

The regular meeting of the Mathis-Wire American Legion Auxiliary #233 met at the Legion Hall on Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. for its Christmas luncheon, with President JoAnn Clark as hostess.

A very delicious lunch was enjoyed by all. Those in attendance were as follows: Linda Baker, Lorraine Campbell, JoAnn Clark, Beverly Dory, Mary Forney, Helen Heslop, Cathy Kovacevick, Pam Messer, Juanita Olson, Sandy Plager, Jan Rumbaugh, Bonnie Serverson and Maxine Thomason.

Christmas cards were sent to Wanda Halverson, Pearl Kooyman and Anne Seversicke.

The next meeting will be Feb. 4, with Juanita Olson and Helen Heslop as hostesses. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

(To report Cambridge news, please contact Barb McBreen at 515-383-2244 or by email at Or you may drop off news items in the evening or on weekends at 217 Seventh St., Cambridge.)