ONTARIO – Four Rivers Culture Center Executive Director Matt Stringer sponsors a lot of events throughout the year, but he said the annual holiday bazaar stands by itself in terms of popularity.

“It is big. It is special. We have 75 vendors this year,” said Stringer.

This year’s event, themed “Fill your Sleigh,” opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs to 7 p.m. in the foyer of the cultural center. The event is free.

Along with vendors, the holiday event also offers a Santa workshop for children, a gift-wrapping station and a raffle.

“I feel like anyone could do about 80 percent of their Christmas list at this event,” said Stringer.

Vendors will offer items like hand-painted pictures, vintage décor, lotions and bath bombs, homemade candies, laser cut wood items, quilts, ornaments, blankets and pillow slips.

The event has grown said Stringer and this year he said he expects at least 1,000 people to filter into and out of the cultural center.

“We had a good crowd last year,” said Stringer.

The holiday bazaar is the first event that Stringer said will enliven the center in November. He said he is also excited about the Four Rivers Children’s Community Theater program.  

From Nov. 15 through Nov. 17, the Four Rivers Children’s Community Theater program will stage “The Lion King.” Each night the play kicks off at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance slated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at 4rcc.com.

The play is based on the Disney animated film. 

Reporter Pat Caldwell: [email protected] or 541-473-3377.