Special Events & Festivals

Christmas program at Bethel AOG is Dec. 6

Bethel Assembly of God will hold its annual Children's Christmas program on Sunday Dec. 6, during the 10 a.m. service.

Following the service, the annual Christmas dinner will be held.

For more information call 356-8363.

The church is located at 1640 E. Taylor St., Huntington.


Santa to tell stories at HPL on Dec. 12

The Huntington City-Township Library will host Stories with Santa on Dec. 12, starting at 10 a.m.

Along with story time, each child will receive a special gift from Santa, sponsored by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

Parents are welcome to bring cameras to take pictures of their children with Santa or on his sleigh.

The event is open to the public and there is no charge.

Registration is suggested but not required.

For more information call the Children's Department at 356-2900.

The library is located at 200 W. Market St.


Christmas season is rolling in full swing with several local events

Mary Welches, Dr. Evelyn Priddy and Alan Daugherty (from left) collaborated on two books of historical fiction featuring early settlers in Huntington. The books will be available during the Christmas Tree Walk Dec. 5 and 6.
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The Christmas season is truly under way this weekend, with Santa arriving in two more Huntington County communities and a host of decorated trees on display at the Historic Forks of the Wabash.

There's also a holiday sing-along and a theatrical production at Huntington University, another holiday play in Warren, a community performance of Handel's "Messiah" and a scaled down, but still glittering, Christmas light display at Memorial Park.

Here's a rundown of all the ways you can get into the holiday spirit this weekend:

Huntington man serves Thanksgiving meals in Afghanistan

First Sgt. Charles Applegate, of Huntington, accepts a meal order from Spc. Stephen Hill on Thanksgiving Day at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
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First Sgt. Charles Applegate, of Huntington, spent his Thanksgiving Day serving meals to soldiers at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

Applegate is a member of Task Force Cyclone, Headquarters and Headquarters Com-pany. Members of the command group of Task Force Cyclone served the Thanksgiving meals.

EUM Church will treat visitors to 'A Night in Bethlehem'

Carley McElhaney (left) and Sam Wright portray Mary and Joseph in last year’s “Night in Bethlehem” at Evangelical United Methodist Church. This year’s performance is Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Evangelical United Methodist Church will host "A Night in Bethlehem" on Friday, Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Bethlehem marketplace and interact with shopkeepers and shepherds as well as view the live nativity scene.

There is no cost for admission to the event.

For more information or to register call 356-6975 or visit www.e-umc.org.

The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd.


Holiday music

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Christmas in the City in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28, had the mood set by holiday music from the quartet of (from left) Bill Richey, Marvin Hall, Doug McElhaney and Tom McElhaney.

'A Christmas Carol'

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Joel Froomkin, co-owner of the New Huntington Supper Club, gets into his reading of Charles Dickens' Christmas classic, "A Christmas Carol," on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the supper club during Christmas in the City activities in downtown Huntington.

Santa leads the caroling

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Santa Claus leads the caroling in front of the Warren Community Memorial Christmas Tree on Friday night, Nov. 27, during Winter Warrenland activities.

Santa and admirers

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Santa Claus visits with several of his admirers during Winter Warrenland activities Friday night, Nov. 27, in downtown Warren.

Photos with Santa

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Young Brooke Stout (right) and Santa pose for a photo during the Christmas in the City event in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Santa arrives in Huntington

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Santa and Angel Smith, a dispatcher with Huntington Rescue, get a ride into downtown Huntington on Rescue One on Saturday, Nov. 28, during Huntington's Christmas in the City.

Andrews Community Helpers keep filling a need at Thanksgiving

JoAnn Prus (foreground) and Laura Dillon dish up a meal Saturday, Nov. 21, at Miller’s Pub in Andrews. The Andrews Community Helpers prepared and delivered more than 160 meals to shut-ins and people in need in the Andrews area.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

More than 160 Thanksgiving dinners were hand-delivered to Seniors and families in need in the Andrews area on Saturday, Nov. 21, thanks to a group of volunteers calling themselves the Andrews Community Helpers.

This is the eighth year for the tradition, which has grown from just 44 dinners being delivered the first year. The number has nearly doubled from last year, when only 85 dinners were delivered, volunteer Laura Dillon says.

Each recipient received generous helpings of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, yams, rolls, pie and deviled eggs.

Giving thanks

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Ashlynn Snyder (left) takes a scoop of candy from the bowl as Renee Greving (right) looks on during the Trinity United Methodist Preschool Thanksgiving Feast on Monday, Nov. 23. The feast included the Thanksgiving favorite, sliced turkey, along with other finger food.

Time for dessert

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Trent Shively (left) and Mason Harman are in line for dessert during a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club prepared and served the dinner, which was followed by bingo.

Jolly Old Christmas Elf ready to make first appearances

Madison Wajer visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus during their visit to Huntington during the 2008 Christmas in the City event. Santa will arrive in Huntington this year on Saturday, Nov. 28.
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The Christmas season is fast approaching - and with it, Santa Claus.

The jolly old elf will make his appearance in two Huntington County towns this weekend, rolling into Warren on Friday, Nov. 27, and then showing up in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The visit to Warren is part of "Winter WarrenLand," which begins with Santa's arrival at the Warren Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday. He'll officiate at the lighting of the town Christmas tree and downtown lights, then lead the crowd to the Knight-Bergman Center for another lighting ceremony and refreshments.