Special Events & Festivals

Huntington County residents can help Salvation Army, Love INC

Local charities are asking for donations this holiday season, and Huntington County resi-dents can help.
The Salvation Army, 1424 E. Market St., Huntington, accepts donations year-round, but is in special need of food items for the holiday season. The Salvation Army provides food for over 200 families, and also packs 400 food boxes for the needy in the community, says Captain Tim Sell.

The Christmas story


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Beccah Kerlin (left) and Porter Kennedy filled the roles of May and Joseph during a Christmas program put on by the College Park Preschool. The program was held in the College Park United Brethren Church sanctuary and included Christmas songs by the creative play and preschool classes.

Crafty


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Andrews/Dallas Township Public Library Board Member Edna Strickler (right) helps Aaliyah Quillen (left) create Christmas ornaments at the library on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5. The event was the library's children's activity for December.

Historical society to hold Christmas open house Dec. 15

Mark and Vickie kiefer wil perform old-fashioned Christmas music during the Dec. 15 meeting of the Huntington County Historical Society.
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The public is invited to a Christmas open house and program at the Huntington County Historical Museum on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.

Local musicians Mark and Vickie Kiefer will present a program of old- fashioned American Christmas music, which will feature a sing-along and the background stories of many favorite holiday songs.

Mark Kiefer is the choir director at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, and has also taught fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School for the past 35 years.

Christmas sharing


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Dixie Harrold displays some of the items donated for Huntington County Right to Life's 30th annual Christmas Care and Share Program. This year, the group will provide gifts for 25 children. Each child will receive numerous gifts and each family will receive wrapping materials and a grocery certificate. Donations of new gift items for children through age 6 and new wrapping materials are being accepted at the Right to Life office, 34 E. Washington St. For more information, call 356-5933.

HU athletics teams up with Love INC

The Huntington University Athletic Department is teaming up with Love INC to sponsor local families for Christmas.

The HU President's Office along with each of the 15 athletic teams is buying gifts and providing food for Huntington County families. Through these efforts, the children of 13 families will have presents to open on Christmas morning.

Cookie sales will raise funds for Love INC

Mt. Etna United Methodist Church will hold its third annual Christmas cookie party on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The youth will be making and decorating Christmas cookies that will go on sale the next day at 10 a.m. between services.

There will also be games, crafts and Christmas devotions.
The proceeds from the cookie sale will go to Love INC.

The church is located at 6383W-600S.

 

Where do I put it?


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Roanoke Elementary School fourth-graders Kelsey Retherford (left) and Josh Rice place their ornaments on the Christmas tree at the Heritage Center in Ronaoke. The students were treated to a story and snacks afterward.

HNHS bands set free concert on Tuesday

The Huntington North High School Band Department will be hosting a Winter/Christmas Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington North auditorium.

Admission is free to the event, which will feature the Fall Concert Band, the Freshman Viking Band and the concert version of the Marching Vikes.

The bands will perform a variety of music, including Christmas music, marches and traditional band literature.

For more information, contact John Gardner, director of bands at 356-6104 ext. 1038, or by e-mail at jgardner@hccsc.k12.in.us.

 

YSB Christmas open house


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Erica Anderson-Center, left, and Lois Wajer enjoy lunch during the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County's annual Christmas open house on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Both women are from Family Centered Services.

Concert at Northview on Sunday, Dec. 13

The Northview Church of Christ, 2900 N. Jefferson St., will host a gospel Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m.

The gospel group "Water in2 Wine" will sing and lead the entire worship hour.

Water In2 Wine is made up of Aaron and Jonathan Aslocks. They have released three albums, the latest titled "Just Look Ahead."

 

Evangelical UM Adult Choir to perform Christmas musical

The Evangelical United Methodist Church Adult Choir will perform the Christmas musical, "A LIght Still Shines," on Thursday, dEc. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. both days, at the church, located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.
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The adult choir of Evangelical United Methodist Church will perform the Christmas musical "A Light Still Shines" on Thursday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

The musical will also be performed at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

The musical, written by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse, and Camp Kirkland, includes a vari-ety of traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

Under the direction of Mark Kiefer, the 25-voice choir will sing a wide variety of Christ-mas songs.

The church is located at 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

 

HNHS choirs to present annual 'Christmas Celebration' Monday

The choirs of Huntington North High School will present their annual "Christmas Celebration" concert on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium.

The entire cast of choirs including Viking Chorale, Viking Ladies, Glee Club, Concert Choir and Varsity Chamber Singers will perform.

The program will feature many Christmas favorites, including "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,",The Christmas Song," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Carol of the Bells," "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Silent Night," "O Holy Night" and G.F. Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."

Checking it twice


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Santa reads a Christmas list from Trey Greene (right) during a visit to the Markle Church of Christ on Saturday, Dec. 5. Santa's visit was part of Markle's "Christmas in Our Town" celebration.

Artist at work


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Stan Horne carves a butterfly out of a block of ice in a downtown Markle parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 5. The demonstration was part of Markle's "Christmas in Our Town" celebration. The completed carving will remain on the corner until it melts.

Watching carefully


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Martha Gearhart tracks the numbers on her card during a session of Holiday Bingo Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Markle Fire Station. The games were part of Markle's "Christmas in Our Town" celebration.

Craft help


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Samantha Parent receives some help from her mother, Cindy Parent, as she glues together a snowman during a Christmas craft session Friday, Dec. 4, at the Roanoke Town Hall. The crafts were held as part of Roanoke's "Christmas in the Village" celebration.

Discussing the list


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Lydia Stout, 5, ponders her Christmas list during a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Roanoke Town Hall. Santa's arrival kicked off the community's "Christmas in the Village" celebration.

Oh yeah!


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

David Maddox displays the Wrestlemania T-shirt he received as a gift during a Christmas party for Pathfinder Services clients on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Alrusa Club sponsored the party, which included Christmas carols, an appearance by Santa Claus, gifts and food.

Huntington Parks and Rec Dept. to again offer 'Letters from Santa'

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department will once again offer Letters from Santa to Huntington County children ages 6 years and younger.

This will be the sixth year the Parks Department has offered this free service to Huntington residents.

Forms may be picked up at the Parks Department office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or may be filled out online at www.huntington.in.us. Forms must be completed by Dec. 18, at noon.

Each child will receive his or her personalized letter from Santa on or before Monday, December 21.

St. Peter Lutheran Church announces series of holiday events

St. Peter Lutheran Church announces is calendar of events for the holiday season.

Dec. 9 - Advent II, at 7 p.m.

Dec. 16. - Advent III, at 7 p.m.

Dec. 20 - Children's Christmas program, at 7 p.m.

Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve service, at 10 p.m.

Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve service, at 7 p.m.

For more information call the church at 356-6528.

The church is located at 605 Polk St.

 

Christmas tradition


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and individuals, the giant Christmas wreath that once graced the front of Huntington's Wolf & Dessauer department store was lighted this evening, Thursday, Dec. 3, and will be lit each evening through Dec. 31 from 6 to 10. The costs of lighting the wreath is being underwritten by Myers Funeral Homes, McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, Bailey-Love Mortuary and Deal-Rice Funeral Homes. Local electrician Larry PeGan donated the labor to install a timer that has been purchased by an anonymous donor.

Christmas display at Memorial Park


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A Christmas display at Memorial Park in Huntington was lighted this evening, Thursday, Dec. 3, and will be lit each evening through Dec. 31, from 6 to 10. There are several light groupings available in a drive-through area located off Bartlett Street. The display is staged with the help of Huntington resident Chris Elston and uses LED lights and computer controls.

Live nativity


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A live nativity scene will be on display Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Warren at the Church of Christ on Third and Wayne Streets. The display will be held in the church parking lot and viewers can drive by or stop in. The church will also serve hot chocolate and cookies. The event has been hosted by the Church of Christ for more than 25 years.

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.

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