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SATURDAY, NOV. 30
The United Way of Franklin County Coats for Kids Drive runs through Nov. 30. New and gently used coats in children’s sizes 4-16 are preferred. Brookville drop-off locations: FCN Bank, First Financial and George’s Pharmacy. Info: www.uwfcin.org.
SUNDAY, DEC. 1
The St. Mary’s of the Rock annual whole hog sausage and pancake breakfast is Dec. 1, 7 a.m.-noon. Freewill offering. There will also be a Christmas Corner. Proceeds benefit St. Mary’s of the Rock Preservation Society.
A euchre tournament will be held Dec. 1, American Legion Post 452, New Alsace. Doors open at noon, and games begin at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $5. Cash payout to the four highest scores. Refreshments available for purchase. Tournaments are held monthly. Info: 812-623-3695.
A variety stillboard shoot is Dec. 1, noon to dark, St. Nicholas Church, Sunman. Shells provided. Lunch available. Proceeds go to St. Nicholas School.
Batesville resident Bryce Mullins will present a concert to coincide with his new album release of Christmas tunes Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m., Gibson Theatre. Tickets are $5 at the door.
About 20,000-30,000 lights will flash on for the first time at the Weberding Family Christmas Lighting Dec. 1, 6 p.m., Weberding’s Carving Shop, Batesville. Attendees may park across the street.
The cantata “O Come Let us Adore” will be presented by the nondenominational Golden Gate Community Choir Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Damm Theatre, Osgood. It will feature familiar songs such as “Away in a Manger” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” Freewill offerings will be accepted.
MONDAY, DEC. 2
A Community Christmas Tree Lighting is Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m., Napoleon town square. Also, horse and carriage rides, caroling, crafts, cookies, hot chocolate and fireworks.
The St. Louis Catholic School Kindergarten Open House is Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m. Attendees can tour the school, meet teachers and staff, talk to students and parents, learn about curriculum and get tuition information. Info: 812-934-3310.
Batesville Primary School first- and second-graders will present their holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season,” Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Batesville High School gym. Free.
No-Shave November is a monthlong city of Batesville initiative to grow facial fair to benefit the Margaret Mary Health wig program for cancer patients. To make donations by Dec. 2: make checks payable to Margaret Mary Health and deliver or mail them to the Memorial Building, 132 S. Main St., Batesville, IN 47006.
TUESDAY, DEC. 3
On Dec. 3, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Historical Book and Film Club, 3 and 6 p.m.; and make a Christmas countdown calendar for grades 4-12, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
The Batesville Knights of St. John Commandery 243 will meet Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Knights hall.
In order to help fund the class trip to Washington, D.C., Batesville Middle School eighth-graders are selling $10 gift certificates to local restaurants through Dec. 3. To purchase: contact any eighth-grader or stop by the school.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Indiana Chapter 0813 meeting is Dec. 4, 11 a.m., Elks Lodge, 223 E. Third St., Rushville. Info: 765-629-2720.
Contemplative Prayer will be presented Dec. 4, 3-4:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org/ or 812-933-6437.
Oldenburg Academy’s Students in Sports booster club meets the first Wednesday of the month, including Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., OA student lounge.
St. Louis Catholic School students in grades K-2 will present their holiday concert, “Christmas Carols,” Dec. 4, 7 p.m., St. Louis Activity Center. Free.
THURSDAY, DEC. 5
Cookies with Santa, open to all, not just members, is Dec. 5, 5-6:30 p.m., Southeastern Indiana YMCA. Bring a camera to take your child’s picture on Santa’s lap, then enjoy creating a Christmas craft. To RSVP: 812-934-6006.
On Dec. 5, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the TREEmendous Time at the library adult program, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
The Red Hat Ladies will have their Christmas meeting and luncheon Dec. 11, noon, Ertel Cellars Winery. For the Christmas exchange gift, bring something from home that you don’t want anymore that is worth $10, wrap it and put your name on it. RSVP by Dec. 5: 812-934-3484 or 812-934-2099. Those wanting to carpool, please call one of those numbers.
FRIDAY, DEC. 6
The Batesville Beautification League will meet Dec. 6, noon, The Sherman.
Batesville’s Toyland Parade and Community Tree Lighting is Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., downtown. Santa’s Village, live entertainment, 6 p.m. parade, tree lighting and 7:15 p.m. free showing of “Frozen II.” The evening is sponsored by the city, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Batesville Main Street, Batesville Beautification League and Mayor’s Youth Council.
Santa will visit Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., Batesville Historical Center, 15 W. George St., where a number of model trains and beautifully-decorated Christmas trees are on exhibit.
The Friendship Christmas Walk is Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m. Live Nativity at Bear Creek Baptist Church, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Light-a-Ride Parade and Contest, letters to Santa can be mailed at the post office, and chili and hot chocolate at the fire station. For updated schedule: https://www.facebook.com/friendshipvillageassociation
Matthew Lamping will sing holiday favorites and other easy listening ballads and country tunes during an Amack’s Well First Friday Concert Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
FRI.-SAT., DEC. 6-7
The Friends of the Batesville Memorial Public Library are having their annual Christmas “Almost New” Book Sale Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., meeting room. The Friends group will gift wrap the books.
FRI.-SUN., DEC. 6-8
Tree County Players present “The Christmas Cabin” Dec. 6-7, 7 p.m., and Dec. 8, 2 p.m., 634 W. Main St., Greensburg. The play is about people stranded in a remote cabin who create their own Christmas, bringing together songs and stories from prior celebrations. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for members and $5 for children 18 and under. To order: https://bit.ly/2D7knoT, 812-222-4766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East Central High School Drama Department will present the musical “Elf Jr.” Dec. 6-7, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 8, 3 p.m., ECHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets, which can be purchased before each show, are $10 for adults and $8 for students.
SATURDAY, DEC. 7
A Batesville Masonic Lodge 668 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast is Dec. 7, 6-10 a.m. Adults, $7; children 6-12, $5; under 6, free. Carryouts available. Info: Paul Deal, 812-934-4195.
Holidays Under the Spires is Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Oldenburg. Jingle Bell Jog, trolley rides with Santa, choirs, mini golf at the firehouse and much more. To view the schedule: http://www.holidaysunderthespires.com/enjoy.html
The Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Santa Day, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
An open house is Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. plus photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus costing $7 for the first one and $5 for each additional from 1-3:30, Central House, 3684 State Road 229, Napoleon. Every child is welcome to see Santa even without taking photos.
The Ripley County Humane Society invites pet owners to bring their furry friends to get their pictures taken with Santa Dec. 7, noon-4 p.m., 1202 W. County Road 150 N., Osgood. Cost: $10 for the photo. Free gifts and drawings.
Children may visit Santa in his house downtown next to the bike park (in between Main, East Pearl, Park and George streets) thanks to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m.
Holiday Affair on the Square, sponsored by Main Street Versailles, is Dec. 7, 3:30-7 p.m. Santa, holiday light parade, live Nativity, community and schools caroling, kids’ crafts, bike raffle, face painting, vendor market, tree lighting and holiday movie.
Southeastern Indiana YMCA Dancers present “A Storybook Christmas” winter dance recital and theater concert Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Batesville High School auditorium.
The St. Louis Ballet Co. and Franklin County children will present “The Nutcracker Ballet Act II and Other Works” Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Franklin County High School auditorium. Tickets for the Franklin County Arts Council production are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and up, $8 for students and free for children under 5. To purchase: Nancy Pflum at FCN Bank, Brookville, at 765-647-4116; or council President Patti Wilhelm at 765-309-1473.
The Boar’s Head Festival, presented by the Batesville Area Arts Council, is Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Holy Family Church, Oldenburg. The updated presentation depicts English Renaissance traditions and offers timeless carols. Seating is not reserved for this freewill offering event.
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
A whole hog sausage all-you-can-eat breakfast is Dec. 8, 7:30 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph American Legion Post 464, Post 464 Road, St. Leon. Freewill offering. Kids can visit with Santa from 9-11 a.m. There will also be a Toys for Tots donation box.
The Oldenburg Knights of St. John will host a trap and stillboard shoot with meat and cash prizes Dec. 8, 11 a.m., Tri-Township Conservation Club, Oldenburg. Shells, food and refreshments available.
Oldenburg Academy choral and orchestra students will present their Christmas concert Dec. 8, 4 p.m., OA Auditorium. Freewill offering.
MONDAY, DEC. 9
The Fishes and Loaves Community Food Pantry, 5129 N. State Road 129, Delaware, which serves persons in the South Ripley and Jac-Cen-Del school districts, is open the second Monday including Dec. 9, 10-11 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Info: Pastor Tommy Beatley, 812-584-3546.
St. Louis Catholic School band and choir students in grades 5-8 will present their Christmas concert Dec. 9, 2 p.m., St. Louis Activity Center. Free.
Persons caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia are invited to attend a monthly support group Dec. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., Batesville Masonic Lodge, 119 W. Pearl St. Info: Linda Tuttle, 812-569-6130.
Bright Elementary School students in grades 1-2 and the Treble Chorus will present their holiday concert Dec. 9, 7 p.m., East Central High School Performing Arts Center. Free.
TUESDAY, DEC. 10
A Day of Quiet Renewal will be presented Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $20 or $70 with spiritual direction. Info and RSVP: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org/ or 812-933-6437.
A blood drive is Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., FCN Bank parking lot, 1060 State Road 229 N., Batesville. To schedule appointments: www.hoxworth.org/groups/fcn or 800-830-1091.
On Dec. 10, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Knit Night, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 will meet Dec. 10, 7 p.m., post home.
Sunman Elementary School students in grades K-2, chorus and Ukulele Club will present “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Dec. 10, 7 p.m., East Central High School Performing Arts Center. Free.
A solo card party is Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Batesville Knights of St. John hall.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
A card party is held the second and fourth Wednesdays, including Dec. 11, 1-4 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris, lower hall.
On Dec. 11, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Robo Coders for grades 4-12, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
On Dec. 12, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Coffee, Books & More adult book discussion, 1 p.m.; and Christmas cookie bake, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
Batesville Memorial Public Library Magic Club meetings are the second Thursday of each month, including Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., library. Ages 7-17 may become members of The Society of Young Magicians for $20 annually. Info: 812-934-4706.
Batesville Intermediate School choir students in grades 4-5 and band students in grade 5 will present their holiday concert Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., BIS (enter through Door B). Free, but donations are accepted.
East Central High School band students will present their holiday concert Dec. 12, 7 p.m., East Central High School Performing Arts Center. Free, but donation are accepted.
FRIDAY, DEC. 13
St. Nicholas Catholic School, Sunman, students in grades K-8 will present “A Traditional Nativity” Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., Oldenburg Academy Auditorium.
Batesville High School and Batesville Middle School choir students will present their winter concert Dec. 13, 7 p.m., BHS Auditorium. Free, but donations will be accepted for the Batesville Music Boosters.
For Movie Night, “Breakthrough” will be shown Dec. 13, 6:30-9 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org/ or 812-933-6437.
SATURDAY, DEC. 14
A mindfulness retreat will be presented Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $45-$65. Info and RSVP: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org/ or 812-933-6437.
Children may visit Santa in his house downtown next to the bike park (in between Main, East Pearl, Park and George streets) thanks to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m.
A traditional tea with holiday goodies is Dec. 14, 1 p.m., Central House, 3684 State Road 229, Napoleon. Fees are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. To RSVP: Victor Sarringhaus, 812-621-7826. Proceeds go toward the upkeep and restoration of the historic building.
Lee Murdock & Blue Horizon will perform songs that combine ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles as part of the free Batesville Memorial Public Library’s After Hours Concert Series Dec. 14, 7 p.m. The concert is supported by the Batesville Area Arts Council and Friends of the Library. Info: 812-934-4706 or ebatesville.com/after