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I sincerely hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend and are now searching for recipes to use up that extra turkey. Don’t we live in abundance, when you think about it? People in some countries would love to have our discards. Americans are generous. At this time of year the MCEF pantry is so full, it’s bulging. Let’s try to remember that folks need help with groceries later on in February, as well as during these special holidays.
The amazing Mechanicsville Christmas parade takes place Dec. 8 and is sponsored by the Rotary-Ruritans. It starts at 3 p.m. on Strain Avenue, right in the old ‘ville. It passes down Atlee Road and ends up with a tree lighting at the Windmill. If you are new to Mechanicsville or have lived here all your life, you will surely love the old-fashioned feel of this parade. Dress warm!
What do David Clark, Steve Taylor, Melanie Fuller, Tim Moore and Matt Senters have in common? These people are the five top fundraisers in the MDA Norfolk Lock Up. Again, I say our community has many generous people. Our neighbor, David Clark, top fund raiser at present, and 215 other participants, many local, are so generous that they are willing to go to “jail” at Martie’s Grill Dec. 11, so money can be raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. These citizens are “heavily armed with kindness and have a prior conviction of thoughtfulness and generosity.” Support David or someone you know that’s involved with your contribution by calling (804) 285-2961 for the MDA Lock-UP. By raising bail ahead of time, jailbirds may be released early for “good behavior,” unless the judge doubles their sentence. Come by Marti’s Grill from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. to visit these jailbirds.
The Hanover Concert Band will present two concerts of Christmas music in December to close out their 24th year as “Music Ambassadors for Hanover County.” They perform at noon at Virginia Center Commons food court, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen, Dec. 7. In addition to the program of Christmas favorites old and new, they will present a special musical tribute to the men and women, who were at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on that “Day of Infamy” in 1941. If you can, please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Central Virginia Food Bank. There will be a 7 p.m. performance at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 South Railroad Avenue, Ashland, Dec. 17. There will be table seating available with beverage and food treats to enjoy throughout the concert. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Central Virginia Food Bank.
This is my last chance to tell you about “No Room at the Inn” at Church of the Redeemer. You can buy tickets at the door for the Gala Dec. 6 for $25 from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, bring everyone you know to view the 350 nativities. It is a real treat! The cost on Saturday or Sunday is a $5 ticket adults; $1 under 18. There are several fun activities for children, including dressing up in the costumes of Nativity Characters, as well as games, crafts and a scavenger hunt. All proceeds go to homeless projects right here in Hanover and in Haiti.
There is so much going on at this lovely time of the year. I hope you will take time to enjoy your family and friends so this special time will also be a peaceful time. Please take a moment to call at (804) 746-9142 to tell me about a favorite holiday moment or an event your church or group is having. Leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org.