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St. Peter’s United Methodist Church will host a Free Pancake Dinner for the children of our community. Following dinner the children will hear the Christmas story, sing Christmas songs, spend time with Santa, and have the opportunity to pick out a gift for their parents. The menu includes pancakes, apples, sausage, juice and coffee. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located at 15599 Mountain Road, Montpelier. Call (804) 883-5596 for more info.
You are invited to the Handcrafters Christmas Sale at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be served by Whispering Springs Farm, homemade soups and hot sandwiches. Shop from a wide selection of handcrafted gifts, including candles, wreaths, cashmere and felted items, photography and paintings, carved wood gifts, mason jar country chic, up-cycled farm stuff, and of course, jewelry!
The Fork Church located at 12566 Old Ridge Road invites you to the sixth annual Heavenly Stew Sale Saturday, Dec. 7 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for face painting, kids crafts, Jewel Kade Jewelry, fresh wreaths, Christmas ornaments, live music by the wonderful West Hanover Boys, lunch featuring Hanover’s best smoked sausage and pepper sandwiches and hot cider. Heavenly stew or Rick’s famous chili $8 per quart. Pre-orders available for pick-up at 1 p.m. To pre-order, visit www.theforkchurch.org or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas tree lighting at the Doswell Community Center, 16433 N. Washington Highway, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Fun for young and old alike, with Christmas caroling, cider and cookies and more, and an appearance of Santa, the Hanover Christmas Mother, and the Snow Princess.
Do you like cookies? Especially Christmas cookies? Come to the Association for Preservation of Beaverdam Depot Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. for the first of what we hope will become an annual cookie sale. You can also donate cookies to help with the fundraiser. Donate cookies, then come and select the cookies, get them weighed and for only $8 per pound, you have a variety of Christmas cookies.
Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m. the Beaverdam Depot will once again host the Christmas Open House with live music, Santa, and lots of fun. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us.
Zion Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Beaverdam will have an “Old Fashioned Christmas Homecoming” Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. Everyone, especially anyone that has a connection to Zion, is invited to join them this Sunday for a special worship service and luncheon afterward in the Zion Christian Center. There is much to celebrate this Advent Season as we welcome our new minister, Pastor Tommy Willcockson, and his wife, Vonna to the Zion family. They have two children, Tom and Andrea. The Christmas season is a wonderful time to gather with our church family and friends, and to renew acquaintances. After the luncheon, everyone is invited to go to the Ashland Convalescent Center for Christmas caroling in the afternoon. The Christmas Eve Family Service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. The service will consist of carols and reflections. The community is invited to attend. Zion is located in the village of Beaverdam on Beaverdam School Road. Please check the website at www.Zionchurchdoc.org for additional information.
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.” 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, Dec. 7 at noon at Virginia Center Commons food court, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen.
Dec. 17, 7 p.m. at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 South Railroad Avenue, Ashland. The Hanover Concert Band will complete their 24th year with this Boston Pops style concert of Christmas Music. There will be table seating available with beverages and food treats to enjoy throughout the concert. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Central Virginia Food Bank.
2014 will be the 25th anniversary concert series. There are plans to feature local musicians in the concerts and present special concert music written by VCU Jazz Studies head, Antonio Garcia that has been commissioned for the 25th year. It will debut at the 2014 end of the year Christmas Concert at the Arts and Activities Center in Ashland where they rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For additional information about the Hanover Concert Band, please visit hanoverconcertband.org or call Marshall Johnson at (804) 789-0536.
The Independence Ruritan Club, located behind Independence Christian Church, 14033 Independence Road (off Route 54, west of Ashland) will have a Benefit Breakfast, Saturday, Dec. 14. Serving from 6:45-8:45 a.m., salt herring fillets, scrambled eggs, bacon, spiced apples, cornbread, grits, coffee and orange juice. All-you-can-eat for a donation of just $8 for adults. Proceeds from this event will go to the Western Hanover Emergency Action Team (W.H.E.A.T.). For information or carry-out orders, call (804) 798-6579.
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