Datebook: Holiday 120413

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This week
Holiday cooking program
Explore new foods from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Shelby County Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Learn how to make your own edibles, with Linda Aldridge’s sharing appetizer recipes and Carol Stine’s sharing how to make holiday breads. Bring your favorite appetizer recipe (and samples if you wish) to share with others. Space is limited; call 633-4593 to reserve your spot.
Christmas Cantata at Christiansburg
The choir at Christiansburg Baptist Church will give a Christmas Cantata, Bethlehem Morning, during the 11 a.m. worship service on Thursday. The church is located at 1037 Frys Oldburg Road near Bagdad. Visit www.christiansburgbaptistchurch.org.
Christmas in New Castle
Christmas in New Castle will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in The Locker, 24 S. Main Street. Booths will be set up, and a twilight parade will begin at 6, with all units lit with Christmas lights. For more information, visit www.newcastleky.com or www.facebook.com/newcastlefestivals or call 502-845-4181.
CASA Christmas event
The Court Appointed Special Advocates for children program of the River Region, which includes Shelby County, will host a Christmas in the Courtyard benefit from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, 525 Washington St. in Shelbyville. For more information, send an E-mail to JoAnne Maamry at jmaamry@esourcecoach.com.
Christmas luncheon and bazaar
The New Castle United Methodist Women will have its annual Christmas luncheon and bazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the New Castle United Methodist Church. There will be arts and crafts, baked goods, Rada products and silent auction baskets. The lunch will consist of turkey salad, ham on roll, pimento cheese sandwich, salad and dessert. For more information, call 502-845-2781.
Christmas in Mount Eden
The annual celebration of Christmas in Mount Eden will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ruritan Club building in Mount Eden. Activities will include music, food, a visit from Santa and the county’s tallest snowman. Mount Moriah Baptist Church will have gospel singing.
‘Christmas Carol’
Performances of Shelby County Community Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, adapted by Michael Paller from the story by Charles Dickens, are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students, and may be purchased by calling 633-0242 beginning Nov. 15. The play will be directed by Craig Nolan Highley. For more information, call 633-0222. The theater is located at 801 Main Street.
Christmas dinner theater
Simpsonville Baptist Church will present It’s a Wonderful Life on Friday through Monday. Tickets for the Christmas dinner theater will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call Denise at 722-5246 ext. 10.
Rotary pancake breakfast with Santa
The Shelbyville Rotary Club will have a free pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, the morning of the Shelbyville Christmas Parade, in the fellowship hall of Centenary United Methodist Church, 429 Main St. in Shelbyville. Servers for the breakfast will be members of the Kings Daughters and Sons Junior Circle. Those who attend are asked to bring non-perishable canned goods to donate to Shelby County families in need at Christmastime and receive a free photograph with Santa Claus.
Shelbyville Christmas parade
The Shelby County Christmas parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street in Downtown Shelbyville. For more information or entries, contact Jennifer at the Shelby County Fire Department by calling 633-6648 or sending an E-mail to js373@insightbb.com.
Christmas at the library
Christmas at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. in Shelbyville, will begin immediately after the Christmas parade to 1 p.m. Saturday. Events include a free picture with Santa, crafts for children, entertainment and giveaways. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
Christmas tree decorating, lighting
Everyone is invited to help decorate the Miller Outdoor Education Center and Red Orchard Park Christmas trees from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, with ornaments made by the public. Hot cocoa and other treats will be served. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers or clearcreektrailblazers@hotmail.com.
Country Christmas dinner-auction
Cornerstone Christmas Academy will have a country Christmas dinner, dance and auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children. For more information or to RSVP, call 633-4070 or visit www.CCAofKY.org.
Spirit of Christmas dance
Corpus Christi Academy will host a “Spirit of Christmas” dance, featuring the Monarchs and a $3,000 raffle, Saturday at the Shelbyville Country Club. Doors open at 7:30, and dancing is from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. This is a smoke-free event. For reservations, call 502-722-8090.
Thoroughbred Chorus concert
The Thoroughbred Chorus’ 65th annual holiday celebration will be Saturday at the Memorial Auditorium, 4th and Kentucky streets in Louisville. The matinee will be at 1:30 p.m., and the evening show at 7:30. For more information or to reserve seats, call 502-583-SHOW (7469) or contact Doug Powers at 502-641-8065 or dpowers5@twc.com.
Christmas concert at First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church will present its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. The concert will feature seasonal music from various musical periods, styles and genres and will feature Timothy L. Baker of Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church in Louisville as guest organist and The Absolutely Brass Quartet from Louisville. The choir will feature the First Presbyterian Church Choir, Full Circle Singers directed by John Clayton, former choir members and friends.
Children’s choir concert
The Shelby County Community Children’s Choir will present its Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. There is no charge for admission.
Christiansburg dinner
Christiansburg Baptist Church will celebrate the holidays with a Thanksgiving/Christmas meal following the morning worship on Sunday at the church.

Next week
Festival of Trees

Amber Oaks Assisted Living will host its annual Festival of Trees and Christmas Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec 12.  Events include food, fun, free picture with Santa, entertainment, giveaways and a silent auction of more than 50 trees and wreaths donated by local businesses, churches and friends of the community. All proceeds go to local charities. For more information, call Amber Oaks Assisted Living at 502-647-4546 or send an E-mail to dwamberoaks@aol.com.
Christmas Teen Fun Night
There will be a Christmas Teen Fun Night at 5:30-6:45 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Shelby County Library’s Community Room. There will be ornament-making activities and refreshments. Reservations are needed for food purposes. Please call Sarahbeth Farabee at 633-3803 if planning to attend.
First Christian cantata
The Festival Choir of First Christian Church in Shelbyville, directed by Rev. David Pilkinton, will present Season of Joy – a Celtic Christmas Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15. The nursery will be available for each performance.  There is no charge for admission.
Santa visits Bagdad
Santa Claus will be at the Bagdad Ruritan Club from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. A chili supper will be served that night for $5.
Holiday party at Finchville Ruritan
Finchville Ruritan Club will have a children’s Christmas party from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Snacks will be served, and children will receive a gift from Santa. Door prizes will be drawn for children throughout the party. The Finchville Ruritan Club is located on KY 55.
Christmas bird count
Horace Brown will host the 40th Shelby County Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 14. For more information, call 633-4754, 682-7711 or 747-0425.
Holiday crafts at Red Orchard Park
Nature Craft Day will celebrate the holidays by making holiday crafts at 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at Red Orchard Park. Kids of all ages make ginger bread ornaments. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers or clearcreektrailblazers@hotmail.com.
Community Christmas
Distribution of gifts and personal items to children -- formerly Christmas at Claudia’s -- will be at 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Shelby Industries, 175 McDaniels Road in Pearce Industrial Park. For more information, call 502-418-7209.
Santa Back Woods Parade
Mountain Empire Athletic League will host the seventh annual Christmas Gala with a Santa Claus Back Woods Parade, led by the Kentucky National Guard, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at New Life Baptist Church. The parade starts at the far end of McCormack Road to King Highway, over the rail track to Fairview to Waddy Road to New Life Baptist Church. Travel with Santa Claus in the parade on a bike, trike, hot rod, horses or hop a ride with Santa Claus. Special Christmas gifts will be given from the North Pole, and Mrs. Claus will have her special burgers, hot dogs and drinks for families. For more information, contact Mrs. Claus at 502-682-8946.
Candlelight communion
First Christian Church will have a Candlelight Communion service at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Southern Lights holiday festival
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Southern Lights holiday festival, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington through Dec. 31. The Southern Lights driving route is open from 5:30 to 10 nightly. The other attractions inside the park will be open every night except Nov. 28 and Dec. 24 through 31. The cost is $15 per passenger car Sunday through Thursday evenings and $20 per passenger car on Friday and Saturday nights. The cost for an extended van or limousine is $30, a mini-bus is $50, a school bus is $75 and a motorcoach is $125. The Southern Lights Stroll on Thursday is the only night the lights can be viewed on foot. A competitive 5K race will be available to families. The cost is $20 for adults and includes a long-sleeved T-shirt for the first 500 registered adults; $15 for children, ages 7 to 12 includes a souvenir holiday item for the first 200 registered children. For more information, call 859-255-5727 or visit foundation@khpfoundation.org.