Holiday 2015 events: Dec. 2, 2015

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CASA’s Christmas in the courtyard
CASA’s Christmas in the Courtyard at Wakefield-Scearce Galleries is a benefit for children in crisis in Shelby and Spencer counties from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. There will be food, drinks and live music by The Giltner Group all in the surroundings of the beautiful, decorated-for-the-holidays Wakefield-Scearce Galleries. Come join us and help the children of Shelby and Spencer counties. Tickets are $50 per person and can be obtained at www.CASARIVERREGION.ORG or by calling 502-400-8040.
Christmas luncheon in New Castle
The New Castle United Methodist Church Women will have their annual Christmas luncheon and Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the New Castle United Methodist Church.  The menu is turkey salad, ham on roll, pimento cheese sandwich, salad and dessert all for $8. They will also have arts and crafts, baked goods and Rada cutlery for sale.
Simpsonville Baptist
A Christmas advent celebration will be at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Join us for a musical celebration of the Christmas season, led by our Praise Choir and various ensembles. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for child. The dinner will include a slow-roasted stuffed pork loin, country green beans, mashed potatoes, baked apples, roll, dessert and drink. Call 722-5246 ext. 102.
‘Wonderful Life’ at SCCT
Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life, by James W. Rodgers, opens Friday, Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday and Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students and children. For reservations, call 633-0242. It’s a Wonderful Life is directed by Jack Wann, and sponsored by Roger and Diane Shott, Brig. Gen. R.R. Van Stockum and Village Plaza Shopping Center. The theatre is located at 801 Main Street in Shelbyville.
‘Woodland Winter’
 A “Woodland Winter” Christmas dinner and auction will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at Cornerstone Christian Academy, 3950 Frankfort Road. Tickets are $25 for adult and $15 for student, which includes a meal, more than 100 auction items, entertainment, and wreath sale. For reservations, contact BeckyWilliams@CCAofKY.org or call 633-4070. Follow Cornerstone Christian Academy dinner and auction Facebook page for auction item preview.
Christmas parade
The Shelbyville Christmas parade will take off at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The theme this year is “We Believe in Christmas.” there is no fee to enter. To participate in the parade E-mail jennifer@shelbycofire.com or call 633-6648.
Catholic Church of Annunciation
“Breakfast with Santa” will be from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Catholic Church of the Annunciation. Santa will arrive at 9 a.m. and everyone is welcome.
First Baptist Shelbyville
FBC’s “Drive Through Live Nativity” begins at 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday. Come in the comfort of your vehicle, supplied with free hot chocolate and cookies from the church, and a CD explaining what each segment is. Call 633-1317 or contact mhollingsworth@shelbyvillebaptist.com.
Christmas at the library
Visit the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St., from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and get a your picture taken with Santa, enjoy holiday music, write letters to Santa, hear Christmas stories and write Christmas cards to the Veterans. There will be refreshments and holiday giveaways. For more information or to register, call at 502-633-3803, or E-mail media@scplibrary.net.
Holiday cookie exchange
The Shelby County Extension Homemakers will have the annual holiday cookie exchange at noon on Dec. 11 at the Shelby County Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Each participant is asked to bring four dozen homemade cookies and the recipe. All recipes will be compiled into a cookie booklet and mailed. At noon everyone will enjoy a variety of homemade soups for lunch before the Cookie Exchange at 12:30 p.m.  Soup recipes will be provided for everyone. For more information, call 633-4593.
First Christian
The free Christmas concert, Sounds of the Season, will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13.
Benefit show for the Angel Tree
Ray Glenn is working with the Salvation Army, City of Simpsonville on a benefit show for the Angel Tree on Dec. 12. The goal is to take donations and complete as many of the requests as possible, hoping that no child goes without and that every angel is pulled off the tree. He does quite a variety of music from numerous artists, performing numerous Tribute shows and Vegas style shows from the 50s through the 90s, as well as to artists such as Roy Orbison, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Rivers and Elton John. For more information, E-mail rayglenn@twc.com or call 502-541-7861.
Angel breakfast at Highland
Join the Angel breakfast and Bethlehem Marketplace at Highland Baptist Church from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 12. A free pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Children and their families will have the opportunity to wander around the booths to learn about Bethlehem during Jesus’ birth, do some crafts and photo ops! If weather permits, we will also have some animals to interact with as well. For more information, call the church office at 502-633-3516.
Santa in Bagdad
The Bagdad Ruritan Club will have “Santa in Bagdad” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 12. There will also have free chili available.
Bardstown Christmas tour of homes
The annual Christmas Tour of Homes in Bardstown will be from 2-9 p.m. on Dec. 12 and features four historic homes, sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the Bardstown Visitor’s Center, Court Square. The day of the tour, tickets will be available at the Old Library Building, also on the Court Square. For more information, call 502-348-4877, or 502-331-9884, or at info@bardstowntourism.com.
Finchville Baptist
The adult choir will present “The Silence and the Sound” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16. A free celebration meal will be at 5:30 before the concert, and cookies and coffee will be served afterwards. There will be two Christmas Eve services, 5 and 11 p.m. Church offices will be closed on Christmas Eve Day. Visit www.finchvillebaptist.com or call 834-7973.
Burks Branch Baptist
Christmas Cantata and Candlelight Service, caroling and fellowship will be on Dec. 20. The WOM will have their Christmas Party at 6 p.m. at Diane Price’s house. All ladies of the church are invited for potluck and $5 gift exchange.
Christmas services at Highland
Christmas Services will be 7 p.m. on Dec. 23 and 10 p.m. Christmas Eve at Highland Baptist Church.
Santa needs letters and artwork
Mrs. Claus is looking for letters and artwork to Santa to be published in the Dec. 23 issue of The Sentinel-News. Children ages 6 to 8 are invited to write letters to Santa Claus, not about what they want for Christmas, but what they think about him or what Christmas means to them. Younger children, those ages 3 to 5, are asked to draw a picture of how they think he looks, how Christmas looks in their dreams or what they want for Christmas. The artwork needs to be done in black crayon. The Sentinel-News is so glad to take part in Santa’s wish for Christmas that it is accepting the letters and artwork as a contest. Contest judges for both the drawings and letters will consider creativity and child-like imagination. Color will not be a factor in the winning artwork. Each first-place winner will receive $5 cash. E-mail letters and artwork to sharonw@sentinelnews no later than Dec. 16 or bring letters to The Sentinel-News, 703 Taylorsville Rd., no later than Dec. 14.  
11th annual toy and coat drive
Cash Express will accept toys, coats and shoes (washable) and non-perishable food items in many drop off locations in the area. All donations should be received by Dec. 15 to have them delivered in time for Christmas. For more information call 633-3491.
Joey’s Memory Tree
Remember beloved pets this holiday season. For a $5 donation, pick an ornament off the tree and replace it with a colored star with your deceased pet’s name on it at Metzger’s Country Store in Simpsonville and Kat’s Doggie Styles Grooming in Shelbyville. All proceeds will benefit various rescues in Shelby County to help spay and neuter homeless animals. For more information, contact Robin Kenyon 727-2703.