Holiday 2015 events: Dec. 9, 2015

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‘Wonderful Life’ at SCCT
Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life, by James W. Rodgers, opens Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 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.
Holiday cookie exchange
The Shelby County Extension Homemakers will have the annual holiday cookie exchange at noon on Friday 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 holiday services
The Festival Choir of First Christian Church will present their Christmas concert “Sounds of the Season” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. There is no charge for admission and everyone is welcome. The nursery will be available for both performances. The Candlelight Communion service is at 11 p.m. Christmas eve.
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 Saturday. 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 Saturday. 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 Saturday. 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 Saturday 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.
Centenary holiday worship
Centenary United Methodist Church will have “Christmas Worship Celebration Service” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Chancel Choir will present messages of music and other congregation members will participate during the service.
Olive Branch UMC holiday event
Olive Branch United Methodist Church will have their Christmas cantata and potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday. The community is invited to attend. Located at 6383 Zaring Mill Road.
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. Located at 2023 Fox Run Road.
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.
New Year’s reception
The Albert Pike Scottish Rite Club will have a New Year’s day reception from noon to 3 p.m. for all Master Masons in Shelby County at Fortitude Lodge #47, Main and Walnut Streets in La Grange. Refreshments will be served and souvenir glasses will be distributed. For more information, call 502-584-6185.