Holiday datebook: Dec. 11, 2013

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This 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. Thursday.  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. Thursday 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. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. 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. Saturday. A free chili supper will be served that night.
Holiday party at Finchville Ruritan
Finchville Ruritan Club will have a children’s Christmas party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 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 Sunday. 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. Saturday at Red Orchard Park. Kids of all ages make ginger bread ornaments. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/clearcreektrailblazers or clearcreektrailblazers@hotmail.com.
Christiansburg cantata
The Christiansburg Baptist Church choir will give a Christmas Cantata, Bethlehem Morning, during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday. Visit www.christiansburgbaptistchurch.org.

Next week
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.
Christmas cantata at Finchville
The Finchville Baptist Church’s adult choir will present Our King Has Come on Dec. 18. There will be a fellowship meal at 5 p.m. followed by the cantata at 7 p.m. A dessert time will follow the cantata in fellowship hall. For more details, call the church office at 834-7973 or visit www.finchvillebaptist.com and click on Youth News.
Visit Santa and swim
Visit Santa and swim from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park. The cost is $3 per person and includes a picture with Santa, crafts and open swim time. For more information, send an E-mail to jheath@shelbycountyparks.com or visit www.shelbycountyparks.com.
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.
Bagdad cantata
The Bagdad Baptist Church choir’s Christmas cantata, Bethlehem Morning, will be performed at 11 a.m. Dec. 22. The church is located at 5790 Elmburg Road in Bagdad.
Burks Branch holiday events
The Burks Branch Baptist Church choir will have a presentation of Majesty of Heaven at 11 a.m. Dec. 22. Gather at 5:30 p.m. at the church for a candlelight advent service followed by Christmas caroling for shut-ins and the Masonic Home. The church is located at 2023 Fox Run Road.
Pigeon Fork cantata
Pigeon Fork Baptist Church will have a cantata, Come Messiah, King, during the morning worship service on Dec 22. The church is located at 5090 Graefenburg Road in Waddy.

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.