Holiday datebook: Dec. 8, 2013

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This week
‘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.  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  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 has been cancelled. For more information, contact Jennifer at the Shelby County Fire Department by calling 633-6648 or sending an E-mail to js373@insightbb.com.
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.
Christmas at the library
Christmas at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. in Shelbyville, has been rescheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.
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.

Next week
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.
Christiansburg cantata
The Christiansburg Baptist Church choir will give a Christmas Cantata, Bethlehem Morning, during the 11 a.m. worship service on Dec. 15. Visit www.christiansburgbaptistchurch.org.
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.

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.
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.