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     •• The Knightstown Cheer Guild has begun accepting donations for the 2014 Christmas season. Monetary donations may be sent to P.O. Box 3, Knightstown, IN 46148.

     •• The Shirley Octagon House, 400 S. Railroad St., will host its annual Christmas tree walk Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, 4-7 p.m. This event is free. Food will be available. A different Christmas tree will be on display in each room of the house.

     •• The Knightstown High School JV and varsity girls basketball teams will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 6, 8-11 a.m. in the KHS cafeteria. Cost is $5 per person. Children can get their pictures taken with Santa. Pets can also be photographed. Call 765-524-0969 for an appointment.

     •• The Knightstown Elementary School PTO’s Holiday Workshop is Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will feature crafts for kids to purchase and complete (with all supplies necessary on hand) to help them with their holiday shopping. There will also be local vendors and crafters with booths set up for parents, families, and friends to shop. Admission is free. All crafts cost less than $5 (most $1-$3) each. Vendors and crafters with booths set their own prices and collect their own payments.

     •• The Knightstown American Legion Post 152 Auxiliary will host its fifth annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., or until the cookies are gone. A craft show will accompany this year’s event.

     •• The Psi Iota Xi Pix A Purse fundraiser will be held on Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Surgarbakers, 132 E. Main St., Knightstown. Numerous purses, both new and used, will be available for $3 and up. Many styles and colors of purses, including some new brand-name purses, will be a part of the bazaar.

     •• Bethel Presbyterian Church, 112 S. Franklin St., Knightstown, will host a pipe organ concert on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. Four area organists (including Robin Richey and Kathryn Waits), each with their own style and repertoire, are scheduled to perform. With varied musical directions, the church hopes that all will be delighted, each to their own taste. The concert is free and open to the public as a gift to the Knightstown Community this holiday season. However, a freewill offering will be collected and distributed to food pantries in south Henry County.

     •• The second annual Braden’s Blessings fundraiser will take place Saturday, Dec. 13, 7-10 a.m., at the Carthage Volunteer Fire Dept. The event will feature a sausage and pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa for $3 each, a small silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Cost is $5 per person. Those who donate an unwrapped child’s Christmas gift will eat for free. Proceeds benefit the family of Braden Westmoreland.

     •• Fletcher United Methodist Church in Carthage will host its 31st annual Santa’s Community Store on Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Carthage Community Center. Lunch will be served at this free event. Donations of clothes, housewares, toys, etc., (new and gently used) will be accepted on Friday, Dec. 12, 4-9 p.m. at the community center.

     •• An evening of tree trimming and holiday delights awaits visitors to Mounds State Park and its historic Bronnenberg Home on Dec. 13. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. The restored home will be open for tours and outfitted in pioneer-era decorations. Hot cider and cookies will be served, and the naturalists will be dressed in historic costumes. Visitors are welcome to string a garland of cranberries and popcorn for the tree, craft rustic ornaments, and sing 1800s-era Christmas carols. Mounds State Park is at 4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson.

     •• The Shirley Historical Society is raising money to restore a railroad caboose and purchase a motorized rail inspection car. The items will be placed near the Shirley railroad depot. Donations may be sent to Joan Cupp, P.O. Box 407, Shirley, IN 47384.

     •• Our Bits & Pieces page shows many of the local regular meetings and other common information.

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