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     •• HAPPENING NOW •• 
MainSource Bank, 120 E. Main St., Knightstown is conducting its annual drive for hats, mittens, gloves and socks to support the local Head Start program. This year, snacks are also included in the effort. The bank is collecting pre-packaged healthy snacks for the Knightstown school children who are in need. No nut products will be accepted. Examples of acceptable snacks include cheese crackers, granola bars, fruit cups, graham crackers, pretzels and fruit snacks. Donations may be dropped off at the local bank branch.

     •• NOVEMBER 28 •• 
Knightstown Friends Church, 214 E. Brown St., will host a variety of events on Nov. 28, from 1-5:30 p.m. A soup supper costs $3. There will also be reindeer games, carriage rides and Santa’s workshop. The Ice Queen will appear 3-5:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be served on the porch of the parsonage.

     •• DECEMBER 3 •• 
The New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host its seventh annual Downtown Christmas Walk on Thursday, Dec. 3. Admission is free for this event in New Castle. It features carriage rides, vendors, a Santa Claus appearance, petting zoo, Wizard of Oz characters, holiday stories, luminaries and more. To reserve a vendor space, call the Chamber at 765-529-5210.

     •• DECEMBER 5 •• 
Knightstown American Legion Post 152 Auxiliary will host its sixth annual Christmas Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at SugarBakers on Main Street.

     •• DECEMBER 5 •• 
Walnut Ridge Friends Meeting and the Future of Carthage committee are teaming up for a Christmas kick-off event on Saturday, Dec. 5. Walnut Ridge Friends will host their annual Christmas Bazaar at the Carthage Community Center on Main Street, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Then, starting at 4 p.m., Future of Carthage volunteers will roll out their event, “An Old-Fashioned Carthage Christmas.” More information can be found on Page 3.

     •• DECEMBER 6 •• 
Raysville Friends Church, located at North and Church streets, will host its annual Christmas candlelight service on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. The service will feature scripture reading and carols. Pastor Michael Jay will deliver the message. Robin Richey and Marilyn Wicker will perform. The public is invited.

     •• NOW - DECEMBER 31 •• 
The Henry Henley Public Library, 102 N. Main St., Carthage, is hosting a used book sale. Everything that can fit in a grocery bag is just $1. It's the library’s “Bag for a Buck” sale and it runs through Dec. 31. The library’s hours are Tuesday 2-7 p.m., Thursday 4-7 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Octagon House is open for free tours by chance or appointment. To get a free tour, stop by Shirley Hardware and one will be arranged. To schedule an appointment for a tour, call 812-583-0031 or 765-737-6586.

     •• JANUARY 16 •• 
The Gleaner’s Food Bank food truck will visit Blue River Community Harvest on the following dates this year and in 2016. The truck will adhere to an each-third-Saturday schedule, arriving on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016; March 19, May 21, July 16 and Sept. 17.

     •• ONGOING •• 
Knightstown Wesleyan Church now has welcome/move-in packets available. Anyone new to the area interested in receiving local business information and discounts may contact Kathie Rummell at 765-345-9660 or Amy Bell at 765-686-7063.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Beautify Knightstown Committee is taking pre-Christmas mail or pick-up orders for academy T-shirts to support the upcoming wall mural project. Shirts are available in sizes up to 5X, starting at $20. Orders will be taken until Dec. 15. Orders may be emailed or by calling 765-445-2328.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Historic Knightstown museum, located on the Public Square at 22 N. Washington St., has new fall hours. The museum’s autumn hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, or by appointment. For more information, or to schedule a museum visit by appointment, call David Steele at 765-345-7585. Family and individual HKI memberships are $20 and $15, respectively. Membership payments may be mailed to HKI at P.O. Box 74, Knightstown, IN 46148.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Historical Society (SHS) is compiling a history of Dr. Ralph Wilson, which will be placed in the Shirley museum. Those who have specific memories of Wilson, whether serious, funny or precious, may share them with members of the historical society. The SHS is also still 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. (See photo of caboose here and watch a video here.)

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