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     •• DECEMBER 24 •• 
Santa Visiting Local Fire Dept. Dec. 24 - After several years of riding through town visiting local homes on Christmas Eve in a fire truck, Santa will need to make a change this year. On Thursday, Dec. 24, from 2–5 p.m., Santa Claus will be at the Knightstown/Wayne Township Fire Dept. for kids and families to visit. Santa and members of the fire department look forward to seeing families and kids at the station during these hours. Knightstown has been very fortunate to have Santa visit before his big night. But, due to his high demand, Santa needs to make a change this year.

     •• DECEMBER 24 •• 
Knightstown First Christian Church will hold a Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, Dec. 24 beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the service featuring Christmas music, the choir and a Christmas message. The church is located at 138 W. Main St. The public is also invited to attend a youth Christmas program at the Knightstown church on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m. The program will include songs by the young people plus the bell choir.

     •• ONGOING •• 
New Castle-Henry County Public Library will close on the following days: Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1. Many library services are available via the library's website: Most notably, the library is offering "Double Download December" through Hoopla, which allows library cardholders to download movies, music and more onto a mobile device or stream these items on a computer with Internet access.

     •• 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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