Christmas events

Rotary says: ‘Eat breakfast with St. Nick’

The London Rotary Club’s fourth annual Breakfast With Santa will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 13 at the Madison County Senior Center, 280 W. High St. in London. While Santa listens to children’s Christmas wishes and poses for photographs, Rotary volunteers will flip pancakes and grill sausage and serve them with  juice, milk and coffee.

The meals are $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door, from any Rotarian, or at London Public Library.

This year’s holiday gift raffle will feature four cash prizes. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $25 for six and may be purchased from any Rotary member, at the library, or at the door.

Proceeds from the breakfast and other Rotary fundraisers go to:
• To support adult basic literacy education in London
• To stock local food pantries
• To staff A Friend’s House domestic violence shelter
• To provide scholarships and leader-ship training for London High School students
• To improve local health care facilities
• To eradicate polio throughout the world
• To sponsor international youth exchange programs
• To insure the future of Junior Achievement, 4-H and youth sports programs.

West Jeff lights park Dec. 12

Greg and Cindy Miller check lights before they are hung on trees at Garrette Park for West Jefferson’s Christmas in the Park. The Santa House has received a new coat of paint and is ready for a new decoration theme this year.  Underground electric work has begun and is nearing completion, and the ticket booth for the carriage rides has received a new coat of paint. The lights will be turned on at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 and will be on every night until Jan. 1. The Christmas Parade will step off at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13. For parade information, call Sandy Boucher at 614-879-9662.


























Mount Sterling hosts community dinner

Mount Sterling hosts community dinnerA community Christmas dinner is being planned for the village of Mount Sterling on Dec. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center on East Main Street. Mount Sterling Apostolic Church, with help from the Community Center, area businesses and members from various churches, will host a free holiday meal, a visit with Santa, Zeek the Clown, food, prizes, gifts and toys.
Monetary donations to help support the event are welcome as is food, including turkeys. New toys for ages 3-10 years are also needed and items for an auction. To get more information or to drop off items, call 740-869-4777.


Purchase lights in honor of loved ones

Lights of Love is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on the front lawn of Madison County Hospital. The event is co-sponsored by the hospital’s Auxiliary and Foundation.

The official lighting ceremony coincides with London’s Old Fashion Christmas celebration. Holiday songs, a blessing of the trees, and cookies and hot chocolate can be enjoyed at the Lights of Love ceremony before heading to the festivities downtown.

Lights of Love is a seasonal celebration designed to pay tribute to loved ones. Individuals can honor and remember loved ones by purchasing a twinkling white light on the hospital’s giant blue spruce tree or a lighted sign in the display of pine trees that line the front lawn.

For information, call the hospital Foundation Office at 740-845-7050.


Christmas Cookie Walk and Soup Supper

Plumwood United Methodist Church is hosting a Christmas cookie walk and soup supper from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13. For the walk, you buy a container and fill it with assorted cookies.


Christmas Under the Clock in Plain City

Mark your calendar for Plain City’s “Christmas Under the Clock” celebration, set for 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6.

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Candy store sells sweet treats
(From left) Marty Shaw, Elizabeth Lynch, Barb Lynch, Pat Baynes and Carolyn Blauser are among the volunteers at the Holiday Candy Store operated by the London Federation of Women’s Clubs. The store is located in the Masonic Temple at 65 N. Main St. The shop is open through Dec. 23 as follows: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The shop is closed on Sundays and on Thanksgiving Day. The store offers 56 varieties of candy, including sugar-free options. The ladies can fill orders big and small. New this year is cashew brittle to go along with the traditional peanut brittle, and the higher quality vanilla, maple, and carmel clusters are back.


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