The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox 5K will be hosted by Immanuel Baptist Church, 500 W. South St., Arcanum on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.
Race day registration is available with cash prizes for overall winners; cost is $15 and a filled shoebox. Online registration is available at: www.cantstoprunningco.com. This is a joint project with Faith Baptist Church in Greenville and Immanuel here in Arcanum. Not into running? That’s okay, you can still donate a shoebox; National Collection Week is Nov. 14-21.
There are scheduled shoebox drop-off times at Faith the week of the 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14-18; and 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the 19th to the 21st. Faith is located at 740 Russ Road, Greenville, Ohio. You can get more information at www.faithgreenville.org or https://www.samaritanspirse/org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ or by calling 937-548-1808.
The 2016 Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society (AWTHS) is busy getting ready for its annual Christmas Extravaganza on Thanksgiving w3eekend. On Nov. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. they will have their Preview Shopping Extravaganza and all day shopping on Saturday the 26th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be open to welcome everyone at 123 W. George St., Arcanum. The bazaar will again feature Mrs. Santa’s Bake Shoppe with lots of goodies to share at your holiday gatherings. There will be daily door prizes (need not be present to win), a 50/50 raffle (tickets are $5 each); and an in-house raffle at $1 each or six for $5. Additionally, Beck’s Boutique will feature fun-filled, one-of-a-kind gift items clothing, and accessories. On Saturday only, shoppers are invited to the Bits-n-Pieces room for “free” decorations and craft items.
Volunteers of the society have prepared many special items specifically for this year’s bazaar, they include a forest of trees (decorated, undecorated), wreaths, swags, garlands, sleighs, etc. in many colors and styles. More items include Snowmen of all types, hand-decorated Christmas cards, tobacco lath starts, trees, snowmen, and gates. New things this year will be Denim Country items, Fall back to Autumn items, Kid’s Korner, Santa Claus Land, Nativity(ies) and Angels(s) and the traditional red and green up-cycled wreaths, garlands and table decorations. The best feature of all again this year will be their low, low, low prices. All proceeds from this event will be used for the special projects at the historical society and our community; you will want to make sure you put this event on your calendar.
The Arcanum Public Library welcomes new incoming director Curtis Schafer this month; outgoing director Marilyn Walden will retire on Dec. 31, 2016.
“Fall into Christmas” at Brumbaugh Fruit Farm will take place this coming Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature craft vendors and artisans from the local Darke County area. The farm will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with festive Christmas lights, holiday décor, a live nativity scene and petting zoo along with Biblical characters in costume, chainsaw artist carving up unique gift ideas and live Christmas carols and music throughout the day.
Santa Claus will also be making an appearance to visit the kids from 2 to 5 p.m.
The event will include three food trucks including Grumpy’s BBQ from Greenville featuring pulled pork, brisket and butterfly pork chops, Tin Roof Mobile Food from Fletcher featuring farm raised beef, pork, steak and chicken, and Crème de la Crème Cakery from Arcanum featuring gourmet cupcakes, cupcake sundaes, gourmet caramel apples and deep fried desserts. The “Fun Farm” will also be open for families to enjoy the many activities the farm offers including: Billy Bee’s Flight O’Fun, Storybook Forest, Monster Mountain, Grandpa’s Fun Acre, Human Hampster Wheel, Willy Worm Wagon Express, Winnie’s Cracked Corn Box and hayrides. If you are need more information, please contact Jason Blackburn at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-621-2166.
Don’t forget the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Abbottsville United Methodist Church this coming Saturday with serving to start at 4 p.m. Stop by 4135 State Route 49 on the 12th for a delicious meal and some fellowship!
Don’t forget the AWTHS invites you to their program on Thursday at 7 p.m. entitled “Stories Behind our Acquisitions” by Carolyn Furlong. The event is free and every one is welcomed.
Save the Date – Christmas Walk at Bear’s Mill on Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. – A delightful holiday evening in the country, free to the public. Enjoy shopping in the Mill Store & Gallery and then bundle up for a gorgeous nighttime walk along the banks of Greenville Creek, lit by stunning luminaries. Historic Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road.
Congratulations to AHS Senior Marcy Bradshaw for qualifying for the State Cross Country Meet. This will be Marcy’s final meet of her high school career. By the time this is published, she will have completed her final race with hopes of it being the best race of her life. Congrats Marcy!
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