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Christmas Parade
The annual McHenry Christmas Parade will be held Sat., Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. The parade will begin at McHenry Library and travel to West McHenry Road, to the fire station then travel south over the railroad tracks to Watkins Avenue and ending back at the library. To participate in the parade, please call Tommy Muffler at 228-760-1257.

Christmas Dinner
The 6th annual Sharing and Caring Community Christmas Dinner will begin at 11 a.m. on Christmas day, Dec. 25 in the general purpose building at the Stone County Fairgrounds. All are welcome.

Live Nativity
A live Nativity will be shown Sun., Dec. 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at McHenry Missionary Baptist Church.

Book Signing
Ray Carpenter will hold a book signing for his newest book, “Beesch, the Destiny of the Honey Bees,” on Thurs., Dec. 18, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the McHenry Library. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Live Nativity
A live Nativity will be shown nightly Sat., Dec. 20 through Tues., Dec. 23, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 228 S. Magnolia Drive in Wiggins.

Basket Workshop
Join Judy Breland, Stone County Extension Agent, for a workshop in the art of pine need basket-making Sat., Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Rd., Picayune. Participants can complete a small basket by the end of the workshop and will lean methods for continuing with future projects. Materials will be provided. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Register by Jan. 9 by calling 601-799-2311.

Santa Visit
Santa Claus will visit the McHenry Library on Wed., Dec. 17, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bring your own camera for pictures. The public is invited.

New Zion Utilities
Attention New Zion Utilities customers, the new location to pay water bills is at 147 Lacy Evans Road, Wiggins. For more info call 601-723-0014 or 601-528-2514.

Church Anniversary
Carnes Landmark Faithway Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a special service beginning at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13. The public is invited.

Christmas Musical
Ebenezer Baptist Church, 962 Hwy 29N, Wiggins, will present, “My Heart Longs for Christmas,” a Christmas musical at 6 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 21. The public is invited. For more info call 601-528-0014 or 601-928-7134.

Workshop
The MSU Extension Office is sponsoring a 2014 Farm Bill Workshop on Wed., Dec. 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lightered Knot Community Kitchen, 401 E. Pine Ave., Wiggins. Speakers will be Dr. Keith Coble, Dr. Larry Falconer and Dr. John Michael Riley. For more info call Dr. Riley at 662-325-7986.

Christmas Dinner
The 10th annual Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner will be held Sat., Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Stone County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building. Gerald and Marilyn Monroe and the New Welcome Hill Baptist Church sponsor the annual event. For more info call 601-928-8233 or 601-928-4609.

Gospel Sing
There will be a Gospel Sing at the Sanford Community Center at 663 Old Hwy 49 in Sanford on Sat., December 13th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is Free, a love offering will be received. For more information call 601-765-6485

Master Gardener program
Through the Mississippi State University master gardeners program individuals are trained and certified in consumer horticulture and related areas. The fee for the training is $90. The interactive video training for 2015 will begin on February 17, 2015 and continue through March 24. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is January 16, 2015. For more info call 601-928-5286.

Dedication
There will be a public community quilt dedication at 3 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 15 at the Stone County Courthouse. Community leaders, artist and students from Stone High School created the community quilt, which celebrates Stone County and its people.

Art Sale
The Stone County Arts Council will host “Calling All Angels,” art sale 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 12 in the Malone Fine Arts Building during the MGCCC Festival of Lights. Proceeds from the sale will support the Community Arts Center and its programs for Stone County.

Christmas Parade
The annual Stone County Christmas Parade will roll through the streets of downtown Wiggins beginning at 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 13. For more info call 601-928-5418.

Journey to Bethlehem
Shiloh United Methodist Church, 2394 Shiloh Rd., Pelahatchie will host a drive-through event, “Journey to Bethlehem – The Life of Jesus” on Dec. 13 & Dec. 14, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more info call 601-854-8158.



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