Cheerleaders collecting dolls, toys for children

Brownstown Central High School cheerleaders are teaming with Jackson County Sertoma Club in this year’s Sertoma Christmas Miracle for local children.

“Every year it seems that we find ourselves in need of Barbie dolls, Barbie doll clothes and toys from for newborns up to 2 years of age,” said Scott Davis, co-chairman of this year’s Sertoma Christmas Miracle. “They are very versatile gifts and are always in great demand, so when the cheerleaders asked what they could collect this year, we immediately told them of these toys and dolls.”

For the past few years, the cheerleaders have collected other items for Christmas Miracle, such as the small roll fleece blankets that were passed out along with other gifts to each family involved with Christmas Miracle.

The Barbie dolls, clothes and baby toys will be collected at Brownstown home

basketball games tonight, Dec. 6 and Dec. 8.

“Everyone involved with the BCHS cheerleaders should be very proud that these young people take the extra time to make Christmas a little brighter for children who might not otherwise have much of Christmas,” Miracle co-chairman Mat Dusablon said.

Columbus symphony

to perform Sunday

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 90th year, will open the holiday season with a concert titled “Winter’s Passion” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Commons auditorium.

Board president Kelley Niiyama calls the concert “a gift to the community” as no admission will be charged.

Concertmaster Matve Lapin will open the concert as violin soloist playing “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

Guests performing with the orchestra will be Kathy Dell’s Parkside Chorus singing “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “O Tannenbaum” and “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas.”

An additional highlight of the program will be the U.S. premier presentation of “Christmas Symphony” by Gaetano Randazzo. Familiar holiday tunes are woven into the music.

Music director Roger Kalia said music chosen for the concert fits well with the season theme Forces of Nature. Included will be Andersen’s “Sleigh Ride,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers,” Tchaikovsky’s Scherzo from Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams” and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Kalia encourages audience members to arrive by 3 p.m. for a pre-concert program by Andrews String Orchestra. Madeline Bowling is concertmaster of the orchestra.

Funding for the concert is provided by Pheasant Hill Foundation and Indiana Arts.

Programs team up

for blankets initiative

Seymour High School Jobs for America’s Graduates class and Brownstown Central High School’s DECA club are partnering with the Americorps Service Learning program to collect blankets for Jackson County Sertoma Club’s Christmas Miracle program.

Students will collect new and gently used blankets at tonight’s Seymour High School versus Brownstown Central High School basketball game. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. at Brownstown Central, 500 N. Elm Brownstown.

Donors also may leave blankets in the main office at Seymour High School, 1350 W. Second St., or Brownstown Central High School, until Dec. 14.

Through their volunteer efforts, JAG students will work with Sertoma to collect and distribute the blankets to local families in Jackson County during the holiday season.

Open house planned

at church’s thrift store

First Baptist Church of Crothersville’s thrift store, Clothes Cottage, will be have a Christmas open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

There will be refreshments, door prizes and sales at the store at 401 E. Howard St.

Proceeds go to the food pantry of the church and people of the community as needs arise. Good, clean donations are accepted, and all donations are tax deductible.

The store is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It features clothing for the whole family, including shoes, coats, purses, jewelry, home decor, books, movies and more.

Information: 812-793-2310

Living nativity today

at Waymansville

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waymansville plans to presents its fifth annual Living Nativity from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Bethlehem Choir will sing in the church sanctuary at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. today.

On Saturday, there will be a family fun time designed especially for children.

Activities include animal petting, picture-taking, storytelling, craft making and gifts to take home.

Refreshments will be served both days in the Bethlehem Inn.

The church is at 11750 W. County Road 930S in Bartholomew County.

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