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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX COLLECTION: drop off boxes Nov. 17-21 from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., and Nov. 24 from 9 to 10 a.m., Stuart Baptist Church, 108 W. Blue Ridge St., Stuart.
MEAL AND MOVIE: menu: baked potato bar, salad, dessert and drink for $5; also hot dog, drink and dessert available; movie: "The Nativity;" dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m., movie at 6:30 p.m., Five Forks Wesleyan Church.
BENEFIT SINGING: for Sharon Fyfe to help with medical bills and transportation; singing by Sue Nester, Mountain View Singers, and Pike City; 7 to 9 p.m., Gladesboro Lutheran Church.
FINAL FRIDAY OF STUART FARMERS' MARKET: produce, apple cider, meats and baked items; market will be open Sat., Dec. 6 before the parade; 8 a.m. to noon, downtown Stuart.
ARTS AND CRAFTS BAZAAR: local artisans and crafters will sell Christmas items; raffles, homemade soup and hot dogs will be sold; begins at 8 a.m., Bethel Presbyterian Church, Red Bank School Rd. (off Rt. 103), Claudville.
BENEFIT HOT DOG AND PINTO BEAN SUPPER/BAKE SALE/AUCTION: for Ernest "Jr." Inman, a cancer patient who has had surgery and will soon begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments; 4 to 8 p.m., Peters Creek Community Building, 2130 Dry Pond Hwy., Stuart.
ALZHEIMER'S SCREENING: offered by the Patrick County Alzheimer's Group in observance of National Awareness for Alzheimer's Disease Month; screenings and an identification system for senior citizens and caregivers; get an identification tape, photos and fingerprints; provided by Bob Pittis of the Patrick County Sheriff's Office and Mountain Home Lodge of Stuart; for information call Sally Smith at (276) 694-7358 or Helen Cowley at (276) 694-3042; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alzheimer's office, Buena Vista Ave., Stuart, next door to the Masonic Lodge.
SPAGHETTI DINNER/GOSPEL SINGING: meal will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, drink and dessert; eat in or take out, adult plate: $7, child's plate (10 and under): $4; proceeds go to the building fund for a new fellowship hall; music by Freedom's Crossing; meal from 4 to 6 p.m., singing at 6 p.m., County Line Church of God of Prophecy, 2900 County Line Rd., Patrick Springs.
POOR MAN'S SUPPER/BENEFIT AUCTION: for Mike Hayes, a kidney transplant patient; meal includes pinto beans, potatoes, slaw, cornbread, dessert and drink; adult plates: $5; child's plate (under 12): $3; auction of pies, cakes and various merchandise; 50/50 drawing; 4 to 7 p.m., Red Bank Ruritan Club building, Red Bank School Rd., Claudville.
FALL CRAFT SHOW: admission: $2; 145 crafters will sell a variety of items from baked goods to Christmas decorations; concessions available both days; for information call Holly Johnson at (276) 340-4288 or Karen Anderson at (276) 340-3373; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., Bassett High School.
CANDLE LIGHTING: in local churches to promote awareness of Alzheimer's patients, both in memory and in honor; to have candles placed in a church, call Sally Smith at (276) 694-7358 or Helen Cowley at (276) 694-3042 for information.
FREE THANKSGIVING SUPPER: for seniors 65 and older who are residents of Meadows of Dan and Vesta (zip codes 24120 and 24177); music provided; dinner given by local churches, civic organizations and local businesses; for delivery call by Nov. 22 to Patsy Harrell, 952-2775; Carol Stanley, 952-2431; Jean Belcher, 952-2849; Faye Hill, 952-2359; or Ann Cockram, 952-2487; delivery from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., meal served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Meadows of Dan Community Building.
HOME ALONE THANKSGIVING DINNER: for those who are unable to have a Thanksgiving meal; take out orders available, deliveries can be made in the Ararat area only; for information call Joseph and Lori Easter at (276) 251-7232; 5 to 7 p.m., Hunters Chapel Assembly, 3057 Ararat Hwy., Ararat.
CONCERT: featuring Jonathan Bledsoe; 7 p.m., Peters Creek Baptist Church, Hwy. 8, Lawsonville, N.C.
PATRICK-HENRY CRIME WATCH MEETING: guest speaker: Deputy Bob Pittis; topic: "Project Lifesaver;" for information, call Deputy Tyler Wilson or Sheriff Dan Smith at 694-3161, 7 p.m., Patrick Henry Fire Department.
PATRICK COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m., Blue Ridge St. to Main St., Stuart.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: crafts, baked goods, decorations and more for sale; white elephant room with sale items and free coats available; soups, stews, hamburgers and other food items for sale; call the church office at 694-3322 for information; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stuart United Methodist Church.
MISTLETOE MARKET: locally made crafts, mistletoe, wreaths, soaps, sewn items, hot apple cider and more, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stuart Farmers' Market, downtown Stuart.
DAN RIVER PARK HOLIDAY BAZAAR: locally-made crafts and products; door prizes, raffles and concessions available, interested vendors should call (276) 251-5039; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Ridge Elementary School gym.
COUNTRY BREAKFAST: menu: eggs, bacon, sausage, fried apples, gravy, biscuits, coffee, juice, etc.; carry-out available; donations benefit the church building fund; 7 to 10 a.m., Providence United Methodist Church, Providence Drive, Patrick Springs.
PARENTS' MORNING OUT: bring children ages 4-10 to the gym to make crafts and watch "The Polar Express" on a blow-up big screen; kids can wear their pajamas; hot chocolate, popcorn and healthy snacks provided during the movie; $10 per child; pre-register by calling the high school at 694-7137 or Anita Knight at (276) 694-5291; fund-raiser for the FFCCLA/Spanish Club; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., crafts begin at 10 a.m., movie begins at noon; Patrick County High School gym.
Wednesday, November 19: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ararat Fellowship Church; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lee's Greenery, Doe Run Church Rd.; 12:45-1:30 p.m., Willis Gap Community Building; 1:45-2:15 p.m., Jeb Stuart Grocery; 3-3:25 p.m., Mountain View Pentecostal Church; 3:30-4:30 p.m., across from Claudville Post Office; 4:35-5 p.m., Trinity Christian School.
Thursday, November 20: 10:30-10:45 a.m., Wildwood Acres--off St. Rd. 694; 11 a.m.-noon, Unity Mission Baptist Church; 12:30-1:30 p.m., Hardin Reynolds Elementary; 2-3 p.m., Patrick Henry Fire Station; 3:25-4:25 p.m., Salem United Methodist Church; 4:45-5:15 p.m., Midway area--Rt. 58.
Monday, November 24: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Hardin Reynolds Memorial School.
Tuesday, November 25: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Patrick Springs Primary School.
Thursday, November 27: Closed for Thanksgiving.
Due to the bridge being closed on Archie's Creek, the bookmobile will not make a stop at the gas station near Blue Ridge Elementary School in November. The bookmobile and library will be closed Thursday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Turkey shoots will be held each Friday at Smith River Wildlife Building on Charity Hwy. in Woolwine through the month of November. Trophies are given away each week.
Stuart Baptist Church has apple butter for sale at the church Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at 108 W. Blue Ridge St., Stuart.
The Family History Center at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4751 N.C. 14, just south of Eden, N.C., is open from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Consultants/professional genealogists are on hand to assist in researching a family tree at no cost. Popular research sites can be accessed free of charge. Copies are 10¢ each. Appointments may be made for other times. Call (336) 623-7154 for information.
"Game On" for adults will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through 2014, beginning at 9 a.m. at Historic John D. Bassett High School in Bassett. Join in for crafts and games or a place to walk. For information email
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Patrick County is seeking vendors to participate in the seventh annual Holiday Bazaar to be held November 8 at Rotary Field in Stuart. To obtain a registration form, call (276) 694-5273.
Stop smoking in only seven days, 15 steps, free. For information call (540) 849-7605.
The End Time Warning Series is presented on Sundays at 6 p.m. at Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church. The series is based on The Harbinger, a book by Jonathan Cahn, which shows how America is following the same pattern as Israel followed in Isaiah 9:8-10 when God send judgment on that nation. The emphasis is on repentance and turning back to God.
The Meadows of Dan Addictions Recovery Support Group meets each Monday night at Mayberry Presbyterian Church, Mayberry Church Rd., at 7 p.m. Meetings include prayer, fellowship, sharing, networking, and the 12-Step Program to assist with a journey of healing and recovery. For information, call facilitator Felecia Shelor at (540) 593-3062.
Woolwine Happy Health Hearts is an exercise class for all levels and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday nights from 6 to 7 p.m., and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate; dress comfortable and join in the fun, fellowship and fitness. Classes are held in the lower level of the fellowship hall at Woolwine United Methodist Church, Rt. 8, Woolwine Hwy.
Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church has started a van ministry route and will pick up anyone who wants or needs a ride to the church. Call Pastor Kenneth Terry at 930-2673 with questions or to make arrangements.