Arts and Entertainment
Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum in Rockport will host a “Treemendous” Christmas in the Village on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the season while strolling through the Pioneer Village & Museum, where the magic of Christmas will be on display. Each cabin will be beautifully decorated by local organizations and individuals. The event coincides with the Rockport Christmas Festival, which will feature activities throughout the city all day. Admission to the Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum’s event is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
A Christmas music recital will be held Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. EST at the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Participants are students of Sister Michelle Mohr and Sister Rose Wildeman and attend Heritage Hills and Nancy Hanks, among other local schools. The concert is free to attend.
A Live Reindeer Experience with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be held at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History in Owenboro, KY, on Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Attendees can visit with, and make their own keepsake photos of, both an adult reindeer and a baby reindeer while also visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Those who attend should bring their own phones and cameras to take pictures. Cost is $5 per person and free for children 2 and under.
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s Peppermint Pops will return to Victory Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8. Saturday’s performance will begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s will begin at 2 p.m. The concert will feature Jazz star Tony DeSare, who will perform classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” as well as two original compositions. Adult tickets are $31 – $81 and can be purchased by calling the Philharmonic Box Office at 812.425.5050, Ext. 300 or by ordering online at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org. Tickets can be purchased at the door, two hours prior to the concert. Seniors age 65+ and military receive a discount and can purchase by calling EPO box office.
Traditional Arts Today, located at 314 W. 9th Street in Ferdinand, will hold a special “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, December 7. From 10 a.m.-12 p.m. EST, Martha Rasche will demonstrate the art of book folding. And Judy Thom will demonstrate the art of decoupage from 1-3 p.m. EST. For more information, call Traditional Arts Today at 812-998-2487.
The Celebration Singers will present a free, one-hour Christmas concert at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine on Sunday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the town’s annual tree lighting festivities. The concert is open to the public. Free-will offerings will be collected to help defray the non-profit choir’s expenses. The all-volunteer choir includes singers and musicians from Dubois, Spencer, Pike and Martin counties. More information can be found at www.celebrationsingers.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCelebrationSingers.
The annual Christmas Bazaar at St. John’s Lutheran Church, one-half mile west of New Boston, is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, from 6 a.m.–2 p.m. CST. Homemade candy, German potato salad, cheese balls, and dressing will be available, as well as baked goods, including springerles. There will also be quilts, blankets, and numerous other items. Bring own containers to purchase special soup sold by the gallon. Breakfast will be served from 7-9 a.m., and lunch (soups, burgers and pie) will be served from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
The Women’s Guild of the Tell City Evangelical United Church of Christ will hold its annual Christmas salad luncheon on Thursday, December 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall (802 10th Street in Tell City). The luncheon will feature a wide variety of salads, hot chicken casserole, hot drolls, drinks and choice of homemade Christmas cookie for $8 admission at the door. Carry-outs are also available. Funds raised from the annual Christmas luncheon are used for community projects. For more information, contact the church office at 812-547-7059.
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and the Saint Meinrad community will present an Advent lessons and carols service on Sunday, December 8, at 7 p.m. Central Time in the school’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. The service, titled “From Old Eve to New: The Story of Salvation,” tells the story of the redemption of mankind by alternating Scripture readings and singing hymns and carols. The service is expected to last an hour and 15 minutes and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Heritage Gallery on the first floor of St. Gregory Hall. Parking is available in the Guest House and student parking lots. For more info, contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher during business hours at 812-357-6501. For updates on the day of the performance, call (812) 357-6611.
Community Table, a mission ministry of Dale Presbyterian Church, serves a free meal year round, every Thursday evening except holidays, at the Micah Center, 6 North Main St. in Dale. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., meal served 5:30-6:30 p.m., doors close at 7 p.m.
Clubs and Meetings
Chrisney Town Council will meet Monday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at town hall.
Gentryville Town Council will meet Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m. at town hall.
Spencer County Commissioners will meet Tuesday, December 3 at 2 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room at the Courthouse.
Alpha Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma will meet Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m. at Bill and Dave’s Smokin’ Pit in Tell City. Hostesses are Brenda Fella, Susie Knox, and Angie Shelby. There will be a Christmas party and silent auction. Delta Kappa Gamma is an honorary society of women educators. Alpha Phi Chapter serves Perry and Spencer counties.
Dale Kiwanis meets every Monday from 12-1 p.m. at Jenk’s Pizza in Dale. Guests and new members are always welcome.
Kiwanis Club of South Spencer meets at Angelo’s Pizza every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health and wellness
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper offers a Bariatric Support Group for individuals who have had weight loss surgery. The purpose of this group is to provide support, information sharing and education. The Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Medical Arts Conference Center, which is located at 721 W. 13th Street in Jasper in the Medical Arts Building. Participation in this group is free of charge and no pre-registration is required. For more information, visit Memorial Hospital’s website at www.mhhcc.org and click on “Classes & Events” or call 812-996-0357.
Drug overdoses have become a leading cause of accidental death in the United States with heroin and other opiates being the largest contributor. Learn more about the signs of heroin addiction and how to make a difference by visiting www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/drug-rehab. Narconon can also help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family with free screenings or referrals; call 1-800-431-1754.
Lincoln Heritage Public Library:
Both branches will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for Thanksgiving.
Dale Branch (812-937-7170)
• Adult patrons are invited to make their own wine cork Christmas trees at the library on Monday, December 2 from 6-7 p.m. All materials will be provided by Dale Friends of LHPL, but registration is required by calling the library.
• littleBits Inventors Club will meet Tuesday, December 3 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Kids 8 years and older are welcome to join this club, where a hands-on learning system of electronic building blocks allows kids of all ages to create with technology.
• Kids in grades 6-12 are invited to an Ugly Sweater and Interactive Elf Movie party on Tuesday, December 3 from 5-7 p.m. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater, win a great prize, and watch the Christmas classic Elf while enjoying a hot chocolate bar.
• The next Homeschool Thursday will be held December 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. Area homeschool families can drop in for fun with Mrs. Abby and participate in great activities while networking with other homeschool families.
• Jammies & Juice will be held Saturday, December 7 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Kids of all ages are invited to spend the morning their pajamas at the library, eating pancakes and watching a Christmas movie.
• Bite-Sized Bookworms, a storytime for kids 3-6 years old, is offered every Tuesday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and every Thursday from 10:45-11:30 a.m. Free and no registration required.
• Tiny Tales, a storytime for ages 6 months-35 months, is offered every Wednesday from 9:30-10 a.m. Free and no registration required.
• Music and Movement storytime is offered every Wednesday from 1-1:45 p.m. for kids age 3-6 years old. Free and no registration required.
• A “Not Your Mother’s Yoga” class is offered every Thursday from 9:15-10:15 a.m. This free class is for anyone 18 and older, and registration is recommended.
• Genealogy assistance is available to patrons every Wednesday from 1:30-4 p.m.
Chrisney Branch (812-362-8471)
• littleBits Inventors Club will meet Wednesday, December 4 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Kids 8 years and older are welcome to join this club, where a hands-on learning system of electronic building blocks allows kids of all ages to create with technology.
• First Friday Family Fun will be held Friday, December 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Patrons of all ages are invited to drop by the library to make gift baskets for senior citizens in area nursing homes, as well as homebound individuals. Registration is appreciated.
• Bite-Sized Bookworms, a storytime for kids 3-6 years old, is offered every Monday from 10-10:45 a.m. Free and no registration required.
• Genealogy assistance is available to patrons on Mondays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free delivery services are available for all Lincoln Heritage Public Library area homebound residents in North Spencer. Patrons may request large print books, paperbacks, books on CD, music CDs, magazines, word puzzles and DVDs, as well as items for the visually impaired — all at no cost. Call Justine, Outreach Coordinator at 812-937-7170 to set up a visit.
Spencer County Public Library:
All four branches will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for Thanksgiving.
Main Branch (Rockport) (812-649-4866)
• A Grinch-mas Storytime for babies and toddlers (newborn-3 years) will be held Monday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m.
• Grinch-mas Storytimes for preschoolers (ages 3-Kindergarten) will be held Monday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday, December 3 at 9:30 a.m.
• The library will host a holiday cookie exchange next week. Participants should bring two dozen of their own home-baked cookies (along with the recipe) anytime on December 6 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They will then pick up their exchanged cookies on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Call the library to sign up and for more information.
• Kids of all ages are invited to the library’s Grinch-Mas Christmas party on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (open house format). Call the library to register and for more information.
Parker Branch (Hatfield) (812-359-4030)
• A Grinch-mas Storytime for preschoolers (ages 3-Kindergarten) will be held Monday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Grandview Branch (812-649-9732)
• A Grinch-mas Storytime for preschoolers (ages 3-Kindergarten) will be held Tuesday, December 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Spencer County Council on Aging will host a soup and sandwich lunch and silent auction on Thursday, December 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Rockport. Cost is $7.
Abe Lincoln American Legion Post 444 in Dale is offering a free Wednesday night meal to all new members who join between now and the end of 2019. Dale American Legion is open to veterans, active or retired servicemen and servicewomen who served from December 1941 to the present. For more information, call the Legion at 812-937-4025.
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit providing free, legal representation and advice to low-income people in noncriminal cases. For information call 1-800-852-3477. All information is confidential.
Public transportation is available in Spencer, Perry, Warrick, Dubois and neighboring counties. Call Ride Solutions at 1-877-369-8899. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Crisis Connection, Inc. operates a hot-line for battered and at-risk women, and other services. To seek help or to talk to someone who cares call 1-800-245-4580.