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McKENZIE — Bethel University invites everyone to “Christmas with Renaissance”, an annual celebration that takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey, while showcasing all aspects of the Renaissance Performing Arts Program.

“Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and it’s always exciting when we start putting the show together! We strive to enhance the production with fresh and dynamic material each year that tells the life-changing story of the glorious birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ,” commented Matthew Holt, executive director of Renaissance. “Bring your friends and the entire family to experience this incredibly fun and inspiring Holiday Tradition. Don’t miss it!”

Shows are December 1 at 7 p.m., December 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and December 3 at 2 p.m. All performances are in the Dickey Fine Arts Building on campus at Bethel University. This year, reserved tickets are offered at $15 and general admission at $10. For tickets, please visit www. bethelrenaissance. com/christmas or contact the Renaissance office at (731) 352-6980. Because of the high volume of phone calls, if you do not get an answer, please leave a message and someone will confirm your tickets within 48 hours. The group anticipates sold-out audiences for each performance.


The Town of Huntingdon Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.

The parade begins on West Main Street at Carroll Bank and Trust and travels, loops around the south of the Court House and proceeds along East Main Street and concluded at 5th Avenue.

To register to participate, phone Huntingdon Public Safety dispatch at (731) 986-5310. Registration is open until noon December 8. Categories in the parade are: band, float, horse and rider, motorized vehicle, antique vehicle, antique tractor and miscellaneous (ATVs, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.)


The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center presents Christmas on Broadway with special guest Kellye Cash featuring The Dixie Children’s Chorus The event features area vocalists along with former Miss America Kellye Cash, Miss Tennessee Caty Davis and the Dixie Children’s Choir.

The event is Saturday, December 16, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. The 7 p.m. show is sold out. Visit dixiepac.net for more information.


“Breakfast in Bethlehem” is Saturday, December 2 from 8-10 a.m. in the Calvary Tabernacle Fellowship Hall. Enjoy breakfast from the Bethlehem Marketplace, talk to some of the characters that were part of the exciting story of the birth of Jesus and listen as puppets sing of the savior. Kids will have a makeand- take craft.

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage or bacon, fruit, milk, juice and more. For tickets, call or text Ashley Branch at 731499-0951 or Pastor Dan Grisham at 731-415-8949 or on Facebook @CalvaryTabernacleMcKenzie.


Paris and Henry County is holding an Operation Christmas. Their mission is to provide Christmas gifts to children that have families that are facing financial hardships during the holidays. They also provide for the treasured elderly who have no family around for the holidays. You can donate items for Christmas packages for the children and the elderly by placing new and gently used items into a drop box at T.A.R.P. located at 1027 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris. Elves are needed to help with wrapping and the party. Santa will be giving out gifts.

Gifts and collection suggestions are as follows: Youth — toys, games, basketballs, footballs, dolls, mittens and gloves; Adolescents — socks, under garments, t-shirts, tank tops, toiletries (lotion, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste), sprays (Bath and Body Works type for girls, AXE for boys), nail polish, shampoo and conditioner sets, make up (eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara), ear buds, and books; Seniors — fleece blankets, boxes of cards, lotion, combs, brushes, socks, gloves, hats, blankets, gowns or pajama bottoms, and denture supplies; General Supplies — wrapping paper, tape, scissors, and shoe boxes. For more information contact Dora at 731-644-0026.


Join Santa and his favorite elf Rotarians for breakfast at the First Baptist Church in Gleason on Saturday, December 2 from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Breakfast plate tickets are $6 and can be purchased from any Gleason Rotarian or at the Bank of Gleason, Gleason City Hall or The McKenzie Banner. Cristi Wallace Photography will be on hand for pictures of your child with Santa Claus. Proceeds go towards the Gleason Rotary Club’s youth fund and the Jacky and Betty Esch Rotary Scholarship.

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