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There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit with numerous Christmas themed activities scheduled in the area as Dec. 25 draws near.
The events include concerts, visits by Santa Claus and activities for people to spread the Christmas spirit.
If you are wanting to enjoy live performances of Christmas music, you don’t have to go further than local schools to hear it.
The Palmyra Middle School bands and high school music ensembles will perform their traditional Christmas concert in the PHS gymnasium from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.
The Palmyra elementary and middle school Panther singers will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 12 in the middle school auditorium.
The Marion County R-II School Christmas Concert performance will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17.
The Monroe City Singers will present their Christmas Concert, “Need a Little Christmas Now,” Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m.
Both performances will be at the Monroe City Methodist Church on Catherine St.
There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.
Children can catch a ride with Santa Claus on a Palmyra fire truck Saturdays Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 1 to 2 p.m.
The Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will celebrate the season with a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Quincy Junior High School Morrison Theatre, at 14th and Maine.
The performance of “joyful songs and sacred carols” will also feature the Quincy Area Youth Chorus as well as special guest soloist, soprano, Kristin Ramseyer.
Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food to benefit the St. Francis Community Assistance Food Pantry.
The Quincy University Music Department will present Gloria! A Christmas Concert Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Parish, 1721 College Ave.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Audiences will be treated to a wide variety of vocal and instrumental selections performed by talented area students at John Wood Community College’s Fine Arts Department Holiday Music Concert set for Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the JWCC Paul Heath Center Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium on the Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.
Palmyra area children up to fifth grade are invited to shop for gifts for family members at this year’s Children’s Christmas Store Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Christian Church of Palmyra, 202 East Olive St.
Sunday, Dec. 12, sees the return of a local holiday event as the Mildred L. Briscoe King’s Daughters will hold a Nativity show from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Palmyra VFW Hall, 316 S. Main St.
A free-will donation will be accepted, and a door prize will be awarded. Refreshments will also be provided.
Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel will host their annual Candlelight Memorial Service, “Remembering Those We Love,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel, 424 South Main St. in Palmyra.
The service is free and open to everyone who would like to attend.
Maple Lawn Nursing home is making it possible for members of the public to adopt residents of the home for Christmas.
Persons wishing to adopt a resident are asked to donate a few items for the resident and bring them to the nursing home.
Typical items include body wash, lotion, body spray, wrapped candy, knick knacks, cologne, socks, slipper socks, lip balm, word search books, markers, adult coloring books, blankets, small soft drinks and wall hangings.
The items should be donated by Dec. 20 and are being gathered for distribution in the activity room.
For more information, contact Alice Humphrey, activities supervisor, at 573-769-2213, ext. 402.
The Hannibal Arts Council is offering two holiday themed events during the Christmas season.
It is offering its popular Holly Jolly Holiday Workshop as a “Take and Make” program.
Children ages five to 12 can create holiday projects by picking up project kits that include supplies and instructions for projects to make at home.
Projects to be included in the packets include a variety of holiday-themed projects, including a stocking hat ornament, fuzzy wire wreath, festive foam ornament, fold and cut tree and a Christmas tree wall hanging.
Project kits, including supplies and instructions for all projects have a cost per kit. Scholarships are available upon request.
Due to popularity and limited number of project kits, registration is required by calling the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545, stopping by the HAC office, 105 S Main St. or registering online at https://holly-jolly-holiday-workshop.eventbrite.com
On Thursday, Dec. 9, HAC will host a fundraising dinner and presentation at 6:30 p.m. at 105 S. Main St.
The event will include dinner – homemade soups, bread and desserts – with guests enjoying a program on St. Nicholas – Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, Jolly Ole St. Nick – presented by HAC President Ruth Garner.
Guests will also have an opportunity to shop the Holiday Marketplace art sale in the gallery.
The public is invited to make reservations to attend this special fundraising event.
There is a cost for the dinner and performance. Space is limited and tickets are required.
To purchase tickets, contact HAC at 573-221-6545, stop by 105 S Main St or purchase online at https://share-the-joy.eventbrite.com