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THANKSGIVING

* Thanksgiving community dinner: This 20th annual event will start at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul AME Church, 2514 Williams St. Youth departments of six participating AME churches sponsor the dinner: Allen Temple, Bethel, Joseph Chapel, St. James, St. Paul and Warren Chapel. Receive a free dinner with a donation of nonperishable food items for needy families. To alert organizers of a family in need, call 423-267-6869.

* Gratefull Chattanooga: Sixth annual citywide potluck is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at one long table in the street in the 200 block of E. M.L. King Boulevard in front of Bessie Smith Cultural Center. All are welcome to partake in the meal. For information on donating money, bringing a dish, sponsoring a dish or helping with setup and cleanup, visit www.causeway.org/gratefull.

 

CHRISTMAS PREP

* Buy a Tree. Change a Life.: A Christmas tree sale through a nonprofit dedicated to helping children globally and locally opens at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Lee University's Schimmel's Park in Cleveland. Churches in 17 states now support the sale, a partnership with People for Care and Learning and Serving Orphans Worldwide. The sale continues until trees are gone. Hours are 1-9 p.m. opening day, noon-9 p.m. thereafter. www.buyatreecleveland.com.

* Food collection: Residents of Ashwood Square Retirement Community, 7683 Shallowford Road, are hosting a food drive benefiting the Chattanooga Area Food Bank through Nov. 25. Nonperishable food items may be dropped off 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Particularly needed are single-serving mac and cheese, single-serving oatmeal, peanut butter, canned ready-to-eat meals and canned fruits, vegetables and meats. 423-308-6899.

 

PERFORMANCES

* Chattanooga Bach Choir and Orchestra opens its 35th season of masterworks concerts Saturday with "Choral Masterpieces Based on Gregorian Chant," a body of a cappella sacred songs created in the early days of the Christian church that became the foundation of Western liturgical music. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Tickets: $25 adults, free for students. Purchase at the door or in advance at www.chattanoogabachchoir.org.

* Chattanooga Singing Circle: Center for Mindful Living, 400 E. Main St., Suite 150, hosts its monthly community singing session to promote peace, with songs taught by call and response, 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 suggested donation; free for children under 13. www.centermindfulliving.org.

* Cumberland at 4: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road, hosts concerts at 4 p.m. Sundays. Next up are the Ashton Family Ensemble on Sunday and violinist Jaime Jorge on Nov. 24. Free admission. www.firstcumberland.com.

* U-Church: Lee University's atypical worship series features the student-led "An Evening of Worship" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Conn Center on the Cleveland campus. U-Church is free and nonticketed. Seating is first-come, first-served. Information: Joyce Lane at jlane@leeuniversity.edu or 423-614-8347. Child care: jillbarnett@leeuniversity.edu.

* Let's Sing From Memory: Free social gatherings for those affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, along with their caregivers, to sing old songs and hymns that may reconnect them to old memories, are 1-2:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays at Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Free. For more information: 423-266-1766, http://northsidepresbyterian.org.

 

FUNDRAISERS

* Bake sale (and more): St. Timothy's Episcopal Church is hosting its annual bake sale starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 23 outside Adams Automotive, 821 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain. Side dishes and casseroles, just in time for Thanksgiving meals, are also included. The sale benefits St. Isidore's Meal Ministry for families in need.

* Baby bottle change drive: Women's Enrichment Center in Dalton is seeking families, churches and organizations to fill baby bottles with their spare change. Start and stop dates can be at any time, though one suggestion is to pass out multiple bottles to family members at Thanksgiving and collect them at Christmas gatherings. Donations are tax-deductible. Request bottles through leah@wecnorthga.org.

* Angel Trees: The Salvation Army in Chattanooga and Cleveland has set up Angel Trees at Hamilton Place, Northgate Mall and Bradley Square Mall. Thousands of volunteers are needed to adopt angels, purchase gifts for children or elderly residents in need, and ring bells for the red kettle campaign. Chattanooga's red kettle goal is $425,000. Cleveland's red kettle goal is $120,000. Stands are equipped for online giving through QR codes, Apple Pay and Google Pay. 423-503-1801, www.csarmy.com.

* Cold Weather Shelter: The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers, blankets, coats, socks, undergarments and hand warmers as freezing temperatures create the need for an overnight emergency shelter. Drop off items at 800 McCallie Ave. To volunteer, call 423-756-1023 and ask for Lauren Russek. Mail monetary gifts to 822 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403; give online at www.csamry.org; or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

 

PROGRAMS, EVENTS

* Hear Now Coffee Hour: David M. Harrison, director of Let My People Hear, leads this free meeting for people who struggle with hearing loss at 8 a.m. Saturdays in the fellowship hall at Ponders Funeral Home, 4203 Brainerd Road. The building is wheelchair-accessible and equipped with listening units for hearing accessibility. 423-624-1669, letmypeoplehear@yahoo.com.

* Study session: New Hope Presbyterian Church, 7301 Shallowford Road, will explore the themes of goodness, godliness, prayers and miracles in a four-week study session meeting 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. 423-432-8866.

*Anti-Semitism program: B'nai Zion and the Jewish Federation of Chattanooga will co-host a program by Dr. Perry Brickman on the anti-Semitism in colleges and universities Monday at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Brickman's new book, "Extracted," details the rampant anti-Semitism at Emory University Dental School in the 1950s. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the program at 7 p.m. The program is free; dinner is $12. RSVP at jewishchattanooga.com.

* Israel advocacy: Christians United for Israel, North Georgia Chapter, will host three nondenominational programs on why Christians should support Israel. All feature Pastor Victor Styrsky, CUFI's national outreach director and eastern regional coordinator, as well as other guests. "Why Israel" programs are at 6 p.m. Sunday at Dry Valley Baptist Church, 451 Dry Valley Road, Summerville, and 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene, 3220 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe. Free admission to both. An Israel Advocacy Breakfast is 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 23, at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 66 Westbrook Road, Ringgold, Ga., Cost is $10; reservations are needed. Contact Margaret Bean at 423-645-1552 or email mrbean1@catt.com. www.cufi.org.

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