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CHRISTMAS PREP

* Buy a Tree. Change a Life.: Christmas tree sale through a nonprofit dedicated to helping children globally and locally continues through Sunday, Dec. 1, while supplies last, at Lee University's Schimmel's Park in Cleveland. All proceeds from local sales support children in the Cleveland area and Lee students through scholarships. Hours are noon-9 p.m. www.buyatreecleveland.com.

* Free gift-wrapping: First Baptist Church Soddy-Daisy will provide free gift wrapping for items purchased at the Soddy-Daisy Walmart, 9334 Dayton Pike, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and 4-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Refreshments will be available. 423-332-2814.

* Share Your Christmas: WRCB Channel 3 will host its 35th consecutive food drive from 4:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Drop-off sites for nonperishable food items are the Chattanooga Area Food Bank warehouse (new location), 2009 Curtain Pole Road; Life Care Centers of America, Campbell campus, 3001 Keith St. NW, Cleveland; and First Baptist Church of Dalton, 311 N. Thornton Ave. Donations also are being accepted at Food City, Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Market stores. Monetary contributions are accepted online at www.chattfoodbank.org; 423-266-5483; or via Venmo.

* 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, purchasing 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.

 

PERFORMANCES

* Sunday Afternoon at Simpson: The Scenic City Chorale will perform in this free concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Simpson United Methodist Church, 601 McFarland Ave., Rossville.

* Cumberland at 4: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road, concludes its concert series, held at 4 p.m. Sundays, with Kids & Violins on Dec. 1 and Scenic City Chorale on Dec. 8. Free admission. www.firstcumberland.com.

* Christian Karaoke Coffeehouse: Next in the monthly series at Oakwood Church of God of Prophecy, 3927 Webb Road, is 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Bring soundtracks and be prepared to sing. Small donation will be taken at the door from anyone older than 10. Concessions will be available. 423-902-3652.

* Counterpoint concert: Chattanooga composer Tim Hinck presents his first holiday fundraiser concert, a performance of Bach's "Magnificat" and his new composition, "But She's Got Eyes," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 848 Ashland Terrace. The New York-based Collaborative Arts Ensemble will be joined by local musicians and vocalists. Tickets are $20 general, $45 to include a post-concert champagne reception. All proceeds go to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Available at the door or online at www.bachfoodbank.eventbrite.com.

* Choral Christmas program: "Nobody's a Stranger Come Experience God's Love," a program of caroling, hymns, choir and special music, will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Fairview United Methodist Church, 3901 Hamill Road, Hixson. Refreshments will follow. fairviewumchixson.com.

* 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

* Christmas Bazaar: St. Luke's Anglican (Episcopal) Church, 7 Ewing St., Blue Ridge, Ga., will hold its 13th annual Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The selection includes traditional holiday decor, such as hand-painted Nativity scenes, as well as cabin decor, knitted items, baked goods and cheese balls. A silent auction will include a professionally prepared English dinner. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Women of St. Luke's to support several organizations in North Georgia. Free admission; free parking; handicap accessible. Cash and checks only. stlukesblueridge.org.

 

PROGRAMS, EVENTS

* Moravian Love Feast: This communal meal, shared among Christians, will be held for the 41st year at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville Trombone Choir will perform at 5:30 p.m. 423-267-4506, firstchristian-chat.com.

* Grief support group: McMinn Senior Activity Center, 205 McMinn Ave., Athens, Tenn., hosts a free Nature of Grief Support Group 9-10 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Next is: Dec. 3. Information: Donna Rosado, 423-892-4289.

* Church Women United: The group's general meeting and Christmas program, open to all women in the area, will be held Friday, Dec. 6, at Washington Hills United Methodist Church, 6216 Hadley Drive. The day's mission outreach will be the collection of warm socks for homeless adults. Ongoing mission projects are empty egg cartons, magazines and used postage stamps. Registration and social time start at 10 a.m.; the program is at 10:30 a.m.

* Ladies Night of Prayer: Held at 6 p.m. first Fridays (next is Dec. 6) at Grace Baptist Tabernacle, 2551 Tunnel Blvd. 423-622-2565.

* Men's Prayer Breakfast: Held 8-10 a.m. first Saturdays (next is Dec. 7) at Grace Baptist Tabernacle, 2551 Tunnel Blvd. Includes biblical message by a guest speaker and free home-cooked breakfast. 423-622-2565.

 

ONGOING

* 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.

* Self-restoration: Mount Adullam, a ministry offering refuge, restoration and recovery, has begun restoration classes, meeting at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at New Vision Ministries, 1441 Guthrie Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. For more information, call Pastor Roy Reynolds at 850-294-2051.

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