CHURCH HOSTS CHRISTMAS DINNER
First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville is hosting a Christmas Eve meal for the community and church members on Wednesday in the family life center.
The meal will follow 4 p.m. candlelight services and start between 5 and 5:15, according to office administrator Jo Ann Silvi.
Volunteers are still needed and should arrive at the church early if they would like to help with setting up, serving and/or cleaning up.
The event is part of Mission 5000, which provides meals twice a week for those in the community who are less fortunate. The meals are at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Volunteers run the program with no paid staff. Food is purchased through donations or received from a local food bank.
JACKSONVILLE STORE TAKING ORDERS FOR HOLIDAY PIES
Charles Lyons of Chambers Gift Shop and Grill in Jacksonville is accepting orders of holiday pies for Christmas. Please visit the store at 630 W. Main St. and speak with him to place an order.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC MONDAY AT CABOT AARP
Jerry Miller and Val Wilson of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church will perform during the Cabot AARP’s meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St.
“Christmas classics, both secular and sacred, will be presented as well as a sing along. It has been a tradition for probably 20 years that we provide the music in December,” Miller said.
A potluck dinner will be served while AARP business is discussed. Members and prospective members are invited.
For more information, call 501-492-1456.
SHERWOOD SHELTER FILL THE BOWL DISTRIBUTION
The Sherwood Animal Shelter has collected and is still accepting donations of pet food and pet supplies for those in need through The Humane Society of the United States’ Fill The Bowl Project.
Familes who need help with taking care of their pets during the holidays are encouraged to pick up unopened pet food and other pet supplies at the Sylvan Hills Community Church, 8019 Hwy. 107; Baeyens Hauk Vet Group (which will be taking pet food only), 8620 Hwy. 107; the shelter at 6500 N. Hills Blvd. and Good Deal Designs at 14415 Hwy. 107.
Those locations will also accept donations. Wish list items, in addition to unopened dry or canned food, include dog houses, straw, pine shavings, cedar shavings and cat litter.
PHOTOS NEEDED FOR BOOK ON JACKSONVILLE’S PAST
Jacksonville Alderman Barbara Mashburn, the driving force behind the city’s new historical society, is seeking old photos of and stories about the town to submit for a book being printed by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of Modern America series.
To share historical photos and/or stories, contact Mashburn at 501-765-0767, firstname.lastname@example.org or 313 Warren St. by Wednesday, Dec. 31.
TRASH SCHEDULES, CLOSING FOR FIVE AREA CITIES
Jacksonville, Ward, Lonoke and Austin city offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Cabot, Sherwood and Beebe city offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. All four will be closed on Jan. 1.
Wednesday and Thursday trash routes in Jacksonville will run Wednesday.
In Cabot, Thursday routes will be picked up on Friday and Friday routes will be picked up on Saturday.
Sherwood’s Wednesday routes will be picked up on Tuesday, and Thursday routes will be picked up on Friday.
In Ward, Thursday routes will be picked up on Friday, and Friday routes will be picked up on Saturday. Only blue trash cans will be picked up.
Lonoke routes will be picked up on Friday.
Austin’s Thursday routes will be picked up on Friday.
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ALCOHOLISM OFFERED IN AREA
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held five times a week at the Lonoke County Christian Clinic, 502 Richie Road in Cabot.
Closed discussions are held at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. An open discussion is held at 8 p.m. Fridays, and an open-book study is held at 10 a.m. Saturdays.
A closed meeting for women is held at 6 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, visit www.araadist6.org.
• Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held in the Presbyterian church on the ASU-Beebe campus. Open meetings are held at 8 p.m. Monday, and closed meetings are held at 8 p.m. Thursday.
• Meetings for friends and family of alcoholics are held in Jacksonville at 4 p.m. every Sunday at 119 N. Spring St.
• Meetings for friends and families of alcoholics are held in Cabot at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at 301 S. Pine St. Call 501-438-1189 with questions.
JACKSONVILLE GARDEN CLUB MEETING ON JAN. 12
The Jacksonville Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2413 Northeastern Ave.
For more information, call 501-533-7708.