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Lafayette County Upcoming Events - 12/01/16
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Women’s Guild of Immanuel Church meeting
DARLINGTON – The Women’s Guild of Immanuel Church will be meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 12noon. This is a week early, because of Immanuel’s Christmas Bazaar that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10. So be sure and mark your calendars for Dec. 1. Servers for the potluck dinner will be Betty Williams, Chair; Stacy Kammes, Co-chair; Jenny Jenson, Penny Walter, Amy Jenson, Janice Schadewalt, Daphne Milestone, Christa Jenson and Jean Stauffacher. Everyone is always welcome to join with us.
Darlington Food Pantry
DARLINGTON – The monthly Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will take place Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 from 4 to 5 p.m. The pantry is held in the lower level of Town Bank. There are no income eligibility limits for people wishing to participate. Volunteers are needed from 3 to 6 p.m. Volunteers can help with any or all hours of the pantry. To volunteer you can contact Carrie at 608 293 0791 or simply come to the pantry and register as a volunteer that day.
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
DARLINGTON – Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Holy Rosary Church Basement on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8-10 a.m. Cost is $5, kids ages 3 and under are free. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Lighted Christmas Parade
DARLINGTON – The Darlington Lighted Christmas parade will be Dec. 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. Living windows starts at 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Downtown Businesses. The Driver Opera House will host cocoa and carols starting at 5 p.m. Visit with Santa and watch the floating trees being lit and view Riverside Reflections after the parade at the Festival at the Park.
Children’s Christmas Party
BELMONT – Mark your calendars…Santa Claus is coming to town. Make your lists and check them twice because Santa will know if you’ve been naughty or nice. The Belmont Lions Club will be sponsoring a Children’s Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9-11 a.m. in the Belmont Elementary School Gym. Santa will arrive at 9:30 a.m. and be available for photos. There will be Christmas music, crafts and activities and sugar cookies to decorate. For more information, contact Jessica Stoney at 608-642-2057.
Christmas Sing-Along
FAYETTE – The Annual Christmas Sing-A-long will be Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Fayette United Methodist Church starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Food Pantry donations appreciated. Refreshments will be served.
Crase-y Sewers’ sale
BELMONT – In memory of Dani Crase some of the Belmont students, “The Crase-y Sewers”, have sewn some black and orange products These will be for sale on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Belmont High School girls basketball game against Fennimore in the high school commons. There will also be a ragtime quilt raffle. The proceeds will be donated to Agrace Hospice in Dani’s name. Products for sale are pillowcases, Kleenex holders, purses, nine patch pillows, ragtime quilt and reusable Ziplocs.
DEMS Holiday Concert
DARLINGTON – This year’s DEMS Holiday Concert is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Darlington elementary/middle school gym. The Darlington music department will once again have a non-perishable food drive at all of the Darlington Christmas concerts. All of the food will be donated to the Darlington food pantry. Audience members may deposit food items in the boxes located at the entrance of the DEMS gym. 
Johnson Public Library Activities
DARLINGTON – The Johnson Public Library has many events for the public to enjoy. The events for December are: Dec. 2-Story Hour @ 10 a.m./ Pages & Popcorn Book Club @ 1:45 p.m. will visit the tree farm!/ Kids, bring your stuffed animal in to hibernate in the library cave all month!; Dec. 5-Story ‘n’ Craft Hour @ 10 a.m.-bird seed ornaments/ afterschool movie-Up on the Wooftop @ 3:45 p.m.; Dec. 8-Passport to Reading Book Club @ 3:30 p.m. (Michigan); Dec. 9-Story Hour @ 10 a.m./ Kids’ Vintage Ornament-making & Tree Decorating @ 3:30 p.m. (preceded by the Laf. Cty. Hist. Soc. historical program at 1:30 p.m.); Dec. 12-Story ‘n’ Craft Hour @ 10 a.m.-make an Eric Carle Christmas Tree/ afterschool movie-North Pole @ 3:45 p.m.; Dec. 16-Story Hour @ 10 a.m./ Book Buzz Book Club @ 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 19-Story ‘n’ Craft Hour @ 10 a.m.-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/ afterschool movie-Madeline’s Christmas @ 3:45 p.m.; Dec. 23-Story Hour @ 10 a.m./ Lego Club @ 1:30 p.m.; Dec. 24-Closed: Merry Christmas!; Dec. 26-Story ‘n’ Craft Hour @ 10 a.m.-Bring in the New Year!/movie-Happy Feet @ 3:45 p.m.; Dec. 28-Wacky Wednesday from 6-7 p.m., for kids in grades 2-6, bring an adult!; Dec. 30-Story Hour @ 10 a.m.
NO Steak & Chicken Dinner
DARLINGTON – The Darlington American Legion Post #214 will NOT hold its Steak & Chicken Dinner during the months of November and December.
Pocan Office Hours
DARLINGTON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) announced his staff would be holding fall office hours across the Second Congressional District. Rep. Pocan’s outreach staff will be at the office hours to work directly with constituents to answer questions and help address any concerns with federal agencies, including the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Social Security Administration.  All constituents are invited to attend, and no RSVP is required. Fall Office Hours will start the week following Thanksgiving and end in mid-December. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, he will be at the Darlington Municipal Building from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Live Nativity
DARLINGTON – The Immanuel United Church of Christ has been planning on bringing back their Live Nativity for several months.  The scene will be set for Wednesday evening Dec. 14th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Along with the Live Nativity IUCC would like to invite everyone to join them in the fellowship hall for refreshments and some good old-fashioned comradery. Might even be some Christmas carols being sung! Hope the community will join us!!
Santa Is Coming To The Library
LAFAYETTE COUNTY – Santa will be coming to the McCoy Public Library and the Gratiot Annex Library. He will be at the McCoy Public Library in Shullsburg on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. He will also be at the Gratiot Annex Library on Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Santa will be available for pictures! We will also be writing a letter to Santa, making reindeer food, and singing Christmas songs. There is no registration required to get into the program, but an adult should accompany each child. Santa and the library staff look forward to seeing you!
Drive-Thru Nativity
DARLINGTON – The First Baptist Church of Darlington will be having a Drive-Thru Nativity on Dec. 16 and 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is a free event featuring caroling, hot beverages and a live nativity scene all from the comfort of your car. The event will take place in the First Baptist Church parking lot at 15691 County K in Darlington.
Community Blood Drives
LAFAYETTE COUNTY – The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood regularly. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401. To donate, please contact Mary Moore at 608-922-6422. Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors. The MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County.
Gratiot – Friday, Dec. 16 - 1p.m.-4p.m., Gratiot First National Bank, MVRBC Donor Bus
Hibernation Station
BELMONT – Enjoy an evening filled with reading activities based on the book Hibernation Station on Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Belmont Elementary Gym. For children from PreK-5th grade. Feel free to wear your favorite jammies and bring your favorite blanket or pillow and settle in for a night of reading fun! Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. Santa will be making a stop with a special gift for every child. All students must be accompanied by an adult.