Holiday Open House • The IMCU staff invites the public to come for refreshments, treats and holiday fun for the whole family. | When: Nov. 30, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Dec. 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Indiana Members Credit Union, Beech Grove Branch, 1701 Albany Ave. | Info: Call (317) 783-4143
Santa’s Cookies and Bazaar • The Greenwood United Methodist Women host an event with a number of delicious baked goods available for sale including cookies, cheese balls and sweet breads. Santa will make an appearance for pictures. Vendors will sell crafts, toys and books. | When: Dec. 1, 9 a.m. – noon; Santa appearance from 11 a.m. – noon. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood. | Cost: $2 photos with Santa. | Info: Call (317) 791-1090.
Gingerbread House and Cookie Contest • December is heating up with these contests open to the public. In addition to the contests, the Mouse from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” will be on hand for stories, photos and treats. | When: Dec. 1, (drop off entries) 2 – 4 p.m. with the winners announced at 5 p.m.; Mouse will be available from 2 – 5 p.m. | Where: Mutual Savings’ Jefferson Street Branch | Info: Winners from each age division will win $25. Call (317) 738-2957 for questions regarding either contest.
Christmas Concert • A variety of familiar Christmas music will be performed by several St. John groups, including the Bells of Praise, Alleluia Bells, Joyful Ringers and the St. John Adult Vocal Choir. | When: Dec. 2, 4 p.m. | Where: St. John Lutheran Church, 6630 Southeastern Ave. | Cost: Free. | Info: Visit stjohnindy.org/church or call (317) 352-9196.
Breakfast with Santa • RISE Learning Center PTA will host their annual holiday event with all you can eat pancakes, sausages and beverages. There will be children’s activities and gift raffles for all ages. Proceeds will go to fund programs for children with special needs. | When: Dec. 8, 8 – 11 a.m. | Where: RISE Learning Center, 5391 S. Shelby St. | Cost: $4 for adults and $3 for children under 12. | Info: Call (317) 789-1600.
Visit with Santa • Bring your own camera and join for cookies. Sponsored by the Beech Grove Parks Department. | When: Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove Senior Center, 602 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 803-9089.
Christmas Time Concert • The Greater Greenwood Community Band will perform holiday music for the public under the direction of Thomas Dirks and Ora Pemberton. Bring a canned good item to donate. | When: Dec. 8, 7 p.m. | Where: Greenwood High School Auditorium, 615 W. Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Visit greenwoodband.com.
Christmas at Garfield • Guests can visit the Conservatory to meet Santa, take a ride on the holiday train, make toys with Santa’s elves and enjoy some holiday treats by Mrs. Claus. | When: Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Parkwide at each center of Garfield, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: $3 photos with Santa. | Info: Call (317) 327-7275 or visit gpacarts.org.
Vintage Movie Night • “The Great Rupert” (1950) will be shown. It stars Jimmy Durante as part of a family that has seen better times. Things change when they encounter a squirrel that they name Rupert. | When: Dec. 8, 7 p.m. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: $3 (includes popcorn) | Info: Call (317) 327-7135.
Mystery Lovers Book Group • The group is celebrating the holidays by discussing Christmas mysteries. | When: Dec. 3, 1 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Cost: Free. | Info: Register at greenwoodlibrary.us or call (317) 881-1953.
Homemade Holiday Gift Wrapping • Learn to trim your holiday gifts with pizazz by getting gift-wrapping ideas with hands-on practice. You will go home with a few bows and tags to use on holiday gifts. | When: Dec. 5, 1 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Cost: Free. | Info: Register at greenwoodlibrary.us or call (317) 881-1953.
Teaching Artists Exhibition • GPAC will feature an exhibition by the center’s teaching artists. Visitors can expect vibrant color, tantalizing textures, mesmerizing mixed media and dynamic design. | When: (opening reception) Dec. 1, 5 – 7 p.m.; Exhibit runs Dec. 1 – Jan. 26 during GPAC regular hours. | Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 327-7275.
Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest • The public can pick up this new coffee table book that features vivid photography and personal stories from more than 80 Hoosiers involved in Indiana food. Author David Hoppe and photographer Kristin Hess will be visiting several locations for free book signings. | When: Nov. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. | Where: New Day Meadery, 1102 Prospect St. | Cost: Book is $20 only at the signing. | Info: Visit IndianaHarvest.com.
Book Day • The store will host an Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Book Day. There will be activities including story time, Holiday “Minute to Win It” games, face painting, Third Grade Christmas Caroling, Nook talks and Wii dance parties. A percentage of the sales will support the literacy program at ALE. | When: Dec. 2, 1 – 5 p.m. | Where: Barnes and Noble, Greenwood Park Mall. | Info: Visit websites.msdpt.k12.in.us/al for vouchers.
Manual Homecoming Basketball Game and Spaghetti Dinner • Alumnus of the Year will be honored before the varsity game. Proceeds will benefit the students and the Manual Alumni Scholarship Fund. | When: Dec. 8, dinner at 5:30 p.m., JV game at 6:30 p.m. and Varsity game at 7:30 p.m. | Where: Manual High School, 2405 Madison Ave. | Cost: $10. | Info: Call (317) 259-5331 and please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Horse Camp • Children can learn about horse care, participate in a variety of horse related activities and all day campers will ride twice a day. | When: (ages 11 and up) Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (ages 7-10) Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; (ages 4-6) Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, 1 – 4 p.m. | Where: Four Willows Farm, LLC, 1213 N. Franklin Rd., Greenwood. | Cost: Varies. | Info: Call (317) 862-4691 or (317) 727-8367.
Southport Artistry Committee • The community and members are invited to attend the next meeting for updates on SoArt activities. | When: Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. | Where: City of Southport Community Room, 6901 Derbyshire Rd., Southport. | Cost: Free membership. | Info: Visit southportartistrycommittee.org.
Quilt Connection • The program will feature a holiday concert by the “Good Time Singers,” a pitch-in (bring a covered dish or dessert) and a fun game featuring an UGLY fat quarter exchange (bring your own very ugly fat quarter). Attendees can bring donations for a local food bank. | When: Dec. 6, 6 p.m. | Where: Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood. | Info: Visit quiltguilds.com/Indiana.
A Little Christmas Spirit • J.D. Morse has been looking for the perfect gift for his grandson and wanders into Nick’s Emporium. He finds himself under a spell and transported to another time. | When: Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. | Where: Buck Creek Playhouse, 11150 Southeastern Ave. | Cost: $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. | Info: Call (317) 862-2270 or visit buckcreekplayers.com.
A Christmas Carol • Beef and Boards will be bringing back this timeless Charles Dickens story. Jeff Stockberger stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this story of forgiveness and second chances. | When: Dec. 7-18 | Where: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Rd. | Cost: $22-$32 | Info: Call the Box Office at (317) 872-9664.
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