Blue Christmas Service • Those who attend will hear a brief message of hope, light a candle for each particular concern, and receive a private, individual prayer and blessing. Light refreshments will be served for those who wish to stay and talk. | When: Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m. | Where: St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East St. | Info: Call (317) 881-2553.
Pets Visit with Santa • Pets are invited to dress in their holiday best for a festive photo session with Santa. Appointments not required. Donations like dry cat food, toys and cleaning supplies will be accepted as part of the annual holiday collection drive. | When: Dec. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Indianapolis Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (IVR/IVEC), 5425 Victory Dr. | Cost: $10. | Info: Visit indyvet.com or call (317) 782-4484.
Breakfast with Santa • Sponsored by Bloomfield State Bank, Santa Claus is coming to town to have breakfast with you and your child. Meal includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. Visit with Santa and have a photo taken. | When: Dec. 15, 9 p.m. | Where: Greenwood Community Center, 100 Surina Way. | Cost: $5 photos. | Info: Call (317) 881-4545.
Breakfast in Bethlehem • This pancake breakfast features the Christmas Story and crafts for young children. | When: Dec. 15, 9 a.m. | Where: Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, 5555 S. Arlington Ave. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 787-5474.
Live Nativity & Santa • Hear the original Christmas story and tell Santa your wishes. The night will be complete with cocoa and cookies. | When: Dec. 15, 5-8 p.m. | Where: Beech Grove United Methodist Church, 3720 Emerson Ave. | Info: Visit bgumchurch.org or bg180.org.
Christmas Cookie Sale • The parish is holding a Christmas cookie sale for the public. Dazzle your guests at the next holiday party with some of these treats! | When: Dec. 16, 2 p.m. | Where: St. Athanasius the Great, Byzantine Catholic Church, 1117 S. Blaine Ave. | Info: Visit saindy.com.
Christmas Concert Series • Kristine Stout, a professional solo handbell ringer, will present her holiday program entitled “Joybells to the World.” The Center UMC Handbell Choir will also perform a few selections. | When: Dec. 16, 7 p.m. | Where: Center United Methodist Church, 5445 Bluff Rd. | Cost: Free admission. | Info: Call (317) 784-1101.
Santa at the Blaze • Join Santa as he takes a break from his holiday schedule for some fresh Modern BBQ. There will be holiday tunes during Christmas karaoke along with games and crafts for the whole family. Gift-wrap services will be offered to benefit the Beech Grove High School drama club and student council. | When: Dec. 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Where: Blaze Modern BBQ, 4520 S. Emerson Ave. | Info: Visit blazebbq.com.
Christmas at the Sanctuary • The bands and Choirs of Lutheran High School of Indianapolis will be featured in a special Christmas concert. | When: Dec. 16, (pre-concert art show) 3 p.m. and (concert) 4 p.m. | Where: The Sanctuary on Penn, 701 N. Pennsylvania St. | Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17 and children five and under are free. | Info: Visit lhsi.org.
Christmas Party • Southport’s Annual Christmas Party will include pictures with Santa, refreshments and activities. | When: Dec. 18, 6- 8 p.m.; Santa arrives at 7 p.m. | Where: Community Center, 6901 Derbyshire Rd. | Info: Contact Angie Kerner at email@example.com.
Christmas Party at The Social • Wassailing and musical entertainment will be provided by University Heights and Greenwood Health and Living Communities. Please bring a dish to share. Enjoy a hot cocoa bar, games and socializing. | When: Dec. 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch at 11:30 a.m.) | Where: The Social of Greenwood, 550 Polk St., Greenwood. | Info: RSVP by Dec. 18 by calling (317) 882-4810.
Scrapbooking • All levels of scrapbooking are welcome to create a book full of precious memories. For a small fee, participants will have access to supplies and the expertise of a scrapbooking leader. | When: Dec. 14, 6 – 10 p.m. | Where: The Social of Greenwood, 550 Polk St., Greenwood. | Cost: $5. | Info: Call (317) 882-4810.
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.
Cookie Sale • No time to bake this holiday season? Come buy decadent cookies such as springerle, rosettes, cherry bonbons, decorated sugar cookies and many more. Cash and credit cards accepted. All proceeds will be donated to Compassion Ministry to help the needy families at Christmas. | When: Dec. 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Where: Calvary Lutheran Church, 6111 Shelby St. | Info: Visit clcs.org.
Greetings • This holiday comedy is filled with cultural and generational clash, needling one-liners and open-mouthed double takes. The limits of each character’s religious beliefs are underscored when an omniscient angel descends. | When: Dec. 14-16 | Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. | Where: Spotlight Players, 524 E. Main St., Beech Grove | Info: Call (317) 767-2774.
A Christmas Crisis • This unusual Christmas play goes beyond the predictable nativity storyline to take the audience on a journey of healing. | When: Dec. 16, 9 -11 a.m. | Where: The Father’s House, 1600 S. Franklin Rd. | Info: Visit TheFathersHouseIndy.com.
Auditions • The community is invited to audition for “Blues for an Alabama Sky.” This all African American play is set in the 1930s Harlem Renaissance. This is a play about dreams and hopes. | When: Dec. 17-18 | Where: Spotlight Players, 524 E. Main St., Beech Grove | Info: Visit spotlight-players.org.
Preschool Story Time and Craft • Children can come for stories and crafts surrounding the theme of “Brr! Winter!” | When: Dec. 20, 11 a.m. | Where: Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St. | Info: Call (317) 788-4203.
Restore Old Town Greenwood • The organization will be holding its monthly Design Committee meeting. The public is welcome to attend. | When: Dec. 18, 6 p.m. | Where: The Group Study Room (2nd floor), Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. | Info: Visit facebook.com/restoregreenwood.
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