Local Digest

By Staff
Northeast Lauderdale Middle School establishes Christmas Memory Tree
Northeast Lauderdale Middle School has established the first annual Christmas Memory Tree dedicated in honor of loved ones this Christmas season and in memory of family and friends who are no longer with us.
For a donation of $10, which will help support the Student Activity Fund, a personalized Christmas ball along with a light will be placed on the tree. Your loved one's name will also be added to a large Christmas card beside the tree.
The Rev. Rick Wise will preside over the dedication and lighting of the tree on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. on the campus of the middle school.
For information call, Amy Garrett or Bill Russell at 483-3532 or Betsy Garrett at 679-8523.
Homemakers club announces Christmas fair
The Clarke County Homemaker Volunteers have scheduled Creative Christmas in Clarke County for Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Multi-purpose Building in Quitman.
There will be food, crafts, woodwork and much more. Steak plates will be sold for $6 each. The table set-up fee will be $6 for each table used. Tables may be reserved by calling 776-3951.
Southeast Lauderdale Band to present Christmas concert
The Southeast Lauderdale High School Band will present a Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 2, at noon at Bonita Lakes Mall in the area in front of JC Penney.
The band will also be performing at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2000, at the Southeast High School Gym.
MADD to participate in annual candlelight vigil
The members of the Lauderdale County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold their annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope.
This memorial service is held each year to remember the victims of drunk driving crashes, to support their families, to alert the public about the reality of drunk driving and express hope for a less violent future for us all.
The service will be held Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at Union Station.
Main Street Meridian announces holiday events
Main Street Meridian announces the following line-up of upcoming holiday events.
Nov. 30, St. Paul's Chamber Music Series "Brown Bag" concert, 12:05 p.m.
Dec. 7, art exhibit opening night, Bonnie Busbee Art Frame &Gallery, 5 p.m.
Dec. 7, Meridian's tree-lighting ceremony, 5:30 p.m.; Christmas parade, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 8, Christmas fair with crafts, entertainment, food and beverages, Dumont Plaza downtown, 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission.
Dec. 8, Meridian Museum of Art art auction, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9, The "Nutcracker" by the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Guild, 7 p.m., Temple Theatre
Dec. 14, St. Paul's Chamber Music Series "Brown Bag" concert, 12:05 p.m.
Dec. 14, "Men of Style: A Main Street Downtown Holiday Fantasy Men's Fashion Extravaganza," with entertainment, food and beverages showcasing downtown men's clothiers, 7 p.m., Temple Theatre ballroom. Admission is $5. Proceeds go to charity.
Dec. 22-23, Free movies for the kids, Temple Theatre, noon
For more information, call the Main Street office at 484-6841.
Hospice Care Foundation to host fund-raiser
A "Christmas Corner" fund-raiser sponsored by Hospice Care Foundation will be held Dec. 2 at the VFW Post #1493, Highway 16 East in Philadelphia. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.
Items featured include country crafts and quilting, antiques, home interiors and a bake sale. Limited vendor space is available. Booths are $15 each and may be reserved by calling 389-2006.
Admission is free with the purchase of a plate lunch or a $1 donation at the door. Tickets are available for plate lunches by calling 389-2006.
Proceeds will furnish medicines and supplies for patients unable to afford them at Hospice Care Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization that cares for the terminally ill.
Trees of Christmas set for Dec. 2-9
The 2000 Cellular South Trees of Christmas event, presented by the Meridian Restoration Foundation, will be held Dec. 2-9 at Merrehope and the F.W. Williams House. Daily tours are available, and a candlelight tour is scheduled for Dec. 8. For information, call 483-8439.
FCA to meet at Blackwater Baptist Church
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet Sunday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at Blackwater Baptist Church. The church is located on Highway 39 North in Kemper County.
The public is invited to attend the service and share refreshments afterwards. This event is being co-sponsored by the FCA chapters at Northeast Lauderdale High School and Kemper Academy. The guest speaker will be former Mississippi State football player Brian Hazelwood.
Kemper announces Christmas parade
The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce has announced "Christmas Past" is the theme of this year's parade in DeKalb, to be held Dec. 4.
The parade will line up on Gewin Avenue facing south. Please be in line no later than 5 p.m. for judging. The parade will start at 6 p.m.
Each float must display the theme on both sides. The name of the organization must be on the float or on the vehicle pulling the float. No Santas in costume are allowed, and nothing may be thrown from floats. No entrance fee is required.
Floats will be judged in three categories: civic, commercial and non-commercial.
Applications must be received by the Chamber of Commerce no later than Friday, Dec. 1. For information, call 743-2754 or 485-6487.
Union Christmas parade set for Dec. 5
The Union Chamber of Commerce invites all churches, civic clubs, businesses and industries, school groups, title-holders and bands to participate in the annual Christmas Parade. All local veterans are encouraged to participate; transportation will be provided. The parade will be Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. This year's theme is "Christmas Blessings 2000." The line-up will start at 4 p.m.
For more information or a parade entry form, please call the Chamber office at 774-9586.
Meridian Christmas parade set for Dec. 7
The entry fee is $20 for the first unit of each group, and $10 for each additional unit.
For more information, call Liz Coats at 693-2991.