Ol’ Saint Nick will be on hand today for the sixth annual Town of Wade Christmas Tree Lighting at Wade Community Park, 4060 Church St.
•The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is partnering with The Fayetteville Academy Chorus for a presentation of “A Carolina Holiday,” which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Huff Concert Hall on the Methodist University campus. Tickets are $ 28 for adults, $ 25 for seniors and military, $ 11 for students with proper identification and children ages 6 to 18. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted at no charge. Visit fayettevillesymphony.org or call 433-4690.
•”This is an exciting time of year as we kick off the Christmas season with trees that are lovingly decorated by local artisans and are sponsored by our community businesses and individuals who support the exceptional care that Southeastern Hospice brings to this region,” Ann McLean, festival coordinator, says about Southeastern Hospice’s 32nd Festival of Trees themed “Collected Memories,” which begins at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Osterneck Auditorium at 102 N. Chestnut St., Lumberton. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The holiday benefit for Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Health’s not-for-profit program of care for terminally ill patients and their families, a news release says, features crafts, gift items, baked goods, holiday ornaments and wreaths. A “Memorial Tree” will be a part of the festival, noting Southeastern Hospice patients who have passed away in the past year. Admission is $ 3 for adults; $ 2 for seniors and children over the age of 12. Southeastern Health employees with an identification badge, children under 12 and members of Southeastern Health’s PrivilegesPlus with a membership card will be admitted at no charge. All proceeds benefit Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Hospice House and Camp Care, a summer camp for children ages 8-16 who have lost a loved one. For more information, call 910-671-5007.
•Christmas in the Park, featuring the sights and sounds of the holidays, kids’ crafts, marshmallow roasts, a Christmas Express train and photos with Santa, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 21 at Arnette Park. There will be holiday movies presented on an outdoor movie screen, too. No animals; service dogs only. Admission is $ 10 per family vehicle, $ 30 per commercial vehicle and $ 75 per motorcoach/bus. For more information, call 433-1547. For inclement weather, call 306-7325.
•Don’t forget the Sandhills Family Heritage Bake Sale & Holiday Affair, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at 230 Chapel Hill Road in Spring Lake. There will be holiday crafts and baked goods for sale. The event is sponsored by the Sandhill Family Heritage Association, a nonprofit. For more information, call 568-5809.
•“We are the Infidels Motorcycle Club, a veterans formed and based motorcycle club for patriotic Americans and our supporting allies,” Michael Knecht says in an email. “We are hosting an event to support Fayetteville’s Urban Ministry with the help of Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson. Our organization will be giving away 125 bicycles to children identified by Fayetteville Urban Ministry. Together, we hope to bring awareness, kindness and generosity to the community. Through these programs and collaborations between members of nonprofit organizations and local motorcycle clubs and enthusiast, perhaps a little holiday spirit will touch a needing child and help out our neighbors during the Christmas season.” The bike benevolence is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson.
Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at [email protected] or 486-3571