CHRISTMAS IN CANTON: Downtown Canton will be hosting “Christmas in Canton” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, bringing safe, holiday fun for the whole family. The evening will include a slew of activities including a visit with Santa and his reindeer, train rides, movies, balloons, s’mores, petting zoo, inflatables for all ages, and a rock climbing wall.

LOUDERMILK: Join Rick Green, David and Tim Barton, Barry Loudermilk and other special guests for a barnstorming tour at 7 p.m. at Canton First Baptist on Dec. 6. They will be campaigning for a restoration of Biblical values and constitutional principles, and encouraging people of faith to become Biblical citizens. Register today at BarnstormGeorgia.com.

DARBY RECEPTION: A public drop-in reception honoring the 28 years of service of retiring Coroner Earl Darby is 3-6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Business Center of the Cherokee County government administration building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton.

CONSTITUTION CLASS: "Christianity and Your Constitution" will be offered at First Baptist Church in Woodstock 11905 Highway 92. Classes will begin in early January on Wednesday evenings starting around 6:30 p.m. The class is free and registration is not required. Contact 770-926-4428 for details or e-mail tthomasgroup@aol.com

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is hosting a photography contest  themed "Then and Now" for Cherokee county students. Deadline is Dec. 17. Submit entry to lori.forrester@ccwsa.com along with title  of photograph, student’s name, school and grade plus the narrative. See  https://ccwsa.com/category/news/ for more information.

ART CONTEST: Cherokee Farm Bureau is seeking entries for its annual high school art contest. Entries must be on 8.5 x 11-inch white paper and should be created in the colors black, white and gray. The subject should depict modern agriculture. For more information, contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office at 770-479-1481, ext. 0. Deadline is Feb. 26.

ESSAY CONTEST: Georgia Farm Bureau's essay contest seeks entries from middle school students on how farm markets and agritourism benefit farmers and consumers. Teachers should contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau for an official entry form and contest rules. Students or parents may also contact the Farm Bureau at 770-479-1481 ext. 0 for entry information. Deadline is Feb. 26.

COAT DRIVE: Woodstock Lions Club is hosting a coat drive to collect clean, gently worn or new, warm coats starting through Dec. 15 at Copper Coin, 400 Chamber St., Woodstock.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Donations are being accepted to pay for wreaths to be placed on all graves at the Georgia National Cemetery during the holidays. Send a check to GNC Advisory Council, P.O. Box 5476, Canton, GA 30114 or visit ganationalcemetery.org and click on “Make a Donation.” A $15 donation pays for one wreath, while a $30 donation pays for three.

LOVE LIGHTS A TREE: Annual Love Lights is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. For a donation of $15 or more, people can purchase an ornament “in memory” or “in honor” of a loved one. Video of the virual lighting event can be found the day after Thanksgiving at www.lovelightsatreecherokee.com, and www.facebook.com/LoveLightsATreeCherokee/.

DOWNTOWN CANTON: Downtown Canton will host the Beer and Wine walk from noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 28 in support of small business Saturday. The event will also include a pop up market. Limited tickets will go on sale soon. For more information and ticket purchases, visit the downtown Canton Facebook page.

DRIVE-THRU PARADE: The City of Woodstock will be holding a drive-thru Christmas Parade from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the River Ridge High School and Mill Creek Middle School parking lots. Floats will be parked throughout the lots, with attendees driving through to see the entire parade.

SUNSET CHRISTMAS SERVICES: This Advent season, Sojourn Woodstock will host outdoor Sunset Christmas Services at the Elm Street Event Green, 111 Elm St. in Woodstock. Services are 5 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, 20.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES: Timothy Lutheran Church, 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock services are - Advent Services on Dec. 2, 9, and 16 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 11 a.m. service will be streamed. Christmas Eve: Candlelight services with Holy Communion will be at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. (mask mandated), 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The 7:30 p.m. service will be streamed. Dec. 27: Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. The 8:30 a.m. service will be streamed.For more information call the church office at 770-928-2812. For the live stream visit us on the web at tlcwoodstock.org.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: The annual Eve on the Green service will be 5 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Elm Street Event Green, 111 Elm St., Woodstock. The event will begin with Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and bonfires at followed by a short candlelight service beginning at 5:15 p.m.

WOODSTOCK CAR SHOW: The Woodstock Public Safety Foundation is hosting a car show to benefit Ezra King, 4, who has a brain tumor, and is the son of a Woodstock police officer. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at First Baptist Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92. Registration is on site, beginning at 10 a.m. and is $20 per entry. There will be family activities and prizes. All benefits go to Ezra’s family. PayPal is PayPal.me/donatetoWPSF.

MILL ON ETOWAH: The first ever Christmas at The Mill event is coming to Canton all weekend from Nov. 27-29 to help usher in the holiday season. This event will showcase Christmas movies, food trucks, a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, and an ice skating area at Reformation Brewery. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/814807179315023/.

MILL ON ETOWAH: The annual Holiday Market, hosted by Revival Events Group, returns from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 28 at The Mill on Etowah. The market will feature over 200 vendors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/2762104760703120.

FOXTALE BOOK SHOPPE: Author Greer Macallister will take part in a virtual event at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 to discuss her book, “The Arctic Fury.” For more information, visit foxtalebookshoppe.com.

FOXTALE BOOK SHOPPE: Author Elizabeth Musser will be in discussion with Patti Callahan Henry at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 to virtually discuss her book, “The Promise Land.” For more information, visit foxtalebookshoppe.com.

BOAT PARADE: The Lake Allatoona Association is looking for participants for the 4th Annual “Lights on the Lake’ Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5. Registration to enter a boat; to become a sponsor for the parade; to make a donation; or, to purchase a 2020 Christmas parade T-shirt, please visit www.Christmas-reg.fikket.com starting Oct. 1st. Complete details are on the registration page. The best observation locations will be at Bartow County Park/Gatewood Park and Cooper Branch No. 1 Boat Ramp.

BLOOD DRIVE: The King’s Academy Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) will be hosting a blood drive through the American Red Cross from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 7. The blood drive will be held at The King’s Academy at 471 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. For more information, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

ONLINE ART EXHIBIT: The Cherokee Arts Center is offering a virtual art exhibit of the works of Jeff Spicer via the center’s website: cherokeearts.org/gallery or its Facebook and YouTube channels.

CORONAVIRUS TESTS: The CVS at 4594 Ga. Highway 92 in Acworth has added a drive-thru coronavirus test option. That location joins other Cherokee County CVS testing at stores located at 3785 Sixes Road, Canton and 6120 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the following ongoing events may be canceled, postponed or offered in an online format. Check with the organization before attending events listed.

ONGOING:

QUIT SMOKING: Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is hosting six-week Built to Quit courses. Afternoon classes are available at Northside Hospital campuses in Atlanta, Canton and Cumming and online upon request. Lunch or dinner is provided. To register online, visit northside.com/smoking-and-tobacco-resources. For more information, call 404-780-7653 or email smokingcessation@northside.com.

SERVICE LEAGUE: The BridgeMill Sixes Service League is open to all women over the age of 21. The league provides services to those less fortunate in the community. Monthly meetings are the third Thursday night of each month at 1180 Bridgemill Ave., Canton.

QUILTERS: Cherokee Crazy Quilters Guild is a nonprofit teaching guild and welcomes newcomers. Meetings are Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church 137 Hightower Road (Highway 20 and Highway 369) Ball Ground. For more information, contact ccrazyquilters@gmail.com. The quilters accept fabric donations.

SOUTHERN WINDS: Southern Winds Concert Band is a nonprofit community band for musicians of all levels. They rehearse Thursdays at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92. No audition needed. For more information, visit www.swcb.org.

SONS OF AMERICAN LEGION: Canton American Legion Post 45 has re-constituted its squadron of the Sons of the American Legion and is welcoming new members. SAL membership is open to all male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of the American Legion and such male descendants of veterans who died during or subsequent to most of the nation’s conflicts. Annual dues are $20. Squadron 45 meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at American Legion Post 45, 160 McClure St. in Canton. For more information, call Commander Raymond Rollins at 770-479-4405, ext. 1.

PRESCHOOL: Johnston Preschool and Ralph Bunche Preschool is accepting applications for Head Start for 3 and 4 year olds. Johnston Preschool is at 2031 East Cherokee Drive and Ralph Bunche Preschool is at 400 Belletta Drive. For more information or an application appointment, contact Elizabeth at Ralph Bunche, 770-721-5370 or Ludi at Johnston, 770-721-8490.

GARDEN CLUB: The Sixes Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the Historic Rock Barn, 658 Marietta Highway, Canton. Yearly membership is $25. For information on meetings go to Rockbarn.org and look under Rock Barn at the calendar. Contact cassidyflyer2@comcast.net with the subject: Garden Club.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The American Red Cross hosts an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Johnny Rockets in the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta food court every Sunday. The breakfast is $6, and $1 will be donated to the local charity of the week. To put a charity on the calendar, ask for a manager at 678-483-6524.

FOSTERING CLASS: Goshen Valley Homes is hosting a free class every third Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA, 151 Waleska St., Canton. The informational meeting will be to learn about foster care. Childcare is provided by the YMCA for all families. For more information, email Debra at dcollins@goshenvalley.org.

PAPA’S PANTRY: Papa’s Pantry is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and has appointments available for food assistance. Call 770-591-4730 to schedule. Papa’s Pantry is located at 6551 Commerce Parkway, Suite 200, Woodstock.

YPOW AM: Young Professionals of Woodstock’s YPOW AM takes places every Thursday at Copper Coin Coffee from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Each month, networking sessions will have a different theme. For more information, call Jenna Hill at 770-924-0406.

EXERCISE FOR SENIORS: Body Recall, a free exercise group geared toward seniors meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in Canton. For more, call Cherokee County Senior Services at 770-345-2675.

RAINBOW GROUP: The North Georgia Rainbow Group will host monthly youth meetings beginning in February, followed by a supervised youth activity to support social skills and friendships. Monthly family support meetings also start in February supervised by a group leaders and child psychologist. It is a confidential group. Email carlabrown@northgeorgiarainbowgroup.com for more information.

ART STUDIO: A studio and gallery located at 110 Cedar Court, Waleska, features local artists’ work. Biweekly classes are ongoing in watercolor and mixed medium. Call 770-720-4780 for information or email billiefmathis9@gmail.com.

MOOSE BINGO: The Canton Moose Lodge hosts Bingo, which is open to the public Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Moose Lodge is at 208 Moose Loop Road, Canton. For more information, call 770-479-8300.

ARTS CLASSES: The Cherokee Arts Center, located at 94 North St. in downtown Canton, offers a variety of art classes for children and adults. Classes include weaving, watercolor painting, oil and acrylic painting, writing, pre-teen art, photography, film production, teen/adult drawing and youth creative writing. The center also offers special events. To obtain information regarding classes, costs and events, visit cherokeearts.org or call 770-704-6244.

ART: Studio 121, located at, 470 Valley St. Suite 201 in Ball Ground has weekly art classes for adults and kids. Times vary per age group. For more information, contact Patricia Reeves at 770-479-6961 or Patricia@thestudio121.com.

MENDED HEARTS CARDIAC SUPPORT: Mended Hearts a support group for heart patients and their caregivers, now meets the fourth Tuesday, each month, at 10:30 a.m. at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton. For more information, call 1-888-432-7899 or visit mendedhearts.org.

CLASSES: A variety of art, drama, voice, improv, Broadway and visual arts classes for children, teens and adults are available through Elm Street Arts. For more information, visit www.elmstreetarts.org or call 678-494-4251. Held at City Center, 8534 Main St., Woodstock.

STORY TIMES: The Sequoyah Regional Library System presents free Story Time programs at all branch locations. For more information, visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org or call 770-591-1491 for more information.

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