Numerous events on tap for holiday season

Mary Perham

The coming weeks look ready for family fare and packed with Christmas spirit.

Weekend events are slated in Bath, Hammondsport and Prattsburgh early in December, with craft classes and storytelling, song fests and a living Christmas pageant slated throughout the area in the weeks ahead.

Local charities are hoping the season of giving extends to those less fortunate in our area.

Catholic Charities Turning Point is launching the 2012 Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program. This year has been especially difficult for numerous families in our local community, given the current economy, according to the agency. Their “Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program” offers others the chance to help a family, or donate to the program.

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For more information contact Tammy VanVleck at 607-776-4575 ext. 214.

And don’t forget the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive, with bell ringers stationed at Kmart and Tops in Bath.

Both agencies support local families and local needs.

So dust off the sleigh and start your cookies … Events in the area slated to begin next week and runs through Dec. 9 are:

• Prattsburgh's Winter Festival will be held from Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 2.

• The Prattsburgh Rotary will hold a Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Prattsburgh Fire Hall. Cost will be $2 per person or $10 per family. Fun activities, photo with Santa, pancakes, hot cocoa and coffee will be available. Bring your letters for Santa Claus.

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• The Prattsburg Free Library will hold a program, “Make a Wreath” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at the library for adults only. Pre-registration with a $10 fee for materials is required. Refreshments will be served.

• The Bath Peace and Justice Group will present its annual holiday Words and Songs for Peace at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Arc of Steuben, One Arc Way, Bath (off Route 54 behind the Simmons-Rockwell dealership). Michael Czarnecki will MC, local poets and musicians will read and sing, and all are invited to join in. The festivities will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Call 607-569-3564 for more information.

• Adult Craft –Handmade Christmas Cards: ‘Tis the season to start making holiday cards. Join Lisa Bailey at the Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. The library will create ten Christmas cards using stamps and the Big Shot Sizzix machine. If you have glue runner bring it along. There will be light refreshments. A material fee of $10/person is required. Participants are limited to 12. Please pre-register by calling the library at 607-569-2045.

• Crafty Kids: Stop in at the Cohocton Public Library to make a free craft! The craft will be available Thursdays for parents/caregivers and their children from 10 am to 7 pm. Dec. 6-Make a Snowman, Reindeer or Santa Face; Dec. 13-Snowman Soup; Dec. 20-Make Your Own Christmas Tree; and Dec. 27-Diggity the Dinosaur.

 • Spirit of Christmas is slated for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Pulteney Park and Liberty Street. There will be free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 3-5 p.m. at Chemung Canal Trust Bank and 6-8 p.m. in Pulteney Square. Lighting of the tree is set for 6:15. The event featured food samples, children’s activities, music and live performances.

• The Cohocton Assembly of God will hold a free drive through Living Nativity from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.  7; Saturday, Dec.  8; and Sunday, Dec.  9 at the church, 31 N. Dansville St. (Route 415,) Cohocton. For more information call 585-384-9113 or 585-384-5952.

• Children’s Event?Bad Kitty Christmas: Join us for a fun filled time at The Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library with Miss Lisa from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. We will be reading Nick Bruel’s “Bad Kitty, Christmas” followed by a holiday craft and Christmas cookies for snack. Bring your camera and met Bad Kitty. Please pre-register by calling the library at 607-569-2045.

• Spirit of Christmas: The Dormann Library will host the Tail Waggin’ Tutors and Llama Llama at Home Necessities during the Spirit of Christmas at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. There will be a craft table and an opportunity to read to these very well trained dogs. Join the library for this very special event.

• The Savona Free Library will be host an American Girl holiday program featuring Josefina from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The program for children in grades 3-6 will include games, crafts and lunch. Preregistration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information call the library.

•  Hammondsport’s 36th Annual Christmas In The Park is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8  

on the Village Square. The event features musical entertainment, hay wagon rides, lighting of the Christmas Tree and Santa and his reindeer.

See the Gift Guide in this weekend’s Courier for more detailed information on events.