December 2017

For weekly and monthly events, please visit our Recurring Events listing.

Month of December
Christmas in the Park
Sun.-Thu. 6-9 p.m.
Fri-Sat.  6-10 p.m.
Noble Park, 2915 Park Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Thousands of lights and moving displays entertain visitors. Non-perishable food items or cash donations are accepted to fund local charities.

Through Dec. 14
Stuff the Truck Toy Drive
Linwood Motors, 1634 E. 5th St., Metropolis
New, unwrapped toys will be collected for the Kid’s Toy Drive sponsored by Psi Eta Sorority and Metropolis Firefighters Union.  Drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16th at the Metropolis Community Center. For information, call 618-638-2426 or 618-645-0512.

Through Christmas
Metropolis Chamber Toy Drive
Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, 516 Market St., Metropolis
A drop box of the Christmas for Kids Toy Drive is located in the Chamber office. Donated toys will go to Massac County children in need. For information, contact office@metrochamber.com.

Dec. 4 through Dec. 31
Hog Wild Giveaway
The Metropolis Fire Department is selling tickets for $10 each which can be purchased via PayPal: mfdlocal3367@gmail.com or from any Metropolis City Firefighter. Two winners will be drawn on December 31 and each winner will receive half a hog, which will be processed and available in February. For information, call 618-524-2121.

Through Jan. 3
Message in a Bottle Exhibit
Monday-Saturday:  9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday:  1-5 p.m.
River Discovery Center, 117 S. Water St., Paducah, Ky.
This exhibit features rare, message-in-a-bottle memorabilia. These were found along the Mississippi River and other U.S. rivers. Each message in a bottle has been housed in its own handmade box of reclaimed wood, also found during river cleanups. A photo of each bottle’s handwritten message is displayed along with the date and city/state of discovery when known. For details, click here.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

Friday, Dec. 1
Annual Atkinson Scholarship Dinner
4-7 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Menu includes chicken and dumplings, seasoned green beans, candied yams, coleslaw, bread basket, assorted desserts and choice of coffee, tea or soda. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Silent auction will also be available with various items including gift cards from local businesses. Proceeds will benefit the Sabrina Dawn Atkinson Escrow Scholarship Fund to help local high school students to enroll in college level courses while earning their diploma. For information or to purchase tickets, call 618-524-7315. Tickets also available at the door.

Friday, Dec. 1
Live Music: Rooted in SO.IL
7-10 p.m.
718 BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis
Dillon, Mark and Larry are back. Come for a great rocking time in Metropolis.  Facebook.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2
Live Music at Harrah’s: Heart & Soul
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
With a mix of Country, Classic Rock, Blues, & Rock, Heart & Soul knows how to party. Different musicians will perform each weekend in the Signature Bar in casino.  Website.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

Saturday, Dec. 2
Kiwanis Pancake Day Breakfast
6:30-11:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 5th & Ferry sts., Metropolis
This is the annual Metropolis Kiwanis Pancake Day breakfast which includes “all you can eat” pancakes, bacon and sausage. Adults are $8 and children eight and under eat for free when accompanied by an adult. For information, contact Bob Wessel at  270-217-2925 or bobwesselmail@gmail.comWebsite.

Saturday, Dec. 2
MCHS Annual Food Drive
7 a.m.–6 p.m. Big John
10 a.m. –4 p.m. Save-A-Lot
Massac County High School Student Council invites you to donate food for Christmas meals for families who receive assistance from Weekend Blessings as well as other families in need.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Clothing Giveaway
8 a.m.-Noon
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, 2997 North Ave., Metropolis
A 425 gift certificate will also be given away. Everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday, Dec. 2
American Legion Christmas Bazaar
10 a.m.-Noon
American Legion, 321 Market St., Metropolis
Many Christmas decorations and gifts to choose from for the holiday season. Hot chocolate will be served by a local Girl Scout troop. Thanks for your help in supporting our veterans.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Refuge Church Holiday Bazaar
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
309 Ferry Street, Metropolis
Come get beautiful home decor, Christmas decorations or the perfect present for your love one. This is the perfect opportunity to get a gift with a powerful faith message. Our event will be held at our church and the Christmas parade that will pass right in front of our store front.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Cobden Christmas in the Village
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cobden, Illinois
Open Houses at the Village Shops and Union County Museum, Hayrides. Activities, Arts and Craft Vendors, Santa and Mrs. Clause, Hospitality Table, Photo Booth, Caroling, Raffles, Cobden High School Band and the lighting of the Village Tree. For details, click here.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Annual Christmas Parade in Metropolis
1:30 p.m.
Theme is “Christmas Now and Then”. Route is Washington Park, on E. 3rd Street, up Ferry Street, left on E. 5th Street, around Superman Square, up Market Street to 9th Street. The Metropolis Chamber invites any organization or business to participate in the parade. The alternate date in case of rain is Sunday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Please listen to WMOK for rain out information. For information, contact the Chamber at 618-524-2714 or office@metropolischamber.com.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Bring a Toy to the Christmas Parade
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Metropolis Parade Route
Cub Scout Pack 101 is partnering up with the Marine Corps Reserves (Toys for Tots), and Psi Eta Sorority, and Firefighters Local 3367 (Christmas for Kids). Pack 101’s parade float will be a giant drop box for toys. Bring a new, unwrapped, unopened, toy to the parade, and as the Scouts walk the parade route, they will collect the toys you bring. For information, contact Roger Pugh at 618-201-5647 or metropolispack101@gmail.com.

Saturday, Dec. 2
6th Annual Santa at the Library
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Come to the library and meet Santa Claus after the Christmas Parade. The kids are welcome to come and tell Santa what they want for Christmas and take a picture with him. The library will have special Christmas treat bags for the kids. Everyone is welcome to stop by. For information, contact Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Paducah Christmas Parade & Fun Run
4:30 p.m. Run Run
5 p.m. Parade
Take part or watch the Ugly Christmas Sweater & Crazy Sock Fun Run at 4:30 p.m. Run Run cost is $5. Parade theme is “Let it Glow, Let it Glow, Let it Glow.” The parade starts on Broadway at 14th Street and proceeds to 2nd Street. Santa is expected to make an appearance at this year’s parade. For more information, call 270-444-8508 or visit website.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3

Sunday, Dec. 3
Metropolis Tour of Homes
1-4 p.m.
Massac County Historical Society hosts an annual tour of interesting homes and one church with holiday decor from yesteryear, evergreen wreaths, mistletoe and antique tree ornaments. The Curtis House is featured every year and will offer refreshments.  Other homes are Rhonda Hausman, Quante Home/Fisher Hospital/Riverview Mansion, Misty Meadows, and First Baptist Church. Tickets are $7 and will be available at any home, so tour-goers may start and end at any point. For details, click here. 618-524-8297.

Sunday, Dec. 3
Community Chorus Holiday Concert
2 p.m.
West Kentucky Community & Technical College, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah
This free concert it open to the public and features a blend of traditional choral music and popular seasonal music, including 1970s favorites, new twists on traditional songs, and an audience carol sing-along. Website.

Sunday, Dec. 3
P.A.S.T. Presents “Carols at Early Candlelight”
4 p.m.
Historic St. Anne’s, 507 South Main St., Anna. IL
No charge. Casual dress. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas. Call 618-833-9441 or 618-833-6989. www.pastonline.org

Sunday, Dec. 3
Annual Community Advent Walk

6-8 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St.

All are welcome to come and enjoy four beautiful church sanctuaries decorated for the Christmas season. The prayer and music services start at:
6:00 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St.
6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St.
7:00 p.m. First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St.
7:30 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 605 Metropolis St. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, Dec. 3
A Paducah Christmas
6:30 p.m.
St. Thomas More Church, 5645 Blandville Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Featuring the Paducah Symphony Youth and Children’s Choruses. Tickets are $10 (or free for subscribers) and can be purchased online or at the door. Website.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4

Monday, Dec. 4
Illinois Bicentennial Kick-Off
Noon
Superman Statue, downtown Metropolis
County and City officials will participate in the reading of the proclamation and the raising of the Illinois Bicentennial Flag. The flag will fly through the entire year leading up to the celebration on December 3, 2018. Everyone is encouraged to attend. A representative from Governor Rauner’s office will provide a brief speech regarding the significance Metropolis plays in the celebration. Representative Natalie Phelps-Finne and Senator Dale Fowler will also speak. FacebookWebsite.

Monday, Dec. 4
SCC Holiday Vendor Expo
1-4 p.m.
Shawnee Community College,
Come and support your local vendors for great gift ideas. Expo is located in the K Atrium on the main campus. Post with details coming soon.

Monday, Dec. 4
Finding Your Way through Stress, Depression and Grief During the Christmas Season
6:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Sherry Bone. Everyone is invited to attend. The Season of Honor: Caring for Your Aging Loved One Support group meets the first Monday of each month in the fellowship hall. For information, call 270-442-2278 or visit website.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5

throwathonTuesday, Dec. 5
Empty Bowls Throwathon
5–8 p.m.
PSAD, 9th & Madison sts., Paducah, Ky.
Paducah School of Art and Design invites you to make incredible bowls that will power this Spring’s Empty Bowls Project. Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is required. They provide the clay.  Facebook

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7

Thursday, Dec. 7
Holiday Open House and Chili Supper
4-7 p.m.
Twin Oaks Independent Living Facility, 1421 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Proceeds from the supper go toward At the River Ministries to benefit those less fortunate during the holiday season. The public is encouraged to attend.

Thursday, Dec. 7
Yule Light Up the Night 5K and Kids’ Fun Run
6:30-8 p.m.
Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Deck your halls with Christmas lights and jingle bells, and come run under the Christmas lights at Noble Park. Whether you are a casual walker or an avid runner, come and be a part of the fun. Participants need to bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to be donated to the Christmas in the Park food drive for local food pantries. Online registration available on Races Online website. For more information, visit McCracken County High School website.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9
Christmas House Tour
Golconda / Pope County
Tour 4 homes, a historic church, and the Davidson Cabin decorated for the Holiday season – at 6:00 pm, a live Nativity Scene and caroling around a huge bonfire on the Court House lawn in downtown Golconda, Santa arrives on the fire truck at 6:30 p.m. For information call 618-683-9702.

Friday, Dec. 8
PSO Christmas Concert Preview
3 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The Paducah Symphony Orchestra will provide a sneak preview of its popular Christmas concert in the Larry Barton Atrium. The free concert is open to hospital patients, staff and families, as well as the public. The symphony will perform several selections previewing “A Holiday Celebration,” its popular annual concert to be presented on Dec. 9, at the Carson Center.

Friday, Dec. 8
Whitehaven Christmas Open House
4-6 p.m.
Whitehaven, Exit 7 off Interstate 24 on Highway 45, Paducah, Ky.
Tour Whitehaven Welcome Center, a restored 1860s Southern mansion, during the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves will read a book and visit with children to get their wish lists. Each child will get a present from Santa’s bag, and Michael Vessels will play the bowed psaltery in the music room. Ebenezer Scrooge and several Paducah Ambassadors will greet guests. Refreshments will be provided by local businesses. For information, call 270-554-2077. Website.

Friday, Dec. 8
The Snow Ball: 4th, 5th, & 6th Grade Winter Formal Dance
7-10 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Massac County students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades are invited. Formal attire is expected. Wear black, white, blue or silver to the dance. There will be a DJ, dancing, professional photography, and concessions. Cost at the door is $6. This event is sponsored by parents of Cub Scout Pack 101. Kids must be dropped off and picked up by parent or guardian. Parent or guardian must be available by phone in case of emergency. No weapons, drugs, alcohol, fighting or funny business allowed. For information, contact Roger Pugh at 618-201-5647 or metropolispack101@gmail.comFacebook.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9
Live Music at Harrah’s: The Breakfast Club
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
The Breakfast Club High Energy 80’s Cover Band was sent here from another galaxy to rule the world while wearing women’s clothing and boots with the fur. Different musicians will perform each weekend in the Signature Bar in casino.  Website.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

Saturday, Dec. 9
Free Spaghetti Dinner
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Girl Scout Service Unit 45 and Boy Scout Troop 101 are hosting a free dinner which includes spaghetti, salad, dessert and drink. Donations boxes will be set up with proceeds to benefit COPE Food Pantry and Guardian Family Services. For information, call Sandra McDaniel at 270-243-2233.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Annual Christmas Musical Festival
Festival Park, 8th and Ohio sts., Cairo IL
Hosted by the Cairo Heritage Foundation. For information, contact Marsha Cook at 618-771-1153.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Annual Christmas Cookie Sale
9 a.m.-Noon
First Christian Church, 5th and Catherine streets, Metropolis
A large selection of freshly baked cookies will be available for $6 per pound. Proceeds are used to benefit local families in need throughout the year. Come early because they go fast.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Paducah Holiday Farmers’ Market
9 a.m.-4 pm.
Expo Center, 1 Executive Blvd, Paducah
Many of the Farmers Market vendors will be selling local homegrown goods (even some produce, meat and eggs) for the holiday season or that last minute Christmas gift. There will be a great selection of farm, artisan and baked goods. Little ones can get their picture taken on Santa’s lap, Farmers Market style or choose a Christmas tree.  Kiwanis Christmas trees are back.

 

Saturday, Dec. 9
Scouts Free Spaghetti Dinner
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Girl Scout Service Unit 45 and Boy Scout Troop 101 will host the community dinner which includes spaghetti, salad, dessert and drink, Donation boxes will be set up with proceeds to benefit COPE Food Pantry and Guardian Family Services. For information, call Sandra McDaniel at 270-243-2233.

massiac marines imageSaturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10
Living History Program
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period reenactors present a living history program. Reenactors will be preparing for the Old Tyme Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 10th. For information, call 618-524-9321.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Whitehaven Christmas Open House
4-6 p.m.
Whitehaven, Exit 7 off Interstate 24 on Highway 45, Paducah, Ky.
Tour Whitehaven Welcome Center, a restored 1860s Southern mansion, during the holiday season. Students from Blewett Music Studio will perform Christmas music on stringed instruments in the music room. Ebenezer Scrooge and several Paducah Ambassadors will greet guests. Refreshments will be provided by local businesses. mFor information, call 270-554-2077. Website.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Massac County Youth Fair Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
5-8 p.m.
Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
If you volunteered or showed during the 2017 fair you are invited. Please make a reservation by calling Marlene at 270-748-7327. Facebook.

Saturday, Dec. 9
A Holiday Celebration

7:30-10:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Join the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and choruses as they celebrate the holiday season. This year-after-year sellout is a staple in the community, and for many, no Christmas would be complete without it. For more information, visit FacebookWebsite

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10

Sunday, Dec. 10
Olde Tyme Christmas
1-4 p.m.
Fort Massac Park Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
The Massiac Marines will be a part of “The Olde Tyme Christmas” at the Visitors Center. They will show how a traditional Christmas might have been for the French soldier or villager in 1759. There will be music, refreshments and decorations at the visitor’s center. For more information, call 618-524-4712.  Facebook.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11

Monday, Dec. 11
Meet Santa Night
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Joppa Senior Building, Joppa, Il.
Santa will be available for photos and wish lists. Refreshments will be served and crafts available to make. Everyone is invited to attend. Hosted by Joppa’s Civic Group.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 12-13
Response and Survival During A Mass Shooting-Free Training
Tue. 1 p.m., Wed. 9 a.m.
West Kentucky Community & Technical College
4810 Alben Barkley Dr, Paducah, Ky.
An informational seminar will be hosted by the Police Foundation of Paducah/McCracken County and the Paducah Police Department to help you better prepare in case of a mass shooting at your church or business. Tuesday’s focus is on churches and schools and Wednes day’s focus is on businesses. For details, see Facebook.

Tuesday, December 12
Annual Holiday Grocery Grab
7 p.m.
Big John Grocery, 1200 East 5th St., Metropolis
Two winners will be given three minutes to grab as many groceries as they can stuff into one cart. Tickets, which are $5 each, can be purchased from any local Rotary member, at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Dec. 3rd, or at Big John. Winners will be drawn on Thursday, Dec. 7th.  Facebook.

Tuesday, Dec. 12
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
7 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets, nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13

Wednesday, Dec. 13
Advent Soup Supper & Service
5:30 p.m. Meal
6:30 p.m. Service
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15

 

Friday, Dec. 15
Rooted IN So.IL
7-10 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis,
Acoustic Set.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 15-16
Live Music at Harrah’s: Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Their energetic style of R&B/Funk is eclectic and electric, soulful and natural. Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces are the emerging musical unit of the US South and the future of R&B. Different musicians will perform each weekend in the Signature Bar in casino.  Website.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

Saturday, Dec. 16
Stuff the Truck Toy Drive Distribution
7-11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Toys collected for the Kid’s Toy Drive sponsored by Psi Eta Sorority and Metropolis Firefighters Union will be distributed. For information, call 618-638-2426 or 618-645-0512.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Santa at City National Bank
9-11 a.m.
Main bank location, 423 Ferry St., Metropolis
Santa will visit with children in the bank lobby. Parents are welcome to take pictures at this free event.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Super Bowl Toy Tournament
10 a.m.
Super Bowl, 1107 E. 8th St., Metropolis
Entry fee will be $15 and a new unwrapped toy. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the prize fund. Toys collected will be given to the Christmas for Kids Toy Drive and will then be distributed throughout Massac County to those children in need this Holiday Season. First place winner will receive $300 and a brand new bowling ball.
Get your entry form at Super Bowl.  Facebook.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Santa and a Movie: Prep & Landing
Noon-3 p.m.
Fort Massac Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
All movies are free to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. Santa will be making an appearance and cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Everyone come and bring your camera for photos. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Cookies and Cocoa with Santa
4-6 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center,  900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Visit with Santa and make your own reindeer food, wooden ornaments, Grinch dust and decorate cookies. The cost is $10 per ticket. Space is limited. To reserve a spot call 618-638-3161. Proceeds benefit the MCHS cheerleaders travel expenses to London for New Year’s Day parade.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Polar Express Fun Night in Vienna
5-10 p.m.
Shawnee Worship Center, 98 Oliver St., Vienna, Il.
Drop the kids off for a night of fun while you enjoy the night out or finish Christmas shopping. Students are encouraged to wear appropriate pajamas for a night of games, food, and watching Polar Express. This event will feature a cereal buffet with more than 10 kinds of cereal. Cost is $5 per student and includes food and snacks. This event is open to students ages 5-12. Facebook.

Saturday, Dec. 16santa winter wonderland
Santa’s Winter Wonderland
6 p.m.
Community Building, Brookport
Santa Claus will visit Brookport children and friends.

Saturday, Dec. 16-17
A Holiday Musical and Dinner
Sat. 7 p.m. (dinner before performance)
Sun. 6 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis
A holiday story about a family that enjoyed Christmas so much they almost missed the real meaning. Live drama, music and dancing. Everyone is invited. Church groups are welcome. Saturday Night Dinner option includes ham dinner with all the fixings served by the Choir Members. Suggested donation is $10 per dinner (tipping allowed). All proceeds benefit the HD upgrades to the Broadcast Ministries.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

Sunday, Dec. 17
Metropolis Elks Hoop Shoot
1 p.m. Registration
2 p.m. Shoot begins
Massac Junior High School, 3028 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Metropolis Elks #1428 Hoop Shoot  Free Throw Contest is a Boys and Girls competition for contestants ages 8-9, 9-11, and 12-13 (depending age on April 1, 2018). Contest is free. Awards for winners and runners up. Plus, lucky prize drawings and more. For information, contact Abbey Kaylor at 618-638-4221 or shinyb81@gmail.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18

Monday, Dec. 18
Audubon Christmas Bird Count

6 a.m.-Sunset
The Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon is looking for volunteers to help in the count with the circle mostly in Pope County from Golconda to a little past the Johnson County line and Temple Hill to Bell Smith Springs. This annual all-day census of early winter bird populations has been conducted throughout the U.S. for more than 100 years. All ages and skill levels welcome. For information, call 618-634-2231. Website

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21

Thursday, Dec. 21
Longest Night
7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis
When loss and sorrow fill this season, come to this worship service of hope, strength and community.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22

Friday, Dec. 22
Customer Appreciation Holiday Party
7-10 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis,
It is their first full year of business and they would like to say Thank You. Please come for free snacks and live music by Rooted in So.IL. Elephant gift exchange and drawings for gift cards. Cash Bar.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 22-23
Live Music at Harrah’s: Throwing Copper
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Bringing dance music and sing a longs from every era of music. This is the only band you don’t want to miss. Different musicians will perform each weekend in the Signature Bar in casino.  Website.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23

Saturday-Tuesday, Dec. 23-26
Christmas Closure
Illinois driver services facility in Metropolis will be closed.

Saturday, Dec. 23
Everybody Eats Free Community Holiday Meal
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Just Like Mama’s Home Cooking, 901 E. 5th St, Metropolis
Everyone is welcome to come out and grab a hot meal free of charge. Facebook.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
5 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
6-6:30 p.m.
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 605 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Beautiful, candlelight Christmas Eve service. Worship, singing and praise to the newborn King. For information, contact Rita Parks at 618-524-2307 or secretary@frontier.com.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
6:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Children’s Christmas program.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
6:30 p.m. Carols
7 p.m. Mass
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 315 E. 3rd St., Metropolis

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
7 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church, 5187 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Children’s Christmas Eve program.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
7 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Pastor Keith will share the Christmas story from the Scriptures. Following will be the Communion Service and the lighting of the candles.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
7 p.m.
Zion United Church of Christ, 1132 Country Club Rd., Metropolis
The story of Christmas in Scriptures and carols, with communion and candlelight service.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
8:30 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service
9 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2601 North Ave., Metropolis
Service of Scripture, Carols, Meditation and Holy Communion. For information, contact Pr. David Deem at 618-524-4628 or lcocross@Frontier.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25

Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 25-26
Christmas Closures
City offices will be closed on both Monday and Tuesday. Bulldog Trash Services will not run on Monday. Post Office and City National Bank will be closed on Monday.

Monday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Service
8:30 a.m.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 315 E. 3rd St., Metropolis

Monday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Service
10 a.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Christmas carol service.

Monday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Service
10 a.m.
St. John Lutheran Church, 5187 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28

Thursday, Dec. 28
Veteran Job Services

1:30-4 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Services offer assistance to veterans with significant barriers to employment. All veterans between 18-24 years old are encouraged to drop by to include those with any of the following employment barriers: disabled / special disabled, homeless, formerly incarcerated, unemployed for more than six months within the last year, and no high school diploma or GED. For information, visit Facebook.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29

Friday, Dec. 29
Christmas Closures
Various courthouse offices will be closed, however some offices will be open so residents should call the office first.

Friday, Dec. 29
Live Music at Harrah’s: Back to Avalon
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Back to Avalon is Nashville’s premier Heart tribute band. Each talented member is world traveled with an impressive number of years of experience and skill; thus obtaining their title as “monster musicians.”  Different musicians will perform each weekend in the Signature Bar in casino.  Website.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30

Saturday-Monday, Dec. 30 – Jan. 1
New Year’s Closure
Illinois driver services facility in Metropolis will be closed.

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 30-31
Live Music at Harrah’s: DJ Johnny Holland
5-9 p.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
DJ Johnny Holland will be providing popular music spanning many genres and decades. The Remedies will follow at 9 p.m. Different musicians will perform each weekend in the Signature Bar in casino.  Website.

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 30-31
Live Music at Harrah’s: The Remedies
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
The Remedies are one of the Southeast’s most in-demand cover bands featuring a diverse and deep song list and even deeper dance grooves. Their collective energy electrifies the party and engages the guests, Different musicians will perform each weekend in the Signature Bar in casino.  Website.

SUNDAY, DEC. 31

Sunday, Dec. 31
Paducah Wastelanders Annual New Year’s Eve Art Exhibition and Celebration
6-9 p.m.
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Paducah Wastelanders is a group of local and regional artists, including from Kentucky and Illinois, who are long time residents of the region. Wastelander members participating in this exhibit are Juanita Gilliam, Mark Donham, LaNelle Mason, Ben Walker, Jason Hargrove, and new Wastelander member Sandra Pfeifer. Event is free and open to the public. For information, email Mark Donham at markkris@earthlink.net.  Website.

Sunday, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve at Harrah’s: The Remedies
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Harrah’s Signature Bar, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
The Remedies are one of the Southeast’s most in-demand cover bands featuring a diverse and deep song list and even deeper dance grooves. Their collective energy electrifies the party and engages the guests.  Website.

Sunday, Dec. 31
Annual Snowball
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Walker Hall, 229 Madison St., Paducah
Ring in the new year at the 90th Annual Snowball, presented by Charity League of Paducah and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. This year’s event will feature Howl at the Moon dueling pianos and breakfast served at midnight. It is the New Year’s Eve party you won’t want to miss. Tickets are still available. Comment below or message us for more details. All proceeds will benefit Easter Seals West Kentucky. For details, send a message or comment on Facebook.