UMC LIBERTY BLOOD DRIVE
First United Methodist Church Liberty, along with Life Share Blood Centers, will host a blood drive, Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall, 539 Main Street in Liberty. Anyone who has not donated whole blood in the last 56 days, or double red cells in the last 112 days, is eligible. By donating blood you are truly giving the gift of life. If you have any questions contact Tom Richert at 336-6828 or 936-346-4575.
CHRISTMAS UNDER THE STARS
Christmas Under the Stars 2019: A Christmas Celebration of the Birth of Jesus will be held at North Main Baptist Church, 4709 N. Main (Hwy. 146-N) in Liberty, Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15, from 6 to 9 p.m. Join us. It’s all free. For more information, call 936-336-7252.
- 6:15-7 p.m. — Children’s Christmas musical play
- 6-8:45 p.m. — Christmas tree in the foyer and free family photos; Town of Bethlehem with live nativity scene; hot cocoa and homemade cookies; hayride and bonfire
- 7:30-9 p.m. — Live Singing at the Amphitheater
- 8:55 p.m. — Fireworks Finale
HAPPY BIRTHDAYJESUS CELEBRATION
First Baptist Church Dayton will hold a Happy Birthday Jesus Celebration Saturday, Dec. 14, 10-11:30 a.m. at the FBC Gym, 202 E. Houston in Dayton. The free community-wide event for children up to fifth grade will have crafts, games, cupcake decorating and face painting.
CANTERBURY CHORALE PRESENTS HANDEL’S MESSIAH
The Canterbury Chorale will present Handel’s Messiah at 5 p.m. on Sunday, 15 Dec., at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty. Soloists will be Laurie Elliott, Ellin Gossett, Julie Pitre, Christie Bean, Randy Gunter and David Hargis. Lonnie Tanner will be our Organist, and Jim Sterling the Conductor. We will have a Reception in the Parish Hall following. The public is invited. Free. For details, please call Choirmaster Jim Sterling at 936-336-3716.
LIBERTY-DAYTON AREA CHAMBER DECEMBER LUNCHEON
The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly business Christmas Luncheon will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Liberty Center. Please come and enjoy the beautiful voices of Lauryn Mitchell and sisters Faith and Katelyn Singh as they bring the spirit and happiness of Christmas to us in song. The caterer for this month’s luncheon is Russell Ezer — Ezer Catering, who is preparing beef tips over rice, green beans, corn casserole and homemade banana pudding, served with bread, tea and water. Cost of the meal is $12 and serving begins at 11:45 a.m. Please make your reservations by calling 936-336-5736, email email@example.com, or use the Events Calendar on the Chamber website at libertydaytonchamber.com. Door prizes are appreciated and winning is fun. Come, mix and mingle, we look forward to seeing you.
PANTHER PLAYERS CHRISTMAS PLAYS
The 2019-2020 edition of both the LMS and LHS Panther Players are proud to present four short One Act Christmas plays, two on Monday, Dec. 16, and two more Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the LHS Black Box Theater starting each night at 6 p.m. Monday evening will begin with our LHS intro class and continue with one LMS play. Wednesday night will feature two more LMS plays. There is no charge for admission to the shows, but seating is limited so please come early. The LMS casts will present their plays for the entire LMS student body and faculty on Friday, Dec. 20. Look for updates on our UIL One Act Play competition, and we look forward to seeing you at the shows.
JONES LIBRARY QUILT AND PILLOW RAFFLE
The Friends of the Jones Public Library are having a quilt and pillow raffle. Tickets are $1 a piece or 6 for $5. The quilt is a patriotic themed quilt and will fit a full sized bed. It would also make a wonderful lap quilt. The pillows are also Americana themed, and will be raffled separately. The quilt and pillows will be on display in the Jones Public Library until the raffle day. You can purchase your tickets at the front desk of the library, or with any of our friends members. We will raffle off the quilt on Friday, Dec. 20. The Friends of the Library would like to thank The Nimble Thimbles for all of their hard work and the donation of this beautiful quilt. Jones Public Library, 801 S Cleveland Street Suite. A, Dayton, TX 77535.
CHAMBER COUSHATTA TRIP
The Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a bus trip to Coushatta Resort and Casino for Thursday, Jan. 16. In order for the chamber to meet the necessary deadlines with Coushatta, reservations for this trip must be made right away. First Class Tours luxury bus leaves from the former Liberty Thrif-Tee Food Center parking lot, 1021 N. Main Street, across from City of Liberty Public Works Facility. Those wishing to make the trip must be checked in, seated and ready to leave promptly at 8 a.m. The bus arrives at Coushatta approximately 10:30 a.m. and will depart at 5 p.m. to return home near 7:30 p.m. The trip is coordinated by Eliza Guidry. Door prizes are awarded, water and snacks are provided. Movies are also shown on the trip. If you have a favorite western, comedy or family oriented movie, please bring it to be shown. Door prizes are welcome, also. First Class Tours does not permit smoking or alcoholic beverages and fifteen dollars reserves your space. Contact Eliza Guidry at 936-258-5345 or cell 936-402-0340. Come join the fun!
Are you interested in treasure hunting or becoming a treasure hunter? Are you interested in local history and would like to research it? Southeast Texas Relic Hunters is a treasure club starting in Batson. Its first meeting will be held at New Life Church, 42493 Hwy. 105 in Bat-son, at 7 p.m. Jan. 18. The guest speaker will be Keith Wills, called America’s top treasure hunter by Life Magazine in 2004, he has treasure hunted from Canada to Argentina and is the owner of East Texas Metal Detectors and Repair Services. For more information, call Jack Duke at 936-391-1847 or Thomas Enloe at 832-488-6517.
AA AND NA MEETINGS
AA and NA meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1600 Wallisville Road, Suite A in Liberty, 936-334-1616 (inside Turkey Creek Baptist Church). Parking is located on south side of building. Enter from the rear side door of building.
Al Anon meetings are held every Wednesday at noon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty.
COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR
Liberty’s citizens are invited to have coffee with Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. This is an opportunity to discuss ideas or projects or voice any concerns citizens might wish to express.
CLEVELAND SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITIES
The Cleveland Senior Center hosts regular activities at their 22 Peach Avenue facility. The regular schedule includes lunch on weekdays, 42 dominoes early every weekday morning, bingo Fridays at 9:30 a.m., and cake raffle on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Also, San Jac Wheels performs on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 9:30 a.m. The Lions Club meets every Tuesday at noon, and the Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon.
You are invited to join us for breakfast and camaraderie with fellow veterans on the first Saturday of each month, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Cleveland Historical Museum, 203 E. Booth Street in Cleveland. Sponsored by Liberty County Veteran Services. For more information call 281-593-8402.
Jones Public Library is excited to announce the start of a new quilting club. The club, The Nimble Thimbles, will meet once a month at the Jones Public Library. This club is for anyone who wants to join, from beginners to quilters. Class starts at 10 a.m.
Line Camp Cowboy Church will hold church services at 711 Hwy. 90 E., Devers each Sunday at 9 a.m. for “simple, Christ-centered, Bible-based preachin’ and fellowship.” Boots and hats are welcome, but not required. Come a little early for “meetin’ and greetin’, donuts and coffee.”
OPERATION GRATITUDE ACCEPTING OLD CELL PHONES
Please recycle your old cell phones to benefit Operation Gratitude (Soldiers in the Military). Money will be earned for each recycled phone. Please drop off your old cell phones and batteries at 801 S. Cleveland Street, in Dayton at the Dayton Community Center. Call 936-258-6630 for more information.
SALE The Vindicator is on sale until Dec. 23. County residents can get a one-year subscription for only $35. Visit the newspaper's office at 1939 Trinity Avenue in Liberty to take advantage of this discount, and while you're here be sure to enter our giveaway drawing. In celebration of The Vindicator's 132 years in business, we are giving away a new 50-inch smart TV. The drawing will be held at noon on Dec. 23. No purchase necessary — but, you know, a purchase would be nice.