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NOV. 29-DEC. 22

Christmas Tour of Trees at First Baptist Church Clarksville. Over 30 trees beautifully decorated will be on display throughout December. Each will tell a part of the gospel story of Jesus. Call the church office at 931-245-0000 to schedule a tour. Tours begin Nov. 29 — Dec. 22. Tours are available with guides Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm. Self-Guided tours are available Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm and on Sundays during worship hours. For more information visit fbct.org/christmas

DEC. 4

The Friends of Dunbar Cave, Inc. (FODC) is hosting a membership drive on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. — noon. People who become members of FODC that day will be given the opportunity to go on a free guided cave tour that same afternoon. Currently, the cave touring season is closed until May 2022, so this is a special opportunity for those pledging membership on December 4. FODC members will be at the park office to talk about membership and hosting a donation-based bake sale. Additionally, they will be selling t-shirts as well as Christmas ornaments featuring photographs of Dunbar Cave by Jim Hancock, a longtime member and photographer. FODC is a 501©3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and protecting Dunbar Cave State Park. Membership levels begin at $8 for students, $15 for individuals, $25 for families, up to Corporate membership. For more information about FODC, visit www.friendsofdunbarcave.com or call (931) 648-5526.

DEC. 5

The Music at Grace Concert Series presents Music City Chorus — A Barbershop Christmas at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2041 Madison St. in Clarksville. Concert is free and donations are welcome. Masks are welcome at this time. Call (931) 647-6750 for additional information.

DEC. 11

Clarksville Parks & Recreation will host its third annual Christmas Light Run presented by Fleet Feet from 4:30 — 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at McGregor Park. Participants of both the 5K and 1-mile fun run can experience Christmas on the Cumberland in a new way as the course takes them through over 1 million dazzling lights. Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of new light displays for future holiday seasons. A long-sleeved commemorative race t-shirt and a medal are included with every 5K registration. 1-mile fun run participants will only receive a commemorative race t-shirt. All participants must register by Nov. 18 to guarantee a race t-shirt and medal. Pre-registration is required. Registration is open now and closes Dec. 10, or until capacity is reached. To register or learn more about the event visit https://www.cityofclarksville.com/993/Christmas-Light-Run

DEC. 11-12

The Gateway Chamber Orchestra returns to the stage with a modern interpretation of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at Austin Peay State University’s Mabry Concert Hall. The GCO presents the Tchaikovsky favorite with a Duke Ellington twist featuring special guest artists from the Nashville Ballet. For the first time, Nashville Ballet performers partner with Conductor Gregory Wolynec and the orchestra’s talented musicians to perform the timeless Nutcracker classic. After the Sunday matinee performance, the GCO will host an optional Sugar Plum Party with sweet treats for children and a photo opportunity with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Children are invited to dress up. Separate Sugar Plum Party tickets are required. Concert and Sugar Plum Fairy tickets can be purchased at gatewaychamberorchestra.com.

DEC. 17

Book signing for “We Wait the Furnace Blast” by Carolyn Stier Ferrell Sunday, Dec. 17, from 1-4:00 p.m. at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library downstairs small lecture room. This is the true story of 18-year-old Eleanora Willauer, grandniece of the iron master Anthony Van Leer, born in in the Cumberland Furnace community who recorded the tumultuous events surrounding her home throughout the Civil War. Her role as a woman in a Southern society was thoroughly ingrained in her by her professor, C.D. Elliott of the prestigious Female Academy in Nashville. However, the war forced her to re-evaluate her beliefs on all levels when she does the unthinkable by falling in love with a Union officer whose troops canvas the countryside and occupy Nashville. Carolyn Stier Ferrell is an officer in the Montgomery County Historical Society, a member of the Arts and Heritage Development Council, the historian for Greenwood Cemetery, a frequent guest speaker at civic clubs and organizations and a local cemetery and downtown tour guide. Ms. Ferrell will have copies of her other books for sale at this signing. The cost of her current book is $45 payable in check or cash. She can be reached at carolynsferrell@hotmail.com.

DEC. 18

Greenwood Cemetery will feature the Wreaths Across America Ceremony on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. The American Legion, Boy Scouts and the Alpha Theta chapter of Kappa Epsilon Psi military sorority have volunteered to lay the wreaths. A chaplain from Fort Campbell will also help with the ceremony. Anyone interested in sponsoring wreaths or volunteering to place wreaths the day of the ceremony may visit wreathsacrossamerica/tngrnc.org for more information.

THROUGH DEC. 21

An exhibition of works by the late Tom Malone is to be shared with the Wade Bourne Nature Center through mid-November. The suite of multi-media paintings and sculptures come from the collections of the artist’s family and friends. Included in the exhibit are soft-hued birds, beloved cats, vibrant fields of flowers, and abstracted landscapes. The exhibition “Tom Malone: Works on Nature” will be on view from September 21 through November 21. The Wade Bourne Nature Center is located at 2308 Rotary Park Drive in Clarksville. The center is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 10 to 3pm.

MONTHLY OCT.-DEC.

This fall, Dr. Andrew Kester, the director of the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization (MCVSO), and his team will visit Austin Peay State University every month to help military-affiliated students, faculty and students navigate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs system. These special visits will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, in APSU’s Newton Military Family Resource Center. During these visits, the MCVSO team will guide any veteran in the APSU family through a variety of VA benefits and entitlements, including: Disability compensation; Veterans non-service-connected pension; Survivors benefits; Healthcare; G.I. Bill and educational benefits; Vocational rehabilitation; Appeals; Military service and discharge records; State and local veterans benefits. For more information visit https://www.apsu.edu/military.

THURSDAYS THROUGH COVID-19

Urban Ministries will continue to give away food boxes for Clarksville and Montgomery County residents each Thursday from 2-6 p.m. while supplies last. It will be a drive-up giveaway in the back parking lot of Madison Street United Methodist Church on Commerce Street between Third and Hiter streets. Drivers must provide proof of residency and photo identification. Anyone who would like to donate to the cause may visit clarksvilleurbanministries.com.

ONGOING

Cub Scout sign-ups are underway for boys and girls in kindergarten through 5th grade. Contact District Executive Brandon Neal at 931-337-8316 or bneal@mtcbsa.org. The theme for this year’s sign-ups is “Rocket Into Scouting.” Scouting is an adventure-based learning experience. To learn more, visit www.mtcbsa.org.

Non-custodial fingerprint services will be provided each Thursday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. It will no longer be provided Tuesdays. Again, non-custodial fingerprint services will be provided each Thursday starting Nov. 12.

Online Good News [Bible] Clubs are open to all elementary-aged children. The one-hour, weekly clubs are interactive so children learn lessons from the Bible, memorize verses, sing songs and play games all from the safety of their home and have fun doing so. There are multiple days and times from which to choose. Contact cefclarksville@gmail.com or 931-241-8202 for details.

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Adult Literacy Council is in desperate need to appropriately accommodate one-on-one tutorial services to adult learners reading below third grade level. Anyone who has one hour to volunteer per week is encouraged to contact the Adult Literacy Council executive director Velma Jo Williams at 931-542-5046 or 931-216-0225 for an one-on-one new tutor orientation.

The Clarksville Civitan Club meets each Wednesday at noon at First Baptist Church in Clarksville. Visitors may attend in person or via Zoom at zoom.us/j/92644590983?pwd=NFJxM1YrWlAyLzI2alpVRllmQ1lKUT09. The meeting ID is 926 4459 0983, and the password is 128352.

JAN. 9

The Music at Grace Concert Series presents Epiphany Concert with Choir & Instruments at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2041 Madison St. in Clarksville. Concert is free and donations are welcome. Masks are welcome at this time. Call (931) 647-6750 for additional information.

FEB. 13

The Music at Grace Concert Series presents Bob’s Your Uncle Rock and Roll, Motown & more at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2041 Madison St. in Clarksville. Concert is free and donations are welcome. Masks are welcome at this time. Call (931) 647-6750 for additional information.

MARCH 6

The Music at Grace Concert Series presents Organ Concert — A 5 Year Bach Series. Begins at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2041 Madison St. in Clarksville. Concert is free and donations are welcome. Masks are welcome at this time. Call (931) 647-6750 for additional information.

APRIL 3

The Music at Grace Concert Series presents Vocal Arts Nashville, a widely acclaimed Chamber Choir. Begins at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2041 Madison St. in Clarksville. Concert is free and donations are welcome. Masks are welcome at this time. Call (931) 647-6750 for additional information.

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