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DECEMBER 28

A noon Year’s Eve party with no need to stay up late will be featured at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library. Visit the library Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. for food, games, music and a balloon drop at noon. For more information, visit mcgtn.org/library/e-resources or call 931-648-8826. Follow on facebook.com/cmcpubliclibrary.

THROUGH DECEMBER 31

The Kimbrough Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Dr. John Stanton’s Art of the Gun through Dec. 31. An exhibition of Dr. John Stanton’s artisan rifles and pistols is featured in the Museum’s Kimbrough Gallery. Clarksville’s own Stanton not only builds each gun, he designs themed engravings and bone inlays within each piece.

The Kimbrough Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Landy R. Hales: American Master of the Layer Poster and Fashions of the Time through Dec. 31. Hales was a well-known designer in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. Later in life, from 60-82, he used his design experience and patented techniques to create an extensive, colorful body of work based on personal themes. Mr. Hales made each poster by hand using coping saws, chisels and wood les. Supplementing the art are fashions from the Museum collection.

The Harvill Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature the recent works of Leah Foote through Dec. 31. Clarksville artist Leah Foote works in watercolors and mixed media. She is a member of the 2 Rivers Painters, Downtown Artists Co-op and the Tennessee Watercolor Society.

The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Little Explorers: Cookie Monsters each Friday between 10:30-11:30 a.m. during December at Explorers’ Landing. The events are free with paid admission or membership for 2-5 year olds with an adult. National Cookie Cutters Week and National Cookie Day both fall in December. Find fun using different shapes and sizes of cookie cutters and play with “cookie dough” (modeling compound Model Magic). There will also be various everyday items to make different imprints and textures such as animalgurines, feathers, leaves, kitchen utensils, child-safe clay pottery tools and more. Or maybe squish, roll and pull the Model Magic as its properties are explored. Children can create a festive holiday Model Magic “cookie” to take home. They can embellish their “cookie” with all kinds of decorations and even make it into a delightful ornament. Model Magic “cookie” is non-toxic and for decoration only.

THROUGH JANUARY 1

Christmas on the Cumberland, Clarksville’s popular lighted walk-through event, is open Sundays through Thursdays from 5-10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5-11 p.m. through Jan. 1. Admission is free. To find out more, be sure to become a fan or follower on Facebook by searching “Clarksville Parks and Recreation” or call 931-645-7476.

THROUGH JANUARY 5

The Orgain and Bruner galleries of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature neo-expressionist artist Hunt Slonem’s playful paintings that often depict multiples of the same subject in a loosely composed grid, and are rendered with gestural brush strokes. This exhibit contains works from the museum collection, the Tennessee State Museum collection, as well as new pieces from Hunt’s studio.

The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature Christmas Storefront: From the Museum Collection through Jan. 5. The holiday exhibit in Memory Lane showcases a festive street of shops featuring items from the Museum collection.

THROUGH JANUARY 12

The Jostens Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature the sculptural dresses of Belgin Yucelen through Jan. 12. The exhibition, titled “Semblance,” will consist of garments portraying a past culture’s sophistication. Yucelen creates her dresses similar to the Turkish styles of the 17th through 19th centuries. She used traditional techniques and materials from Turkey and other parts of Asia to add embellishments to the metal dresses.

THROUGH JANUARY 13

The Crouch Gallery of the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will feature the organic abstract art of Jennifer Bowen through Jan. 13. Kentucky native Jennifer Bowman is a self-taught contemporary non-objective abstract artist. Her work continues to develop a strong following and has been shown on HGTV, as well as inclusion in the collections of Taylor York (Paramore), Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, Holly Williams (musician/daughter of Hank Williams Jr.), other music legends, and professional athletes.

ONGOING

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program will hold a free 12-week training course to teach family members the knowledge and skills needed to cope more effectively with people with mental illness. Attend with other family members just like in a confidential setting. Gain insight into how mental illness affects a relative; take an eye-opening look inside some of today’s current brain research related to mental illness; learn how families can become advocates for better treatments for their relatives; learn about the mental illness medication issues available and the latest treatment options; learn to cope with worry and stress; and learn to focus on care for you, as well as loved ones. Many describe the impact of this program as life changing. Join the more than 200,000 individuals who have gained information, insight, understanding and empowerment. Classes will begin in January at Tennova Hospital-Clarksville. The class is free and confidential. Interested individuals must pre-register by calling Karen at 270-885-9410.

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.

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