• Berea Christmas Country Dance School evening programs open to public with $20 admission. For details, visit www.berea.edu/ccds.
• Richmond City Commissioners swearing-in ceremony, 5 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
Through Jan. 1
• Madison County Extension Office closed from Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, reopening Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Dec. 31, Jan. 1
• Richmond City Hall and all city departments close 3 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday.
• Madison County Courthouse and all offices are closed all day Monday and Tuesday.
• Berea City Hall and all offices are closed all day Monday and Tuesday
• Madison County Public Library branches closed.
• Richmond Area Arts Council’s “Fun With the Arts” after-school spring semester classes begin. For details, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or call 624-4242.
• Richmond Board of Adjustments, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Sister’s Choice Quilt Square class, 5-7 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water Street. The $15 tuition includes materials. Patrons should bring own portable sewing machine, thread and scissors. For details, visit www.artsinrichmond.org or call 624-4242.
Starting Jan. 7
• The Treble Clef Chorus (formerly Madison Youth Chorus) resumes weekly rehearsals, 5:30 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
• Fitness classes, cardio at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; Jazzercise at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Russel Acton Folk Center, Jefferson Street, Berea. For class fees and other details, call Berea Parks & Recreation, 986-9402.
• Madison Fiscal Court, 9:30 a.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Richmond City Commission, 4:30 work session, 6 p.m. regular session, City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
Sarah • Madison Middle and Madison Central High schools Youth Services Center Advisory Council meeting, 3:30 p.m., Phillips Building Center, 704 N. Second St.
• Madison Singers (RAAC community choir) resume weekly rehearsals, 7 p.m., Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
• Grandparents as Parents, 10 a.m., Madison County Extension Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.
• Richmond City Commission work session, 1 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Berea City Council, 6:30 p.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Richmond Architecture Review Board, 3:30 pm., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission work session, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
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Boost your energy without caffeine
If so, you’re like a growing number of American men and women. In one recent USDA report, women in their 30s consume about 165 milligrams of caffeine each day, but by age 50, the daily average climbs to 225 milligrams.
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Dream becomes reality only when you persevere
A young boy grew up in Berea, in a family that was blessed with a variety of musical talents.
His mother was a member of a female group who performed onstage regularly at Renfro Valley, in Rockcastle County.
This young man would routinely attend shows to watch his mother, and other artists, perform on stage. He was eager to learn from them every chance he could. He knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and was willing to seek advice and mentoring from those who were experienced in the industry.
’Tis the season for giving
There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part.
Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is to have children continue their giving behaviors as they get older.
Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
I have done some research on what our forefathers actually ate on the first Thanksgiving in America. This is probably what happened.
Prepare your home for the holiday
Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
Difficult ordeal made easier by caring friends
I was just thinking the other day about a number of things related to my broken hip and that were happy experiences rather than difficult ones.
Resistance to change prevents opportunities
“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
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