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Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 7:26 p.m.

The Mozart Music Club will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Susannah Wesley Room at Wesley United Methodist Church , 417 S. Pittsburgh St. The featured performer for the evening will be Todd Reagan, a well-known local vocalist who was a 1979 award recipient. Reagan and accompanist Karen Martin, a 1970 award recipient, will present a program of holiday music. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. The public is invited. There is no charge.

ArtWorks continues to have a busy holiday schedule with two events scheduled for this weekend. Friday is a book-signing with Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln, author of “County Chronicles,” from noon to 4 p.m. She will also be at Artworks at 2 p.m. Saturday to present “The Metaphysical Properties of Gem Stones,” and she will have one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for sale.

Also having a book-signing at Artworks from noon to 4 p.m. Friday will be George Von Benko, author of “Memory Lane, Volume 1 & 2” and “Sports Talk.”

On Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, turn to your local businesses to find unique gifts.

Consumers play an integral role in contributing to the success of our small businesses. By supporting small businesses, we're reinvesting in our community. Think about what they have to offer — personalized service, recirculating money into our local economy and community development. We have quite a few small businesses in our area, so do your best to shop and spend at them.

Those of you who would like to support the Connellsville Area Historical Society might want to reserve now to attend the group's annual sit-down Christmas dinner at Cochran House in Dawson. You will enjoy a delicious meal, a short history of the historic house presented by Gene Lint, music and door prizes. This is an important and enjoyable fundraiser. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Karen Hechler at 724-628-5344.

This came from Mary McKnight at The Salvation Army: “Since our Fill The Bus campaign for back to school was so successful, we will now do a Fill The Truck again with Connellsville Wal-Mart. A group of students from CAHS will pass out fliers reminding those who can to please purchase coats and toys on Friday, Dec. 6 and 13, to put in the waiting truck to be given out by The Salvation Army to those in need this holiday.”

The Book Case has some great ideas for Christmas shoppers. They have the “Around Connellsville” book and a variety of other “Images of America” books, including Dunbar, Scottdale and Everson, Uniontown and many other local places and ethnic groups. Also available is “Leisenring No. 1,” a murder/mystery written by Connellsville native Jim Oglethorpe. The Book Case has a large selection of gently used children's books and offers gift certificates, which are very popular with book lovers.

“We also are donating a Christmas tree with book-related decorations and gift certificates to the Chinese auction in Connellsville Community Center's Hall of Trees,” said owner CJ Paxinos.

The winter edition of Connellsville Crossroads will be out by the end of the week. As always there are some stories in the magazine that will take you back in time. Each and every issue of that magazine is filled with wonderful articles and photos. You can subscribe for yourself and give it as a gift. It will be on sale at ArtWorks and La Boheme.

It seems like things are being added every day to “It's A Connellsville Christmas” on Dec. 7 and 8. Two of the newest are a German Christmas Market with traditional German food at Trinity Lutheran and a Craft Fair at Central Fellowship, both on Saturday. Finley's Fighters will be participating again this year, selling cookies from West Side Jewelers on both Saturday and Sunday. You can count on this enthusiastic group to have a delicious variety. The FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library have brought back their soup jar by popular demand and will have them for sale.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Saturday for “It's A Connellsville Christmas.” Stop by to check out all the great deals on Christmas decorations. They will have tables with Christmas items at deeply discounted prices, plus there will be a large selection of gently used toys. During the live Nativity display from 1 to 5 p.m., they will have refreshments available inside the ministry building.

This came from Chip Rowan: “The Connellsville Area Community Ministries Sharing The Harvest campaign has raised $55,526.19 so far. To hit our goal of $100,000 we will need to raise an additional $44,473.81. Send your donation today to CACM, 110 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425. Consider making a monthly commitment to support the work of the ministry. Yearly pledges count toward the campaign total.”

Sharon Klay invites everyone to enjoy an old-fashioned holiday homecoming at Christian W. Klay Winery from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. This festive event will be held in the beautifully decorated barn complete with a 20-foot live tree. For more information, visit the winery's Facebook page.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Nov. 29, ArtWorks author event; Nov. 30, “The Metaphysical Properties of Gem Stones” and Small Business Saturday; Dec. 7, St. Rita's Cookie Sale; Dec. 7 and 8, It's a Connellsville Christmas; Dec. 14, South Connellsville Christmas at the playground; ongoing: Highlands Hospital Festival of Trees and Yoga at the CFL.

If you have a local upcoming event you would like mentioned in this column, email it well in advance, so I can include it at

Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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