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What’s going on in our community?  Here’s Dr. Weekend to help.

-Christmas Themed Events—

-12/6
-Holiday On Main: The Robeson County town of Fairmont will host a Christmas program starting at 6 p.m. The event includes a tree lighting, twilight parade and entertainment. For more information, call 910-628-9766, extension 217 or e-mail fairmontnc@bellsouth.net.

-12/6
-Christmas at the Lake: Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m., Hope Mills Lake. Tree lighting ceremony and more. For more information, call 910-424-4555.

-12/6
-Pinehurst Village Christmas Tree Lighting: Dec. 6, 5-7:30 p.m., Tufts Memorial Park. Music, crafts, cookie decorating, raffle, food and beverage for purchase.

-12/6
-Lumberton Christmas Festival: Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., downtown plaza, Elm and Third streets. Live music, hay rides, carriage rides, hot cocoa and cookies, tree lighting. For more information, call 910-671-3876.

-12/6 & 7
-Behold”: Sweet Tea Shakespeare will present its annual Christmas cantata today a nd Saturday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road. Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:15 p.m., the show at 7. Admission is “pay what you will,” $10 to $50. For more information, call 910-420-4383 or go to sweetteashakespeare.com.

-12/6-8
-Christmas on Connecticut: Dec. 5-8, Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines. The Boyd House is decorated for the holidays. Tours are $5. For more information, call 910-692-6261.

-12/6-9
-Festival Of Trees: The 34th annual Southeastern Hospice Festival of Trees will be held through Monday at Osterneck Auditorium, 101 N. Chestnut St. in Lumberton. Weekend hours are 7 to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children with children 3 and under admitted free. Proceeds benefit the hospice. For more information, call 910- 671-5602.

-12/6-14
-Rails to Christmas: Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14, 6-9 p.m., 101 N. Main St., Red Springs. Take a railcar ride through a Christmas wonderland. Adults, $10; ages 4-13, $5. Rides every 30 minutes, weather permitting. For more information, call 910-237-1836.

-12/6-22
-‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’: Through Dec. 22, Cape Fear Regional Theater. A nnual production of the classic tale of a church Christmas pageant with the Herdman children taking the lead roles. Tickets are $10 to $15. For more information, go to cfrt.org.

-12/6-22
-Christmas in the Park: Dec. 6-22, Arnette Park, 2165 Wilmington Highway, exit 100, N.C. 87 South. Walk along a half-mile trail decorated with lights and sounds of the season. Visit Santa, ride the Christmas Express train, watch holiday movies on an outdoor screen, roast marshmallows over the fire pit. Admission is $10 per family vehicle, $30 per commercial vehicle; $75 per coach or bus; activities may carry an additional cost. Weather permitting. For more information, call 910-433-1547.

-12/6-22
-“Away in the Basement“: Dec. 5-22, Temple Theatre, Sanford. The church basement ladies prepare for the Sunday School Christmas program in 1959. Tickets are $17-$29. For more information, go to templeshows.com.

-12/6-23
-Holiday Lights in the Garden: Weekends, Dec. 6-23, 5:30-9 p.m. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, 536 N. Eastern Blvd. Stroll through the garden decorated with nearly a million lights, visit Santa, go on a hayride, eat s’mores and drink cocoa. Admission is $7-$12; photos and activities extra. For more information, go to capefearbg.org.

-12/7
-Bladenboro Christmas Parade at 10:30am

-12/7
-Green Beret Jingle Jog: Dec. 7, Jordan Soccer Complex, 445 Treetop Lane. Registration at 7 a.m., race at 9 a.m. This is a fundraiser benefits the Special Forces Association ‘Green Beret’ Chapter 100. For more information, go to https://greenberetjinglejog.itsyourrace.com/.

-12/7
-Hope Mills Christmas Parade: Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Parade route is from Rockfish Elementary School to Hope Mills Middle School.

-12/7 Christmas Blood Drive
-On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is hosting a Christmas Blood Drive this Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Glensford Commons Shopping Center, 115 Glensford Drive. Hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-The blood drive is important because Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center typically suffers a blood shortage during the holidays. At the same time, demand for patient blood transfusions usually spikes during this period.
-The Blood Donor Center’s bloodmobiles will be on site, ready for volunteers to give the gift of life. Donated blood will be used to help Cape Fear Valley Health patients. One donation can help save up to three lives.
-Saturday’s donors will receive a coffee mug, cocoa, refreshments and a coupon for free queso dip at On the Border, while supplies last.
-For more information, call (910) 615-LIFE.

-12/7
-Tree Lighting at Wade Community Park
-Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:30 PM
-Come visit with Santa, enjoy a performance by the Mac Williams Middle School band
-Refreshments will be served

-12/7
-Deck the Halls: Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Seabrook Auditorium, 1200 Murchison Road. Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Cumberland Oratorio Singers and children’s choir from Fayetteville Academy, rings in the season with classic favorites. Tickets are $10.28-$26.17; For more information, go to fayettevillesymphony.org.

-12/7
-Civil War Christmas: Dec. 7, 10 a.m., Bentonville Battlefield, Harper House Road, Four Oaks. Harper House is decorated for Christmas. Visitors enjoy cookies and cider while listening to period music. For more information, call 910-594-0789.

-12/7
-Colonial Christmas: Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m., House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site, 288 Alston House Road, Sanford. Guides dressed in period attire lead groups through the candlelit historic Alston House, decorated for Christmas. Enjoy warm cider and carols after the tour. $2. For more information, call 910-947-2051.

-12/7
-Symphony Concert: The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will present the Christmas concert “Deck the Halls” at 7:30 p.m. in Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University. Tickets are $10.28 to $26.17. For more information, call 910-433-4690 or go to fayettevillesymphony.org.

-12/7-8
-Carriage Rides with Santa: Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21, downtown Fayetteville. For more information, call 910-223-1089.

-12/7 & 8
-It’s A Wonderful Life: Gilbert Theater, 116 Green St., presents the popular Christmas play today at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $16. For more information, call 910-678-7186 or go to gilberttheater.com.

-12/7-21
-The Santaland Diaries: Dec. 7, Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 19-21, 8 p.m. nightly, at The Sweet Palette, 101 Person St. Spend an irreverent evening with one of Santa’s naughty helpers. General admission, $20. Adults only, age 18 and older. For more information, go to cfrt.org.

-12/8
-Holiday Jubilee at the 1897 Poe House: Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m. Performances by the Coventry Carolers and the Cross Creek Chordsmen; cooking on a 1902 stove, cookies and cider, Santa Claus. The historic house, part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex at 801 Arsenal Avenue is decorated for the holidays.

-12/9
-Historic Churches Bus Tour: Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Ride with the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum to see some of the area’s historic churches. Some walking required. Ages 10 and up, $3 each. Registration required, seats limited. For more information, call 910-433-1457.

-12/12-14
-“Behold”: Dec. 4, at Methodist University; Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road. Sweet Tea Shakespeare production features gospel music, a splash of honey and a focus on Mary. Showtime is 7 p.m.; tickets are $10-$50. For more information, go to sweetteashakespeare.com.

-12/13
-Festival of Lessons and Carols: Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m., Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University. The Methodist University Chorale, musicians and readers lead a service of prayers, carols and hymns, followed by a reception in the Union-Zukowski Lobby.

-12/13
-The Wonder of the Nativity & The Sweet Shoppe
-December 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
-Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, 200 East 8th Street, Lumberton, N.C. 28358
-Approximately 25 or more nativities are displayed in the sanctuary of the church. Individuals that have loaned their nativity for display, submits a story of how the nativity became a treasure to them. Browse, read, and listen to live music and get the “feel” of the reason for the season. The event is free as a service to our community. We, also, invite you to visit The Sweet Shoppe, located immediately outside the sanctuary for homemade sweets for purchase, by the pound. Merry Christmas!