Special Events & Festivals

For the children

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Dixie Harrold displays some of the items donated for Huntington County Right to Life’s 35th annual Christmas Care & Share program.  This year, the group will provide items for 24 children. Each child will receive numerous gifts and each family will receive wrapping materials and a gift card for groceries.

Admiring the tree

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ellen Leymon (left) and Oma Zent study a Christmas tree at the third annual Winter Wonderland Festival of Trees, held in the Fults Recreation Room at Heritage Pointe, in Warren, on Friday, Dec. 12. The event, which continued on Saturday, Dec. 13, featured more than a dozen trees decorated by individuals, families and Heritage Pointe departments.

Going Christmas shopping

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

April Zerbe, of Huntington, mulls over possible gifts for her 15-year-old daughter Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Love In the Name of Christ’s Christmas Gift Shop. The store, featuring toys and items for teenagers, is held at the Café of Hope at Life Church in Huntington.

In with Santa

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Pathfinder Services client Kelly Anderson (left) rests her head on Santa Claus' shoulder after receiving a gift at a Christmas party hosted by American Legion Post 85, in Huntington, on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 13.

Living Lights

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A scene from the Living Lights show at tte Zanesville United Methodist Church on Friday, Dec. 12. The show's 50,000 lights are synchronized with modern Christmas music, with Scripture reading by children of the church. The 20-minute show repeats each day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. The church is located at 11811 N. Wayne St., Zanesville.

Major gift wrapping

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Carol Baker wraps gifts to add to the growing pile of presents on her table on Friday evening, Dec. 12, as more than 380 volunteers filled the Markle Church of Christ on both Friday and Saturday to wrap 6,600 gifts that were to be distributed to 291 families in Huntington and Wells counties today, Sunday, Dec. 14. Community members donated gifts and cash to purchase additional items for the annual program, which is coordinated by the Karing for Kids organization.

So sweet treat

Madison Murray, 8, of Bluffton, enjoys a candy cane while perusing which treats to buy from Nadean’s Cakes, Cookies and Catering during the Markle “Christmas in our Town” event, Sunday, Dec. 7. Madison is the daughter of Angie Murray, of Bluffton.

Time to shop

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Earlynn Worster (left), of Markle, describes the Avon products she is looking for to Nadean Brown on Sunday, Dec. 7. The display was set up in Nadean’s bake shop in downtown Markle, part of the “Christmas in our Town” celebration.

Making ornaments

Photo by Steve Clark.

Brooke Bessette (left) and Dylan Bessette concentrate on making ornaments during the first Andrews Christmas Celebration, held in the town’s municipal building on Saturday night, Dec. 6.

Forks open house

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Julia Rhoades, of Fort Wayne, a member of the Miami Indiana Alliance for Miami Indians, inserts an electric candle in a hurricane lamp at the Chief LaFontaine house on the campus of the Fort of the Wabash Historic Park on Saturday morning, dec. 6. The home was open for tours, some refreshments and sales of native-made crafts at a Christmas open house.