Bethel's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:31:50 -0500 HamletHub.com Praxair Recognized for Exceptional Performance by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46680-praxair-recognized-for-exceptional-performance-by-the-wall-street-journal-and-forbes46680-praxair-recognized-for-exceptional-performance-by-the-wall-street-journal-and-forbes http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46680-praxair-recognized-for-exceptional-performance-by-the-wall-street-journal-and-forbes46680-praxair-recognized-for-exceptional-performance-by-the-wall-street-journal-and-forbes

DANBURY, Conn., December 18, 2017 – Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) announced it was recently named to The Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250 as well as the Forbes JUST 100, recognizing the company for its exceptional performance.

The Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250 list (http://on.wsj.com/2it5yTn) recognizes the most effectively-managed companies in the United States based on customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength. Praxair ranked 100 on the list and fifth in its sector. These metrics reflect the teachings of the late Peter Drucker, a renowned business leader and Wall Street Journal columnist who favored a holistic approach to evaluating business management performance. Each company listed in the Management Top 250 represents one of the highest scorers out of the 608 U.S. companies reviewed.

Praxair was also named to Forbes Magazine’s JUST 100, a list of America’s most JUST companies. The company was selected as the top performer in the chemical sector and was ranked 31st overall. Praxair was one of 10 companies ranked first among all sectors in the "Products” segment, which includes criteria such as: Makes Products that are Beneficial to Health, Environment or Society; Makes Quality Products and Provides Fair Pricing. Praxair was also recognized for outperforming its chemical sector peers on such criteria as Commitment to Work-Life Balance, Environmentally Responsible Management, Commitment to Labor and Human Rights, Local Sourcing and others. The list was compiled by JUST Capital, a non-profit that analyzes and ranks corporate behavior and performance according to what the American people identify as most important. For the complete 2017 JUST 100 list, visit: www.forbes.com/just100.

“Praxair is focused on driving operational performance and our success stems from our commitment to ethical business behavior, sustainability, and social awareness,” said Anne Roby, senior vice president, Praxair, Inc. “We are proud to be recognized for this performance and thank our employees for their dedication to our core values.”

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2016 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones® World Sustainability Index for 15 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospacechemicalsfood and beverageelectronicsenergyhealthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. For more information about the company, please visit our website at www.praxair.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jason Stewart) Places Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:41:05 -0500
Kindergarten 2018-2019 registration in Bethel to begin in January http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46678-kindergarten-2018-2019-registrations-to-begin-in-january46678-kindergarten-2018-2019-registrations-to-begin-in-january http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46678-kindergarten-2018-2019-registrations-to-begin-in-january46678-kindergarten-2018-2019-registrations-to-begin-in-january

Kindergarten 2018-2019 Kindergarten registration will begin in January 2018.

Click here to find out how to register for kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year.

We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education!

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amberb@hamlethub.com (Bethel Public Schools) Neighbors Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:26:33 -0500
Holiday Bazaar at Bethel HS this Saturday! http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46676-holiday-bazaar-at-bethel-hs-this-saturday46676-holiday-bazaar-at-bethel-hs-this-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46676-holiday-bazaar-at-bethel-hs-this-saturday46676-holiday-bazaar-at-bethel-hs-this-saturday

Bethel High School & Bethel Middle School Cheer will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar on December 16 from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at the Bethel High School Cafeteria.

The Holiday Bazaar will include a bake sale, wrapping table, and raffle items.

The admission is FREE for shoppers. 

Bethel High School is located at 300 Whittlesey Drive in Bethel, CT.

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amberb@hamlethub.com (Bethel High School & Bethel Middle School) Events Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:11:47 -0500
Bethel Shops Announce Holiday Hours http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46675-bethel-shops-announce-holiday-hours46675-bethel-shops-announce-holiday-hours http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46675-bethel-shops-announce-holiday-hours46675-bethel-shops-announce-holiday-hours

Shop LOCAL! Many Bethel shops have extended hours to encourage holiday shopping. 

John Fulton Diamond Jewelers
Open 7 days NOW thru Dec. 24 - 9am - 5pm
Monday, Tue, Wed, Friday and Sat. 9am - 5pm
Thursday - 9am - 7pm
Sunday - 11 am - 4pm

English Apothocary -
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
During December - Sunday's 10am - 2pm

UK Gourmet
Sunday and Monday - 11am - 4pm
Tues, Thur and Sat - 9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed and Friday - 9:30am - 7pm

The Toy Room - Each week customers will have a chance to enter a raffle for a "Family Game Night" raffle basket...Mention the Bethel Chamber and get 15% off your purchase.

Silver Touch

Thursday 10AM–7PM
Friday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 10AM–5PM
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Wednesday 10AM–5P

Byrd's Books
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat: 10-6
Thurs: 10-8
Sunday: 12-4

Please learn more on the Bethel Chamber website HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Bethel Chamber) Places Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:48:05 -0500
Celebrate Morningstar: Growing Up with Books with Ann Hood at Byrd's Books on Dec. 17 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46674-celebrate-morningstar-growing-up-with-books-with-ann-hood-at-byrd-s-books-on-dec-17-151329115446674-celebrate-morningstar-growing-up-with-books-with-ann-hood-at-byrd-s-books-on-dec-17-1513291154 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46674-celebrate-morningstar-growing-up-with-books-with-ann-hood-at-byrd-s-books-on-dec-17-151329115446674-celebrate-morningstar-growing-up-with-books-with-ann-hood-at-byrd-s-books-on-dec-17-1513291154

Byrd's Books will welcome Ann Hood on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.

In her admired works of fiction, including the recent "The Book That Matters Most," Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these beloved novels. Growing up in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, the best-selling author discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions, and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks. In "Morningstar," Hood recollects how "The Bell Jar," "Marjorie Morningstar," "The Harrad Experiment," and "The Outsiders" influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. You can find out more about Ann by going to annhood.us.

About "Morningstar," Alice Hutchinson notes, "I have read and loved this book dearly. Maybe I am just the right age to remember just how books defined certain periods of my life, but this book hit all the right makes for me. Read it, you will remember your own past and the books that resonated then."

Seats are limited, and this special event is expected to fill quickly. Click here to register.

Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Ave in Bethel. Visit them online here. 

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Ted Killmer) Events Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:59:00 -0500
Accumulating Snow Developing Could Impact Morning Commute http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/46672-accumulating-snow-developing-could-impact-morning-commute46672-accumulating-snow-developing-could-impact-morning-commute http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/46672-accumulating-snow-developing-could-impact-morning-commute46672-accumulating-snow-developing-could-impact-morning-commute

Accumulating snow across the tri-state area late tonight

A widespread dry powdery snowfall of 1 to 3 inches is forecast for our area between 1 am to 7 am on Thursday, December 14. Roadways may become snow covered which may create a slippery morning commute. Motorists are urged to use extra caution if traveling Thursday morning.

Maximum hourly snowfall rates are forecast to be less than ½ inch per hour. Blowing snow is possible.

The heaviest snow of 2-3 inches is forecast across Long Island.

Forecast uncertainty:  If the low tracks further south, then less snow will occur.  If the low tracks further north, more snow will occur further north and less along the coast. See below for potential high-end amounts.

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (NOAA) Life Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:54:32 -0500
Breakfast with Santa at Stew Leonard's in Danbury on Saturday! http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46673-breakfast-with-santa-at-stew-leonard-s-in-danbury-on-saturday46673-breakfast-with-santa-at-stew-leonard-s-in-danbury-on-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46673-breakfast-with-santa-at-stew-leonard-s-in-danbury-on-saturday46673-breakfast-with-santa-at-stew-leonard-s-in-danbury-on-saturday

Families are invited to have breakfast with Santa and his friends WOW the Cow and Cynthia the Chick at Stew Leonard's in Danbury on Saturday, December 16 from 9-10am.

A buffet-style breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mini muffins, bagels, fruit salad, juice and coffee will be served.

Seating at 9 am and 10 am.

Children 10 and under are $9.99 each and those 11 and over (including accompanying parents) are $12.99.

Every person attending the breakfast must have a paid ticket or will not be allowed in.

Stew Leonard's is located at 99 Danbury Road.

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Stew Leonard's ) Events Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:20:23 -0500
Bethel Resident Renata Abiali Receives Award from Exchange Club http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46671-bethel-resident-renata-abiali-receives-award-from-exchange-club46671-bethel-resident-renata-abiali-receives-award-from-exchange-club http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46671-bethel-resident-renata-abiali-receives-award-from-exchange-club46671-bethel-resident-renata-abiali-receives-award-from-exchange-club

Wooster School twelfth grade student, Renata Abiali, received the Student of the Month Award from the Danbury chapter of the National Exchange club on December 7. This award is given to a student for outstanding contribution and service to their local community. 

She attended with her brother and parents Renato and Elina. Ms. Hannah Reed, Assistant Director of Student Advancement, attended on behalf of the school, and Ms. Reed spoke to introduce Renata during the awards presentation.

"One of the greatest joys of working in a small school is getting to know students in multifaceted, truly meaningful ways. I have known Renata since she was a seventh grader, and can attest to her academic curiosity, strong character, and commitment to learning. 

She is a true interdisciplinary thinker, drawing connections between seemingly disparate ideas, pulling together themes from different classes, and creating a new meaning for herself and others.

In the classroom, she is patient and generous when engaging in intellectual dialogue; as a community member, she listens well, thinks before she contributes, and often connects to what has already been shared. She is tolerant with ambiguity in conversation and ideas, and enjoys the challenge presented by novel concepts.

As a senior leader, she is an excellent Prefect for our Student Ambassador Program. She seamlessly leads and connects our various Admissions programs, coordinates tours and open houses, and there is no one I would rather put forth as the “face of Wooster.”

The values of Wooster include the phrase “gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave.” In and out of the classroom, Renata demonstrates these traits, and continues to impress and inspire all of us to be better educators, thinkers, and community members," remarked Reed.

Congratulations Renata!

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:18:44 -0500
Emerging Artists Unleashed: LIFEWTR Series 3 Highlights http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/46670-emerging-artists-unleashed-highlights-of-lifewtr-series-3-highlights46670-emerging-artists-unleashed-highlights-of-lifewtr-series-3-highlights http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/46670-emerging-artists-unleashed-highlights-of-lifewtr-series-3-highlights46670-emerging-artists-unleashed-highlights-of-lifewtr-series-3-highlights

From vibrant outfits to artful sketches, LIFEWTR Series 3 showed how #FashionIsArt and put a spotlight on three emerging artists: Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang, and Ghazaleh Khalifeh.

WATCH Series 3 highlights HERE.

LIFEWTR bottles are focused on a unique aspect of art. Stay tuned for LIFEWTR Series 4, launching soon!

Need #thirstinspiration this holiday season? LIFEWTR has announced a limited-edition holiday bottle design and gift set designed by Series 1 Design & Art duo, Craig & Karl. Each gift set includes a Holiday-themed bottle and embossed notebook designed by Craig & Karl, Le Pen™ drawing pens, and a keepsake booklet providing a behind the scenes look at LIFEWTR artists.

Purchase your holiday gift set here or here and support #local artists.

LIFEWTR #FashionIsArt Wrapup

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Life Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:50:00 -0500
Public Astronomy Program at New Pond Farm on Saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46669-public-astronomy-program-at-new-pond-farm-on-saturday46669-public-astronomy-program-at-new-pond-farm-on-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46669-public-astronomy-program-at-new-pond-farm-on-saturday46669-public-astronomy-program-at-new-pond-farm-on-saturday

Discovery Center Public Astronomy Program Winter Constellations and Orion Nebulae

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield with New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding, is offering a public astronomy program on Saturday, December 16 starting at 7:00 PM. For those interested, there will be a discussion of objects to be viewed in the classroom building at 6:30 PM. With the telescopes we will view the Orion nebulae, star clusters, and the planet Uranus. We will point out and discuss the winter constellations of Orion and his hunting dogs, Canis Major and Minor, the Gemini Twins, Taurus the Bull, Auriga the Charioteer. The photo is a 15,000 year old painting in France which is thought to contain the stars in Orion. For further details on the picture, see the website below.

Dress warmly and please bring a flashlight for the walk to the observatory. There is a warming building next to the telescopes. The program is $4 for Discovery Center members, with a maximum of $16 per family. For nonmembers, the charge is $6 and a maximum $24 per family. Registration is required at http://www.ridgefielddiscovery.org/) or call 203-438-1063. If the skies appear cloudy, check the website after 5:00 PM for program status.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Clifford Wattley) Places Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:17:04 -0500
A Celtic Christmas With The Tartan Terrors in Danbury on Saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46667-a-celtic-christmas-with-the-tartan-terrors-151297395346667-a-celtic-christmas-with-the-tartan-terrors-1512973953 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46667-a-celtic-christmas-with-the-tartan-terrors-151297395346667-a-celtic-christmas-with-the-tartan-terrors-1512973953

Come celebrate the holidays' Celtic style, when the Tartan Terrors, North America's premier Celtic group, bring their Very Merry Celtic Christmas Show to Danbury's Palace Theatre

Enjoy holiday favorites such as Christmas in Killarney, Pachelbel’s Cannon on the pipes, and I Saw Three Ships done Tartan Terror style.

Featuring blistering bagpipe music, fast & furious fiddling, award-winning Step and Highland Dancers, and plenty of comedic fun... it's no wonder this Celtic Chritsmas Party plays to standing-room-only audiences.

Special guest appearance by Craig Ashurst - a world class Irish dancer who toured as the lead in "Riverdance" and performed with Michael Flatley in "Lord of the Dance" - will do a solo in the show. The show also features the talents of local students from the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, which offers classes in Newtown and Danbury.

Santa and Mrs Claus will also join in the fun during this kited holiday extravaganza. Make sure and save some time to visit with them. Hopefully you’re not on the naughty list! 
 

Family Friendly Show! Family Friendly Pricing! 

A Celtic Christmas with The Tartan Terrors will have two performances, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Saturday December 16. 2017. Tickets cost $30 adults, $25 seniors, $20 kids under 12. (Plus $3 ticketing fee.) For best available seating buy your tickets in advance by telephone at 203-794-9944 or online at tickets.thepalacedanbury.com. Tickets may also be purchased day of show at the box office beginning one hour before show time.
 
The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, in Danbury, Connecticut. Free parking is readily available for theatre patrons in the parking lot behind the building. For more information about this and all upcoming shows visit www.thepalacedanbury.com.
 
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carol@thepalacedanbury.com (Palace Danbury) Events Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:30:46 -0500
Celebrate Morningstar: Growing Up with Books with Ann Hood at Byrd's Books on Dec. 17 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46666-celebrate-morningstar-growing-up-with-books-with-ann-hood-at-byrd-s-books-on-dec-1746666-celebrate-morningstar-growing-up-with-books-with-ann-hood-at-byrd-s-books-on-dec-17 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46666-celebrate-morningstar-growing-up-with-books-with-ann-hood-at-byrd-s-books-on-dec-1746666-celebrate-morningstar-growing-up-with-books-with-ann-hood-at-byrd-s-books-on-dec-17

Byrd's Books will welcome Ann Hood on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.

In her admired works of fiction, including the recent "The Book That Matters Most," Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these beloved novels. Growing up in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, the best-selling author discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions, and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks. In "Morningstar," Hood recollects how "The Bell Jar," "Marjorie Morningstar," "The Harrad Experiment," and "The Outsiders" influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. You can find out more about Ann by going to annhood.us.

About "Morningstar," Alice Hutchinson notes, "I have read and loved this book dearly. Maybe I am just the right age to remember just how books defined certain periods of my life, but this book hit all the right makes for me. Read it, you will remember your own past and the books that resonated then."

Seats are limited, and this special event is expected to fill quickly. Click here to register.

Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Ave in Bethel. Visit them online here. 

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Ted Killmer) Events Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:59:00 -0500
2nd Annual BHS Basketball Pep Rally this Saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/46664-2nd-annual-bhs-basketball-pep-rally-this-saturday46664-2nd-annual-bhs-basketball-pep-rally-this-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/46664-2nd-annual-bhs-basketball-pep-rally-this-saturday46664-2nd-annual-bhs-basketball-pep-rally-this-saturday

Bethel High School will be hosting their 2nd Annual Bethel High School Basketball Pep Rally this Saturday, December 9th in the High School cafeteria and gym. The pasta party is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. with the pep rally following from 6-8 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

The event will include pasta/salad/bread and drinks, DJ music, player skills competition and team scrimmage, Bethel High School cheerleaders, raffle prizes, half-court shot contest, the BHS "Bean Bag Toss, team bake sale, and a possible special appearance by a surprise guest.

Head over to the high school and support Bethel High School's Basketball team during a night of fun tomorrow!

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amberb@hamlethub.com (Amber Bodeur) Life Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:24:04 -0500
Overdue Taxes? Connecticut Offers Fresh Start Incentive http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/politics/46665-overdue-taxes-connecticut-offers-fresh-start-incentive46665-overdue-taxes-connecticut-offers-fresh-start-incentive http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/politics/46665-overdue-taxes-connecticut-offers-fresh-start-incentive46665-overdue-taxes-connecticut-offers-fresh-start-incentive

Gov. Malloy Announces Launch of State’s ‘Fresh Start’ Tax Initiative

Governor Dannel P. Malloy along with Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin Sullivan today announced that DRS is launching the CT Fresh Start program – a voluntary compliance initiative available to both individuals and businesses that provides incentives to taxpayers who report and pay their outstanding, unreported tax liabilities to the state. This program, which was created by the bipartisan state budget Governor Malloy signed into law on October 31, is aiming to bring in $60 million to the state by the end of FY18 and an additional $25 million by November 30, totaling $85 million.

Read More: Gov. Malloy Announces Launch of State’s ‘Fresh Start’ Tax Initiative

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Gov. Malloy's Office) Politics Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:33:10 -0500
You Are Invited To A Live Nativity Pageant on December 16 in Redding http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46663-live-nativity-151259367146663-live-nativity-1512593671 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46663-live-nativity-151259367146663-live-nativity-1512593671

The First Church of Christ Congregational (Redding Center) will host its’ annual Live Nativity Pageant on Saturday, December 16th at 5 PM.  Join in the singing of carols and follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel with their donkey, to the manger in Bethlehem.  Along the way, observe shepherds tending to their flock by night, hear a chorus of angels, be dazzled by the “star in the east”, and see wise men in route to worship the New Born King.  The journey culminates with a live tableau of the Nativity Scene.  Warm refreshments will be served immediately after. During the hot chocolate & cookie reception the Lotti Fields (who lived in Redding) collector pottery, as well as Olive Oil from Bethlehem will be available for holiday purchases.  Please check the church web site (firstchurchredding.org) for any weather related cancellation.  Makeup date would be Sunday the 17th.

The First Church of Christ Congregational (Redding Center) will host its’ annual Live Nativity Pageant on Saturday, December 16th at 5 PM. 

Join in the singing of carols and follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel with their donkey, to the manger in Bethlehem.  Along the way, observe shepherds tending to their flock by night, hear a chorus of angels, be dazzled by the “star in the east”, and see wise men in route to worship the New Born King.  The journey culminates with a live tableau of the Nativity Scene. 

Warm refreshments will be served immediately after.

During the hot chocolate & cookie reception the Lotti Fields (who lived in Redding) collector pottery, as well as Olive Oil from Bethlehem will be available for holiday purchases. 

Please check the church website ( firstchurchredding.org ) for any weather-related cancellation.  Makeup date would be Sunday the 17th.

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kerry@ducey.org (Charlie) Neighbors Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:13:03 -0500