Special Events

Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes: Tours of public sites and private homes continue Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 fore children. For more information visit www.nightsbeforechristmas.com or call (812) 265-2956.

Arts and Craft Show: Will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at the Switzerland County Fairgrounds with soap and candle making demonstrations, hourly door prizes and raffles. Homemade chicken noodle, vegetable or chili soup available for $1 a bowl. For more information or table rental call (513) 505-2762.

Hagar's Children: Hanover College Theatre will present "Hagar's Children," a different kind of Christmas play with music, about unconditional love. Performances are Dec. 6-8 in Park Auditorium with curtain time at 7:30 p.m. each night with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickers are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and older, and $5 for youth. Seating is limited. For more information or to purchase advanced tickets call (812) 866-7110.

Christmas Cupcake Wars: Will be presented Dec. 7 and 8 at 6:30 p.m. by KidzStreet and North Madison Christian Church. The program includes dinner and the show. Tickets are $6 each or $40 for a reserved table of 8. For more information or to purchase tickets call (812) 273-1601 or email tickets@kidzstreet.us.

A.D.E.P.T. I: Will meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Salvation Army, 331 E. Main St.

A.D.E.P.T. II: Will meet Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 331 E. Main St.

Santa: Will be at the Switzerland County Visitors Center, 129 W. Main St., Vevay, to greet children from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16.

GED Help: Will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Carroll County Public Library.

Homework Help: Will be offered at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Carroll County Public Library.

ESL Class: Will be taught at 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library.

Walk Away the Pounds: Daily at 9 a.m. at the Carroll County Public Library.

Yoga Class: Will meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. at the Carroll County Public Library.

Dulcimer Group: The Circle of Friends Dulcimer Group will meet Mondays at Dusty Fiddles. For more information call (812) 801-5192.

Senior Nutritional Meals: LifeTime Resources offers meals for seniors Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Jefferson County Senior Citizens Center, 208 W. Main St. Meals are not served on holidays.

Depression Support Group: A spiritually-based depression support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1429 Clifty Drive. The program is facilitated by Jackie Osinski. The class is split into times for teaching, open discussion and prayer. For more information call (502) 468-6316.

Bridge Group: The Tuesday Duplicate Bridge Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the great hall at Christ Episcopal Church. New bridge players are always welcome. For more information call (812) 866-3767 or (812) 265-4433.

Narcotics Anonymous: Will hold open meetings Sunday, Monday and Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at 506 Mulberry St. For more information call (812) 265-9834.

Al-Anon: Will meet at 7 p.m. each Friday at Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway. For more information call (812) 599-4630.

November 30

Friday Crafts: Will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library.

Light Up Downtown Carrollton: Will kick off at 5 p.m. with music from an elementary school chorus and local singer Jeannie Rider. The switch to the downtown lights will be thrown at 6 p.m. by Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry and Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson.

Senior Dance: Will be held Friday by the Madison Parks Department at the Brown Gym featuring the music of Gary Hewitt and the Honky Tonk Band. The doors open at 5 p.m. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 and includes snacks, drinks and door prizes.

Louisville Brass Concert: The Madison Performing Arts Foundation will host the Louisville Brass Band at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. The event was rescheduled from Dec. 8.

December 1

Festival of Trees: General Butler State Resort Park will kick off the holiday season and the annual Festival of Trees with Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky. Menu and buffet items will be available for purchase. A pottery workshop and caricature photos will be available from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the lodge. The events are free to attend. David Stahl and Freddie Helm will provide live music at 7 p.m. The holiday trees will be on display throughout the day's events and will continue to be on display throughout the holiday season.

Sip N' Knit: Will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Harriette's Knit Knook, 103 E. Main St. All types of stitchery are welcome.

Christmas Craft Fair: Hanover College will host a Christmas craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lynn Gym.

The Very Merry Christmas Parade: Will be begin at 10 a.m. and will feature children's characters strolling down Main St. The parade is expected to last one hour and it will run from Jefferson St. to Broadway with musical acts and more than 40 community participants. Following the event, patrons also will have the opportunity for a meet-and-greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the children's book characters at downtown businesses. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at The Ohio Theatre. Garfield will be at River Valley Financial Bank, while Skippyjon Jones will visit Village Lights Bookstore. Curious George will make an appearance at Little People's Boutique and The Berenstain Bear Family will be at Jefferson County Public Library Madison branch.

The Polar Express: Will be shown at The Ohio Theatre following the City of Madison Christmas parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand for a meet-and-greet with children.

A Christmas Carroll: Will kick off with a parade at 11 a.m. followed by Santa being available until 3:30 p.m. for photos and to meet children at Santa's house on Main St., near the Carroll County Courthouse. Photos will be $5, with the proceeds going to the local "Shop with a Cop" program. The event also includes the "Visions of Sugar Plums" baking contest at McNeal's Trustworthy Hardware, 123 Fifth St., Carrollton, Ky. Craft tents and vendors featuring homemade crafts and baked goods will be on the courthouse lawn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Teen Game Day: Will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library. For more information call (502) 732-7020.

A Child's Christmas in Wales: Local poet Jack Ramey will read "A Child's Christmas in Wales" from Dylan Thomas at 2 p.m. at Village Lights Bookstore in observation of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. Warm cider and cookies will be provided for children.

Vevay Christmas Parade: Will begin at 3 p.m. at the Switzerland County Fairground. The line-up will travel through Main Street and down to Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. At the park, Santa will officially start the town's Christmas season by lighting up the decorations on the riverfront.

Chili Supper and Silent Auction: Hanover Helping Haiti will present a chili supper and silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. in Donner Lecture Hall at Hanover College. Admission is $5.

Senior Dance: Will host the Country Classics Saturday from 5:15 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lide White Boys and Girls Club. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. The band will perform from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information call (812) 599-0848 or (812) 274-0338.

December 2

Handel's "Messiah": The Hanover College Concert Choir and Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus will perform selections from Handel's "Messiah" at 2 p.m. in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts on the Hanover College campus. The performance is expected to last about an hour. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door.

December 3

Moving for Better Health: The free senior exercise class will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays at the Brown Gym. For more information call (812) 273-1072.

Belly Dance for Fitness: Will be held at 5:15 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library.

December 4

IKE Retirees: Retired employees of the Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Clifty Falls State Park Inn. All retirees and guests are welcome.

Toddler Time: Will be held at 11 a.m. at the Carroll County Public Library for children up to age 3 1/2. For more information call (502) 732-7020.

Instrumental Concert: The Hanover College Madison Area Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall at the Lynn Center for Fine Arts on the Hanover College campus. Admission is free.

December 5

Your Metabolism and Christmas Dinner: Faith Kutnicki will discuss what the cells in the body are doing during the holiday season at 1 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library.

Zumba!: Will be held at 5:15 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library.

Make-It and Take-It Crafts: Will be held for families with children at Kathryn Winn Elementary School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Family Ties Resource Center.

Animal Shelter Advisory Board: The Advisory Board for the Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the county commissioner's chamber in the Jefferson County Courthouse. The public is welcome.

December 6

Moving for Better Health: The free senior exercise class will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Lide White Boys and Girls Club/Family and Community Center. For more information call (812) 273-1072.

Sip N' Knit: Will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Harriette's Knit Knook, 103 E. Main St. All types of stitchery are welcome.

Music Makers: Will be held at 11 a.m. at the Carroll County Public Library for children ages 18 months and up. For more information call (502) 732-7020.

Jefferson County Retired Teachers: Will meet at 11:30 at The Pines with the meal at noon. Local dues of $5 for members, $3 for spouses or associated members will be collected. Members should bring volunteer hours and separate hours of volunteer work with children. The program will be presented from Nicole LeGrand with musical entertainment from a group of students from E.O. Muncie Elementary.

Story Hour: Will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Public Library for children ages 3 1/2 to 5. For more information call (502) 732-7020.

T.O.P.S.: Taking Off Pounds Sensibly will meet every Thursday at 5 p.m. at Faith Alliance Church on Cherry Street. For more information call (812) 265-4641.

Christmas at Hanover: The Hanover College Chamber Singers will present select musical favorites at 5 p.m. in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts on the Hanover College campus. Admission is free.

December 7

Computer Basics Q & A: A question and answer session for basic computer questions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carroll County Public Library. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops.

BetterTogether Nonprofit Luncheon Series: Will discuss the keys to volunteer management with June Miller, regional director of the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College. Registration is $15 and includes lunch and materials. For more information call (812) 265-3327.

Red Hatters of Madison: Will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Key West Shrimp House, 117 Ferry St. All Red Hatters and guests are welcome.

Senior Dance: Will be held Friday by the Madison Parks Department at the Brown Gym featuring the music of Charlie Humphrey. The doors open at 5 p.m. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 and includes snacks, drinks and door prizes.

Light Up Bedford: Will kick off at 5:45 p.m. at the Trimble County Courthouse. Milton elementary school students will sing before the lighting. A parade with the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department will usher Santa Claus from the courthouse to the Morgan Community Center for a chili dinner sponsored by the Bedford Rotary Club and musical entertainment by the Bedford Elementary School and Trimble County Middle School bands.

December 8

Christmas Craft Show: Will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sip N' Knit: Will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Harriette's Knit Knook, 103 E. Main St. All types of stitchery are welcome.

A Country Christmas: Visit two historic houses and step back in time to Christmas past at Musee de Venoge, 111 State Road 129, Vevay and the Thiebaud Farmstead, 5147 E. State Road 56, Vevay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information visit www.venoge.org or www.switzcomuseums.org.

Nutcracker Tea and Concert: The Carroll County Public Library's annual tea will be held at 11 a.m. and will include a concert by a girls choir directed by Connie Golden and special guests, Clara, Grandfather and the Nutcracker for Christmas photos. For more information or to sign-up call (502) 732-7020.

Book Signing: A book signing will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at That Book Place, 337 Clifty Drive for Andrew Toy's thriller/suspense novel "The Man in The Box," and L. Andrew Cooper's dark fantasy "Burning the Middle Ground." For more information call (812) 574-4113.

Book Signing: A book signing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Village Lights Bookstore with Lloyd Holm, former Madison resident, and author of children's book "Mr. Fox and Mr. Raccoon Go to Bethlehem."

Spirit of Christmas Past: Enjoy a Victorian Christmas for children and their families from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. Visit a Victorian Santa, make 19th century Christmas "crackers," hear holiday stories and eat cookies. Admission is $3 per child, one free adult per child. For more information call (812) 273-0556.

Senior Dance: Will host Hardcore Country Saturday from 5:15 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lide White Boys and Girls Club. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. The band will perform from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information call (812) 599-0848 or (812) 274-0338.