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Boswell tree lighting

Boswell will be beginning its holiday season with a tree lighting, music and festivities Dec. 4. Light up your house or business to start the holiday season. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. For groups, churches or organizations that would like to participate, email boswellcommunityevents@gmail.com.

2021 Festival of Lights

Ligonier Valley Historical Society Festival of Lights: The Art of Christmas . . . Trees, Wreaths and Other Treasures, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4-7. This display of decorated trees and creations transforms the Ligonier Town Hall Community Room into a vision of that famous story, “A Christmas Carol.” Enjoy a holiday beverage and a tasty bite.

The Toast to the Trees Gala and Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, to kick off the Festival with a yule-tide evening of glittering light and wintertime wonder. During the gala, participants will be able to bid on and possibly win a piece of the holiday creations displayed during the Festival of Lights. This evening will feature gourmet hors d'oeuvres and a special holiday libation served by the guest bartender, Elliot Chimelewski.

The evening also includes a silent auction with a array of items. Make advanced reservations for Toast to the Trees by calling 724-238-6818 or tgrohall@compassinn.org.

PARSE meeting

The Laurel Highlands Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) will meet Dec. 1, at Oakhurst Grill and Event Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Buffet begins at noon, followed by business meeting. This is the first meeting they've had since COVID-9. They hope to resume regular meetings in May, September and December of 2022. Make a reservation by Nov. 26, with Carole or Villa.

O Holy Night Christmas fundraiser

Lorrie Shaw, Ryan Eutsey and Aimee Shober are organizing a Christmas fundraiser Dec. 4, in the Swell Building, 701 North St., Unit 2, Berlin, for three families in financial hardship within the community. These families were chosen by the Berlin Food Pantry. All activities are free. This is a donation only event.

The day will consist of children’s activities from 5 to 6:15 p.m.: Reading the story about Jesus' birth, crafts, games, cookies and hot chocolate for all the children who are participating. There will also be a bake sale, hot dogs, chips and water. There will be singing Christmas Worship songs along with a message by Sam Shober at 7 p.m.

Clothing sizes for the families (all youth clothing): Boys (3T, 8,10) and Girls (7, 8, 10, 12). They are encouraging pajamas and slippers, but any donations of clothing are welcomed. Also being accepted are hygiene items, clothing, canned goods and gift cards, through area churches willing to collect the donation at their specific churches. If donations are dropped off, call Aimee Shober at 814-279-9992, or Lorrie Shaw, 814-521-8852, and they will come pick up the donations at the church location. People could also drop items off at the Swell building between 4-7 p.m. Dec. 4.

Children's Christmas Party

The Meyersdale American Legion Auxiliary Unit 112 Children's Christmas Party is from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 12. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. All children and grandchildren of members are welcome. Children must be present to receive their gift. A boxed meal will be provided for each guest. To RSVP call 814-634-7270 by Nov. 27.

Uptown Painting Party

Upcoming events at 101 W. Main St., Somerset. Nov. 27 — Small Business Saturday and Light Up Night, stop and shop in the studio for quick projects and airbrush tattoos. Dec. 4 — Cookie Tour, hot cocoa bar, paint Santa plate or mug and get a photo with Santa. Dec. 10 — Evening: Kids Secret Santa Workshop and visit with Santa between 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration needed. Dec. 11 — Daytime: Kids Secret Santa Workshop and visit with Santa 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration needed. Call 877-817-2789.

Harmony Light Fest

A drive-thru celebration of Christmas from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 at Camp Harmony, 1414 Plank Road, Hooversville. Drive up concessions include hot chocolate, cookies and hot apple cider. Wave to Santa. Judge the lights. Bring gently worn, used and new shoes to donate to the Shoes for Good fundraiser.

This fundraiser benefits the ministry of Camp Harmony. 814-798-5885. www.campharmony.org.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

Dinner from 12 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4, at the Salisbury fire department, 385 Ord St., Salisbury, to benefit Becky Smindak of Becky's Bow-Wow Bubble Baths, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Take out available. Basket raffles. To donate, contact Tammy Garlitz at 814-233-6657 or 814-634-5159, or Venmo: Becky Smindak. Donation at the door. All proceeds go to Becky's expenses.

Addison V.F.D. annual Holiday Craft/Vendor Show

The show at 7214 National Pike, Addison, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11. Free admission. Basket raffles, 50/50 drawing, food and refreshments, kids' activities, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and more. Show benefits a local firefighter and family. They will be collecting lap blankets to be distributed at local nursing homes.

Handel: Messiah

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Holiday at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are going fast at johnstownsymphony.org.


Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St., in the Cambria City Cultural District, 814-410-2245, thevomaspace@gmail.com, VOMA all ages Open Mic, 7 p.m. Nov. 26. Welcome back the return of Open Mic hosted by Hayden Jeffreys. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Music at 7 p.m.

Nov. 27 VOMA Blues Gathering, monthly celebration of blues music. Doors at 7 p.m. Music at 7:30 p.m. BYOB is welcome with proper I.D

Craft Show at Rock City Cafe

Rock City Cafe, 671 Main St., Rockwood, Craft Show is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dec. 4, and noon until 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Food will be available. There will be a white elephant auction. Rock City Cafe will be doing take out only Dec. 4. Santa will visit between 1 and 3 p.m. both days.

Historical Society Christmas

Meyersdale Area Historical Society's restored Western Maryland Railway Station Visitors' Center and Museum museum and gift shop will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27. Offered will be gift wrapping, gift certificates, society memberships and homemade refreshments.

SGC wreath sale

Somerset Garden Club wreath sale will be available for pickup at the Laurel Arts Center, 214 Harrison Ave., Somerset, from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 30. Payment (cash or check) can be made at the time of pickup. To order a wreath, contact Andrea Falchek at andreafalchek@yahoo.com or call 814-442-4359.

Windber's light up

Windber's annual Light Up Night is 7 p.m. Nov. 26, at Miner's Park Gazebo. Following the program, visit with Santa and treats at the gazebo. In case of inclement weather, Santa and treats will be in the Windber Borough Building.

Central City Light up Night

Planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 27, at Central City Community Park.

This article originally appeared on The Daily American: What's going on this week?

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