Prelude to Christmas
On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m., Hessel Valley Lutheran Church will hold their annual "Prelude to Christmas" program. The "Old Time String Band" is the special guest and will play their special brand of instrumental holiday music. The "Old Time String Band" is made up of various musicians who play regularly on Sunday afternoons at "The Crossing" in Warren. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come join in this long time tradition of inviting local talent to Hessel Valley each year to share their gifts with the community. A Christmas cookie reception will follow the program. Mark your calendars to kick off your holiday season with this special afternoon.
Toys for Tots dinner
Sugar Grove Christmas
It’s time for a Sugar Grove Christmas. Santa and all his helpers will be arriving in the Sugar Grove Park at 5 p.m. for the annual Sugar Grove Christmas.
The AMVETS Post #50 is proudly hosting the Annual Toys for Tots Pasta Dinner December 2nd. The dinner will be from noon until 6 p.m. Carryout are also available. Dinner includes Salad and Pasta Bars with Bread and Dessert. The cost is $8.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children ages 5-12 and under age of 5 eats free. All proceeds from the dinner go directly to the Toys for Tots foundation helping families and children in the Warren County Community. Please consider bringing an unwrapped gift for the Toys for Tots drive and join us for dinner.
Toys for Tots Drive
The Sugar Grove Fire Department recently held a Toys for Tots drive and asked their Bingo participants to donate items to the Toys for Tots Christmas Drive. On Nov. 11 the Fire Department began collecting for the drive. There is still time if you would like to donate. The Fire Hall will be accepting money donations as well as toy donations for the Toys for Tots through the Christmas Walk event on Friday, December 14th. Thank you to all our Bingo players who made donations of toys.
The 4th Annual Sugar Grove Christmas Walk is happening on Friday night, Dec. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. Sugar Grove businesses and groups are coming together again this year to make a memorable evening for children of all ages. Flyers titled, "It's a Sugar Grove Christmas" are located in various business throughout town with maps of events happening through out the town for the event.
Visitors will see all the decorated and living windows, take part in the merchant drawings and giveaways, enjoy music of the season, see art exhibits, live animals and more. Dress warm and walk through the beautifully decorated town and visit the merchants through the borough for a variety of Christmas fun and activities. Live music for the evening will be in various places throughout the town.
Santa will be arriving on Fire Truck with the SGVFD in the Sugar Grove Park at 5 p.m. so be there with your list for Santa all ready to go. AMVETS Post #50 will also have costumed characters in the park and throughout town to visit with you. The AMVETS Hot Dog stand will be operating in the park for those who want to enjoy a grilled hot dog. Hebner's Town Styling will have refreshments. Wilcox Brothers will be a hub of activity in the center of town featuring their windows with art work from the SGES Grade school students and EMHS art students. The EMHS Fantasia Choir will be singing holiday favorites on the porch and you can take part in refreshments provided by the Warren County Dairy Princess and court. Erickson's Massage Therapy can massage away that holiday stress. Just stop by the massage chair that will be set up inside the store. Catering Plus will also have holiday cookies decorating demonstrations and you can watch for the American Legion Post #758 holiday window displays and a special glass blowing exhibition in front of the store.
The Bear Lake Church, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts Troop 17, PNC Bank, Presbyterian Church, Red Apple and Schulyers will all be serving holiday goodies. At The Town and County Food Center you will find holiday face painting, temporary tattoos and cookies, as well as the Salvation Army. Stop by the Bucket Caf for treat bags, take part in the Children's holiday contest, and view their holiday painted windows. Enjoy the sounds of the Free Methodist Church singing carols from the Bucket Balcony. Everyone is welcome to join in and sing along. On Main Street, Linda's Floral will have live music and refreshments, the OutPost will have Hot Chocolate and Cider with free mugs to go, and Bob's Discount store will have refreshments and in-store specials. Stop by the end of Main Street in the triangle to watch the United Methodist Church perform their play, "If Sugar Grove was Bethlehem".
Mrs. Claus will be at the Sugar Grove Library to meet and greet with children and there will be a Christmas ornament and card projects for guests to complete. There is fun planned for both children and adults. Mrs. Claus will be reading books and you can listen while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate.
If you stop by the Sugar Grove Borough Building you can hop on a Bill Gourley Hay Ride throughout the town. The Sugar Grove Laundromat will have special ChrisAnn Crafts, a holiday drawing and refreshments. Darlings Pharmacy is holding a Children's Coloring Contest through December and the final drawing will be at 6:30 p.m. during the walk.
There is so much happening so plan to be downtown on Friday, December 14th for a special Sugar Grove Christmas.
The Community Lunches in the area continue to be well attended. All lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend one of the area Community lunches. Each month lunch is held on the 1st Friday at the Mission Covenant Church at the corner of Matthews Run and Jackson Run Road. On the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located at the corner of Race street and Jamestown Street in the center of town . On the 3rd Wednesday of each month the Hessel Valley Lutheran Church will hold their luncheon.
Soup and Citrus Sale
It's time for the EMHS Choir Support Club Annual Soup & Citrus sale. Cooke Tavern dried soup mixes and Florida Indian River Groves oranges, grapefruit and tangelos may be ordered through any choir family or by calling the EMHS music room at 757-9357. All orders and money were due Thursday, November 15th with delivery happening on Friday, December 7th. The choirs appreciate the support of the community.
The SGES parent organization is beginning work on their Sugar Grove Elementary Cook Book to be printed in the spring. You can email recipes in to the cookbook committee by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reminder the kindergarten class is sending in recipes for desserts, cookies, and candies. The first grade students are sending in breads and roll recipes. The second grade is sending in main dish recipes. The third grade students are sending in appetizers and beverages. The fourth grade students are sending in soups, stews, chili and salads. The fifth grade students are sending in vegetable and side dish recipes. If you would like to submit recipes that are not in your child's grade that would be great also. The more the merrier.
The Holiday break will begin on Monday, Dec. 24, and continue through Jan. 1 School will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Red Kettle Campaign
The local churches will once again be ringing the bell for the local Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign throughout the holiday season. The kettle will once again be located outside of the Town and Country Food Center. Each weekend the Kettle was manned by volunteers. The Red Kettle Campaign helps raise donations for those who need it most by providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless other programs.
The Sugar Grove Free Methodist Church located at 210 Jamestown Street is the host site for the Northern part of Warren County for this program. Second Harvest is the major supplier of food to charitable agencies throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania. They obtain products from the organization's warehouse and distribute them to individuals and families facing hard times in 11 counties. The next Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Saturday, Dec.15th opening at 8:30 a.m.