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See The Gazette Web Site for updated What’s Happening calendar items – www.centrecountygazette.org. Dec. 24 – Candle Light Service A traditional Christmas Eve candle light service with lessons, carols, and communion will be held at 7 p.m. at St. John’s UCC, 145 W. Linn St, Bellefonte. Seasonal music starts at 6:40 p.m. Call (814) 355-9075 or check bellefonteucc.org for more information. Dec. 24 – Candle Lighting Service Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church on Rt. 550 outside of Stormstown will hold a Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 – Candle Light Service Curtin United Methodist Church will hold their annual Candle Light Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. on December 24. All are welcome. There will be no child care available. Your entire family is encouraged to join us. Curtin Church is three miles north of Milesburg, near Historic Curtin Village, at 305 Curtin Village Road, Howard. Peter Dittman, Pastor. For directions or other information please call Marty at (814) 355-7970. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Services Watermarke Church is holding two Christmas Eve services, at 12:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m., at their Outreach Center on Spring Street in Bellefonte. Focus on the “reason for the season, Jesus,� at a family-friendly service including music and a short message. Dec.24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Nittany Baptist Church will be having a Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. Join us at our quaint log cabin church located just one mile east of the Eutaw House at the intersection of Mountainback Rd & Rt.322 for an old-fashioned service of hymns and preaching of the true message of Christmas. Call (814) 466-6064 for info. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Service Midnight Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Allegheny and Lamb Sts., Bellefonte.  Music of the Season begins at 10:30 p.m. All are welcome. For directions or other information, please call (814) 355-0497. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Fellowship Bible Church will be having a Candlelight Service at 6 p.m. Come join us Friday night as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.  The church is located at 642 Lower Georges Valley Road, just three miles off Rte 144 near Potters Mills. For more info call (814) 422-8640. Dec. 25 – Community Christmas Dinner Faith United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Bellefonte Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The church is at the corner of Hughes Street and Humes Road. A traditional Christmas dinner will be served, free of charge. If you’d like to have the dinner delivered, need transportation, or just want more information call (814) 355-9606 or 353-8287.   Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Service Come join us on Friday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a time of singing with The Covalts and others, great fellowship, and lots of fun at the Fellowship Bible Church, located at 642 Lower Georges Valley Road, just three miles off Rte 144 near Potters Mills. For more info call (814) 422-8640. Jan. 1 – Community New Year’s Dinner Trinity & Milesburg United Methodist Churches are sponsoring a free Community New Year’s Day dinner, featuring pork & sauerkraut, Saturday, January 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street, Bellefonte. For information call (814) 355-9425. Take out available. Jan. 1. – New Year’s Prayer & Meditation St. John’s UCC, 145 W. Linn St. Bellefonte will be open on Saturday, January 1, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for prayer and meditation for anyone who is interested.  Background music will be provided – a reverent atmosphere in which to pray. Take advantage of this time to thank God for his blessings he provided in 2010 and to ask for his continued love and guidance in 2011 – not only for yourself but for friends, family and our community. Call (814) 355-9075 or check bellefonteucc.org for more information.

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et us pause and consider the meaning of the season – to give without expectation of receiving, to care without needing praise, to help without hearing a “Thank you.� Please consider helping one of these causes, or send in your own worthy holiday cause to editor@centrecountygazette.com.

American Red Cross Gift Wrap Project STATE COLLEGE – Amid the bustle of holiday shoppers at the Nittany Mall, dedicated volunteers from the Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross cheerfully wrap gifts to raise vital funds for local Red Cross programs. The project, which has been ongoing for more than 20 years, is one of a few fundraising events held by the chapter. It generates revenue to support the disaster relief, blood services, and health and safety education programs. Proceeds help sustain services throughout the holiday period and the winter months that follow. Shoppers have 10 gift wrap papers to choose from and will have all their gifts beautifully wrapped while they wait. Gifts purchased anywhere may be brought to the Holiday Gift Wrap Center to support this good cause. The gift wrap booth is open every day through Christmas Eve and is near the center stage area beside Santa Claus.

Sponsor Tools for Habitat CENTRE COUNTY – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County is holding their first Sponsor a Tool for Christmas promotion. This volunteer organization helps provide simple, decent, and affordable housing to qualified families in Centre County. Many of the tools they use are wearing out or should be replaced with better technology. You are asked to donate any amount and designate the funds for the tool drive, which will be used to enhance the $2,500 grant Habitat received from the Home Depot Foundation. They are accepting donations for the tool drive through January 1. Call (814) 353-2390 or visit habitatgcc.org for more information.

Food Bank Donations Needed STATE COLLEGE – Crystal Homan of For Men Only and Lipstick Salon is accepting donations for dried and canned goods for the State College Food Bank. You may drop off your non-perishable donations through December. They’re open seven days a week at the salon on East Beaver Avenue.

Faith Centre Food Bank Needs Donations BELLEFONTE – The Faith Centre Food Bank is in need of the following items for its Christmas baskets.  State funding for food banks has still not been released, so the community is requested to help. The Faith Centre expects to provide all the items needed for a holiday meal to more than 1,000 area residents. These items are needed for the baskets: cereal, canned sweet potatoes, cake mix, frosting, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy (in cans), mashed potato mix. The Faith Centre is on Allegheny Street in Bellefonte.

Free Winter Coats & Accessories BUFFALO RUN –The Buffalo Run United Methodist Charge Coat Ministry located on Route 550 at the crossroads of Buffalo Run and Rock Road is now open to distribute free winter coats and outerwear (gloves, hats, scarves, etc) each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Day, through until January 29. Donations of gently used coats and other winter items are also accepted during these hours. Please phone (814) 237-4707 or 355-2208 for more information.

A Gift from the Heart CENTRE COUNTY – John Hagins, CEO of the American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Region, suggests, “Your blood donation this holiday season is the perfect gift‌the gift that saves the day. Donating blood helps save up to three lives and the only cost is an hour of your time.â€? Hagins added that when individuals donate blood from December 19 through January 9, they are entered in a daily drawing for a $500 gift certificate of their choice from Giftcertificates.com. Currently individuals of all blood types are needed to donate blood to help boost supplies during the holiday season. Log on to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS and make an appointment to give blood. You’ll also find weekly Red Cross blood donation sites in every Gazette.

Donations for Pet Shelters CENTRE HALL & STATE COLLEGE – The PSPA in Centre Hall has a wish list for the following donations: KMR or “Just Born� for kittens, canned kitten food, long and short handled squeegees, litter, cat beds, cat blankets, cat toys, collars, leashes, harnesses, brushes, combs, flea combs, shampoo and grooming supplies, laundry detergent, chlorine bleach, dryer sheets, window cleaner, cleansers, scrubbies, sponges, hand sanitizer, hand soap, baking soda, paper towels, tissues, office supplies, flashlights, nine-volt and AA batteries, WalMart and Visa gift cards. If adopting a pet is not possible right now, PAWS desperately needs volunteers to not only help out with the animals, but also to aid with fund raising, event planning, data entry, and much more. PAWS would also appreciate the donation of paper towels; postage stamps; creamy peanut butter; Royal Canin brand dog, cat or kitten food; any brand dog or kitten canned food; dog treats; and large dogs toys.

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