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Adult Education

South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance Project Learn offers free adult education classes to help adults prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Choose from morning or evening classes that meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5-8 p.m. at Townsend Center, 900 S. Shepherd St., Winchester. To enroll, attend a session or call 931-438-0555.

Al-Anon

Al-Anon’s “Peace and Serenity” group meets Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Winchester First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Jefferson St. in Winchester. All concerned about a loved one’s drinking are welcome.

Nov. 30

Annual “Once upon a Christmas”

Everyone is invited to the annual Once upon a Christmas event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Winchester. Free events include: carriage rides, a meet and greet and photo opportunities with famous characters, Mrs. Claus baking competition, Santa visits at Winchester Livery, police and firefighters lip-sync competition, food trucks, craft vendors, free s’mores and hot chocolate, face painting and much more. Ticketed events include breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. and the movie “Frozen 2” playing at the Oldham Theatre.

Cowan Christmas Open house

Cowan downtown businesses will hold their Christmas open house during “Small Business Saturday” on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Enjoy sidewalk sales, door prizes and meet Santa at Nick’s Pizza & Pasta.   

Dec. 2-6

Christmas bazaar

Everyone is invited to a Christmas bazaar Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sewanee Senior Center, 5 Ball Park Road, Sewanee. A door prize will be given away each day. Tickets are $2 to participate in a Christmas design quilt drawing and drawing for $250 cash to be given away Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. The bazaar will include a bake sale, crafts, canned goods, handmade items and white elephant items. Donations are being accepted for the bazaar (except clothes). Info, 931-598-0771.

Dec. 3

TN Ornithological Society

The Highland Rim chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a covered dish Christmas buffet at the home of Kerry and Marie Syler, 390 Paradise Lane, Mulberry.  Items of discussion will include membership dues, yearbook, Roadside Raptor Survey and Christmas Bird Count.  For information, call Lisa Trail at 931-728-6045.

Blood drive

A Red Cross blood drive will be held Tuesday from 2-6 p.m. at Belvidere Mennonite Church, 9805 David Crockett Parkway, West, Belvidere.

Dec. 4

Job fair

The South Central Human Resource Agency will host a job fair for all surrounding businesses and industries in Tennessee and Alabama on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SCHRA, 1437 Winchester Hwy., Fayetteville. American Job Center staff will help with registration and applications. Info, 931-309-0962 or at Jobs4TN.gov.

Dec. 5

Free commodities

The South Central Human Resource Agency will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon to eligible residents on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Southern Middle Tennessee Pavilion, 1041 Wilton Circle, Winchester. For information on eligibility, call toll free at 866-632-9992.

Dec. 6

Christmas tree lighting in Sewanee

Experience the magic of Christmas during Sewanee’s downtown village and Christmas tree lighting Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. in Sewanee Angel Park. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. While there, join in for caroling, hot drinks and refreshments. Organizers will collect unwrapped toys, food and money for Operation Noel and the Community Action Committee (CAC). A book signing will be held by Sewanee author, Margaret Matens for her newly published children’s book, “The Sewanee Angel that Saved Christmas.” All are welcome to this free event.

Cowan Christmas Market opens

As a precursor to the Cowan Christmas Parade, the Cowan Christmas Market at Monterey Station will be open Dec. 6 from 4-9 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done. As part of the festivities, the Cowan Fire Department will arrive at 6 p.m. with the VIP guest, Santa Claus, so children can let him know what’s on their Christmas lists.

Wings of Hope Widows banquet

The annual Wings of Hope Widows banquet is Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  All Franklin County widows are welcome.  The luncheon is free but reservations are mandatory by Nov. 26 by calling 931-967-3333 Monday through Thursday before noon and asking for Melissa. 

Dec. 7

Ham and waffle breakfast

Everyone is invited to a country ham and waffle breakfast Dec. 7 from 7-10 a.m. at the Franklin County High School cafeteria. All you can eat is $10 with ages 4 and under free. Sponsored by Winchester Rotary Foundation, Winchester Noon Rotary, Fraternal Order of Police and the Herald Chronicle. Proceeds go to the Operation Noel toy drive.

Breakfast with Santa

 Enjoy breakfast with Santa Dec. 7 from 8-10:30 a.m. at O’Charley’s, 2367 Hillsboro Blvd. in Manchester. Proceeds benefit Isaiah 117 House.

Annual Cowan Christmas Parade

Cowan’s 55th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. with country music legend Brenda Lee as the grand marshal. Following the parade, a meet and greet with Brenda Lee will be held at Monterey Station. Refreshments will be provided by the Sweet Southern Spirit Bakery in Cowan.

Jam session

Free all-acoustic jam sessions held the first Saturday of each month from 6-9 p.m. at Franklin County Senior Center. Donations accepted.

Dec. 10

Blood drive

A Red Cross blood drive will be held Dec. 10 from 2:15-6:15 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 108 E. Grundy St., Tullahoma.

Dec. 12

Republican Ladies Christmas party

The Republican Ladies’ Christmas party is Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Moore-Cortner Event Center. The gift from the group will be money for bicycles for Franklin County children. Please join the Republican ladies for a festive night.  Ladies will provide refreshments.  

“Christmas Cars” movie screening with John Schneider

John Schneider, known for his role as Bo Duke in the Dukes of Hazzard TV show, will host a movie screening of his latest film, “Christmas Cars,” at the Oldham Theater Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Red carpet arrivals with Schneider and other cast members and guests start at 5 p.m. followed by a meet and greet for VIP ticket holders at 5:30 p.m. Doors for general admission open at 6 p.m. A question-and-answer session with Schneider follows the movie. Limited tickets are available and will not be sold at the box office. Order tickets at www..etix.com/ticket/p/2950818/john-schneiders-christmas-cars-screening-winchester-the-oldham-theatre.

Dec. 14

Free pancake breakfast

The Franklin County AM Rotary Club invites everyone to their annual free pancake breakfast at the First Baptist Church in Winchester Dec. 14 from 7-10 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, sausage and beverages as well as a live performance of Christmas music. Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the food. They are also asking participants to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Landyn and Levi Fill the Fire Truck Toy Drive.

Huntland Christmas parade

The Huntland Volunteer Fire Department will present the 27th annual Christmas Parade Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Assemble at Huntland School at 11 a.m. The theme is “Merry Christmas.” To enter in one of the following categories, emergency vehicles, clubs, churches, businesses, 4-wheelers and motorcycles, animals, tractors or animal-drawn vehicles, call Troy Gamble at 931-469-7592.

Tims Ford State Park’s Santa visit & Holiday Market

Tims Ford State Park’s Friends Group will host a Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the park’s recreation hall featuring eight vendors. The park’s Santa event will be held from 5-8 p.m. Activities will include a letter-writing station and refreshments table. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 5-7 p.m. Bring a camera for photos. Drop off completed gingerbread houses from 5-7 p.m. to be entered in the gingerbread house decorating contest. At 7:30 p.m., a park ranger will read “The Night Before Christmas” and gingerbread houses will be judged, with winners announced at the end of the story reading.  This free event is suitable for the entire family. Those planning to shop at the Holiday Market should bring cash.  

Wreaths Across America

The public is invited to help lay wreaths during a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. There are 59 wreaths to be laid, including one for a Revolutionary War soldier. Those who wish to sponsor a wreath for $15 may go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/150940.

Dec. 16

Lung cancer screening

The Breathe Easy lung coach will be parked at the Franklin County Library, 105 S. Porter St., Winchester, for lung cancer screenings on Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call for more information or to schedule an appointment at 423-495-5864. Walk-ins also welcome. 

Jan 1

New Year’s hike & Polar Plunge

Tims Ford State Park invites everyone to a free 0.8 mile New Year’s Day hike starting at 10 a.m. at the Lakeview Marina parking lot located in the main park. Hike on an easy, natural surface trail, which is good for children as well as dogs on a leash. A Polar Plunge event will follow to raise money for the park’s honeybee initiative. The Polar Plunge requires registration before Dec. 19 to be guaranteed a shirt. Registration costs for the Polar Plunge vary between $20 and $30. To register or for more information, visit the park’s Facebook page or website at tnstateparks.com/timsford.

Send events to lstacy@heraldchronicle.com by 10 a.m. each Tuesday.

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