The Historic Sheridan Inn will offer a chance to walk through their gathering group of fully decorated live and artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and other decorations which will be available in the silent and live auctions at the Festival of Trees. Come enjoy the sites of Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7. The walk-through is free and open to the public. The Inn is located at 856 N. Broadway St. For more information or to donate a tree contact Angel Yager at 763-7230. Information on the Festival of Trees auction will be available in future editions of The Sheridan Press.
The Kalif Shrine will present their annual Christmas party Dec. 7.
All kids are welcome to enjoy free hot dogs and chips, soft drinks, gifts and a visit from Santa.
The party will start at 2 p.m. at 145 W. Loucks St.
The Dog and Cat shelter will host their annual Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cottonwood Center, Shirley McPheeters of FFF Photography will take pictures of your pets with Santa.
Pictures are $10 and all proceeds benefit the shelter.
The Cottonwood is located at 1949 Sugarland Drive.
For more information contact the shelter at 674-7694.
The Sheridan College Museum of Discovery and Science Kids will host December’s Science Saturday on Dec. 7. Science Saturday offers free admission to the museum for the entire community. This month the museum is featuring Caesar the Allosaurus. You can meet the new addition to the museum from 10 a.m. to noon on the second floor of the Edward A. Whitney Academic Atrium. Sheridan College is located at 3059 Coffeen Ave. For more information please contact Sarah Mentock at 763-0976 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dig out your ugly sweaters and gather your teams for a Christmas scavenger hunt.
On Saturday from 5:30-9 p.m. a city wide scavenger hunt will be held, starting at 118 W. Fifth St.
The cost is $20 per team if preregistered or $30 at the door.
Each participant must also bring a white elephant Christmas gift.
Each team must be able to fit all of their participants in one vehicle.
Points will be awarded for the scavenger hunt, the best costume, the ugliest sweater and the best team.
Gifts with then be selected starting with those with the highest total points.
Christmas treats will be served and Christmas team photos will be taken.
To register call Lorrie at 752-4207.
The 21st annual Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for all Special Olympics, will take place Saturday from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Historic Sheridan Inn located at 856 Broadway St. Decorated trees of all sizes, both live and artifical, as well as carvings, wreaths and ornaments will be auctioned off. A wide range of gift items will also be available for purchase. The evening includes a cocktail hour, a dinner catered by Killy’s Deli, bucket raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $30 per person and trees purchases include delivery and set-up. Group tables of eight or more are $300 and include additional perks. All proceeds help pay for uniforms, equipment and expenses involved in attending the various Special Olympics events. For more information and to get tickets contact Angel Yager at 763-7230. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The Sheridan County Public Libraries will be offering “Food for Fines” amnesty week from Sunday through Dec. 14. Library users who have outstanding fines or those with long overdue items can return their materials and have up to $2 in fines forgiven for each food item donated. All four library locations are participating. The program is only applicable to overdue fines and will not be applied toward damage materials, replacement cards or other costs. Donated food will be distributed to local food banks in Sheridan and Story. For more information contact Cameron Duff at 674-8585 extension 12.
The 23rd annual Community Holiday Dinner will be held on Dec. 8 at the Holiday Inn.
Everyone is invited to come enjoy Santa, live music, gifts for the children and a hot meal from 4-7 p.m.
The free dinner is open to everyone in the community and has seen over 1,000 people attend in years past.
Though the dinner is free, tickets are required and are available now at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, the Department of Family Services, Sheridan Health Center, Holiday Inn, Holy Name Thrift Shop, Lunch Together Soup Kitchen, the Salvation Army, Sheridan Senior Center, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at the Red Door and Warehouse Market.
Free transportation to the dinner is available by calling the Sheridan Senior Center at 674-9272.
The Holiday Inn is located at 1809 Sugarland Dr.
Those wanting to make a contribution to the community event can contact Erin DeFries or Mark Demple for more information at 674-7600.
Board of County Commissioners Staff Meeting Mon. 9 a.m. Second floor Commissioner’s Library, #216 Sheridan County Courthouse addition 224 S. Main St. • Call to order • Staff reports • Adjourn
Though “Jentel Presents” was cancelled due to weather last Tuesday, the artists in residence would still like the community to pay them a visit. On Monday from 10 a.m. to noon the Jentel Foundation will offer an informal studio tour. For more information call Lynn Reeves at 737-2311 or see www.jentelarts.org. The studio is located at 130 Hamilton-Big Red Rd, Banner.
The Story Library will host a discussion series titled “Americans on the Outside” starting in September.
This series will look at stories about the often unrecognized people in our country who live outside the mainstream of culture.
These novels encourage readers to see themselves through the eyes of fellow Americans who don’t, for various reasons, “fit in.”
The discussion group will meet one Monday a month from September through December at 6:30 p.m. at the Story Library.
The discussions will be moderated by Norleen Healy.
Books in this series are:
Sept. 9 discussion — Bone by Fay Myenne Ng
Oct. 7 discussion — Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
Nov. 4 discussion — Bronx Primitive by Kate Simon
Dec. 9 discussion — A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
The books are available for checkout at the Story Library.
For more information contact Jo Elliott at 683-2922.
Sheridan College’s Center for Workforce and Community Education and the American Association of Community Colleges are presenting a series of classes for people age 50 and over.
Classes will be held the second Tuesday of each month starting in September and ending in June.
The class schedule is:
• Dec. 10 — time management
• Jan. 14 — basic computers
• Feb. 11 — basics of Microsoft Word
• March 11 — writing attention-grabbing resumes
• April 8 — successful interviews
• May 13 — critical thinking
• June 10 — providing “wow” customer service
All classes are free and will be held from 8-11 a.m. at Sheridan College Main Street, 171 N. Main St. Pre-registration is required.
Call 674-6446, ext. 4501, for more information or to register.
Ranchester Planning Commission Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Rescheduled date for meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 3 Ranchester Town Hall 145 Coffeen St., Ranchester • Meeting commence • Discuss annexation of Spirit Ridge Subdivision, Lot 2 • Adjourn
An artists’ reception for the annual SAGE Members Winter Show will be held Dec. 12 at the Sagebrush Art Center.
The show at the SAGE Exhibit Gallery inside Sheridan College Main Street is open now and runs through Dec. 30.
The reception will run from 5:30-7 p.m.
The public is invited and refreshments will be served.
For more information contact the center at 674-1970.
The gallery is located at 171 N. Main St.