Local Briefs: Special events coming up in Clinton County

Post 49 sets Annual Senior Citizens Dinner

WILMINGTON — For more than 30 years the members of Wilmington Veterans Post 49 and members of the local “American Legion Family” have provided a free holiday dinner for all Clinton County residents over the age of 60.

The first year, the members of the Post wanted to say thank you to the area World War II veterans and members of “The Greatest Generation.” As the years went by, the dinner became a community tradition. Now, with the number in that generation dwindling, the annual holiday feast has actually increased in attendance as the Vietnam War era population has come of age. The first year there were just over 100 dinners served. Four years ago the number of dinners served reached an all-time high of more than 600.

In the 1980s a few men and women prepared the meals and served them. Today, McCoy’s caters the meal and in addition many volunteers from the Post, WHS sports teams and local Boy Scout troops have assisted the guests with their meals.

This year’s Senior Citizens Dinner will be held Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Wilmington American Legion Post 49 home, 140 E. Locust St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fare will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables and delicious desserts provided by the ladies of Auxiliary Unit 49. A limited number of home deliveries are available for those seniors (age 60 or older) who are homebound.

Please call 937-382-2219 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays to arrange for delivery. It is not necessary that a one be a veteran to enjoy the “Legion Family’s” gift to all seniors in our area.

WC hosts program on holiday traditions

WILMINGTON — December is a time in which many persons of various faiths, ethnicities and nationalities observe holidays and special traditions.

Wilmington College is hosting a public program highlighting some of these religious, cultural and secular events Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center.

While Christmas is the central focus for most Americans, many also observe Christian Advent, the Jewish tradition of Chanukah and the now 50-year-old custom of observing Kwanzaa, among others. Also, Christmas is observed with traditions unique to various nationalities, which will be shared by some of the College’s international students.

The program is designed to offer a chance in which to learn about the holiday season from a number of perspectives.

Event sponsors include the campus organizations Black Student Initiative, International Club and Gay-Straight Alliance.

Pics with Santa and more at WNJ

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington News Journal’s annual Pictures with Santa will be held 3-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the newspaper offices at 761 S. Nelson Ave. Come see Santa and his helpers, and there will be other activities for the kids as well including, from 3-5 p.m., a fire engine and EMS helicopter (weather permitting).

Homespun Christmas in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — Homespun Christmas will be in downtown Wilmington Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1-5 p.m. Homespun Christmas is a great opportunity to visit private homes, area businesses and select venues in Wilmington for handcrafted items and gifts. Many specials are being offered at participating businesses. Over 60 crafters will all be under one roof on Saturday only at Denver Place Elementary School. For more info, call 937-725-5868.

Santa and more coming to Blanchester

BLANCHESTER — Blanchester’s annual Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8-11 a.m. at the municipal building, 318 E. Main St. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted to benefit the Blanchester Food Pantry. The event is sponsored by Blanchester Parks & Recreation with the help of donations from businesses and individuals.

Also, a free movie — The Peanuts Movie — will be shown at 11:30 p.m. at the Blanchester Movie Theatre (and non-perishable food for the pantry will also be accepted). Also that day, Crafts at the Library will be 2-3:30 p.m., and Half Pint Soda Shoppe & Family Fun Center will be 4-5 p.m. with free play on games and crafts for the entire family.

Santa scheduled for New Vienna

NEW VIENNA — Santa Claus Is Coming To Town at the New Vienna Community Center Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy a Christmas bazaar, music, fun and games for all. 937-987-2092. The event is free.

Sabina Council meeting changed

SABINA — The Village of Sabina Council meeting regularly scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.