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Country Dairy to host literacy event Dec. 3
 John Cavanagh

United Way of the Lakeshore is very excited about its Country Dairy Early Literacy event scheduled for Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 3-6 p.m. at the Country Dairy in New Era.

Organizers said they are so grateful to the Country Dairy family for hosting this event and being a Match Sponsor for the Dolly Parton Imagination Program in Oceana County.

Children and their families can explore farm-themed interest centers and participate in interacting storytelling activities and puppet shows in the “Moo School”! Families can enroll their children in the Dolly Parton Imagination Program, and pick up tips and resources about interactive reading with their children. Read Early Read Often books will be available and one organizers will bring 30 copies of “How to Read a Story.” Information about the book can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th-oWsNXvJ8

The St. Vincent’s Church Dance is back
 John Cavanagh

Tickets are now available for the St. Vincent’s Church Christmas Dance to be Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Pentwater.

Music from 8 -11 p.m. will be provided by Skeleton Crew from Ludington.

Organizers welcome and encourage community members and friends to attend. Whether you dance or just want to come and enjoy the meal and music and visit, this is a fun way to start the Christmas season.

Tickets are $15 each. BYOB, mixers and hot sandwiches will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass: names ending in A – H, Appetizer; I – Q, Salad; R – Z, Dessert.

Unwrapped gifts for the “Bring a Smile to a Child Toy Drive” will be collected.

Purchase tickets at Storybook Village in downtown Pentwater, open daily, or call Jim Henley, 231-869-2519, or Lindsay Blamer, 231-233-8224. Ticket sales are limited.

Advent Market and Craft Fair

St. Vincent’s will also be hosting their 7th annual Advent Market and Craft Fair, Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Church hall at 637 E. Sixth St. in Pentwater. Lunch, featuring Cubano sandwiches and homemade soup, will be served during the market and provided by the Knights of Columbus. Meal donations accepted.

31st annual Lights of Love tree lighting Dec. 5
 John Cavanagh

The Lights of Love tree lighting celebration will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 for the 31st year at the north entrance of Mercy Health Partners Lakeshore Campus in Shelby.

This annual celebration gives the community an opportunity to pause to remember or honor someone special to them during the busy holiday season.

A new metal tree has been designed to replace the banner used in previous years. A suggested donation of $5 places a name on a handcrafted ornament on the tree in the lobby as well as lighting a bulb on the outdoor tree. The names of those remembered or honored will be displayed on the tree in the month of December. Names and donations received through Dec. 5 will be on the tree the night of the event. Those received later will be added to the tree.

Forms for names and donations are available in the lobby of the hospital, Lakeshore Campus, Mercy Health at 72 S. Michigan Ave.

All proceeds will be used toward the purchase of a SR555 Stand-On Scale which provides features for quick and easy operation. It also will provide additional ease and patient safety with a step on base and wrap around rails.

The Oceana community is invited to join in the celebration followed by music by the Shelby High School instrumental group in the lobby and refreshments in the hospital cafeteria.

This event is sponsored by Mercy Health Lakeshore Hospital Guild. For more information, please call the hospital at 231-861-2156.