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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:00 pm

Dessert Night Saturday

The Friends of the Sunsites Library will hold its annual fundraiser/membership drive Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunsites Community Center. Tickets for the event and raffle tickets for our giant baskets valued at more than $200 each may be purchased in advance or at the door. 

The occasion will be filled with delicious desserts, music, drawings and an auction. Come join the fun!

For additional information, call (520) 826-3866. 

 Grief support group begins

 Willcox United Methodist Church and Westlawn Chapel and Mortuary are sponsoring a weekly Grief Support group which will start Dec. 11 at the church at 7 p.m., for 13 weeks in the church Conference Room just off the Sanctuary. 

This is an ecumenical support group and people of all faith traditions are welcome to come. 

There is a one-time cost of $10 for the workbook for each participant.  Call Pastor Bob Cutlipp with questions at 520-253-0027. To register, call the church office phone 520-384-3482

Relief drive for Philippines

The chilling aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has left thousands of people in despair. While damages to affected cities have been accounted for as 80-90 percent, the people are distraught and are badly in need of assistance. 

With the holiday season around the corner, the Filipino community of Cochise County asks your kindness to donate money which will be used as relief measures for those in need of assistance in Leyte and Northern Cebu, Philippines.

Donations will be made to various organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, Help Merida Campaign and MSY Foundation. 

You can donate money at the Willcox Historic Theater Preservation or visit these websites for donations: crs.org; http://www.msyholdings.com/csr.php ; or send using Paypal to cmcm_martinez@yahoo.com

Money collected will go toward buying relief measures for items needed urgently such as: temporary shelter, food, drinking water, medicine and blankets.

The communities support is greatly appreciated. 

Dance recital Saturday

Encore Dance Academy presents “Shaking Up Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Willcox High School Auditorium. 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted for the Charles Wm Leighton Jr. Hospice. 

Donate food for Christmas 

Knights of Columbus will be doing Christmas baskets again this year!

The Willcox community has been such a big support in the past and we need your help again this year.  We will be in the back of Sacred Heart Church, 215 W. Maley St., after each Saturday and Sunday Mass.

We appreciate the donation of canned and boxed items.  In the last week we may need perishables, we will let you know.  

Also, we can do so much with money donations to help those who need a better Christmas.  

If you know of anyone in need of help for Christmas, give the name to the Knights who are in the back of the Church.

For further information, contact Chuck Broeder at (520) 384-3732. 

Grief support Dec. 18 

A Grief Support Group will be held from 4 p.m., to 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Charles W. Leighton Jr. Hospice Office, 524 W. Maley Street, Willcox.

The group is free and open to anyone who is experiencing the loss of a loved one.

For further information, contact Cathi Juanmijo, LMSW, at (520) 384-5878. 

Willcox DPS’ Toys 4 Tots

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Willcox Department of Public Safety will again host the Annual Willcox Toys 4 Tots campaign for 2013. Last year, thanks to the generosity of many, the Toys 4 Tots provided toys and other gift items to hundreds of children in our community who would have otherwise been unable to experience the joy of receiving gifts during the holiday season.

Please join us this year to help make a Christmas wish come true for the less fortunate children of Willcox by donating an unwrapped toy or by giving a monetary donation to the Willcox Department of Public Safety. 

Monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Willcox Department of Public Safety, Attention Officer Dale Hadfield or Detective David Reno, 320 W. Rex Allen Drive, Willcox, AZ 85643. Toy donations will be collected at various business locations in Willcox in addition to the Willcox Department of Public Safety and the City Hall building at 101 S. Railroad Ave.

Toys 4 Tots Applications for children ages one to 12 years of age can be picked up at the Willcox Department of Public Safety and must be returned by Monday, Dec. 16.

Contact Officer Dale Hadfield or Detective David Reno at (520) 384-4673, or Penney Bell at (520) 766-4231. 

Christmas 

Caroling Dec. 21

Calling All Christmas Carolers: Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m., everyone in Willcox, who likes to go Christmas Caroling, is invited to join in and sing to our whole town, door to door.  There must be many out there who miss that old fashioned way of spreading Christmas Cheer. 

KTs Market has welcomed the carolers to park in their parking lot (away from the store fronts, please) and we will set out from there. Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing.  All carolers are invited into KTs Market at 6:30 p.m. for hot chocolate (mix donated by Willcox Real Estate Company) at the end of event.  

There will be a low-trailer, hayride to transport from neighborhood to neighborhood.  All ages welcome. We will accommodate anyone who wants to participate in anyway, even for a short portion of the evening.  

For further information and to RSVP, call (520) 384-2838  during business hours, or call 507-1880 the day of the event.

Build your own telescope   

Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, is returning to Willcox to teach us more about astronomy. This time we will be learning how to build and operate a telescope. Dr. Manning will give us an introduction of telescope types, function, performance, and accessories.  This introduction should help participants choose a telescope wisely. 

Then, a detailed description of steps in constructing your own powerful telescope will be enhanced with clear illustrations and numerous photographs taken throughout the entire process A-Z.  It’s so easy, a 3rd grader can do this! Following the presentation, a model telescope just like the one you can build will be set up outdoors for viewing the Moon, the rings of Saturn and other beautiful objects in the night sky, weather permitting. 

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. for a wonderful galactic experience at the Elsie S. Hogan Community Library. For more info call the library at 766-4250 or stop by. We are located at 100 N. Curtis Ave., in Willcox. 

   

Food Pantry food drive

Once again, it is time to think of our community during the holidays. The Willcox Community Food Pantry will be conducting a drive for donations of food and money.

“We challenge you and your friends, co-workers and family members to each donate five pounds of food. Our goal is to reach 15,000 pounds. We have a pledge of 1,000 pounds... can you meet or beat it?” said Nell Worden, Director, of the Willcox Community Food Pantry.

“This year has been and will continue to be a financial burden for many folks. Thank you for considering our challenge. We appreciate your continuing support,” she added. 

Holiday kettle bell ringers

The Willcox Salvation Army is asking for bell ringer volunteers to assist with holiday kettle collections.

Our local Willcox chapter of the Salvation Army is self-funded through donations provided from individuals and businesses within our community. During the holiday season and winter months, the Salvation Army is called upon the most to assist those in need. The donations received though our holiday kettles are critical in providing emergency assistance to individuals and families in need.

This is a great opportunity for individuals, families, organizations and local groups to give something valuable to your community...your time.

If you would like to volunteer for the Salvation Army, please contact Penney Bell at (520) 766-4231.

Donate to Good Sam Center 

Do you know a family or individual in need? The Good Samaritan Center is an outreach program devoted to getting clothes, furniture, and house wares to members of the community who require assistance. Several local church communities support the Good Samaritan Center. 

The center is accepting donations for clothing, furniture and house wares. If you are packing up summer clothes that are too small for your family or no longer needed, please feel free to donate to the Good Samaritan Center. The biggest need is boys and men’s clothing. 

The Good Samaritan Center will also be the distribution center for the WASA coat drive. If you need a coat or have coats you would like to donate, please drop the items at the center. 

The Center is at 150 W. Jessie (behind the Dairy Queen) Hours for donations will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 19-20, and Sept. 26-27, or any Thursday and Friday. Questions? Call 520-766-4357. ce. 

St. Anne’s 

fund-raiser  

St. Anne’s Society of Sacred Heart Church in Willcox is having a raffle for a hand painted wooden nativity set.  The tickets are $1 each or six for $5.  They may be purchased after Mass every Saturday or Sunday or from the parish office, 315 W. Maley St. 

The nativity set will also be on display at the Willcox Western Christmas Festival,  at the Willcox Community Center, on Dec. 6-7, and tickets will be on sale at that time also.  The drawing will be on Sunday, Dec. 8, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church.  Proceeds go to St. Anne’s Society.

NCNH Angel Tree program  

Angels are real! Each year the community has the opportunity to reach out to others and assist those less fortunate. The nursing home is one place that opportunity occurs for the people of this great community. Come by the Northern Cochise Nursing Home at 901 W. Rex Allen Dr. and pick up an angel, then share with the residents at their Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 20.

‘Stranger in a Manger’ show  

The annual Christmas musical program, by the Joanne Todd Christian School, entitled “Stranger in a Manger,” starts at 6 p.m., Thursday,  Dec. 19, in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 321 W. Maley St., Willcox. The program is directed by Bonnie Diehl.

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