Published: 12/20/2018 9:29:18 AM
Modified: 12/20/2018 9:29:28 AM

Ongoing Projects:

2nd Annual Hat & Mitten Drive, through Dec. 21, at Hamshaw Lumber Inc., 68 New Athol Rd., Orange. For children and families in our community: new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves accepted. Proceeds to benefit Athol Salvation Army and Valuing Our Children who will distribute as needed. Hours: mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. 8-4; Sun. 9-2. Monetary donations welcome. Info: Blayne Calcari or Tyler Robideau. 978-544-8211 or

The Athol Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree Project. Tags for children bearing gender and age and item needed (toy or clothing and size) are available in local banks and Credit Unions, Nana’s Country Kitchen, and Adam’s Farm. Items (along with the original tag) may be returned to the place where it was obtained, or to the Salvation Army, 107 Ridge Ave., Athol.

Friday, Dec. 21

9:30 to 1 p.m. — Open house at the Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol. Food, music, pictorial history of the library. Winners of the Reading Into the Future Art Contest will be announced.

9:30 a.m. to noon — Story Walk: Story boards are set up in Millers River Park for people of all ages to read; afterward children can make a craft in the Children’s Library,  Athol Public Library. In inclement weather, the story is set up inside the library. This program is made possible by Valuing Our Children of Athol. No registration necessary.

7 p.m. — 3-card bingo, Athol-Orange Eagles, 99 Hapgood St., Athol. Doors open at 6, Braille cards available.

Saturday, Dec. 22

9 a.m to 2 p.m. — Athol Lions Club’s Last Chance Holiday Craft Fair, at the Athol High School, 2363 Main St. Numerous craft vendors, photos with Santa, Tin can auction, food. Proceeds support local community projects.  

Sunday, Dec. 23

2 p.m. — The Orange-Athol Community Chorus will perform Christmastime favorites in the Orange Town Hall. Free to community. Warm punch to follow. Directed by Theresa Bergquist; produced by Bergquist and Ann Reed.

Monday, December 24

10:30- 11:30 a.m — Baby and Me Storytime: For children birth to 36 months old. Songs, rhymes, bounces & a board book. Includes 45 minutes of informal playtime. Older and younger siblings are always welcome. All library programs are free. Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St, Orange. 978-544-2495

7 p.m. — Christmas on the Common Candlelight Service, hosted by the First Congregational Parish Unitarian, Petersham. Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. All Are welcome.

7 p.m. — Community Christmas Eve service at the Athol Congregational Church, 1225 Chestnut St., Athol. A family service of carols and candles.

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