Community Calendar

Friday, Dec. 4

An inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Lawrence County Civic Center in Monticello. The Christmas story from the Bible will be told by Pastor Jay Thompson of New Life Church in Monticello. Christmas carols will be sung, and there will be several other festivities taking place. Hot cocoa and treats will be served by New Life concessions, with all proceeds going to the Bread of Life Food Pantry. To participate or volunteer to help with the event, call 601-320-3778.

Saturday, Dec. 5

The Town of New Hebron will hold its annual Christmas parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The theme is “Christmas Is a time for Healing and Love.”All veterans will be honored on parade day and are encouraged to ride the Town’s float with Town officials. Entry forms for floats, cars/trucks, or novelty entries may be picked up at City Hall, obtained online at Town of New Hebron’s Facebook page, or call City Hall at 601-694-2115. Line-up will start at noon at New Hebron Attendance Center. Horses will line up at the east end of Main Street at the old wood yard for the second pass of the parade after Santa.

The Monticello Christmas parade will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The theme is “A Different Kind of Christmas.” Entry forms are available for pickup at the Lawrence County Courthouse, Plain and Fanci, and Monticello City Hall. Entry deadline is Thursday, Dec. 3. For more information, contact Leigh Ann Reeves at 601-587-3007.

Saturday, Dec. 12

The Southwest Chapter of ABATE will have their Annual Toy Run for the Dickerson Place at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12. The group will meet in Walmart parking lot in Brookhaven and be led through downtown by Santa on their way to deliver gifts. All motorcycles and vehicles are welcome. For more information, contact Carmen Hill at 601-754-8560.