The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center is taking orders for fresh yeast rolls at $5 per dozen. Call 479787-5950 and order now for Thanksgiving dinner. Orders will be taken through Monday, Nov. 19. Orders may be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 21, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Center, 1870 Limekiln Road, in Gravette. All proceeds go to the Meals on Wheels program that serves homebound seniors in the Gravette, Decatur, Hiwasse, Sulphur Springs and Maysville areas.
The annual Christmas baked goods sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the lobby of the Bank of Gravett, on Gravette Main Street. Proceeds will go to benefit Project Prom, a fun, safe and free afterprom event for Gravette students.
The city of Gravette will hold its Christmas parade at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, on Main Street. The theme of this year’s parade is “Sounds of the Season,” and awards will be given for the entry with the best use of lights, the most festive entry and for the best use of the theme. Following the parade, a celebration will be held at the Gravette Historical Museum, 503 Charlotte Street S.E., with free hot dogs, cookies and hot cocoa. Teams from the Gravette Police Department and Gravette Fire Department will compete in a chili cookoff. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the children and Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Kindley are scheduled to make an appearance.
The Gentry Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas parade, with a theme of “Christmas Around the World,” is set to be held on Gentry’s Main Street at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. For more information on the parade or how to enter, contact the Gentry Chamber office at 479-736-2358.
Melinda McGlasson, an international Christian recording artist, will speak and perform at a special Christmas concert to be held at First Baptist Church in Gentry at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. All are welcome and invited.
A walk-through live nativity will again be held at Ozark Adventist Academy from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. The nativity scene offers visitors a journey back in time to the streets of Bethlehem and to Calvary. A fully-costumed cast of more than 100 people, as well as animals and live music, is planned to bring the story of Christ’s birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection to life. Golf carts will be available for those unable to walk through the settings. Refreshments will be served. Non-perishable food items will be collected to be given to those in need through the food pantry at Total Life Community Center, located just south side of Gentry on Arkansas Highway 59.
Gentry TOPS AR113, a non-profit group which promotes healthy weight loss, meets every Monday at the First Christian Church Fellowship Room, Second and Giles, with a weigh in at 2:15 p.m. and the meeting at 3 p.m. There is a small fee to join but the first meeting is free.
First Baptist Church, located at 213 E. Roller Avenue in Decatur, holds a community food pantry on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the church at 479-752-3514.
The Decatur United Methodist Church Food Pantry is open the first and third Thursday evening of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and offers food boxes to Decatur residents. All that is needed is a valid identification, a utility bill or piece of mail showing an address in the 72722 ZIP code area. Also available is a USDA commodity program to residents of Decatur and other communities without a commodity program. The commodity program requires income information. For more information, stop by the church during food pantry hours.
The GFA food pantry at the First Assembly of God in Gentry is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The church partners with the NWA Food Bank and Rural Compassion to receive food to be given away, including canned goods, fresh vegetables, bread, milk and dairy products, eggs and meats. Other items such as toilet paper, shampoo, cleaning products and baby supplies are also available as supplies last. Clients are asked to call for an appointment. For more information, or to make an appointment to receive food assistance, call 479-736-8415.
The Gravette Lions Club meets at 12:15 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center, 1870 Limekiln Road, in Gravette. The Gentry Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the McKee Community Room in Gentry Public Library. New members are welcome and invited.
VFW Post 9834 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Guests are welcome.
Tired Iron of the Ozarks antique engine and tractor club meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the club’s show grounds, located at 13344 Taylor Orchard Road in Gentry. For more information, visit the club’s website at tiredironofthe ozarks.org.
The Gravette Kiwanis Club holds breakfast meetings at 7 a.m. each Friday at the cafeteria inside Ozarks Community Hospital. Guests are welcome.
Gravette American Legion, Post 25, meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Civic Center. All veterans are welcome. Persons interested in joining the American Legion, and especially Post 25, may contact the Gravette post at P.O. Box 476, Gravette, AR 72736.
Monthly singing services at Falling Springs Church are held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The church is located northwest of Gentry and west of Decatur on Falling Springs Road.
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