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Week of Dec. 2

Santa Letters may be dropped off at the following locations:  Ray County Courthouse mail box is by the  Christmas tree in the lobby, or at the RIchmond News office.  All letters received by Friday morning will appear in the special Letter’s to Santa edition of the Richmond News.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. with weigh-in, Weight Watchers will meet at the Ray County Health Department, 820 E. Lexington St., Richmond.

At 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets at the United Christian Presbyterian Church, 501 N. Spartan Dr., Richmond.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

At 11:30 a.m., Richmond Kiwanis meets at the 19th Hole with social time beginning at 11:30 and meeting at noon.

At 4 p.m., American Legion will host bingo at the Ray County Veterans Building, 312 Clark St., Richmond. Doors open at 4 p.m. with the first game beginning at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the Ray County Community Arts Association will hold its monthly board meeting at the Eagleton Center in Richmond.  The meeting is open to the public. Anyone interested in contributing  ideas for events to bring to the community or to be involved in the RCCAA is welcome to join at any time. For more information, call 816-470-6710 or 816-803-4439.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

At 11 a.m., Ray County Retired Teachers and School Personnel Christmas Luncheon, Catrick’s Cafe, Lawson. Program will be by Glenn Dooley and Connie Andrews playing a dulcimer and autoharp.  Glenn is a member of the Prairie Dulcimer Club of KC.

From 6 to 8 p.m., First Baptist Church, Richmond will host Celebrate Recovery led by Mike Bliss.  For general information, 816-776-2296.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Beginning at 5:15 p.m., Sunrise Elementary singers perform at the lighting of the Mayor’s Tree at Richmond City Hall. The third annual Christmas Light Parade starts at City Hall at 6 p.m. and loops the Square. Ray County Salvation Army kicks off its Red Kettle drive, along with music by the Salvation Army band. Winners of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Extravaganza will be announced after the parade. Santa visits with area children after the parade inside the courthouse.

At 9 a.m., Connect with your well deserved VA Benefits.  Hearing problems? Agent oranged? Meetings will be held every Thursday at the Veterans Building on Clark St.  Contact Jim Rippy for more information at 816-739-9899.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

At 7 p.m., the Orrick Jam at the Orrick Community Center.  Country, gospel and bluegrass music.  For more information, call Rick 816-630-4773.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lexington Christmas Bazaar & Craft Show will be held at Lexington High School.  Hosted by Xi Lambida Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ray Lodge #223 A.F. & A.M. hosts its annual all-you-can-eat chili and soup day at the Masonic Hall in Camden. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Meal include pie and beverage. All are welcome.

At noon, Chapter CO of P.E.O. will have their Christmas luncheon at the 19th Hole.

From 4 to 8 p.m., Battle of Lexington State Historic Site will host a Victorian Christmas Open House at the Anderson House.  Enjoy Christmas goodies and Christmas carols on the piano.  The event is free to the public.

At 5:30 p.m., St. John CME Church will host a Fellowship Dinner and program.  Everyone is welcome, dinner is a  free will donation.

At 6 p.m., Knoxville Community Church will host a carry in dinner with music to follow provided by The Gorsett Family.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

At 7 p.m., Pisgah Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir will present “Joy of Every Longing Heart” Christmas Cantata. 1.5 miles east of Excelsior Springs on Hwy. 10.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

At 10 a.m.,  The youth of the Richmond United Methodist Church located at 212 West Main Street in Richmond will present the children’s Christmas Program during the regular worship service. Following the service refreshments will be served and there will be a visit from a special guest. For more information call 816-776-2122.

At 10:15 a.m., Pisgah Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir will present “Joy of Every Longing Heart” Christmas Cantata. 1.5 miles east of Excelsior Springs on Hwy. 10.

From noon to 5 p.m., Battle of Lexington State Historic Site will host a Victorian Christmas Open House at the Anderson House.  Enjoy Christmas goodies and Christmas carols by the piano.  The event is free to the public.

At 5:15 p.m., Santa Clause will be coming to town in Hardin along the top of a Hardin Fire Truck.  After his arrival he will be at the Hardin Fire Station from 6 to 8 p.m. to visit all the children.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. with weigh-in, Weight Watchers will meet at the Ray County Health Department, 820 E. Lexington St., Richmond.

At 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets at the United Christian Presbyterian Church, 501 N. Spartan Dr., Richmond.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

At 11:30 a.m., Richmond Kiwanis meets at the 19th Hole with social time beginning at 11:30 and meeting at noon.

At 4 p.m., American Legion will host bingo at the Ray County Veterans Building, 312 Clark St., Richmond. Doors open at 4 p.m. with the first game beginning at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

From 6 to 8 p.m., First Baptist Church, Richmond will host Celebrate Recovery led by Mike Bliss.  For general information, 816-776-2296.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

At 9 a.m., Connect with your well deserved VA Benefits.  Hearing problems? Agent oranged? Meetings will be held every Thursday at the Veterans Building on Clark St.  Contact Jim Rippy for more information 816-739-9899.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

At 10 a.m., The Richmond United Methodist Church located at 212 West Main Street in Richmond will present their Annual Christmas Cantata during the regular Sunday worship service at 10 a.m.. For more information call 816-776-2122.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

At 5:30 p.m., The Richmond United Methodist Church located at 212 West Main Street in Richmond will hold their Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service. The United Methodist Church has an open communion table, and all are welcome to receive. For more information call 816-776-2122.

Meeting times for Richmond AA and Al-Anon are:  Mondays noon and 8 p.m., Tuesdays noon and 8 p.m., Wednesdays at noon, Thursdays at noon, Fridays noon and 8 p.m. (open meetings), Saturdays noon and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. Open meetings include the first and third Fridays and at 6 p.m. Sunday Big Book Study. Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Both groups meet at 304 W. Franklin St., Richmond.

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