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december datebook

Throughout December
Christmas Tree Sales, the Optimist Club of Jonesboro will be hosting its annual Christmas tree sale through Dec. 24 or until trees are sold out, to benefit the club’s youth programs, NEA Fairgrounds. Info: Sharon Petersen, 930-6866.
JA Calendar Sales, the 2009 provisional class of Junior Auxiliary is selling calendars highlighting the projects of J.A. to benefit a project at the Women’s Crisis Center, $15, available at J. Christopher, Froggie’s Full Sun, Moxie, Interior Design Plus/Pitter Patter, Courtney Fitzwater Photography, The Medicine Shoppe, Weinfields, The UPS Store and Super V Drug Store.

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Annual Holiday Poinsettias, pre-orders being taken now, to benefit The Woman’s Discovery Center in partnership with Hughey’s Nursery, three-plant poinsettias in a basket can be picked up at the center or delivered in-town, $50, estimated to arrive the first week of December. Info: 933-9939.

Friday, Dec. 4
Christmas Open Houses, downtown businesses, restaurants and galleries will be open for Downtown Jonesboro Association’s annual open houses, 5-9 p.m. Info: 336-1454.
Christmas Festival of Chairs, a silent auction of chairs painted by local artists will be available for silent bidding at downtown merchants, to benefit CASA, 5-9 p.m. Info: Barbara McMorries, 935-1099.
Mistletoe Madness, the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, dozens of gift and craft vendors, wine tasting and cheese with exclusive shopping, $15, to benefit Cardiology Associates Foundation and Clopton Clinic Charitable Foundation, 2016 S. Caraway Road in the former Steinmart building, 6-9 p.m. Tickets online at www.arkheartfoundation.org or Enhancements Boutique.

Saturday, Dec. 5
Third Annual Celebrity Bell Ringers, local celebrities, athletes, government officials and musicians will ring bells for the Salvation Army red kettles at Walmart, J.C. Penney, Dillards, Kroger, Sams, Hobby Lobby and K Mart from
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: Suzy Robinson, 897-3021.
Mistletoe Madness, the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, dozens of gift and craft vendors, $7, to benefit Cardiology Associates Foundation and Clopton Clinic Charitable Foundation, Sat. and Sun. pass $10, 2016 S. Caraway Road in the former Steinmart building, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets online at www.arkheartfoundation.org or Enhancements Boutique.
Golf Ball Drop, purchase chances to win $1,000 (1 for $5 or 3 for $10) and one free chance for each Christmas tree purchased, to benefit the programs of the Optimist Club of Jonesboro, purchase from Nov. 27 until Dec. 5, event held at 3 p.m. at the NEA Fairgrounds. Info: Sharon Petersen, 930-6866.

Sunday, Dec. 6
Mistletoe Madness, the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, dozens of gift and craft vendors, $7, to benefit Cardiology Associates Foundation and Clopton Clinic Charitable Foundation, Sat. and Sun. pass $10, 2016 S. Caraway Road in the former Steinmart building, 1-4 p.m. Tickets online at www.arkheartfoundation.org or Enhancements Boutique.

Monday, Dec. 7
March of Dimes Holiday Volunteer Banquet, to celebrate volunteers making a difference in the lives of Arkansas babies and their families, Crowley’s Ridge Room of the Holiday Inn, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info: Melissa Gann, 932-0300.

Thursday, Dec. 10
Business After Hours, hosted by the ASU College of Business, sponsored by Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, 5-6:30 p.m. Info: 932-6691.
Duck Classic Banquet, dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions, ASU Armory, 6 p.m., duck hunt Friday morning. Info: Kim Provost, 934-5101.

Saturday, Dec. 12
Winter Floral Arrangements Workshop, master florist Laura Barkley will guide you through creating a winter arrangement with a hint of the outdoors, $10 donation is suggested, must be 18 years or older, Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required, 933-6787 or lgelkins@agfc.state.ar.us.

Wednesday, Dec. 16
Jonesboro’s Most Wanted Holiday Red Carpet Event, local community leaders and business leaders must post bail or be “locked-up” for an hour to serve their sentence, to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association, visit “jailbirds” and make donations at Outback Steakhouse, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: Danielle Chapman, 901-748-3036.

december culture

Dec 1-22
The Toymaker’s Apprentice, the toy shop is a magical, extraordinary place when the master toymaker Gideon takes on two apprentices, promising to give the job to the one that creates the best toy, The Circuit Playhouse, 1705 Poplar Avenue, Memphis. Tickets: 901-726-4656.
Narnia, enter the magical wardrobe as Playhouse on the Square presents the musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Playhouse on the Square, 51 South Cooper Street, Memphis. Tickets: 901-726-4656.

Dec 3-5
ASU Madrigal Feaste, presented by the ASU University Choirs in the style of Merrie Olde England, with costumes, decorations, comedy and fanfare, Fowler Center Grand Hall, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: 972-2781.

Dec 3-6
Willy Wonka, directed by Michelle Moss, with Jo Brinkle as music director and Jeff Clack as technical director, presented by Valley View Fine Arts Center, tickets $8 adults, $5 children 2-12, purchase and print tickets at www.showtix4u.com, Dec. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Info: 932-3737 ext143.

Dec 4-23
A Christmas Carol, the soul of a miser and the life of a young boy are both saved in this perennial Dickens holiday favorite, Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext., Memphis. Tickets: 901-682-8323.

Dec 5
Home for the Holidays, a Memphis tradition continues with a concert featuring the Memphis Symphony Chorus and music director candidate Alastair Willis, presented by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis, 8 p.m. Tickets: 901-537-2525.

Dec 5-8
The Nutcracker Ballet, sugar plum fairies, snow queens and Clara’s Nutcracker Prince, all in one great holiday tradition, presented by The Foundation of Arts, The Forum, Dec. 5, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets: 935-2726.

Dec 8
The Blind Boys of Alabama will present their Christmas show: Go Tell it on the Mountain at the ASU Fowler Center, 7:30 p.m. For more than 60 years, the group has performed soul gospel music with haunting falsettos and vibrant, muscular harmonies. Tickets: 972-2781.

Dec 10
Amahl and the Night Visitors, presented by the Jonesboro Music Club, with music provided by the Polish Orchestra, First United Methodist Church, 7 p.m. Info: Pat Qualls, pqharp@gmail.com

Dec 12
Sara Jo RoArk is back with friends to perform at Word and AfterWords, 201 Spring Street, Hardy, 7-9 p.m. Reservations are recommended. 870-856-5579.

Dec 15-20
The Wizard of Oz, you’ll know you’re not in Kansas any more from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you Over the Rainbow in this timeless production, featuring the classic songs and beloved characters, The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, Dec. 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at 8 p.m., Dec. 19 at 2 and 8 p.m., Dec. 20 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets: 901-525-3000.

Just for KIDS!


Read a book with Ms. Claus
Ms. Claus will host storytime at Barnes & Noble on Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at 10:30 a.m.; Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.; and Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at 4 p.m., Call 336-2549 for more information.

Visit a Winter Wonderland
Jonesboro’s beloved Winter Wonderland will be open for the holiday season on Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and18 from 5:30-8 p.m. and on Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 4-8 p.m., with Santa’s arrival each night at 6 p.m. Call 932-6691 for more information.

Join in the Parade
Jonesboro’s annual Christmas parade will march down Main Street on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Join Santa for an early visit to Jonesboro
Santa Claus will arrive at the Jonesboro Public Library for a special storytime at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Santa will also be available afterwards for pictures. Info: 935-5133.

Let’s Go Green for Christmas!
A musical presentation by the third and fourth graders from Health, Wellness and Environmental Studies Magnet School on Monday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. Info: Elizabeth Rouse, 933-5800.