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Friday, November 20

Lumen Christi Merry & Bright 46th Annual Auction.  The Merry & Bright Silent Auction is now underway.  There are many great items to bid on.  Register at lumen20.givesmart.com.  Take a look around the “In Town and Around” section, which includes gift certificates for delicious baked goods and services for local businesses.  The silent auction is open through Friday, November 20 at 9 PM.  On Friday, watch the livestream from 8 PM to 9 PM for live auction items and many surprises.

ARTitude Holiday Marketplace.  The highly anticipated pop-up holiday marketplace in Downtown Jackson will be open November 20th through December 24th.  There will be a variety of gifts for purchase from local and outside vendors. Be looking for handmade jewelry, cards, ornaments and other unique holiday gifts. Support local and support #artsinjackson!  With retail still open at a 30% capacity, please #MASKUP and practice social distancing!  135 West Cortland Street (former Vermeulen’s), downtown Jackson.  Hours:  Tuesday thru Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Virtual Auction.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County presents their Virtual Auction, running between November 13 and 20, 2020 – ONLINE  at bbbsjacksonauction.org/.  There are too many exciting raffle and auction items to mention!  Visit the virtual auction, get registered, and bid!  Sponsored by Tripp’s Collision Center and Level 1 Bank.  The auction concludes with a Davis Drive-Thru Dinner on November 20.  More info at 517-784-7181.  “Big” Brisket dinner & dessert picked up at Gene Davis, 3375 Francis St., Jackson 49201, November 20th, between 5:00-7:00pm *Vegetarian dinner available.

Jackson and the Roaring 20s.  Propelled by events of the previous decade, Jackson, Michigan roared through the 1920s, experiencing lasting modifications to its social and physical appearance. Jackson & The Roaring 20s, a new exhibition on view from November 14 – October 17, 2021 at Ella Sharp Museum explores stories of the decade and their enduring significance in the community.  Developed by Ella Sharp Museum, The Jackson & The Roaring 20s exhibit draws from three different timelines in Jackson: events of the 1910s, the transition into the 1920s, and the lasting effects through the 1920s and into the future. With the focus on Jackson, the timeline will feature culture, life, and technology. Visitors will learn more specifically about Jackson saloons, brewery history, shifts in pop-culture, women of the 1920s, industries, technology, political and cultural tensions, and a larger look at the visible changes that took place during the decade.  Jackson & The Roaring 20s was developed as a supplement to the traveling exhibit Spirited: Prohibition in America. Spirited now open at Ella Sharp Museum and explores the era of prohibition when Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages.

Saturday, November 21

The Voice of Soulful Folk-Pop.  8 PM.  The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is  thrilled to be bringing Joshua Davis to our virtual stage Saturday night. Over the past twenty years, Michigan-based Davis has honed an impressive range of skills – songwriter, band leader, guitarist, and vocalist among them. Since his appearance as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”, Davis has been churning out an album a year. He’s investing himself in the American musical diaspora and has explored the common thread connecting folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and country forms – discovering his personal perspective as a composer in the process.  The Joshua Davis concert will be a Facebook Live event accessible through Joshua’s Facebook page, and the JSO’s Facebook page. No tickets are required, but you will have the opportunity to make a donation during the concert.  8 PM.

Free Food Distribution.  The Dungytreei Heritage Foundation is on the move to help end hunger by bringing a mobile food pantry distribution to provide for our community.  Every third Saturday, 12:00-2:00 p.m.  Oasis of Love Full Gospel Church (parking lot), 800 S. Cooper Street, Jackson.  You will be able to pick up free food such as, meat, nutritious produce, and more! Simply drive up and a volunteer will load your vehicle for you. If you are homebound and/or if transportation is an issue and you need delivery, please don’t hesitate to call (517) 240-3511.


Sunday, November 22

Wreaths Across America Wreath Sales.  This year, St. John Cemetery will host its fourth annual National Wreaths Across America Day ceremony virtually. The virtual ceremony will be held on December 19th at 12 PM on the St. John Catholic Cemetery Facebook page.  The veteran wreaths will be laid privately.  Coordinated by local volunteers, St. John Cemetery is raising money to purchase 2,300 remembrance wreaths to place on the graves of our veterans.  If you would like to sponsor a wreath for $15, visit jacksoncemetery.org or make a check payable to Wreaths Across America and sent to St. John Cemetery, 403 E. South Street, Jackson, MI 49203.  For more information, call 517-783-1728.

2020 Adopt-A-Family Presented by Community Action Agency.  Community Action Agency is seeking support for their 2020 Adopt-a-Family Campaign, to help make the holidays a little brighter for those who face the prospect of being unable to celebrate the season.  Secure financial contributions can be made by clicking on the “Donate” button on the CAA website (www.caajlh.org) and then selecting “Adopt-a-Family Holidays 2020” from the drop- down menu. For those who still wish to shop, a list for an identified family will be provided by CAA. The families waiting to be adopted are from CAA’s tri-county service area which includes Jackson, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties.   Those wishing to adopt a family may make a secure donation through the “Donate” button on the CAA website (www.caajlh.org) or may also contact Steve York at (517) 539-8310 or by email at: syork@caajlh.org.  Due to COVID-19, CAA is modifying the program this holiday season.  In-person operations will be limited.  If you would still like to adopt a family in the traditional way, this option may be available on a limited basis.

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