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The Walton Insurance Group Walton Christmas Giveaway.  For the past 16 years, thousands pf people have experienced the Walton Holiday Walk-Thru.  Due to the pandemic, the event has been replaced with a FREE giveaway to spread the Christmas Spirit!  The Walton Insurance Group is giving away 100 car passes to Nite Lites at Michigan International Speedway.  Today is the last day to enter.  100 winners will be selected at random on November 25.  Register to win at www.waltoninsurancegroup.com/christmas.

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.

Prohibition Lecture Series.  Ella Sharp Museum.  Gender and alcohol in American history + the temperance movement, explaining its link with women’s suffrage, and outlines of the evolution of prohibition policy in the state of Michigan — Don’t miss these virtual talks with Michelle McClellan, PhD.  November 19 @ 6 p.m – Prohibition Lecture Series: “Lady Tipplers” : Gender and Alcohol in American History.  TICKETS: https://ellasharpmuseum.org/…/prohibition-lecture…/

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.

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.

Salvation Army Food Pantry.  The Salvation Army of Jackson County Food Pantry Hours:  Regular Pantry Hours are 10 am-noon and 1-2 pm Monday through Thursday.  Food Boxes are available every 30 days. In an emergency food may be provided from 2-4:30 pm -please call ahead – 517-782-7185.   

Vital to Victory Exhibit at Lost Railway Museum.  How Motorwomen Challenged & Changed the World.  Now through November 21.  Admission $5.  Vital to Victory features the often-untold lives of women in the rail industry, from early electric streetcar drives to modern locomotive engineers.  Women were initially only granted entry to these jobs during World War I and World War II when male employees were drafted into service.  Lost Railway Museum, Michigan Avenue, Downtown Grass Lake.

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