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Nov. 29

Community Thanksgiving dinner

The Tellico Plains Food Pantry will hold a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 29, at the Tellico Plains Community Center from noon until 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Dec. 3

MPL DIY Christmas Gifts

Madisonville Public Library will have a DIY Christmas Gifts presentation at the library on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 3:30-5 p.m.

Dec. 4

NARFE meeting

The NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) organization will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Western Sizzlin’ restaurant in Athens at 11:15 a.m. Karen Wilson from Blue Cross/Blue Shield will give information on the Govt. Open Season. Following her presentation, the organization will have its annual Christmas party. Please bring a canned good and toy for distribution to the needy. There will be a gift exchange for those interested. All are welcome. Please arrive around 11 a.m. if you want to order a meal.

Dec. 5, 12, 19

Preschool story hour at MPL

Madisonville Public Library holds a free preschool story hour every Thursday at 11 a.m. Children will also be able to make a craft.

Dec. 5

Underage Drinking Town Hall Forum

The Monroe County Prevention and Wellness Coalition will host an Underage Drinking Town Hall Forum on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Chota Community Health Services on Highway 68 in Madisonville. The forum will center around discussions on the dangers of underage alcohol use, the barriers Monroe County faces, and what is being done to change those barriers. Guest speakers will be State Rep. Lowell Russell and Tennessee SADD State Coordinator Julie Strike. All youth who attend will receive volunteer hours.

Dec. 6-7

MPL Mini Craft Fair

Madisonville Public Library will hold a mini craft fair at the library on Friday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 6

TPL Christmas Family Night

The Tellico Plains Public Library will host a Christmas Family Night at the library on Friday, Dec. 6, from 7-8 p.m. There will be a timeless holiday tale, visits with Santa, games, crafts and snacks for all to enjoy. Attendees are asked to wear their pajamas and join in on the fun. To register, call or stop by the library.

Dec. 7

Medicare Minute at TPL

The Tellico Plains Public Library will have a Medicare Minute meeting with David Olako on Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon. The topic will be “Complaints, grievances and beneficiary resources.”

Dec. 10

Post 106 and Auxiliary Unit 106 meeting

In lieu of the December meeting, Post 106 and Auxiliary Unit 106 will meet at Dinner Bell in Sweetwater on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Each member is requested to bring two unwrapped gifts as the post will participate in the Sweetwater and Madisonville police departments’ Christmas gift distribution. For more information, contact Commander Mark Stewart at 423-442-9513 or Theresa Walker at 423-337-2398.

Dec. 11

MPL Book Club

Madisonville Public Library’s Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 1-2 p.m. to discuss the book, “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate.

Dec. 13

MPL Managing Emotions Class

Madisonville Public Library will hold a “Managing Emotions During the Holiday Season” presentation on Friday, Dec. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is free to attend and no prior signup or registration is required.

Dec. 14

VPL Children’s Christmas Crafts

Vonore Public Library will hold a free Children’s Christmas Crafts event on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. Please stop by or call the library at 423-884-6729 for more information or to sign your child up for the event.

Dec. 14

MPS art class

Madisonville Public Library will hold an art class on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to create a stone nativity scene. Spots are limited so be sure to sign up in advance by stopping by or calling the library with your library card number.

Dec. 21

VPL Cookies with Santa

Vonore Public Library will hold a free Cookies with Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please stop by or call the library at 423-884-6729 for more information or to sign your child up for the event.

Dec. 21

MPS photos with Santa

Santa will be at Madisonville Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 1-2 p.m. Bring the children and a camera to take free photos with the jolly man in the red suit.

Dec. 24-28

MPL closed

Madisonville Public Library will be closed for Christmas from Dec. 24-28.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1

MPL closed

Madisonville Public Library will be closed for New Year’s on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

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