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This article was published December 6, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.

Junction City Christmas follies postponed

JUNCTION CITY — The Junction City School District announced that Christmas follies scheduled for Friday have been postponed due to the 3A football championship game.

HOPE Landing’s ‘Christmas on the Ranch’ scheduled Saturday

The community of El Dorado is invited to share the spirit of Christmas with the children and families, the staff and the board of HOPE Landing during “Christmas on the Ranch” from 1 until 3 p.m. Saturday during the Christmastime Open House for everyone.

Located on the property of HOPE Landing at 214 Hope Landing (five miles east of El Dorado on U.S. 82 East), the two-hour event is for children of all ages and their families to enjoy the beauty of the ranch while they visit Santa at the Santa Claus Cottage, make reindeer food at Santa’s Workshop, pet and read Christmas stories to Santa’s reindeer at the Reindeer Barn and enjoy a “sleigh ride” while sipping on warm cocoa at the Reindeer Crossing, said Jenny Williams, directing of marketing and relations for HOPE Landing.

“You may purchase crafts made by the children at HOPE Landing. At the heart of it all will be a live, interactive Nativity where children and their families can gather around to view the true story of Jesus! Please come and join in the celebration,” Williams said.

Strong-Huttig School District to present facilities report

STRONG — Strong-Huttig Schools will present its Master Facilities Report to the Public at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the high school library. The board will hold its regular monthly meeting immediately following at 6 p.m.

HOPE Landing announces ‘Unwrapped: A Christmas Truth’

HOPE Landing, Inc. and the South Arkansas Arts Center will present “Unwrapped: A Christmas Truth” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the arts center.

This year’s production is a story of a family’s discovery of the significance of the age-old symbols of Christmas, performed by the children of HOPE Landing. Following the production there will be refreshments available in the Merkle Gallery. Admission is free to the public; however, donations will gladly be accepted. For further information, call HOPE Landing at 870-862-0500.

Circle of Friends’ annual Festival of Stars toy drive scheduled

LITTLE ROCK — Make the holidays brighter for children by giving a brand-new toy or making an online donation to Arkansas Children’s Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive.

Festival of Stars benefits patients who spend the holiday season at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and who visit our outpatient clinics throughout the year. Toys donated will also be used to stock Arkansas Children’s Northwest when it opens in early 2018.

The Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive is a statewide effort to collect toys and raise funds for patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Clinics. Toys and donations will be accepted at 10 additional locations around the state. This new effort reflects Arkansas Children’s commitment to reaching more children where they live, learn and play.

All funds raised through Festival of Stars will support the Child Life and Education Fund and the Social Work fund at Arkansas Children’s Northwest and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Individuals, families and community groups have the opportunity to make the holiday season special for these children by making an in-kind donation of new toys or a monetary donation.

The local Circle of Friends chapter will be accepting toy donations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 outside of Walmart. To find out about the items Arkansas Children’s patients need most, please visit archildrens.org/festival.

To protect patients from infections, all items donated must be new and in original packaging. Groups with questions can email volunteerservices@archildrens.org.

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