News and Tribune

December 20, 2013

Top 5 Things To Do: We've got you covered for what's happening this weekend

Blue Christmas services

When: 7 p.m. today, Dec. 20

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1015 E. Main St., New Albany

Cost: Free

As the song says, Christmas can be the “happiest season of all.” The sad reality is that many people are truly hurting during the holiday season, whether due to a death of a loved one, job loss, depression or a variety of other reasons. There is a place for those who are not “jolly” this Christmas. Everyone in the community, regardless of religious affiliation, is invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for a Blue Christmas service especially designed for those feeling “blue” this Holiday season. The service will consist of prayers, songs, a candle-lighting ceremony, and members of the St. Paul’s Healing Team to pray with individuals. For more information you may contact the church office at 812-944-0413 or go to their website at

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: First Presbyterian Church, Walnut and Chestnut streets, Jeffersonville

Cost: Free

The Downtown Churches of Jeffersonville are again holding a “Blue Christmas” Service at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church,  Walnut and Chestnut Streets, Jeffersonville. This service recognizes and affirms that there are many reasons that the holidays can be less than merry. It also uses scripture, hymns and prayers to share hurts and anxieties and allow the glimmer of hope and God’s presence to break into the sadness.

Teddy Toss

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Clarksville High School gymnasium, 800 Dr. Dot Lewis Drive, Clarksville

Admission: $5

’Tis the season for holiday cheer, giving, and basketball. The Clarksville High School Generals are combining all three for the first ever Clarksville Basketball “Teddy Toss.” The Clarksville Athletic Department will be sponsoring the Teddy Toss during the CHS vs. Jeff boys’ basketball game. Those who bring in a teddy bear will receive a ticket for a free hot dog and drink during the game. In an effort to give back to the children of the community, the Student-Athlete Committee of CHS will be accepting teddy bear donations between the third and fourth quarters of the varsity game. To bring excitement to the event, participants will throw their teddy bears onto the floor between the third and fourth quarters. The teddy bears will be collected by CHS SAAC members and distributed to children in need in the area. Teddy bears must be new with tags still attached. Santa Claus will be making an appearance after the start of the JV basketball game. Kids will have the opportunity to meet Santa and have their picture taken with him.

The Friends of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Christmas book sale

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library annex building, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany

Cost: Open to the public

Stop by the Library Annex building where various Christmas books, movies, and books on CDs will be available for sale. Prices are $1 for hardbacks; 50 cents for videos, DVDs, and paperbacks; 25 cents for audio book cassette tapes; and 10 cents for magazines and music cassette tapes. Children’s books are available at prices of $1 or less.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

When: 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater, 501 W. Main St., Louisville

Cost: $19.75

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the whole history of the world; they lie, steal and cheat. Now they have bullied their way into the churches’ annual Christmas pageant. Slated to be the “worst pageant ever,” the whole town has gathered in anticipation, waiting to see the Herdmans ruin Christmas. Will the pageant be a disaster as everyone is expecting, or will the spirit of the season change the hearts and minds of the Herdman family? Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Cocoa & Crafts with the Grinch

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Jeffersonville Township Public Library — Clarksville Branch meeting room, 1312 Eastern Blvd., Clarksville

Cost: Free

Kick off your holiday celebration with hot cocoa, crafts and a holiday movie. This is a family event, all ages welcome.