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Breakfast w/Santa in Rossville Dec. 1

Families are invited to Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Rossville Community Center from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The center is located eight miles west of Poteet. There will be free crafts for the kids and Santa will be available for free pictures. Please bring your own camera.

The menu will include pancakes, eggs, Kiolbassa sausage, juice or coffee for $3. 

The goal of the Rossville Historical Community Association is to provide fun, affordable, holiday activities for children and their families in our surrounding communities.

Santa in Jourdanton Dec. 3

The Jourdanton Chamber of Commerce wants to remind everyone that Santa is coming to Jourdanton on Monday, Dec. 3, arriving at the Community Center via the Jourdanton VFD at 6 p.m. He will join the community leaders in switching on the lights on the courthouse at 6:30. Music by the Jourdanton HS band will welcome visitors. While waiting to see Santa, kids will have arts and crafts to do. The kitchen will be open with a variety of food and baked goods available. Photos will be provided once again with Walgreens providing the service.

Pictures with Santa at Methodist Hospital South Dec. 8

Santa is coming to Methodist Hospital South on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Families are invited to this free community event. New and unwrapped toy donations will be greatly appreciated to deliver to the children of CASA, CAST and Safer Path Family Violence Shelter.

Photos will not be provided by Methodist Hospital South. Please bring your own camera. There will be hot chocolate, cookies and a crafts station to enjoy. For questions, please call 830-769-3515. 

Green Santa at Poteet Farmer’s Market Dec. 8

Children of all ages are invited to come and take their photo with Green Santa. Those two to 12 years of age will receive a special gift that keeps on giving on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Poteet Farmer’s Market in the red barn at the Strawberry Festival Grounds. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Poteet. 

“We are a service-oriented organization,” says Doris Thomas, President of the Rotary Club of Poteet. “This year, Green Santa will launch our first children’s program in order to inspire children to spend more time outdoors and enhance their math and science knowledge by growing vegetables. If they decide they want to sell their produce, we will have a Little Gardener’s section at our monthly farmer’s market to add an entrepreneurial touch to their experience,” adds Thomas.

To help the little gardeners along, the Rotary Club will publish tips and advice on the Poteet Farmer’s Market Facebook page and have gardening seminars for parents and children. 

Children will receive gift boxes with an array of seed packets, instructions on how to set up a vegetable garden and an invitation to the Little Gardener’s Club. There is no charge for the event and parents are invited to take their own photos of their children with Green Santa.

Pancakes with Santa at St. Matthew on Dec. 9

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming to St. Matthew Catholic Church in Jourdanton on Sunday, Dec. 9. 

Families are invited to the free Pancakes with Santa event from 8:30-10:45 a.m. at St. Matthew Parish Hall.

New Haven Assisted Living Open House Dec. 12

Have a holly, jolly Christmas with New Haven Assisted Living and Memory Care of Floresville.

Please come out and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from  6-8 p.m.

Their Christmas Open House will feature a performance by the Wrangler Band from 6-7 p.m. and Pictures with Santa from 6:30-8 p.m. Please bring your own camera or cell phone to take your Santa pictures.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. 

The event is free but we encourage you to bring an unwrapped new toy to be donated to local families for Christmas.

Local Toy Drives/Angel Trees

Toys for Tots deadline Nov. 30

Santa’s elves at VFW Post 4853 in Jourdanton are currently accepting applications for the Toys for Tots program. Please note that the last day to sign up is this Friday, Nov. 30.

Sign up is in person at VFW Post 4853, 809 Oak St. in Jourdanton on Wednesday, Nov. 28; Thursday, Nov. 29 or Friday, Nov. 30 from 5-7:30 p.m. on any of those days.

Only the parents or legal guardians of the children may register for toys. If you are a guardian bring your guardianship paperwork.

You must bring with you to registration: photo ID, birth certificates for all children being registered (ages 0-12) and proof of residence (example: utility bill). 

For details contact VFW Post 4853 by email at: VFWPOST4853@gmail.com or message on Facebook: www.facebook.com/VfwPost4853/

ACCEPT application dates set for December

The annual ACCEPT toy and food drive will soon be underway, helping Atascosa County families in need.

However, interested families need to apply. To be eligible, you cannot be receiving these items from other agencies or groups in the county. You may apply at any of these locations: 

In Pleasanton, Dec. 3-Dec. 8, First Baptist Youth Building, 311 Smith St. from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

In Jourdanton, Dec. 7-Dec. 8 at First Baptist Church, Hwy. 16 (corner of Peach and Campbell) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

In Poteet, Dec. 8 only at the Poteet Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

In Charlotte, Dec. 5-Dec. 8 at Rev. John Wagner Family Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Pleasanton PD Blue Santa

The Pleasanton Police Department is preparing for their 2018 Blue Santa program. This program assists with toy donations for families needing assistance, for children ages 16 and younger.

The gifts will be distributed in December for those that applied for the program.

Pleasanton’s number one VFW post in the nation, Post 12162, has partnered with the Pleasanton Police Department to help make Christmas special for some of our local area children. We would like to ask for your help in assisting with toy donations. Unlike other toy programs, the Blue Santa Program collects and distributes toys in the Pleasanton community. Please help us make Christmas special for our local youth. Thank you for your support!

While the deadline to apply has passed, toy donations are being collected at these donation stations: H-E-B, EZ Max Loans, El Castillo, Pleasanton PD, the Pleasanton Express, EyeCare for Texans (Dr Mixon in Walmart) and Shifters.

Poteet Toy Drive Dec. 2

On Dec. 2, Dairy Queen in Poteet will sponsor a Toy Drive from 3-5 p.m. Donate a gift and get a small blizzard for free. 

Jourdanton PD Cops4Kids 

The cold weather is injecting some holiday spirit! There are now collection boxes for the Jourdanton Police Department’s Cops4Kids throughout town (Jourdanton City Hall, Lowe’s, Dollar General, The Gym, all JISD campuses, 1st Commercial Bank, CAST and other locations.)

If you visit one of the above listed locations, they hope you will consider donating a new unwrapped toy to help JPD assist local families this Christmas Season!

Cops4Kids provides a fun afternoon of food games, gifts and a visit from Santa for JISD students who may face unique challenges during the holidays and is just one of the ways you can help the Jourdanton Police Department. 

Angel Tree Locations

For those looking for Angel Trees in the area to donate toys for children this Christmas season, please stop by the following locations: First Commercial Bank Jourdanton, Jourdanton Community Library, Nest Feathers Fine Gifts & Home Decor, Paisleys, Cafe Chris and First Baptist Church Jourdanton.

Safer Path Adopt a Kid

 Safer Path is gearing up for their annual Adopt A Family Program. Each year they reach out to the community seeking those interested in adopting either a child or children for the holiday. The shelter is blessed to have a local sorority adopt their mom/dad depending on who is the client, of these beautiful kids. So, they also get Christmas. The shelter just needs to get their kiddos adopted out. Here’s the requirements and how it works:

1. Decide how many children you would like to adopt for Christmas. (They urge you to adopt out the children in one family together, but it is not required).

2. You will receive the child’s first name only, age, gender, sizes, want and wish list. (For safety reasons you will not get to see or meet the child or children).

3. You go shopping! Each gift must be wrapped with the child’s name on the gift along with a dedicated number identifying the client, and that will be provided when you get the child’s wish list. 

4. All gifts must be turned in by Monday, Dec. 17 by 4 p.m. the very latest. 

5. A private Christmas party is held the same week for the children and they receive their gifts, along with meeting Santa.

Please call Shawnene Heather at 830-569-2001 or email her at outreach@saferpathfvs.org if you are still interested and want to adopt.

Christmas Celebrations and Plays

Christmas in Charlotte Dec. 1

The City of Charlotte is bringing back their annual Christmas in Charlotte celebration that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Davenport Park.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. with live music from Lobo IV, Los Casadores, Los Jimenez, Sunny Sauceda and Wrecking Crew DJ. Food booths, a night parade and the crowning of the Christmas Queen will also take place. Come out and enjoy a fun night with friends and family!

For more information, please contact Adelfa Muñoz at 210-380-2345 or Murrice Luna at 830-570-6763.

Please bring your own chairs. No ice chests please.

Christmas Village Play Dec. 7-9

Have you ever wanted to go back in time? Just shut your eyes and imagine what it would be like 2,000 years ago. You now find yourself entering the gates of Bethlehem on the eve of our Savior’s birth. Experience the life of Christ and witness the greatest gift mankind has ever known, as told by your tour guide, the prophet Isaiah. We would like to invite you to come to the Living Christmas Village. Experience the journey of Christ through our outdoor walking presentation where you will visit at least 30 scenes and see over 200 different characters and animals.

This FREE event starts Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 9. Our gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the tours start at 6 p.m. The tour lasts about 40 minutes and departs every 10-15 minutes. Enjoy live music, free refreshments and a free petting zoo for the children while you wait.

We are located off Hwy 16 in Poteet in the Lions Club Building on the Strawberry Festival Grounds. For more information, please call Jane at 830-569-2582.

Merry on Main Dec. 14 -15

Merry on Main in Pleasanton is just around the corner! This year there will be two dates filled with fun for the whole family! This two-day event begins Friday night, Dec. 14 with live music, an ice slide for children and more family fun!

Saturday morning, Dec. 15 begins with a free movie screening of “Home Alone” at 10 a.m. at the Plestex 4 Theater followed by Main Street filled with vendors, carolers, photos with Santa, food, music, a mechanical reindeer, Christmas parade and much more! 

Event organizers hope you join them during the most wonderful time of the year, creating memories with your community! Be sure to invite your friends and family members!

Poteet Blue Santa Event Dec. 17

On behalf of the Poteet Police Department and Poteet Police Association, it is that time of the year again. Blue Santa is coming to town on Saturday, Dec. 15! The parade will start at 6 p.m. ending at Poteet Cayon Park at 7 p.m. and Blue Santa will start giving gifts to local children. 

 

Christmas Concerts

Below you will find a list of all local Atascosa County school Christmas band concerts.

Pleasanton ISD: *all Christmas concerts will be at the PAC

Monday, Dec. 3 – Pleasanton HS Band Christmas Concert @ 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Pleasanton JH Band Christmas  Concert @ 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6 – Pleasanton 6th Grade Band Christmas Concert @ 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 10 – Pleasanton HS Jazz Band Christmas Concert @ 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20 – Pleasanton JH Symphonic & Concert Band will perform during JH lunch times of 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. in the JH Cafeteria.

Jourdanton ISD: *all concerts will be at the HS Gym

Monday, Dec. 10 – Jourdanton HS Band Christmas Concert @ 6:30 p.m.

 

Christmas Activities

Community Band Christmas Concert Dec. 2

Music lovers will be in for a treat at this year’s Christmas concert by the County Line Community Band. They will proudly present “A Holiday Prelude” featuring the dances from the Nutcracker Suite. 

The concert will be held on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. This year the concert, sponsored by the Longhorn Museum, will be held at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall in Pleasanton. There will be plenty of room for everyone. The concert is free to the public.

The band’s director, Toby Knight, has had a long musical career. He has performed in more than a dozen countries and led a New Orleans jazz combo. The band is made up of 30+ musicians of all ages who are completely dedicated to bringing fine music for all to enjoy.

Following the concert, refreshments will be served and audience members will be able to visit with band members. The band plays concerts all over South Texas during the year. Don’t miss this holiday treat!

Cookies w/Santa Dec. 4

Pleasanton Primary will holding “Cookies with Santa” on Tuesday, Dec. 4 for all Primary students and their families beginning at 5:15 p.m. Come on down for a sweet treat and for a photo opportunity with Santa!

Cookies and Crafts w/Santa Dec. 13

The Pleasanton Elementary will be hosting a Cookies and Crafts with Santa event on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 4:30-6pm at the PES Cafeteria.

Pleasanton Elementary Drama Troupe Performance Dec. 19

The Pleasanton Elementary Drama Troupe Community Performance will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19 6:30 p.m. at the PISD Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Ornament making at Pleasanton Library

Bring your children to the Pleasanton Library and make an ornament for the Christmas tree. Children can come in anytime during normal business hours and make an ornament. The ornaments will be used to decorate the large Christmas tree in front of the library and Civic Center. All materials will be provided.

Business Decorating Contest

Pleasanton businesses are encouraged to fill the streets with Christmas magic!

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Pleasanton Express are sponsoring the Storefront Decorating Contest. Register by Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 830-569-2163 or email business name and address to: pleasantoncofc@att.net

Judging will take place on Dec. 13, from 6- 8 p.m. Please have the lights on for the full two hours to make sure your business is judged. Businesses will be judged on creativity, lights and overall presentation. 

The winners will be announced Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Merry on Main event.

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