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Calendar of events

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‘What’s On Your Nightstand?’ (Thursday)

Every Thursday at 5 p.m., join online via Zoom. This is a casual group to share a love of literature and perhaps find a new book to read. A list of books discussed will be printed off and posted at the library to help other patrons find their next read. For more information contact or call 641-782-2277.

Creston High School
performs Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ (Nov. 20 and 21)

Creston Community High School’s production of Disney’s “High School Musical” is now available online for Nov. 20 and 21. Visit for complete program information and online program information.

Dog Gone Rescue Shoe Drive (Nov. 21)

Dog Gone Rescue drive-by shoe drop offs will be held noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5 at 107 E. Montgomery St.

Virtual ‘murder mystery’ (Oct. 5-Nov. 25)

Help! Library Director Aric Bishop has been murdered! (virtually.. that is). Help Gibson Memorial Library Detective Agency solve his murder. This is a free virtual murder mystery starting Oct. 5 through Nov. 25. Each Friday new information and clues will be released on the Gibson Memorial Library Facebook event page, as well as the library’s website at

Adult book club (Nov. 24)

The November adult book discussion will be 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 24 on Zoom. The book being discussed is “Moloka’i” by Alan Brennert. Copies of the book may be picked up at the library to be checked out. Visit link: to join, Meeting ID: 852 420 7703.

‘Winter Wonderland on the Afton Square’ (Nov. 27)

Afton Community Club invites Afton residents, groups and families to decorate the square. Adopt a flower-pot tree to decorate with homemade ornaments. For more information contact the Afton Star Enterprise at 641-347-8721 to reserve a tree for decorating. Donations will be accepted.

The Great Union County Scavenger Hunt (Nov. 28)

The Gibson Memorial Library is hosting the Great Union County Scavenger Hunt, Nov. 28. This event is to search, scavenge and socially distance from your car. For registration details and other information about the event visit the Gibson Memorial Library Facebook page, website, email, or register using this link:

‘There’s No Place Like Creston for the Holidays’ 2020 (Dec. 3-5)

• Creston Art Center open house, 411 W. Adams St from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

• ISSB “Holiday Happenings” and ASP Funnel Cakes in ISSB parking lot 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3.

• Santa Claus will be greeting children 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 through the drive-thru window at First National Bank on West Adams Street. Letters for Santa may be brought to him at this event and slipped through the teller drawer. Alternatively, letters to Santa can be mailed to his home address: Santa Claus, North Pole.

• Quilt raffle drawing at noon Dec. 5 American Home Design Center. Purchase tickets at American Home Design or at the Creston News Advertiser. Funds raised will be used to purchase gas cards for patients and distributed through Greater Regional Health’s Cancer Center.

For more information contact the Creston Chamber of Commerce at 641-782-7021, email, or visit website

Business/home outdoor
decorating contest (Dec. 3 to 14)

Creston Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an outdoor holiday home decorating contest Dec. 3 to 14. Additionally, a business window decorating contest will take place during the same time period. There is no cost to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category. The public will vote by contacting the chamber office.

To participate, contact the chamber by Dec. 1 at 641-782-7021, through Facebook or by email to

‘Holiday Lights in the Park’ (Dec. 4-20)

Ringgold County Conservation and Ringgold Conservation Foundation are hosting the 3rd annual drive-through Holiday Lights in the Park at Poe Hollow Park, 2434 State Hwy 2, Mount Ayr from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event dates are Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 and 20. Entry fees are $10 per car for each drive through. Display sponsors are located in the campground and you can vote on your favorite. The Dragoon Trace Nature Center will be open during the lighted park hours (except Dec. 20) so swing in for a visit and vote for your favorite displays. There will be a vendor fair at the nature center Dec. 5 and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there Dec. 9 during the lighted park hours.

New this year: On Dec. 20 – nursing homes, assisted living and group homes may be admitted into the Holiday Lights in the Park free of charge. Call ahead to register your group at 641-464-2787. For more information call Ringgold County Conservation at 641-464-2787.

Zoom Trivia Night and CCHS Speech Fundraiser (Dec. 5)

The 5th Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser for Creston Community High School Speech Team is going virtual this year.

To participate, visit the Facebook event page – Zoom Trivia Night and CCHS Speech Fundraiser – and register by Dec. 4 through the link on the event page.

The event will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 5 with login starting at 6:45 p.m. Categories include pop culture, science, sports, US history, food, and more. Answer basic trivia questions in a low-pressure multiple-choice interactive quiz, win prizes and benefit the Creston High School Speech Team. Mail-in monetary donations are encouraged. The grand prize is a staycation package at Lakeside Casino.

December nights and holiday lights’ drive through December (Dec 11-20)

Join the Creston and East Union FFA in a holiday lights show at the Union County Fairgrounds at Afton.

• Dec. 11, 12, 13 — 7 to 10 p.m.

• Dec. 18, 19, 20 — 7 to 10 p.m.

Creston and East Union FFA Chapters need donations for their light show display at the Union County Fairgrounds and are accepting donations of: Any Christmas/holiday related decorations, money, plywood, paint, extension cords, oats, glitter, sprinkes and sugar. Text or call FFA advisors Kelsey Bailey at 515-460-0946 or Jordan Thompson at 641-431-0264.

Crossroads ‘First Responders’ Support Group’ (Dec. 17)

Crossroads Behavioral Health Services are hosting free support groups for first responders to share their experiences and offer each other support. This is the third session, starting at 4 p.m. Nov. 19. Call 641-782-8457 to register. The sessions will be held in person and via Zoom. A certified mental health therapist will be on hand to offer assistance.

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