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Going caroling? Looking for a new recipe? Pick up a copy of Christmas Songs and Recipes at your local Turkey Hill or read it online here.

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Community Service

Grant Funds Playground Renewal Project December 8, 2016

Possibility Place Playground in Lower Paxton Township was built in 2006 by community members as a place where children of all physical abilities could come together to play.

The Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation applied to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for a Fresh Paint Days PA grant to renew a mural, garden boxes, climbing wall, benches, a boat house, and more, and a grant was awarded. The restoration was timed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the playground's construction, bringing together many of the same people.

Each year, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, in partnership with The Home Depot and a paint retailer, awards eight community groups with paint and painting supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need. For a complete list of 2016 grant recipients and for more information, readers may visit and search Fresh Paint Days.

Holiday Activities/Services

Church Plans Holiday Services December 8, 2016

Zion Lutheran Church, 2 S. Hazel St., Manheim, has posted its schedule of holiday services.

The church will present a Christmas cantata titled "Everlasting Light of Christmas" on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m., the church will hold a family service, including Holy Communion, candle lighting, and music by the bells, brass and vocal choirs.

After a brief prelude, a traditional service of Holy Communion with candle lighting will be held at 11 p.m.

A worship service will take place on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m. The service will include Holy Communion.

On Sunday, Jan. 1, the church will offer a service of lessons and carols. An extended fellowship time featuring Christmas goodies will follow the service.

For more information, call the church at 665-5880.

Holiday Activities/Services

Christmas Cookie Sale

St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, 601 S. Harrisburg St., Oberlin, will hold a Christmas cookie sale on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. or until sold out. The cookies will include filled kifles, vanilla kifles, cutouts, vanilla wreaths, tea balls, Sonja Henies, and other Serbian cookies.

There is a set cost for a box of three dozen cookies. Quantities may be limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. No presale orders will be accepted. For additional information, call 939-3872.

Holiday Activities/Services

Live Nativity

Community United Methodist Church, located at the corner of 16th and Bridge streets in New Cumberland, invites the community to its annual Living Creche Event. The live Nativity scene will come to life starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.

Costumed characters will parade with live animals to the manger on the church lawn. There will be a sing-along of Christmas carols, with music provided by members of local school bands. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served inside the church following the program, which will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Children will be able to pet the animals after the program.

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