SHOP WITH A HERO

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 128 will combine efforts with the City of Madison Fire Department to host Christmas with a Hero rather than their traditional shop with a cop or firefighter events.

In order to provide a safer experience during the pandemic, firefighters and local law enforcement will shop for and deliver Christmas gifts to selected children rather than going with the children to stores. Applications have been distributed to local schools and are now available at the Madison Police Department, 621 West Street, for pickup. Completed applications must be submitted by Dec. 10 to the police department so do not delay.

FOOD & CLOTHING

GIVEAWAYS

Jesus Clothes Closet

Trinity Methodist Church, Madison

Open Mondays

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Jesus Clothes Closet at Trinity Methodist Church, 412 W. Main St., has clothing to distribute for those in need on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Social distancing rules will be in place. For more information call 812-866-4843.

House of Hope Food Pantry

Tuesdays & Fridays

100 East Second Street, Madison

Due to ongoing public restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the approach of winter months, the Jefferson County House of Hope Food Pantry hours of operation are Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please arrive at the pantry 15 minutes prior to closing to be served.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

Monthly — Second Monday

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

National Guard Armory, 1533 Clifty Drive, Madison

A mobile food distribution from at the National Guard Army, 1533 Clifty Drive. No ID is required to receive food and event is open to anyone. Gleaners holds this mobile food distribution at the same location and time each month.

BLOOD DRIVE

American Red Cross

The region’s blood supply, already challenged by the coronavirus pandemic, is even further depleted during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons as donations normally slow while the need never pauses.There are several donation opportunities over the next few weeks including:

Milton Fire and Rescue Station 2, 25 Volunteer Drive, Bedford, Kentucky, Nov. 30, 2-6 p.m.

Madison Public Library, 420 W Main St., Madison, Dec. 17, noon to 6 p.m.

Donations are needed from healthy donors of all blood types. To make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767.

Jefferson County Public Library

Adult Programs

Online Drawing & Painting Class

Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join Instructor Russell Vossler for a comprehensive series of classes on Mondays, covering aspects of drawing accurately and training observation, and focusing on a particular area each week. Each student will need to purchase materials for the class appropriate for either drawing or painting. The lectures focus on drawing; painters pursue independent study. The focus in December will be on Portraiture. See website for materials lists. Participants in the program will need to join the Facebook group “JCPL On-line Drawing and Painting Class”. Adult and Young Adult.

Youth Programs

Grab and Go Crafts at Madison & Hanover

Paper Plate Gnomes — Dec. 1

3-D Gingerbread Person — Dec. 8

Candy Cookie House — Dec. 15

Grab & Go Crafts include supplies for children of all ages to create a fun craft. Please register each child individually. The deadline to register is the Saturday before each craft. Hanover crafts must be picked up at Hanover from Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Madison crafts must be picked up Tuesday-Saturday (Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Free. Space is limited. Go to: www.mjcpl.org/events to register or call the library at 812-265-2744.

Grab and Go Crafts

Teens and Adults! at Madison & Hanover

Paper Lights Garland — Dec. 1

Pipe Cleaner Wreath & Snowflake — Dec. 8

Candy Cookie House — Dec. 15

Grab and go Crafts include supplies and directions for teens and adults to create a fun craft. Please register each individual person who would like to participate in the craft. The deadline to register is the Saturday before each craft! Hanover crafts must be picked up at Hanover Branch from Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Madison crafts must be picked up any time Tuesday- Saturday (Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. , Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Free. Space is limited. Go to: www.mjcpl.org/events to register or call the library at 812/265-2744.

Story Times To Go

Throughout December

Madison & Hanover

First Come- First Serve

Stop by to discover fun take home story times! Each story time is based on a topic like dinosaurs or trains. Choose one book for check out and grab a paper sack of fun activities for you to keep! One Story Time To Go per participant. No registration required. Books and crafts subject to change.

Ugly Sweater Contest & Voting!

Madison Library

Dec. 21-22

Join the holiday fun and send us a photo of your ugliest sweater! Email photos to kara@mjcpl.org with the subject “Ugly Sweater Contest” by midnight Dec. 21 Rules: stick to a Christmas or Winter theme; sweaters can have lights; any material may be used to decorate the sweater; themes should be PG-13; the contest is not limited to just sweaters; long sleeve tees, sweatshirts and vests are ok; the item must be worn by a person. There will be categories for store-bought and home-made so be sure to tell us which category you are entering. Library staff will judge a winner from each category and People’s Choice voting opens on Dec. 22. Visit the library Facebook page to vote! All winners will be announced Dec. 23. Winners will receive bragging rights and a Mystery Gift! All participants will receive consolation prizes. May the “Odds” be ever in your favor! Free. Registration required.

CLIFTY FALLS STATE PARK

Winter Tree ID Hike

10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5Meet at Clifty Shelter.

A 30-minute ADA accessible walk to discover how to identify trees without seeing their leaves. Registration is required as space is limited. Call 812-273-0609 to register.

Live Birds of Prey!

1p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5

Live birds of prey from Hardy Lake in the Overlook Room at Clifty Inn. A $2 per person fee for a 1-hour program to benefit the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Rehabilitation Center at Hardy Lake. Registration is required as space is limited. Call 812-273-0609 to register. Face masks are required.