Arts on the Coast Association will present the annual Fall Art Exhibit from Tuesday to Dec. 3 at the Richmond Hill City Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Works from Arts of the Coast members will be available for viewing daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and an artist reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
This event will be sponsored by Merrill Lynch and is free to the public.
Richmond Hill will celebrate the holidays beginning Friday with the Festival of Lights and annual Chili Cook-Off in J.F. Gregory Park and continuing Dec. 3 with the Christmas parade.
Festival of Lights will begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday and will run from 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 31. The cook-off will begin at 6:30 p.m. under the pavilion.
The 16th annual parade is at 10 a.m. Dec. 3, boasting the theme “A Sweet Candy Christmas” and Bobby Carpenter as the grand marshal.
For more information about the events or to learn how to enter the Chili Cook-Off or parade, call 756-3641 or visit www.richmondhill-ga.gov.
The city of Richmond Hill will show “Shrek the Halls” Friday at the amphitheater in J.F. Gregory Park as part of the 10th annual Chili Cook-Off.
The 30-minute Christmas movie will shown every half hour between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Bring a chair and blanket and ring in the Christmas holiday, while sampling chili and other fare at the cook-off.
For more information or to reserve a booth, call 756-3641.
The Richmond Hill Holiday Tour of Homes is set from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 4.
Tour holiday decorated homes, including the Ford Mansion, two historic churches, three private homes and Magnolia Manor on the Coast, as well as the Bailey Carpenter Barber Shop.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of tour and are available by cash or check only at the Richmond Hill Museum on Hwy. 144 and Timber Trail Road.
The tour benefits five local nonprofit groups. For tickets or more information, call the museum at 756-3697 or visit www.richmondhilltourofhomes.com.
The 28th annual Pembroke Christmas parade and festival is from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 downtown.
Arts, crafts and food booths open at 9 a.m. and the parade begins at 11 a.m. and will travel down Hwy. 280. There will be live entertainment and kids activities all day and a car and motorcycle show. There is no admission to the event.
To reserve a vendor booth or participate in the parade or car and motorcycle show, visit www.bryanextension.org for applications or call the Bryan County 4-H office at 653-2231.
The fifth annual Wreaths for Warriors Walk ceremony will be at noon Dec. 10 at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart.
The ceremony honors the fallen heroes of the 3rd Infantry Division and their families. There are currently 439 trees planted at Warriors Walk, and the goal is to place a wreath at the base of each tree.
Wreaths are $15 and can be sponsored by making checks out to Wreaths for Warriors Walk and mail in c/o Anthony Justi, P.O. Box 3533, Fort Stewart, Ga. 31315. Contributions can also be made via PayPal at www.w4ww.org or www.facebook.com/wreaths4warriorswalk.
The 2011 Holiday Festival of Lights and Music is from 2-9 p.m. today and Dec. 3 at Dunham Farms in Midway.
The event features jazz legend Ben Tucker and vocalist Kim Polote as well as activities for children of all ages. Barbecue and snacks will be available for purchase, and the Christmas Market Gift Shop will be open throughout the festival.
Tickets are $6-$10 at the gate. A portion of all ticket sales benefits education programs at nonprofit Historic Seabrook Village.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 880-4500.
The Pembroke Garden Club is having a winter raffle. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and are available from club members.
The grand prize is a garden dump cart with accessories. The second prize is a 30-inch fire pit with a poker, and the third prize is a garden tub full of accessories.
The drawing is Jan. 19 at Dixie Harn Community Center, 91 Lanier St., but the winner does not need to be present to win.
For more information, call Diane at 661-4447 or 547-5313.
Jump N’ Jacks, at 109 Interchange Drive, is hosting a food drive during the month of November to benefit Richmond Hill’s Way Station food pantry.
Donate one nonperishable food item and get $1 off an attraction, or donate three nonperishable food items and get a $1 off three attractions.
Jump N’ Jacks Family Fun Center is at 109 Interchange Drive in Richmond Hill. For more information, call 459-1555.
The Bryan County High School FFA annual holiday fruit sale is going on now through Wednesday.
Produced in the sun-drenched groves of Indian River, Fla., available varieties include naval oranges, red grapefruit, mixed boxes, juices, oranges, tangerines, tangelos and red delicious apples. Fruit will be delivered during the second week of December.
Order by contacting a BCHS FFA member or calling 626-5060.
Homes of Integrity will host the second annual dancing-lights show from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 2 at its model home in Richmond Hill.
The light show is free. Park in front of the model home at 65 Eddenfield Lane in Richmond Hill and tune the radio to 107.1 FM to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas.
American Legion Post 164 and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Christmas party at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Post Home on Hwy. 280 west in Pembroke.
All active-duty members and their families who reside in Pembroke, Brooklet, Groveland or Ellabell are invited to attend. All members are asked to bring a covered dish, desert, etc. Meats, tea, coffee and bread will be provided by the post.
Guests should RSVP by calling B.J. Clark at 653-4958, Ernie Mitchell at 653-7970 or Joe Lewis (912) 842-9418.
Fort McAllister will hold its Winter Muster and Battle from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Historic State Park on Fort McAllister Road.
Spend the day at the fort as Union and Confederate forces prepare for the climactic battle of Sherman’s March to the Sea. Guests will be able to witness the final assault battle for control of the fort at 5 p.m.
The cost for adults is $6.50 and for children is $3.75.
For more information, call 727-2339.
The Richmond Hill High School Marching Band, with special guests the Richmond Hill Middle School Wildcat Winds, will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the pavilion in J.F. Gregory Park.
Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets.