Through the month of December, The Culver Citizen will break out all holiday-related events into this special space for readers' convenience.
Community tree lighting, caroling Friday
The annual community tree lighting and caroling event will be held Friday, December 7, under the auspices of the Culver Youth Community Organization and Knights of Columbus. The event will begin with the lighting of the community tree at 6:30 p.m. at the train station - depot, followed by a visit from Santa Claus. The night will culminate with volunteers caroling at several local businesses in town.
In conjunction with the event, several donation jars will be set out at various local businesses to help raise money to support local families in need over the holiday season. Any individuals or organizations interested in donating to or taking part may contact Cory Monnier at 574-250-0103 for details.
Holiday open houses, carriage rides
A number of Culver businesses and restaurants will hold open houses Friday, Dec. 7 in conjunction with the town tree lighting and caroling. Offered will be wine and appetizers, free carriage rides, and live entertainment. Participating area businesses are also staying open later in conjunction with the event and serving hot chocolate and champagne.
Nativity pageant rehearsals
Rehearsals for St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church's annual Nativity Pageant will take place Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. All children of the community are invited to participate. The pageant will take place Friday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m., with a potluck dinner following (meat and drinks provided).
Maxinkuckee Singers Christmas shows
The Maxinkuckee Singers, under the direction of Beth Webster, will perform their annual Christmas concert including standards, contemporary, sacred numbers, comedy routines and featured soloists, at various sites. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST (6:30 CST in Knox) and there is no admission charge. Dates and locations include: Dec. 6 at Argos United Methodist Church in Argos; Dec. 10 at Bremen United Methodist Church in Bremen; Dec. 12 at Grace United Church of Christ in Culver; Dec. 13 at First United Church of Christ in Plymouth; Dec. 17 at Knox United Methodist Church in Knox.
'A Christmas Carol' onstage
Culver Academies continues its Huffington Concert Series Tuesday, Dec. 11, starting at 7:30 p.m. with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan's production of the beloved Charles Dickens Christmas classic, "A Christmas Carol," featuring a cast of 24, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, at the Eppley Auditorium.
Christmas card making at CUTPL
Culver-Union Township Public Library will have a Christmas card making class Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Jennifer Merle-Hamscher, independent Stampin’ Up demonstrator will lead the class. There is a $5 materials fee for three cards and preregistration is required so materials can be provided. This program is open to the public. Contact Cindy Good at 574-842-2941 or email@example.com  for more information.
Santa at the Library
On Sat., Dec. 15, Cookies and story time with Santa by the fireplace at the Culver Public Library, 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Christmas party Dec. 15
The annual Culver community children’s Christmas party, a collaboration between the VFW, fire department, Lions Clubs, and others, will take place Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Culver Comm. High School. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for a Christmas-themed movie for children at 10. Following the movie, Santa will arrive to visit with the children. The front doors of the high school will be the entrance. The event is free and open to the public.
Christmas open house at CUTPL
Culver Union Twp. Public Library will host a Christmas open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15. Marlena Whitworth, from Plymouth, will sing and play piano from noon to 1, and Marizetta Kenney will play piano from 1 to 3. Cookies and punch will be served.
This program is free and open to the public. Contact Cindy Good at 574-842-2941 or firstname.lastname@example.org  for more information.
Bell ringers needed
The Culver Council of Churches is requesting help in ringing the Salvation Army bell for donation kettles set up at various sites in Culver. All donations given at these locations will stay in Culver and be used in Culver. The weekend days where help is needed are Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Please contact Jean Rakich to schedule your time, at 574-842-2725.
Monterey New Years Eve party
A spaghetti dinner to benefit the Monterey Days festival in Monterey will take place New Years Eve from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., at the Monterey American Legion Post in Monterey. Adults are $8 and kids (5 to 11) $5; under 5 are free. Kool Aid and coffee available (anything else would be BYOB). Music provided.