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The Washington County Suicide Awareness Coalition will hold a Hope for the Holidays Candlelight Vigil on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Muskingum Park for those remembering loved ones lost to suicide.

The youth of Tunnel United Methodist Church will present its sixth annual live nativity Dec. 14 from 6 to 7 p.m. Guests will remain in their vehicles to drive through and stop at the various scenes in the church’s lower parking lot. Live animals, provided by the Pampered Pets Petting Farm, may include: sheep, goats, a cow, a donkey and a llama. Each group that drives through will receive a Christmas ornament. The event is free and open to the public; donations are not accepted. Tunnel UMC is located five miles west of Marietta at OH 550 and Coffman Road (behind Warren Volunteer Fire Department).

• For information: Youth Director Myla Mitchem, 740-525-1135.

Local poet and prominent thespian David B. Prather will read from his newly published book “We Were Birds” at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Prather has taught at WVU and Marietta College and has been a poetry editor for Tantra Press and Confluence. The reading is sponsored by the Serenity Poetry Series and will be held at the Riverside Artists Gallery, 219 Second St., Marietta.

The Beverly Lions Club will host its 14th Christmas Display & Treats Auction at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Beverly United Methodist Church, 700 Park St., Beverly. Many gifts, gift certificates and food items will be auctioned off. Proceeds will be divided between Diabetes Research and Pediatric Cancer.

• For information: 740-984-4414.

The O’Neill Center will host its annual craft show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Many local artisans will be selling handmade items. RSVP will be selling chicken and noodles, sloppy joes, hot dogs and tacos-in-a-bag. Homemade baked goods will be sold for dessert.

• For information:740-373-3914.


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