CHEROKEE — Current and former residents of Cherokee, as well as visitors, are encouraged to be a part of a Christmas celebration Saturday.
Organizers said the event will begin with breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at the Cherokee Lions Club. Arts and crafts will be exhibited from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. across from Town Hall. At 10 a.m., entertainment will begin on Main Street next to the town’s Christmas Tree.
The entertainment will feature Bobby Denton and other local musicians.
At 11 a.m. a hot dog/chili lunch will be at CBS Bank for a $5 donation to benefit Relay for Life. At 2 p.m the town’s annual Christmas parade will begin. This year’s grand marshals will be Bobby Denton, Howard Keeton, Willodean Malone, and Bud and Eloise Mills.
At 3 p.m., Freda S. Daily will read “A Christmas Story.” Snacks will be served at Cherokee First United Methodist Church from 3-5 p.m. and at 5 p.m. residents will “Light the Town” with the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Organizers said a wide-screen television will be on hand for sports fans, as well as hayrides, carriage rides and children’s activities throughout the day.
The annual Eldridge Toy Run will be Saturday in Tuscumbia and Russellville, official said. The event, which supports Eldridge Children’s Home in Fayette County, will be at Customized Cycle on U.S. 72, Tuscumbia.
Organizers said the riders will leave Tuscumbia at 9 a.m. and ride to the Old Food World Shopping Center in Russellville near the intersection of U.S. 43 and Alabama 24.
Riders will leave Russellville at 10 a.m., traveling Alabama 13 to Eldridge. The ride is open to any motorcycle riders. The only fee is a monetary donation or a gift card. All proceeds go to the children’s home, which is operated through the Alabama Baptist Association.
For more information, call Mark Swindle at 256-332-8402 or Troy Collum at 205-269-3215.
TUSCUMBIA — The Colbert County Animal Control will host a Christmas open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 5010 Missouri St., Tuscumbia, sponsored by the animal control and its volunteer organization.
Animal foster care coordinator Stephanie Flanagan said there will be a spay/neuter sponsorship and wish list tree. People may bring items from the wish list for the shelter/foster animals. When people donate to the spray/neuter fund, the donors names will be hung on the Christmas tree.
There will be an outdoor adoption tree where a light will be turned on for each adoption.
“Our goal is to adopt 200 animals in December,” she said.
Twenty adoption gift sets including a bowl, pet food and promotional items will be given away. A rummage sale will be from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. to raise money for spay/neuter and vetting funds.
For more information, go to ccacvolunteers.webs.com.