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Mitten tree

Books & Company will host the Mitten Tree Book Drive. Select a mitten from the Mitten Tree and purchase a book at 20 percent off. Books & Company will gift wrap the book and donate it to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. The books are given to families who visit the food pantry during December. For information, visit booksco.com.

OASD concerts

The Winter Jazz Concert featuring Oconomowoc High School Jazz Bands I and II and Silver Lake Intermediate seventh and eighth grade Jazz Band will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 1. The OHS Choraliers, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz Choirs, Golden Gals and Gold Vibrations will perform a seasonal concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The OHS Concert Band, OHS Symphonic Band and the award-winning OHS Wind Symphony directed by Michael Krofta will perform a traditional seasonal concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The OHS Orchestra is joined by seventh and eighth grade orchestra students from Nature Hill and Silver Lake Intermediate schools at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. All concerts are free and held at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

Winter farmers market

The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Oconomowoc High School cafeteria, 641 E. Forest St. For information, call 262-567-2666 or email joellen@oconomowoc.org.

Advent 

Advent Day of Prayer will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, Redemptorist Retreat Center.

There will be a conference, sacrament of Reconciliation, silent reflection, lunch, praying the Rosary together and celebration of the Eucharist. For information and to register, call 262-567-6900 or visit www.redemptoristretreat.org.

Kids Who Can

Elementary students are invited to decorate and share cookies with the residents at Hickory View Apartments, 211 S. Concord Road from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. There will also be crafts and assembly of gift bags. Space is limited to 25 children. Kids Who Can, a project of Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club, offers opportunities for elementary students and their families to serve the community in a meaningful way. A parent or guardian is required to stay during events. For information, call Liz Davis at kidswhocan@gmail.com.

Parents' night out

Parents' Night Out will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16, at YMCA at Pabst Farms. Cost per event: $15 members and $25 community participants. For information and to register, visit www.ymcaatpabstfarms.org.

Holy Trinity Lutheran

A Birthday Party for Jesus will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, lower fellowship hall. The celebration includes brunch, devotion, crafts, birthday cake and more. Cost: $1 per person. RSVP to the school or Learning Center. Congregation members will be caroling to shut-ins at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10. For information, visit www.holytrinityels.org.

Holiday at Avenue Square

Holiday at Avenue Square will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Avenue Square Mall, 175 E. Wisconsin Ave. Activities include live music, shopping, story time, carriage rides and visit with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, call 262-229-2564 or visit www.holidayattheavenuesquare.com.

Giant Cookie Sale

Hundreds of homemade cookies and candies will be on sale from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, First Congregational UCC, 815 S. Concord Road. Proceeds benefit youth ministry projects. For information, call 262-567-4461 or visit www.oconomowocucc.org.

Cookies with Santa

The Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club and the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society will host Cookies with Santa at the Museum from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, Oconomowoc Area Historical Society & Museum, 103 W. Jefferson St. There will be cookies, hot cocoa and fun activities for all ages. Photos with Santa also welcome. Free admission. For information, visit www.oconomowochistoricalsociety.org.

Oconomowoc Community Choir

The community is invited as the choir performs Christmas carols at Lake Country Health and Rehab in Oconomowoc, 6:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, and Lake Terrace at Shorehaven for the Kiwanis Breakfast, 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. For information, visit www.OconomowocCommunityChoir.com.

Angel on the Tree

Remember and honor a loved one or friend this holiday season and benefit Shorehaven residents through the purchase of an angel to be placed on the Tree of Love in Shorehaven Health and Rehabilitation Center’s lobby area. Beneficiary names will be read and refreshments will be served at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, Shorehaven Great Room. Cost: $5 for individual and $25 for sponsor angels. Purchase angels at 1305 W. Wisconsin Ave., or mail checks, payable to Service League of Volunteers, to PO Box 208, Oconomowoc WI 53066, Attn: Tree of Love. For information, call 262-560-6915.

Hogg Alley Marketplace

Hogg Alley Marketplace will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, Stolley's Hogg Alley, 2008 Venice Beach Road., Oconomowoc. Local vendors and artisans, cocktails and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Visit www.facebook.com/events/395039534219655.

Nutcracker Ballet

MainStage Academy of Dance presents the “Nutcracker” 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 East Forest St. Tickets: adults $18, high school students and younger $16. For information, visit www.wedancemainstage.com. For tickets, call 262-560-3172 or visit www.theoac.net.

Reminders

Okauchee Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, Bergmann & Hohm Dental Group, N50 W34770 Wisconsin Ave. and Okauchee American Legion. Nonperishable food items donated to Oconomowoc Food Pantry.

OJWC Holiday Artisan/Vendor Event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Nature Hill Intermediate School, 850 Lake Drive. www.ojwc.com.

Oconomowoc Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, downtown Oconomowoc. Oconomowoc Rotary Club will collect nonperishable food and cash donations for Oconomowoc Food Pantry. www.oconomowockiwanis.org/christmas-parade.

Outdoor Nativity, 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 818 W. Wisconsin Ave. www.smls.org.

Visit with Santa, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Okauchee Fire Department, W349 N5060 Shady Lane. 262-567-3585.

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