What’s Happening, week of Dec. 18

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca.

Thursday, Dec. 18

Organ Series

Robert Towers, organist and director of music at Central United Church, concludes the church’s Organ Series, 220 George St., 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Freewill donation. For more, call 519-344-4561

Christmas Lights Tour

The third annual Sarnia Christmas lights tour begins, with a turn-by-turn, self-guided driving tour becoming available on Facebook today. For all the details, visit https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasLightsTour

Red Ribbon Campaign

Local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving selling baked goods at the Sarnia Legionnaires home game against St. Thomas as part of its campaign to stop impaired driving. Sarnia Arena, 134 Brock St. S., 7 p.m. For more, call 519-399-9962

Friday, Dec. 19

Lit’l Chicago Live

The popular Sarnia-based blues band Lit’l Chicago staging its third annual Christmas Blues Concert at Jack Doyle’s Irish Grille, 1249 London Rd. Three sets, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Advance tickets $10 at restaurant, $13 at door. For more, call 519-337-5229

Saturday, Dec. 20

Legion Christmas Party

All welcome at the Royal Canadian Legion Christmas party in Sarnia, Branch 62, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 286 North Front St. Light lunch and music by Stevie D. Advance tickets $5. For more, call Anne at 519-381-8775 or anne.legion62pro@gmail.com

Sunday, Dec. 21

Christmas Sing-a-Long

Everyone welcome to become part of a large choir singing Christmas songs, led by No Greater Cause and Chris Hellinga on piano, with special guest the Harmony Choir. All ages. At Tepperman’s Furniture, Lambton Mall, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call John at 519-542-3435

Live Nativity Scene

Redeemer Lutheran Church hosts its annual live nativity scene on the church lawn over three nights, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday; 429 Indian Rd., all welcome, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with carol singing and hot chocolate at 7:30 p.m.  For more, call 519-337-6615.

Saturday, Dec. 27

SLACon 2014

A free multimedia convention featuring anime, manga, science fiction, fantasy, horror and comic books with costuming, discussion panels, gaming, artists and films. This year’s theme: “Doctor Who Versus Godzilla.” Sarnia Library, 124 Christina St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 519-337-3291

Monday, Dec. 29

Frozen

The Sarnia Library offering a free screening of the animated movie Frozen, the G-rated story of Elsa who learns to deal with her great and powerful gifts. 7 p.m. For more information, call 519-337-3291

Wednesday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Party

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62, hosting a New Year’s Eve party with a roast beef buffet at 6 p.m. and dance from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. 286 North Front St. Tickets $30, couples $50, should be purchased in advance. For more, call Anne at 519-381-8775 or anne.legion62pro@gmail.com

New Year’s Dance

Presented by the Point Edward Optimist Club, featuring entertainment by the Rick Steeves Band. 210 Monk St., 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., shuttle service available, light lunch at midnight. Tickets, $20, available by calling Dan at 519-330-8115 or Andy at 519-542-1154.

Thursday, Jan. 1 

President’s Levy

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62, hosting the President’s Levy. Starts at 2 p.m. with music by Mid Life Crisis from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more, call Anne at 519-381-8775 or anne.legion62pro@gmail.com

Friday, Jan. 2

Writing Contest

The annual Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton “letters to your loved ones” writing contest begins. All ages welcome, cash prizes, $20 entry fee for adults. Deadline for entries is April 30. Contest rules at www.alzheimer.ca/sarnialambton. For more, call Shannon at 519-332-4444

Art Exhibit

Opening of a show and sale of paintings by Ryan Taylor together with live music by Erica and Sara & The Guys at the Cheeky Monkey, as part of Sarnia’s First Friday cultural walkabout. 130 Christina St. North, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more, call 519-332-0978

Saturday, Jan. 3

Smurfs 2

The Sarnia Library children’s department offering two free screenings of the G-rated animated movie Smurfs 2, in which the Smurfs have to rescue Smurfette from an evil wizard, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 519-337-3291

Friday, Jan. 9

Rebound programs

Today is the deadline to sign up for Sarnia-Lambton Rebound youth programs. The programs, which begin the week of Jan. 13, help youth improve their communication, decision-making, goal-setting, self-esteem and other life skills. For ages eight to 24. For more, contact Stephanie at 519-344-2841, or email stephanie@reboundonline.com

Youth Dance

A dance for youth ages eight to 14 supervised by the Boys and Girls Club, at the Lochiel Kiwanis Centre, 180 College Ave. North, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. D.J., door prizes, snacks available. Cost $5. Please see if dance is full before dropping off child. For more call 519-337-3651, or visit www.bgcsarnia.com

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Quilts of Valour

Workshop for quilters and all interested persons in the upper room of the Sarnia Legion, 286 Front St., from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring your sewing machine and fabric to make and sash Quilts of Valour blocks, to be used for wounded veterans. For more, call 519-869-2036

Saturday, Jan. 17

Girl Rising

The Sarnia Justice Film Festival’s third offering of the season is Girl Rising, a feature film about the power of education to change the lives of girls in the developing world. Sarnia Library Theatre, 7 p.m., followed by discussion. Admission free, donations gladly accepted. For more, visit www.Facebook.com/SarniaJusticeFilmFestival

Sunday, Jan. 18

Art Show Opening

New exhibition called ‘World of Fantasy’ opening at Gallery in the Grove featuring the work of the late Canadian artist Anna P. Baker. 2618 Hamilton Rd. in Bright’s Grove.  Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call 519-869-4643

Monday, Jan. 19

Living with COPD

Free ten-week education and exercise program offered by the Rapids Family Health Team for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Runs Mondays and Thursdays at the UNIFOR union hall, 900 Devine St. For more and progam times, call 519-339-8949, ext. 151.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Central Forum

Mike Hurry, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Sarnia-Lambton, shares his experiences of travelling through East Africa at discussion series, 10 a.m., Central United Church, 220 Brock St. Tickets $2. For more, call 519-344-4561