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Wolfe’s Neck Farm is hosting its annual “Night Tree” event, inspired by the book of the same name, on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Event celebrates

‘Night Tree’

A holiday tradition children, the “Night Tree” event at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Saturday, Dec. 3, is inspired by Eve Bunting’s book, “Night Tree.” Her story is about a family that feeds the forest animals by making decorations for a special tree. Each hour during the day, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the story will be read aloud and then children decorate pinecones with birdseed and string popcorn, dried fruit and cranberries. Participants then take a short hike on the trails to leave these treats in the woods for the animals. The cost is $5 for those ages 2 and older, and free for members of Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

This event sells out each year. Register at www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

Save the date

for Sparkle Weekend

Freeport’s Sparkle Weekend, sponsored by FreeportUSA, is coming Dec. 2-3. Activities include free horse-drawn wagon rides, a Parade of Lights, free hot cocoa, visits with Santa, and a Talking Christmas Tree. For the full schedule of events, see www.sparklecelebration.com.

Holly Jolly Fair

Dec. 2 and 3

The annual Holly Jolly Fair, hosted by the First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., will be held Friday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday features a cake party, cookie walk, crafts, knitted items, jewelry, quilted items, soaps, honey, LuLa Roe clothing and more. Saturday highlights include a fish chowder and Italian sandwich luncheon, plus cookie walk, crafts, knitted and quilted items, jewelry, soaps, honey, LuLa Roe clothing and more. For more information, call 865-6022.

The 1960s are back

at ‘WFCP Radio Hour’

The Freeport Players’ “WFCP Home Time Radio Hour,” returns to the Freeport Performing Arts Center “studio,” Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show features live music, all-new comedy sketches, and more. The players are joined by musicians Rob Babson (Delta Knights, WFCP Orchestra) and friends, backing the show’s singers on 1960s rock, soul, folk and country. The show also features the Sound Effects Ladies.

Tickets are $15 at the door, or save $5 by purchasing tickets online at www.fcponline.org or at Maine Wicked Goods Mercantile, 304 US Route 1 South, Freeport.

Jingle Bell Run

aids arthritis research

The 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Mast Landing School, 116 Mollymauk Lane in Freeport. Registration is at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Participants in the run or walk will raise money for the Arthritis Foundation to help find a cure for arthritis.

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk began in 1984 to raise awareness of the country’s most common cause of disability, while also raising funds for research, health education and government advocacy to improve the lives of people with arthritis. To celebrate the season, participants form a team by inviting their friends and family members to join them. Participants tie jingle bells to their shoelaces and many wear holiday costumes.

Those interested can register at www.jbr.org/freeport, and save $10. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Tom Bringle at tbringle@arthritis.org or call 603-724-6080. Jingle Bell Runs will also be held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Dec. 11 and Concord, New Hampshire, on Dec. 18.

For more information, see www.arthritis.org.

Toys for Tots

collection starts

Caleb Stephens, financial adviser with Edward Jones, is supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program by using his office as a drop-off location for this year’s toy drive.

Local residents can help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, at 5 Depot St., Suite 24, Freeport, during regular business hours, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Friday, Dec. 9.

“With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities,” Stephens said. “And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our community.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors.

Winter parking

ban has begun

Parking is prohibited on all Freeport streets from 11 p.m.-7 a.m., now through April 15. This provision is in effect all year on both sides of Harraseeket Road between Main Street and Dixon Road, and on both sides of South Freeport Road between Main Street and Park Street.

Freeport Elders raise

money for bus fund

Raffle tickets are being sold to support the Freeport Elders’ bus fund. The winning tickets will be drawn on Dec. 9. The raffle tickets available include an American Girl Doll, 18 inches with bed and 10 outfits. The cost is $2 per ticket or three for $5.

Other items include a queen-size handmade quilt, a lobster-trap coffee table, a $100 gift certificate Hannaford, a $100 gift certificate Walmart and a fox family latch hook rug. Tickets for those items are $1 each or six for $5.

All tickets are available at the Freeport Elders Association, 53 Depot St. in Freeport.

Prescription drug

take-back program

The Freeport Police Department has installed a secured permanent drug drop-off box in the lobby of the Public Safety Building. Residents can drop off expired, unwanted or outdated drugs during their normal business hours, Sunday throuh Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The department will continue to take part in the semi-annual drug take back program.

Woman’s Club has

grant to award

The Freeport Woman’s Club is looking for a candidate for its 2016-2017 Step Up Grant, a $1,000 gift for a woman over the age of 21 from Freeport or Pownal who is seeking occupational training and is experiencing financial need. Criteria for selection of the applicant are based upon financial need, clarity of goals, educational program and references. For questions and further information, call Virginia Boyles at 865-3973.

Upcoming meetings

Board of Appeals, Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Town Council chambers.

Town Council, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., Town Council chambers.

Planning Board, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., Town Council chambers.

Shellfish Conservation Commission, Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Center.

A full schedule of meetings and agendas is available at www.freeportmaine.com.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm is hosting its annual “Night Tree” event, inspired by the book of the same name, on Saturday, Dec. 3.