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November 29, 2020

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Bluffton puts a spin on Blaze of Lights traditions

Caravan tour of lights, free drive-in movie, just for starters

FROM BLUFFTON ICON - The 34th annual Blaze of Lights will put a new spin on Bluffton traditions.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce and village Cultural Affairs Committee have updated celebrations to include a video Town Crier presentation, caravan tour of holiday lights, and a free drive-in movie. Dan Bowden is this year's switch hitter who will turn on the holiday lights.

"You can't stop Christmas from coming" is the 2020 Blaze of Lights theme, notes Paula Scott, the chamber CEO: "We are very excited about our modified events, which are designed to help keep families and friends safe."

$2 jewelry sale next weekend at Heartbeat

Over 10 tables of gently used jewelry

Heartbeat of Hardin County is having a $2 Jewelry Sale on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27, and 28, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  at the Heartbeat office, 220 E Franklin St., Kenton,

There will be over 10 tables full of earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets.  All items are gently used in good condition.  Every piece is $2.  There may be a table with higher priced items.  

All proceeds support Heartbeat of Hardin County and cash only will be accepted.

Julie Zaring, executive director, said, “These proceeds will provide funds
to operate the office and help those families who are expecting or have
children under four."

Here's what's in the second Vancrest raffle basket

Vancrest of Ada is now holding is second raffle basket. The raffle second raffle basket including a large soft blanket, necklace and earrings set from Paparazzi Jewelry, a vanilla candle, a size large Bella Canvas t-shirt reading “All the plaid and pumpkin things,” and a large bottle of Barefoot Peach Wine.

Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. Contact Jennifer in Vancrest activities department or Kristin, business office manager to pay cash or you can Venmo @Vancrest-Ada.

This raffle is open until 50 tickets are sold. (Must be 21 to win this prize.)

It's book fair time

Nothing is stopping the Ada elementary book fair from taking place. The book fair is online this month. The books will be delivered to the school and then distributed. The link will be open until Sunday, Nov. 29. Teachers have created wish lists for their classrooms as well. Click here to visit the book fair link.

You can get your Christmas cookies and eat them too

Ada part of Hardin chamber's Nov. 28 Christmas cookie walk

Small Business Saturday just now became more interesting. You can get your cookies and eat them too, in Ada on Saturday, Nov. 28.

As a first-time holiday event, sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, is a Hardin County Christmas Cookie Walk. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 28.

"Kick off your holiday shopping by supporting Hardin County businesses while enjoying pre-packaged Christmas cookies provided by each business on a first- come, first-serve basis," said the chamber. 

Downtown Girl Scout event is canceled

Covid-19 concerns



A downtown clue hunt is in store for girls interested in Girl Scouting in Ada on Saturday, Nov. 14, will not take place. Watch the Icon for further updates.