This year the Harlan Vocal Department will be hosting a Christmas Caroling night on Thursday, December 20th. They invite you to bring your friends and family to help them spread the holiday cheer throughout Harlan. In order to be familiar with the musical pieces, caroling rehearsals will be held in the High School vocal room at 7 am on Thursday, December 13th. They will meet in the vocal room of Harlan Community High School at 5:30 on Thursday, December 20th and then board the buses at 6 pm and carol downtown, on the streets around Immanuel Lutheran Church and by Merrill Field. Cookies and hot beverages will be served in the vocal room at 7:30.
The 1st Annual Santa's Helpers Used Toy Drive is going on now through December 19th. Santa's helpers want every child in Shelby County to have a merry Christmas so now through December 19th, you can donate your gently used toys to needy families around Shelby County. Drop off locations are The Agency Insurance, Ryan's Barber Shop and Shelby County Chamber. Santa's Workshop will be open December 22nd from 10 am to Noon for anyone in the county to come pick up free toys for Christmas.
Harlan Community High School will be selling the old Varsity Football Jerseys, the red and white ones for $25 each. Stop by the HCHS principal's office to purchase them.
2019 Dog Licenses are now available at the Harlan Police Department. The year the cost of the tag is $10 per animal and you MUST bring proof of rabies vaccinations with you when you register. Failure to register by January 31st may results in additional fines.
The Harlan Board Trotters host a family board game event every Tuesday night at the Harlan Hy-vee from 4-9 pm. No experience needed. Games are free to play. Check out Harlan Board Trotters on Facebook for details and updates.
The Shelby County Food Pantry needs donations. Donations can be made year round at the West Central Community Action on 7th Street in Harlan. Both non-perishable food items and non-food items can be donated.
The Harlan Special Needs Network will meet the FIRST Thursday of January, February, March and April as well as September, October, and November starting at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1700 19th Street in Harlan. The groups meets to empower individuals with ASD/Special Needs and their families by providing communication, education, awareness and support within the community. If you like to get on the email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.\\
Blood Donations needed -
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
December 18th 12:30 to 5:30 pm American Legion Hall in Arcadia
12 Noon to 6 pm Rand Community Center in Missouri Valley
December 19th 12 Noon to 6 pm National Guard Armory in Carroll
Thursday, December 13th -
Santa will be in the cabins at the Shelby County Historical Museum on Thursday, December 13th, from 5 to 7:30 pm. Santa will arrive at 5:30 pm.
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The Harlan Community Open House will be held from 9 am to 12 Noon Saturday, December 15th. The tour is open to the public. Tour houses and businesses in Harlan t hat are located on the tour map.
The Harlan Community Library will be having a Holiday Open House from 9 to Noon.
Sunday, December 16th -
A Relay for Life Breakfast Fundraiser will be held Sunday December 16th, from 8:30 to 11:30 at St. Mary’s Parish Center in Panama. The event is sponsored by We Don’t Whine, We Fight” Relay for Life Team and has been rescheduled from December 2nd. Come and enjoy bacon, eggs, biscuits, sausage gravy and Lori Mages’ Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, or if you prefer a gluten free option, they will have cornmeal muffins and a beverage. The cost is a free will donation.
Monday, December 17th -
The Harlan Community Library will be hosting a Movie along with a visit from an Animator. The movie playing is "Rock Dog" and the Animator that will be visiting is Amelia Kurth.
Tuesday, December 18th -
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, December 18th, from 4:30 to 6:30 at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. They will be serving Christmas meal. The Lincoln Leaders 4-H group and the Immanuel Lutheran Church will be volunteering. Everyone in the community is welcome and bring a friend.
Wednesday, December 19th -
The Harlan Community Library will be having a Classic Movie: It's a Wonderful Life, starting at 10:00 am and open to the public
Thursday, December 20th -
The Harlan Community Library will be having a Lego Challenge Night starting at 6:30 pm.
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Tuesday, December 25th -
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be closed for the Christmas Holiday, on Tuesday, December 25th.
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Thursday, December 27th -
The Harlan Community Library will be hosting OWLS (Older Wiser Learning Seniors) at the Harlan Senior Center starting at 12:00 pm.
Friday, December 28th -
The Harlan Community Library will be hosting Hugo Kringle - Free Kids' Program starting at 1:00 pm.
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