PAULDING – With the year coming to a close and Christmas quickly approaching, Paulding County Senior Center has many events scheduled for December.

The center, located at 401 E. Jackson St. in Paulding, will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday. It also will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s holiday.

The center closes early, at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 11, so the staff can enjoy its holiday party.

Again this year, the senior center will host a holiday bazaar, dinner and bake sale on Thursday, Dec. 14. Everyone is welcome. Shop for some great gifts and enjoy dinner with friends.

The bazaar, from 4-7 p.m., features vendors offering gift baskets, wreaths, jewelry, tea, homemade crafts and more.

The dinner will be a salad bar, soup and sandwiches from 5-6 p.m. Please make reservations by calling the center.

Also, the center’s Senior Way Gift Shop is open each Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Browse the shop to find some handcrafted items for friends and family. These can make excellent Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.

Each year, the senior center adopts a family to help for Christmas. A family of four, including two boys, ages 13 and 17, was selected. The center staff asked for donations early so that gifts could be delivered by Dec. 8.

The senior center is seeking volunteers to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Chief Supermarket. See center director Marsha Yeutter for details or call Jackie Teegarden at 419-784-2150.

Two learning opportunities will be offered during the month.

First, for those who like to volunteer at the senior center, attend a session at noon Dec. 11 to hear about the benefits of joining the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Members are eligible to get a travel reimbursement to drive to their work site, get Workers Compensation if injured while volunteering, and other perks.

Then, a Consumer Council presentation on “Saving Energy During the Holidays” will be offered at noon on Dec. 15.

Canvas painting class, conducted by AmeriCare Home Health, will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Anyone can paint with instruction. Contact the center to reserve a seat; materials will be furnished. The cost is $3 per person.

The bridge club will meet Monday, Dec. 18.

A cancer support group meeting will be at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 13. The center’s steering committee and site council joint meeting and lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18.

The month’s birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 20. Call the center for lunch reservations. On the menu are veal cutlet, potatoes, green beans with bacon, apple juice, birthday cake and beverage

As a prelude to the holiday, the center will host a Christmas luncheon and gift exchange 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22.

The luncheon menu includes pork roast, mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, apricots and cherry fruit crisp. Call for meal reservations.

To participate in the gift exchange, bring a gift valued at $10. A game will be played to make things fun during the exchange.

The final event of the month and the year will occur on Friday, Dec. 29 as the center hosts its annual “New Year’s Eve Celebration.” Just before noon, the lights will be shut off, noisemakers will be at the ready and the countdown will begin until 12 ... noon. Continue celebrating with some sparkling grape juice and snacks.