Mrs. Ann Wieland’s fourth, fifth and sixth Graders at Grover Hill Elementary gave a presentation of “How To Train Your Reindeer (To Fly)” on Dec. 7. All young magic reindeer need a good, well-rounded education. Fortunately, they are able to get one from the School of Reindeer at (where else?) the North Pole. They can study all of the important subjects like math, science, reading, music, and so on. But they also have to have specialized training in necessary skills like leaping, reindeer games, and of course, flying.
Mrs. Ann Wieland’s fourth, fifth and sixth Graders at Grover Hill Elementary gave a presentation of “How To Train Your Reindeer (To Fly)” on Dec. 7. All young magic reindeer need a good, well-rounded education. Fortunately, they are able to get one from the School of Reindeer at (where else?) the North Pole. They can study all of the important subjects like math, science, reading, music, and so on. But they also have to have specialized training in necessary skills like leaping, reindeer games, and of course, flying.
By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

The hours are quickly ticking away to Christmas, now less than two weeks away. Take time to enjoy the sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas. Make some special memories by attending one or more of these holiday activities:

Thursday, Dec. 14 –

Christmas Bazaar and Dinner at the Paulding County Senior Center, 4-7 p.m. Vendors, bake sale and more. Open to the public. Soup and salad bar at 5 p.m., RSVP by calling 419-399-3650.

Oakwood Elementary and Paulding Elementary fifth grade beginning band concert at 7 p.m. at Paulding School Auditeria.

Michael W. Smith with Jordan Smith and the Lima Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. For ticket information, call 419-238-6722 or visit www.npacvw.org.

Friday, Dec. 15 –

Holiday Lights at the Fair hosted by 4-H Interstate Exchange Club at Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Drive through more than 60 light displays, 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 –

Holiday Lights at the Fair hosted by 4-H Interstate Exchange Club at Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Drive through more than 60 light displays, 6-9 p.m.

Santa Claus will be in the Santa House at Herb Monroe Community Park in Paulding from 5-7 p.m. to meet with kids.

Sunday, Dec. 17 –

Third Sunday of Advent.

“A Christmas Carol” on stage at 3 p.m. at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. For ticket information, call 419-238-6722 or visit www.npacvw.org.

Paulding High School band and choir concert at 3 p.m. in the high school gym.

Blue Christmas service of remembrance and hope at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 601 Flat Rock Drive, Paulding. All are welcome to participate in this service.

Holiday Lights at the Fair hosted by 4-H Interstate Exchange Club at Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Drive through more than 60 light displays, 6-9 p.m.

Santa Claus will be in the Santa House at Herb Monroe Community Park in Paulding from 5-7 p.m. to meet with kids.

Monday, Dec. 18 –

Antwerp High School band and choir winter concert at 7 p.m.

Wrap & Yap - gift wrapping with hot cocoa and holiday music 5-7 p.m. in the Cooper Community Branch Library Community Room in Oakwood. Scissors and tape supplied.

Family movie night: “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” at 6 p.m. at Payne Branch Library.

Tuesday, Dec. 19 –

Christmas Make and Take all day at Antwerp Branch Library.

Oakwood Elementary Christmas program, “Christmas Cookies and Holiday Hearts” featuring second graders, 7 p.m.

Divine Mercy Catholic School in Payne will hold its Christmas program at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cookie walk open after both performances.

Wednesday, Dec. 20 –

Oakwood Elementary kindergarten gingerbread house display, 2:30-2:50 p.m.

Santa Claus will be in the Santa House at Herb Monroe Community Park in Paulding from 5-7 p.m. to meet with kids.

Thursday, Dec. 21 –

First day of winter.

Friday, Dec. 22 –

Paulding County Senior Center’s Christmas luncheon and gift exchange, 11:30 a.m. For meal reservations, call 419-399-3650. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a $10 gift.

Events In Progress –

Salvation Army Bell Ringers kettle collections at Paulding Chief Supermarket from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Bell ringers are urgently needed; call Jackie Teegarden at 419-784-2150 to schedule.

Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo, now through Dec. 31. Open until 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Over one million lights, ice slide, bumper cars on ice. For details and entertainment schedule, visit www.toledozoo.org/lights. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

“Snow Days” Holiday Garden Exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne now through Jan. 7. For special event, activities and hours, visit www.botanicalconservatory.org.

The Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink in downtown Fort Wayne open daily with extended hours for the holidays. Kids age 13 and under can skate free every Wednesday. Skate rental available. For schedule and additional information, visit www.fortwayneparks.org.

Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park in Fort Wayne open now through Dec. 31, Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m., other nights 6-9 p.m. Drive through more than 80 lighted and animated displays depicting holiday scenes.

Archbold Festival of Lights through Jan. 1 at Ruihley Park in Archbold. Walk or drive through; free admission.

Christmas Garden Holiday Light Display now through Jan. 1 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. at Van Wert Children’s Garden in Smiley Park, 1409 Leeson Ave. Free admission.

See nearly 100 decorated trees at the Delphos Canal Commission “Celebrate Christmas” tree festival now through Dec. 30, Thursdays 9 a.m.-noon and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. at the museum. Free admission. Visit www.delphoscanalcommission.com.

Mitten/Scarf Tree project begins at Paulding County Carnegie Library. Donate new hats, scarves or gloves and place them on the tree; items will be distributed throughout the county.

The Friends of the Putnam County District Library, 136 Putnam Parkway, Ottawa, is sponsoring its 26th Annual Christmas Tree Festival now through Jan. 4 during library hours.

Note: Look for more events in next week’s Progress. To add your event, email progress@progressnewspaper.org.