Wreath making

Join us at the Wreath Making Workshop on Friday, Dec. 1, from 1-2:30 p.m. at Heartland Senior Services, 205 S. Walnut Ave in Ames. Haley will teach us how to decorate the wreath. Cost is $8 for all materials provided or you can bring your own (with a cost reduction). Please call Heartland at 515-233-2906 OR stop by to reserve a spot!

Nevada Vintage Christmas celebration

This weekend, Nevada kicks off its Vintage Christmas celebration on Friday evening. The event is sponsored by the Chamber. Come to the downtown area between 5 and 7 p.m. for festivities, which include: extended shopping hours; caroling by the Central Presbyterian Church Choir; a nativity put on by Family of Faith Church; the arrival of Santa at 5:45 near State Bank & Trust; the Cookie Walk fundraiser inside Farm Grounds, while goodies last; and a free showing of ‘The Polar Express” at the Talent Factory, starting at 7 p.m. Also during the evening, from 5-8 p.m., the Nevada Fire Department will serve a chili dinner on the north side of State Bank. The fire department will make 16 gallons of their secret firehouse recipe to serve, and they ask, as payment, for a free-will monetary donation or a donation of two nonperishable food items. All food items and money will be given to Cubbie’s Cupboard, a food pantry inside the Nevada Schools.

Doings at the Arboretum

On Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-noon, Dad’s Belgian Waffles returns to the Arboretum to serve mammoth-sized waffles that will fill your plate and satisfy your appetite. See wonderfully Iowa-grown and decorated Christmas trees. Santa will be flying in from the North Pole to make a guest appearance. A great event for the entire family. The fee is $9; children 5 and younger are free.

In addition, on Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be an Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop offered. In this make-and-take class, participants will use fresh-cut greens to create a tabletop arrangement that will last well into the new year. Sandy Gossman will teach you how to distinguish between different kinds of evergreens, how to use floral wet foam, wrap, picks and wire while producing the perfect centerpiece for your table. The fee is $25 members and $30 nonmembers.