COVID has made this year difficult for many different reasons, one of them being that many of us have been cooped up in the house with nowhere to go. Events have been cancelled, stores and restaurants have closed, concerts were postponed and movie releases are delayed. It seems that all we can do is make sourdough bread and watch The Office or Grey’s Anatomy for the 9th and 10th time on Netflix. This doesn’t have to be the case though!
We have decided to start yet another series here on The Hub Blog that showcases local happenings in Jackson and the surrounding areas (or virtually), to hopefully help you find the motivation to turn off the tv and do something fun! So read ahead to see what’s happening in December!
Bissell Empty The Shelter Adoption Event
Wednesday Dec. 9th – Saturday Dec. 12th
Happening right now!! The Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring all animal adoptions at the shelter, meaning you only pay $25 for an adoption! Simply come in during regular business hours (10am-4:30pm most days), and find your new furever friend to take home!
Christmas on the Farm
Saturday Dec. 12th – Sunday Dec. 13th
We all know where Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm is right? Their address is 11035 S. Jackson Rd, Cement City, MI 49233, just in case you weren’t sure. This upcoming weekend Meckley’s is hosting a Christmas event that includes a live nativity scene, hot cocoa, Christmas trees, pictures with Santa and more! Make sure to dress warm because you’ll be spending the majority of your time outside at this one!
Ella’s Museum Sale & Art Sale
Dec. 11th – 13th & Dec. 18th – 20th
Ella Sharp Park and Museum is a staple in the Jackson community and this year they are hosting a two-weekend, museum-wide sale! There will be art available to purchase that has been created by not only Ella students, but staff as well. Home decor, books, accessories, apparel and more will be up for grabs. This could be a great place to find some special homemade Christmas gifts for loved ones this year.
Nite Lites at MIS
November 26th – December 31st
Would this really be a local happenings list without Nite Lites? Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm – 9pm, and Friday/Saturday 5:30pm – 10pm, MIS is lit up with over 10 miles of Christmas lights on a 5 mile route! Socially distance inside your own vehicle and marvel at a crazy beautiful holiday light display sometime this month. It’s totally worth it!
Christmas Caroling at the Jackson Friendly Home and the John George Home
Friday Dec. 11th at 5pm
Do you enjoying singing? Or maybe bringing joy to others? This is a great event being put on by the Because It Matters project. Anybody and everybody is invited to help bring the holiday spirit to the residents at the Jackson Friendly Home and John George home this Friday. If you plan on joining this group for the festivities, let them know on their Facebook event page! Also, this is another outside event, so dress for the weather!
Virtual Wreaths Across America
Saturday, Dec. 19th at 12pm EST
St. John’s Cemetery is hosting its fourth annual National Wreaths Across America Day Ceremony this year virtually. You can check out their Facebook event page to make a tax deductible donation before the 19th, or tune in on that Saturday for a roughly 15 minute live stream of the event.
Versiti Blood Drive
Monday Dec. 21st 2pm-6pm
For those of you looking for more ways to give back to our community, this blood drive is a great opportunity. Taking place at Brooklyn Presbyterian Church, this blood drive offers its donors free COVID 19 antibody testing. All blood will be screened and any donors affected will be notified. Be sure to check out their event page on Facebook to find the registration link!
Music Notes Jackson Annual Christmas Concert
Saturday, Dec. 19th
Music Notes Jackson has pre-recorded their performance this year so they are able to host a virtual concert. Check out their event on Facebook to gain access to the link when it’s posted on December 19th!
Even with COVID19 looming over our shoulders there are plenty of things we can do this season. Are there any events we missed that you’re excited about this month? Please share them with us, we would love to hear about them!
*All of these events were found on Facebook. Check out their listings for more information!*