Messiah' performance, practice dates slated

A community choir performance of Handel's "Messiah" has been set for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1700 Hillcrest, according to Lee Thomason, director.

"The choir is open for anyone to participate," Thomason said. "This will be our second year to present this seasonal concert. Everyone is encouraged to come and sing, even if they can't make both rehearsals."

A second practice is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 at First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa Ave.

Thomason said audience members are asked to bring canned goods which the choir will then donate to Christmas Roundup.

For more information, call Thomason at 446-3884.

Downtown group will host Christmas contest

Rockdale Downtown Association will host a Christmas decorating contest with the theme "Christmas in Old Downtown Rockdale," according to Mary Phillips and Mary Lee Dyess, spokespersons.

"The contest is open to all downtown businesses and overall outside decorations will be judged," Phillips said.

"Judging begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 and first, second and third-place winners will be announced the following day."

For more information, contact Phillips at 446-7118 or Dyess at 446-6680.

4th Buddy Oney Toy Run to benefit Roundup

The fourth annual Buddy Oney Toy Run will be held Dec. 5 and will again benefit Rockdale Christmas Roundup, which assists needy families with toys for children.

The ride begins and ends at The Ranch, 415 W. US 79. Registration is at 10 a.m. and first bike out is at 11 a.m. There will be five stops along the route in area communities before the run returns to Rockdale.

Cost is $15 per rider, or $20 with a passenger, or riders may donate a new toy valued at $20 or more. T-shirts will also be available for $20 and a 50/50 drawing.

Organizer Charles Starr said meals will be provided by Brady's Pest Control and Perry & Perry Builders to participants and to anyone who makes a donation.

Starr said the bikers also plan to ride in the Christmas Night Parade on Dec. 4.

For more information, contact Starr at 760-5537, Neal Ferrell at 446-2821 or Loy Woolverton at 760-5413.

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