Looking Ahead

Hannah’s Closet sale

Hannah’s Closet Thrift Store, 1034 Roanoke Ave. in Roanoke Rapids, will hold a sale featuring shirts, blouses and sweaters for $1 through Saturday. Also, watch for the Daily Dollar Deals and don’t forget, Tuesday is Senior Day which includes 15% off total purchase. The $5 Bag Sale is also held on the first Saturday of every month. Visit the online thrift store at hannahscloset.org. The store is part of Hannah’s Place, a nonprofit organization helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Halifax and Northampton counties. The crisis line is 252-541-2064. All donations are tax-deductible. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 252-541-1127.

Department of Social Services meeting

HALIFAX — The Halifax County Social Services Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the DSS Main Conference Room, 4421 Highway 301.

LGA to meet Dec. 1

LITTLETON — The Lake Gaston Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Lake Gaston Baptist Church, Highway 903. The topic will be LGA Year in Review with the speaker, Brian Goldsworthy, LGA president. Got a lake-related issue or concern the LGA should be working on? There will be time allotted on the agenda to present those concerns to the LGA Board. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact 252-586-6577, 1-888-586-6577 or info@lakegastonassoc.com.

Lake Gaston Holiday Flotilla

The Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Lake Gaston Holiday Flotilla on Dec. 4 (rain date is Dec. 5). Line up is at 5 p.m., with the parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Pointe at Lake Gaston. Santa Clause will be coming to town and hot chocolate will e served. Prizes will be awarded for the top three boats. For more information or to participate, contact the chamber at 252-586-5711 or info@lakegastonchamber.com.

Roanoke Rapids Christmas Parade

The Roanoke Rapids Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 along historic Roanoke Avenue. The parade is sponsored by Halifax Linen with hosts City of Roanoke Rapids and Roanoke Rapids Parks & Recreation. Clinton Boyd is the Grand Marshal. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance. For parade entries, visit rrchristmasparade.com or call Kelly Daughtry Manning at 252-533-2847, extension 3.

John 3-16 Center toy drive

A Christmas Toy Drive is being held through Dec. 7 for The John 3:16 Center. New and unwrapped toys are being collected for ages up to 15 years old (valued under $25). Sponsor a child for $100 which includes a complete outfit, including socks, shoes and underwear; four toys, including a puzzle or game; a book; hygiene products; and a Bible for each family. The center will continue to except toy donations at the Roanoke Rapids location up to Dec. 20. For more information or volunteer opportunities, call 252-586-1800. Visit the center’s Facebook page for drop-off locations or send a check to P.O. Box 1541, Littleton, N.C. 27850.

Toy drive through Dec. 13

The Northampton County Farm Bureau Board in cooperation with the Northampton County Insurance Service is holding its annual toy drive for foster care and needy families. All donations can be dropped off at the insurance offices in Conway, Gaston and Jackson through Dec. 13.

United Way holding campaign

The Roanoke Valley United Way is holding its 2022 campaign through December. The Roanoke Valley United Way helps to support the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Club of North Central North Carolina, the Girls Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines, Helpful Hands & Hearts, Northampton County Home Delivered Meals and the Roanoke Valley Adult Day Center. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 760, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 or made online at rvunitedway.com.

Thanksgiving trash pick-up schedule

The Halifax County Landfill and Halifax County Public Utilities will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Halifax County Convenience Centers will also be closed Thursday and will resume the normal schedule on Friday. Halifax County residential curbside trash collection provided by Unity of the Carolinas will run on its normal schedule.

CPTA announces holiday closures

The Choanoke Public Transportation Authority will be closed for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday; Christmas, Dec. 23-24, Dec. 27; New Year’s Day, Dec. 31; and Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17.

Halifax Christmas Parade

HALIFAX — The Halifax Christmas Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, which will leave the Halifax County Courthouse, 357 Ferrell Lane, and travel up King Street to the historic courthouse. After the parade, bring the children to visit Santa and the Halifax Christmas Market, 105 S. King St., featuring local vendors selling decorations and gifts. At dark, follow Santa to the lighting of the Christmas tree with singing and refreshments in the Mural Park on King Street. For more information, call Halifax Town Hall at 252-583-6571.

Weldon Christmas Parade

WELDON — The Weldon Christmas Parade, featuring the theme “A Christmas Salute to Our Healthcare Heroes” will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. Don’t forget your lights — wear them, bring them and have lots of fun. Entry is free and applications can be picked up at the Town Hall or Weldon Library. For more information, call 252-536-3583 or 252-326-4779.

‘Tuesday with Morrie’ reading

Lakeland Cultural Arts Center will present a staged reading of Mitch Albom and Terry Hatcher’s play “Tuesday with Morrie.” This heartwarming drama explores love, friendship and dying through actual conversations between a college professor and his favorite student. The reading features Mark Nielsen and John DuVall. The reading will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3 at 134 S. Main St. in Warrenton. The reading will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Lake Gaston Outfitters, 2401 Eaton Ferry Road in Littleton. Tickets for all shows are $15. The door opens one hour before curtain, and there is a donation wine bar. Seating is limited — call or text 419-351-5928 to reserve tickets.

Christmas events in Halifax, Enfield

Yuletide By Lanternlight will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Historic Halifax. Tickets are $15 and the event will feature a candlelit tour of four historic buildings led by costumed guides with all-natural decor. An Enfield Historic Christmas Homes Tour will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets are $30 and include tours of six historic homes and buildings, festively decorated, and led by costumed docents. combo tickets are available which includes both tours for $35, which can be purchased through eventbrite or freshtix. Other ticket sales locations: Historic Halifax, 25 Saint David St., Halifax, 252-583-7191; Halifax CVB Visitor Center, 260 Premier Blvd. in Roanoke Rapids; or for Dec. 4 only, Branch Grove, 16212 Highway 125 in Enfield.

Christmas on the Avenue

Christmas on the Avenue will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at two locations — Centennial Park and 1026 Roanoke Ave., with hayrides between the two. At Centennial Park, the lighting of the city Christmas tree will be held, along with food trucks, face painting, Santa and luminaries and at 1026 Roanoke Ave., there will be food trucks, letters to Santa, a selfie station and craft vendors. The event will be hosted by Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation and Main Street Roanoke Rapids. To sign up to be a part of the caravan with Santa, call Kelly Daughter Manning at 252-533-2847, extension 3.

Tree lighting ceremony

GASTON — The Town of Gaston will hold its tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. The tree is located next to the Dollar General, 206 Craige St. Refreshments will follow at the E.E. Odom Center. The public is invited.

Littleton Christmas Parade

LITTLETON — The Littleton Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 in Downtown Littleton. The parade route will be Mosby Avenue and Highways 158/903 from the light to the Piggly Wiggly. If you would like to participate, call 252-586-6169. Line-up starts at 10 a.m. at Lakeland Theatre Company on Mosby Avenue. Littleton is known as the “Little Town with the Big Heart.” Incorporated in 1877, the town is one square mile, with a population of approximately 650 and the Christmas Parade has been an annual event for the last 60+ years.

Seaboard Christmas Parade

SEABOARD — The 2nd annual drive-by Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Town of Seaboard. Be on the lookout for the fire engines coming through town. At 4 p.m., the public is invited to participate in the drive around at the fire department. Hot chocolate and goody bags will be distributed.

GBDF virtual gala, fundraiser

The Gregory B. Davis Foundation will hold its Virtual Gala and Fundraising event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9. This promises to be fun, inspiring and entertaining. Registration is open for $12 (tax-deductible) for a virtual front-row seat. Proceeds will go to support the foundation and to expand efforts in the Roanoke Valley and beyond — wear your cocktail attire. Entertainment will be provided by saxophonist JaShaun Peele, R&B performer Joe Jenkins and inspiring jazz performer and former GBDF board member Lois Deloatch Gomes. For more information, email gbdf@gbdf.org or visit gbdf.org.

Adventurers planning trip

The Lake Gaston Baptist Adventurers have planned a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Dec. 7-10, for the Southern Holiday Festival of Shows. Cost is $549 per person, or single $688. For more information or to sign up, contact Michele Updike at 252-535-4519 or mupdike777@gmail.com.