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20 holiday events happening in Southwest, Central Virginia to put you in the Christmas spirit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and people in the area want to spread the Christmas cheer.

To make sure you aren’t missing out on any of the festive action, we’ve compiled some holiday events happening in the region this season.

Here’s a list of 20 holiday events happening from November until January in chronological order:

High Country Lights in Galax

Date and Time: Nov. 20 – Jan. 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

High County Lights in an animated light show featuring over 100,000 Christmas lights choreographed to your favorite holiday tunes.

Those excited to see these holiday displays can either stay inside the car or stay socially-distant if you decide to stand outside.

Roanoke Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” in Roanoke

Dates and Times: Weekends from Nov. 20 – Dec. 19; times vary by show

Join the Roanoke Ballet Theatre in an intimate look into a

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  • November 20, 2020
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Spooktacular Online And IRL Events Happening This Weekend: Oct. 30

Brett Loudermilk’s Halloween Special includes guests Elvira and Puddles Pity Party. (Courtesy of the artist)

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses and events. With in-person concerts, talks, comedy shows, food festivals and other gatherings cancelled, we have turned our events column into a “nonevents” column. It will remain this way as long as social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in effect.

During this difficult time, please consider contributing to your local arts organizations or to individual artists and performers.


Halloween isn’t quite the same this year but you’ll still find plenty to do, whether outdoors or at home. Catch The Brett Loudermilk Halloween Special. Attend an online burlesque show by and for witches. Take a virtual tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum. Attend Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In for a night of Halloween shenanigans. Other happenings include a talk with Dolores Huerta, cooking lessons with Guelaguetza and

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  • October 29, 2020
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Basket raffle, Christmas brunch, car parade happening in Murrysville area

Here are a few upcoming events in the Murrysville area:

Basket raffle to benefit kidney transplant patient

Export Floral will hold a basket raffle to benefit a former employee, Stacey McKay Campbell, who is in need of a second kidney transplant.

The basket is worth more than $275, and the winning ticket will be drawn Oct. 31.

Tickets can be purchased at the store, 5894 Washington Ave., in Export, for $5 each, three for $10, or ten for $20.

For more, or for any questions, call 724-327-0597 or email [email protected]

Woman’s club will host ‘Firefighters Christmas Brunch’

The Murrysville Woman’s Club will host a “Firefighters Christmas Brunch” at 10 a.m., Nov. 14 at the Lamplighter Restaurant, 6566 William Penn Highway in Salem.

The cost is $25 and includes a breakfast buffet.

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  • October 16, 2020
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Medicare discovery meetings happening in October: Info sessions available on zoom, in person

With Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) you have some new, unique ways to get informed about changes, choices and opportunities for next year. The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is the only time when most people can change or add a Part D-Drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan for next year. But this year, being unique, you have a choice of either in-person, six-foot-rule and sanitized hotel meetings; or online Zoom meetings. Understanding the Medicare road and discovering what coverage you have, what you don’t, and what you can change, is the purpose of this period. You’ll learn the good news about drug plans, the ups and downs of your choices, time lines, and the differences between your choices for 2021. After the meeting, qualified attendees will learn how to enroll in a plan or make changes to an existing plan.

October Medicare Hotel Meetings for

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  • October 13, 2020
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Here’s what is happening (so far) this Halloween | Local

Halloween planning is underway in the Yakima Valley, with decorations going up on private homes and in public places. It won’t look the same this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a quiet Barge-Chestnut neighborhood the most obvious difference.

Trick or treating is considered a high-risk activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so residents in that Yakima neighborhood are discouraged from handing out treats this year. The city of Yakima usually closes several streets in Barge-Chestnut but isn’t blocking off any streets for Halloween events this year, city spokesman Randy Beehler said in an email. The Yakima Health District “explicitly discourages” door-to-door trick or treating and parties this year.

Local residents still are finding creative, safe ways to celebrate. Here are a few:

  • Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest:

The Harman Center in Yakima is hosting a pumpkin carving photo contest. Visit

  • to submit a photo. The deadline
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  • October 7, 2020
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Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Lori Lightfoot were expected to announce Wednesday morning an all-remote learning plan to start the school year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a move that could avert a potential Chicago Teachers Union strike, sources said.

The switch to an all-remote learning plan could come as teachers union leaders are planning to convene the organization’s House of Delegates next week and consider a process that eventually could lead to a strike if CPS doesn’t agree to start the school year with full remote learning, sources said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Illinois health officials Tuesday reported 1,471 new known cases and 19 additional fatalities. The total number of known infections in Illinois now stands at 184,712 and the statewide confirmed death toll is 7,545.

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

6:35 a.m.: Lightfoot, schools and health officials expected to make announcement on public

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These Are the Best Home Decor Sales Happening Right Now

We can’t be the only ones who’ve been doing a ton of online shopping, and since we’ve been spending a looooot of time inside, we’ve been perusing our favorite home decor sites like it’s our job. Luckily, some of the best stores are having home decor sales right now, and even more deals are coming your way this weekend. Do you need a new side table, an area rug, or something fun for the kitchen that makes cooking dinner a little easier? These stores have you covered with their current and upcoming sales.

Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale. 

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Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

As COVID-19 cases rise in neighboring states, Illinois has expanded testing across the state and on Wednesday announced the highest number of new cases in the month of July with 1,598. There were 23 deaths reported.

“Let me start with the unfortunate truth, COVID-19 has not gone away and it remains a serious threat,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The total number of known cases in the state are 165,301 and the statewide death toll to 7,347 since the start of the pandemic.

Here’s what’s happening Thursday regarding COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

7:30 a.m.: Group of unionized university faculty to call for online classes

A group of higher education unions was scheduled to hold an online news conference Thursday morning to call on Illinois colleges and universities to hold online classes this fall because of the dangers of the spread of the

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A New Scripted Happy Endings Reunion Is Finally Happening

Some ah-mah-zing news to brighten up your 2020: Happy Endings is finally getting a reunion.

Happy Endings stars Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr., Casey Wilson and a special surprise guest will reunite and perform new scripted material from the writers of the series. The special is titled “And The Pandemmy Goes To…” and it will drop on Sony Pictures Television’s YouTube page. Following the event, there will be a special live fan question and answer session with the cast. Fans can submit their questions using #AskHappyEndings and tag @HappyEndings.

Every (Virtual) Heartwarming Cast Reunion That’s Lifting Our Spirits

The reunion is to raise money and awareness for Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, and José Andrés‘ World Central Kitchen supporting Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 relief efforts.

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