ZION HILL BAPTIST AND THE PUMPKINTOWN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CLUB will have their annual Christmas party at the Pumpkintown community center at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. There will be a covered dish meal with meats provided by Zion Hill Baptist. Food should be at the center by 4 p.m. Singing will be held after the meal. This will be followed by a candlelight service and message from the Rev. Eddie Stillwell.

EMPLOYEES AT HARRAH’S CHEROKEE CASINO RESORT recently presented a check for $2,900 to Toys for Tots. Receiving the donation was Marine Corps Reserve Lance Corporal Randy Hughes. “This donation will help us meet our goal of making sure no child is left out on Christmas,” Hughes said. “We couldn’t do it without organizations like Harrah’s.” In July, Harrah’s Cherokee employee volunteer organization, HERO (Harrah’s Employees Reaching Out), led a motorcycle run and toy drive to support the charity. More than 200 toys were collected and over $3,500 was raised, bringing the total Toys for Tots contribution for 2018 to more than $6,400.

THE DECEMBER MEETING of the Jackson County NAACP (includes Macon and Swain counties) is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Sylva’s Liberty Baptist Church. New officers and executive committee members will be sworn in. In addition there will be reports from members who attended the state conference in Raleigh.

MR. AND MRS. SANTA will be at Teen Challenge of the Smokies Thrift Store on U.S. 441 South, Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pictures will be taken, or bring your own camera.

THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN CLASS OF 1989 will hold its 30th-year reunion Saturday, June 22, from 5-11 p.m. There will be events throughout the weekend. Check out the Facebook page for the class at www.facebook.com/groups/128926567864659.