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Community Calendar - Dec. 11, 2013

Through Jan. 4

Gift of Lights

The Atlanta Motor Speedway will once again turn into the areas biggest drive-through Christmas lights park. Gates open at 6 p.m. every evening with closing at 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Gates close at 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays — including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Admission is $15 per car Monday-Thursday and $20 per car Friday-Sunday and holidays. Visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com for more information.

Through Dec.16

Old-fashioned Christmas

Southern Belle Farm is hosting an old-fashioned Christmas which includes tree decorating, hot apple cider and carols. Visit www.southernbellefarm.com for more information.

Through Dec. 23

Christmas tree farm

Families can visit Yule Forest from 9 a.m. until dark to cut their own Christmas trees, buy live wreaths and garland. Hayrides and Christmas tours are available. The farm is located at 3565 Ga. 155 in Stockbridge. Call 770-954-9356 or visit www.aboutyule.com for more information.

Through Dec. 24

McDonough Main Street is offering complimentary gift wrapping every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Welcome Center from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for people who shop with a downtown McDonough merchant. Special wrapping days will be held Monday, Dec. 23 and Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Dec. 14 and 21

Come meet Santa on the McDonough Square from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Through Dec. 16

Improv Festival

Stockbridge is hosting an Improv Festival Dec. 13-16 at the Community Arts Center. There will be workshops, performances and open improv. For more information, visit www.academytheatre.org.

Dec. 14 and Dec. 15

“The Nutcracker”

The Atlanta Festival Ballet brings “The Nutcracker” to the Henry County Performing Arts Center Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Cost is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, students or military and $6 for children. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.atlantafestivalballet.com

Silly Santa Fun Run

Get Set Grow is hosting the Silly Santa 5k and one mile race starting at 9 a.m. at Salem Baptist Church benefiting Willett Foundation and Toys For Teen. For more information and to register visit www.getsetgrow.com

Legends Racing

NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow battle for short-track supremacy on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “Thunder Ring,” the facility’s frontstretch quarter-mile oval track. Each event features multiple classes of Legends and Bandolero racing. Fans can purchase infield passes at the Security Command building near the speedway’s main entrance. Infield access costs just $12 for adults, $5 for children ages six through 11 and admission is free for children ages five and younger. Cost to race is just $25. Minors and their guardians are required to complete a minor waiver before children ages 17 and younger can enter the infield; the waiver and instructions can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Dec. 31

Geranium Drop

McDonough will ring in the new year Dec. 31 starting at 8 p.m. with the 3rd annual Geranium Drop on the Square. There will be live entertainment, food, prizes and more to ring in the new year. For more information, call 770-898-3196.

Nugget Drop

Truett’s Grill in McDonough is hosting their New Year’s celebration with the giant nugget drop into faux honey mustard to ring in the new year. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.cfarestaurant.com/truettsgrill-mcdonough/home

Jan. 24

The Winsor Gallery in McDonough is hosting at 2014 Juried Art Competition. Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 30 or hand delivered to the gallery by Jan. 4. Cash awards will be given. Visit www.mcdonougharts.net for more information and application.

Ongoing

Scholarship opportunity

The Henry County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are pleased to again offer a scholarship to a deserving Henry County High School senior who plans to further their education in the field of horticulture or landscape design. This scholarship is open to public, private and home schooled students. Selection of the recipient will be based on merit and a personal interview. The application and award information is available at www.caes.uga.udu/extension/henry/anr/HenryCountyMasterGardener.html

To submit a calendar event, send to Heather Middleton at hmiddleton@henryherald.com.