At a Glance for Nov. 17, 2016

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Samaritan’s Purse to collect shoeboxes of gifts Nov. 14-21

The Mid-South is famous for its generosity, and that includes participating in a program to decorate and fill empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for young people in need around the world. There are multiple locations in Bartlett that will be accepting donations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child this week through Nov. 21.

The gifts go to children who are living in the midst of poverty, war, disease or natural disaster. For a complete list of drop-off locations, searchable by ZIP code, visit

Arlington plans Christmas on the Square for Nov. 19

Is there anything as heartwarming as a hometown Christmas celebration? Arlington is pretty sure it will be a cozy good time. The town has announced that it will host its Christmas on the Square 3-7 p.m. Nov. 19 on the historic Town Square. This family-friendly event includes crafts for the children, a live Nativity scene, carriage rides and a time with Santa.

Old Fashioned Christmas Open House set for Nov. 20, Dec. 4

Bartlett has its own plans to usher in the season with an “Old Fashioned Christmas” open house hosted by the Bartlett Historical Society 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 20 and again on Dec. 4. The Gotten house will be decorated for Christmas as it would have been in 1866 as part of the City of Bartlett’s 150-year celebration. Flutes and the pump organ will provide Christmas music. Refreshments will be served.

The Bartlett Historical Society is located in the Bartlett Museum/Gotten House, 2969 Court Street in Bartlett. Admission is free with donations accepted.