Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cheap and free events in and around Bowling Green, Kentucky for December 2010 Version A

These are some selected events in and around the area. Look for more by clicking the links on this site.

This is the NEWEST events listing.

I have added more to the list today. Thanks to the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

December Happenings for the
BG, KY area, Version #E.

This month: Veterans have free admission to the National Corvette Museum. Call 781-7973 for details.  Also (from a Corvette Museum email) "The National Corvette Museum has named the entire month of December “Dollar Days” for residents of Kentucky who visit the Museum. All month long, Kentucky residents can tour the Museum for a $1.00 admission per person, and will only need to show a Kentucky drivers license to take advantage of the special offer. Children will be admitted at the $1.00 price with adults presenting the Kentucky identification." Also "Visitors can also take a chance to win a 2011 Corvette or Camaro for only $10 and do some holiday shopping in the Corvette Store."

Thank you, Western Kentucky University, for having so many great events this month! You can see more events at the WKU News Upcoming Events page. 

From the SoKy Happenings page: "Military Appreciation Month 8:00AM - 5:00PM FREE Admission the Month of November for All Military, including Police and Firemen, and their immediate families/National Corvette Museum 781-7973 (Bring a military id or copy of DD-214)" http://www.corvettemuseum.org

Thanks, SoKy Happenings, for this news and many cheap and free events shared on this posting. You can go to the SoKy Happenings website to see more.

From the WCVK Community Happenings Pages: Now-11/30 Bowling Green/Warren County Special Olympics is having signups for athletes and volunteer coaches now through Nov. 30 for basketball teams for the 2010-2011 season which begins in December. Practices are only twice per week. For more information call Bowling Green Parks and Recreation at 393-3584.

  Also: (from WCVK) "Now-12/9 The Vision Multi-Agency Council is collecting retail store gift cards and cash donations now through Dec. 9 to provide Christmas Assistance for youth 13 years of age through high school. Donations can be dropped off at Community Education, Housing Authority of Bowling Green, and the WKU ALIVE Center. For more information call Nancy Booth at 782-0903. "
And from the SoKy Happenings site: "Holiday Greeting Cards 8:00AM - 5:00PM Will be available this Month for people to write messages for our troops-The cards will be sent overseas in late November/National Corvette Museum 781-7973."

Santa photos and visits are this month at Dillards Court at Greenwood Mall through December 24th. Call 782-9047 for hours each day.

The Trees of Christmas event starts at the Eloise B. Houchens Center on Dec. 4th at 1115 Adams Street. It is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 0-4, and Sunday 1-4 p.m. The Open House is at 3:00 p.m. From the WCVK page: "Admission is free. Help local children keep a little warmer this winter by making a donation of hats, gloves, and scarves. For more information call 842-6761."  Also featured is "Movies Through the Years."

Riverview at Hobson Grove is having Victorian Holiday Tours from the 23rd until Dec. 19th (except Thanksgiving, when they are closed.) Call 843-5565 or go to their site at http://www.bgky.org/riverview

The Historic Railpark and Museum has a Festival of Trains on Dec. 4th and 5th.

The Kentucky Museum on WKU's campus has a Holiday Trees and Ornaments exhibit right now. You can see some pictures of them at their Facebook page here. You can see more events at the Calendar Page.


Wednesday, December 1st
"5:30 p.m.  PRESENTATION: Forced from Our Villages. Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. Contact Jessica Leung, 904-0350.
6 p.m.  PASSPORT TO WELLNESS SERIES: Negotiate or Wait: Control Your Fate. Downing University Center, room 340. Contact Health Education, 745-5033.
6 p.m. RECITAL: Cello Ensemble. Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Free admission. Contact Music Department, 745-3751.
6 p.m.  WORLD AIDS/HIV AWARENESS DAY CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. Centennial Mall. Contact Public Health, 745-2015.
7 p.m. CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD HOLIDAY CONCERT featuring Rudy Currence and Chinua Hawk. Van Meter Auditorium. Free admission. Contact Kenneth Johnson, 745-2459."

From the SOKY Calendar: Riverview at Hobson Grove has a Victorian Christmas Tea and Tour today. The cost is $18.00 each. Find out more by calling 843-5565 (reservations may be required). Here is a description from the Amplifier Online: "A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA: Historic Riverview at Hobson Grove is hosting a Christmas Tea and Tour on Wednesday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. and a Yuletide Tea on Friday,  December 10th at 2:00 p.m.  Experience something very special for the season--the sights, sounds and fragrances of a Victorian Christmas as you tour the house.  The halls will be decked, the trees will be trimmed, and good tidings will prevail in the quant charm of the season.  Christmas at Riverview is an experience you should not miss.  Following the tea will be a special private holiday tour of Riverview.  $18 each.  For further information, please call Riverview at 843-5565.  Reservations are required. "

An After-school special for students of all ages is at the Graham Community Branch library at 3:30 p.m. Call for info.: 781-1441.

Thursday, December 2nd
From the WKU News Upcoming Events page: "7 p.m. PLANETARIUM SHOW: The Star of Bethlehem. Hardin Planetarium. Contact Roger Scott, 745-4044." This show is also on Sunday at 2 p.m.  First come, first seated, so come a bit early.

IN NASHVILLE: The Downtown Presbyterian Church at 154 Fifth Ave. N. is having its annual fundraising breakfast Waffle Shop. Learn more here at the Metromix site.  From the site: "This long-running Christmas tradition will serve up home-made waffles, turkey hash, southern grits, linked sausages, spiced tea and coffee. All proceeds go to fund the homeless ministries at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact Denny Harris at 615-337-3886 or the church at 615-254-7584." The cost is $6.00 per person.

A 2010 Holiday Bash and Auction fundraising event for charity is taking place at the National Corvette Museum today at 5 p.m. Many prizes, vacation packages, and more will be auctioned, and a concert will take place at 6:30. Check this WBKO page for news about the event, times of events, prize descriptions, and how you can bid ahead of time. Jeffrey Steele, Toby Lightman, and Emily West will be there.

Downtown Lights Up is from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Fountain Square in Historic Downtown Bowling Green. See the lights being turned on for the season, decorations, refreshments, downtown businesses, carriage rides, Santa, entertainment, and more.

WinterDance by the WKU Dance Company is tonight at 8 p.m. at WKU's Russell Miller Theater. Here is information from the WKU Potter College web page. WinterDance will also be shown Friday, Saturday, and Monday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10.00.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is at 7 p.m. tonight at the Phoenix Theater. Call 781-6233.


Friday, December 3rd 
From the WKU News Upcoming Events page: "7:30 p.m. CONCERT: A Choral Celebration featuring WKU Men’s/Women’s Chorus, Chorale, RedShirts and TrebleMakers. Eastwood Baptist Church. Admission is $10; $8 for seniors; $5 for students. Contact Music Department, 745-3751." See more at http://www.wku.edu/pcal.

WinterDance by the WKU Dance Company is tonight at 8 p.m. at WKU's Russell Miller Theater. Here is information from the WKU Potter College web page. WinterDance will also be shown Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10.00.


The BG Gallery Hop is December 3rd, 5-8 p.m. This is a fun event where you can see artist's studios all around town and near town too. Get a map here: http://www.thebowlinggreengalleryhop.comThe Pots Place will be part of this event.

Shakertown will hold a Christmas at Shakertown Holiday Market Preview Party today at 7 p.m. at the Shaker Museum at South Union. This is not far from BG. Call 800-811-8379 for more info. or go to their site at http://www.shakermuseum.com.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is at 8 p.m. tonight at the Phoenix Theater. Call 781-6233.

The Trees of Christmas event starts at the Eloise B. Houchens Center today at 1115 Adams Street. It is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The Open House is at 3:00 p.m. From the WCVK page: "Admission is free. Help local children keep a little warmer this winter by making a donation of hats, gloves, and scarves. For more information call 842-6761."


Saturday, December 4th
The Bowling Green Christmas parade sponsored by the Jaycees is today in downtown Bowling Green starting at 9:30 a.m. at Fountain Square Park.
From the WKU News Upcoming Events page: "KHSAA COMMONWEALTH GRIDIRON BOWL high school football championships. 3A final at 11 a.m.; 5A final at 3 p.m.; 6A final at 7 p.m. Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Contact Campus and Community Events, 745-2497.
7:30 a.m. JUNIOR HILLTOPPER FORENSIC TOURNAMENT. Garrett Conference Center. Contact WKU Forensics, 745-6340.
10:30 a.m.   SKTPA. L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center. Continues Dec. 5. Contact Phillip Veluzat, 646-8798.

The Historic Railpark and Museum has a Festival of Trains today from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 745-7317 for more info. From the Railpark website, "One of the finest sights below a Christmas tree is undoubtedly a model train! While most children today have never even taken a train ride, the fascination with the toy replica is still there, especially at this time of year. See one of the largest model train displays in the region, tour the new two-story interactive Train Museum and explore authentic vintage railcars outside. There will be great opportunities for pictures with Santa Claus, too!"

11 a.m.  CHRISTMAS IN KENTUCKY. Kentucky Library & Museum. Contact Christy Spurlock, 745-6082. From the BG Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission. http://www.wku.edu/library/kylm/events/christmasinky.html. "Christmas in Kentucky is a free event held annually the first Saturday in December, following the Bowling Green Christmas Parade. Guests enjoy a variety of activities and performances throughout the museum including ornament making, gingerbread sampling, Santa and Mrs. Claus and of course Big Red. A record crowd of over 1,200 attended the fourth annual event Saturday, December 5th, 2009."

8 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Anita Renfroe. Van Meter Hall. Contact Campus and Community Events, 745-2497.

 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is at 8 p.m. tonight at the Phoenix Theater. Call 781-6233.

WinterDance by the WKU Dance Company is tonight at 8 p.m. at WKU's Russell Miller Theater. Here is information from the WKU Potter College web page. WinterDance will also be shown Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.00.  

The Landmark Association is having a 2010 Christmas Tour today from 12-5 p.m. Tickets are $10.00. Cal 791-5472.

Potter Children's Home has a Holiday Thyme Bazaar today from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch is available. Cal 843-3038 for more information.

Riverview at Hobson Grove has Tea with Mrs. Claus today. You must pre-register to attend. From the Amplifier Online: "Through special arrangements with the North Pole, historic Riverview at Hobson Grove is pleased to host Tea with Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m.  Each child will meet Mrs. Claus, join her for refreshments, listen to stories including a reading of "The Night Before Christmas," and sing holiday songs.  For further information, please call Riverview at 843-5565.  $15 each.  Reservations are required. " 

Also, Riverview has a Lamp Light Tour today at 5 p.m. From the Amplifier Online site:  "LAMP LIGHT TOUR: Historic Riverview at Hobson Grove is hosting the Lamp Light tour on Saturday, December 4th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  Experience something very special for the season--the sights, sounds and fragrances of a Victorian Christmas as you tour the house by lamp and candle light.  The halls will be decked, the trees will be trimmed, and good tidings will prevail in the quaint charm of the season.  Christmas at Riverview is an experience you should not miss.  Refreshments will be provided.  Reservations are not required but regular tour fees do apply."
Sunday, December 5th
2 p.m. PLANETARIUM SHOW: The Star of Bethlehem. Hardin Planetarium. Contact Roger Scott, 745-4044. First come, first seated, so come a bit early.

Lost River Cave and Valley has a Caching at the Cave Christmas Hunt today from 2-5 p.m. From the Lost River Cave and Valley Facebook page: "Make plans now to join us this Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m. This just for fun FREE event begins at the Lost River Cave Visitors Center, 2818 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY.  Meet Dan-the-geocaching-man for an introduction to this family friendly outdoor activity. Poor Santa-cacher has lost his reindeer and needs your help finding him. Contact us at 270-393-0077 with questions." You can go to the Facebook page to sign up.

The Historic Railpark and Museum has a Festival of Trains today from 1-4 p.m. Call 745-7317 for more info. From the Railpark website, "One of the finest sights below a Christmas tree is undoubtedly a model train! While most children today have never even taken a train ride, the fascination with the toy replica is still there, especially at this time of year. See one of the largest model train displays in the region, tour the new two-story interactive Train Museum and explore authentic vintage railcars outside. There will be great opportunities for pictures with Santa Claus, too!"

5 p.m.  WWE WORLD TOUR. Diddle Arena. Contact WKU Ticket Office, 745-5222, or 1-800-5 BIG RED. Tickets are $15.00 - 60.00. Here is the Ticketmaster page.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is playing today at 3 p.m. at Phoenix Theater. Call 781-6233.

WinterDance by the WKU Dance Company is today at 3 p.m. at WKU's Russell Miller Theater. Here is information from the WKU Potter College web page. Tickets are $10.00.  

Save the dates for later in December:

December 10th is the Holiday Pops concert at WKU. Find out more at the WKU News Upcoming Events page.

From the WCVK page: "12/2-12/12 Public Theatre of Kentucky, 545 Morris Alley, Bowling Green, presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Dec. 2-12, Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $13 adults, $10 students and seniors, $8 under 12 and are available by calling 781-6233." 
AND  
"12/3-12/22 32nd annual Trees of Christmas at Eloise Houchens Center, 1115 Adams St., Bowling Green, will be Dec. 3-22, weekdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. Help local children keep a little warmer this winter by making a donation of hats, gloves, and scarves. For more information call 842-6761."

December 11th and 18th: Chaney's Dairy Barn is having a Breakfast with Santa event from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. both days. It is a reservation-only event. You can call to reserve a spot starting on November 1st. (From the website: "Reservations will guarantee a seat, but not where you will sit").


December 13-16 will be the Polar Express Event. Polar Express readings in the Dining Car at the Historic RailPark and Museum. You must pre-register. Call 270-745-7317. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. http://www.historicrailpark.com/.

From the WCVK page: "12/10/10 The Symphony at WKU presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert Dec. 10, 8 p.m. in Van Meter Hall. Hear such holiday favorites as A Christmas Festival and Bugler’s Holiday. The Bowling Green Western Choral Society will join The Symphony in The Many Moods of Christmas. Tickets start at $5 for students and discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information call 745-7681.

12/2-12/12 Public Theatre of Kentucky, 545 Morris Alley, Bowling Green, presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Dec. 2-12, Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $13 adults, $10 students and seniors, $8 under 12 and are available by calling 781-6233.


Also from the WCVK site: "Til Further Notice Madison Ave. General Baptist Church, 1617 Madison Ave., Bowling Green, serves a free hot breakfast the 2nd and last Saturdays of each month, 8-10 a.m. They have sausage, biscuits and gravy, eggs, fried taters, and coffee. All are welcome. For more information call 303-0530."

Check out the club information at the Daily News page here: http://www.bgdailynews.com/community/clubs/.
 
Important: always check each event before going to it in case of a typo or a correction is needed. 
 I type these up really fast, but try to get it all right each time.
Send me your events! Thanks.
 -Betsyanne 
The cute haunted bat drawing is from the Clkr art site at http://www.clker.com/



A big thanks to these great sites:
The Official Tourism Site - Visit Bowling Green, KY
The  WBKO BG Community Events Page at http://www.wbko.com/community
The SOKY Happenings magazine and website
The Historic Railpark http://www.historicrailpark.com/
The WCVK  Community Happenings Page
The Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau
Bowling Green Events 
The My Kentucky Events site
The District Events Page
The Downtown Redevelopment page 
The clip art at the top and bottom of this  blog  posting is from Microsoft at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/.
City Events 
Sign up for the What's Happening This Week email - it's full of events from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

My sites:
The Nontrad site and blog for students going back to school after a break.
The Moon and the Willow Tree blog
Betsy's CGC, Bowling Green, Kentucky
From the WCVK site: "Save money on transportation costs every day with GO bg transit! GO bg transit provides 5 fixed routes, two Saturday Shopping Shuttles, and numerous other shuttles to serve Bowling Green. Purchase a GO Pass and ride for $1 a trip. Students Passes are $40 per semester for unlimited rides. For more information visit www.casoky.org/transportation or call 782-3162, ext. 238.

BGAMUG: Have more fun and do more with your computer. Join the BGAMUG computer club! Meeting is every fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. See http:/www.bgamug.org or call 781-8504.

This Christmas Houses photo original is from melodi2 at Morguefile. Melodi2 is from New Zealand.
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