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Toy Giveaway

FAIRBORN — Fairborn United Methodist Church, located at 100 N. Broad St., invites the community to join them for their free toy give away. It is scheduled to be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 2 in the church multipurpose room.

This toy give away will include some new and some gently used toys and books. The give away is open to anyone needing toys for their children’s Christmas celebration. Additionally, the church’s Free Family Clothing Store will also be open at that time for anyone needing clothing. The Free Family Clothing Store is located in the church basement. For directions on how to find the church or for more information, call the church office at 937-878-5042 or view the website

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs is presenting “The Brain Waves Bye” beginning 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Rev. Dr. Pam Allen-Thompson, a retired UU minister, will serve as the speaker. “Recently I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and while I have supported many congregants through this challenge over the years, I never thought it would happen to me,” she said. “Now dealing with this myself, I see it as a challenge to share what it is like to move through this process.”

A spiritual discussion on ethics will kick-off Sunday’s activities beginning at 9:15 a.m.; choir practice, inviting anyone interested in participating, will take place beginning 9:45 a.m. A potluck lunch will follow the program beginning 11:45 a.m.; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs officials ask that participants bring a dish to share with about a dozen other individuals. Participants will also help set up and tear down tables and clean up after the meal. An executive board meeting will take place beginning at noon.

Church holding Tyke Shop

JAMESTOWN — Tyke Shop will be the featured attraction at St. Augustine Church Hall in Jamestown Saturday, Dec. 3. Children ages 12 and under may shop in “secret” for gifts for their parents, siblings, and grandparents 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will assist children with selecting their Christmas presents and will then gift-wrap each purchase. All gifts in the Tyke Shop are $1.25 each, including the gift-wrapping.

A station will also be set up for children to make a Christmas craft to take home. While the kids are busy with their special activities, parents can browse at the church ladies’ mini-bazaar for craft items and holiday desserts. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available for all. Everyone is welcome to attend the festivities at the church, 44 E. Washington St. For more information, call 937-371-7252.

Synagogue sponsoring scout troop

DAYTON — Temple Israel in Dayton is helping to launch an LGBTQ-friendly Cub Scout troop. While the new troop will be open to anyone eligible for the scouts, Yellow Springs native Lake Miller, who is helping to organize and lead the troop, is hoping to attract members of the LGBTQ community. An informational and organizational meeting will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 6 at Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton. Cub Scout troops are open to boys of all religions in grades 1-4. For more information, call 937-206-8000.

Free clothing

FAIRBORN — The Fairborn United Methodist Church is starting its fifth year at the free clothing store, The Family Closet, located at Fairborn United Methodist Church, at 100 N. Broad St. During 2014, the church offered free clothing, coats and shoes to 298 families including 461 adults, 103 teens and 343 children.

The hours of operation for The Family Closet are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9-11 a.m. Check with the church 937-878-5042 before holidays to make sure it is open. All clothing is donated whether it is used or new. Anyone needing clothing is welcome to come.

Interfaith forum

KETTERING — The Interfaith Forum of Greater Dayton would like to invite you to their Social/Annual Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Christ United Methodist Church in Foster Hall (3rd floor), 3440 Shroyer Road.

Rev. Ken Clark will offer the opening prayer and introduce the topic of what Religion do you affiliate with and why? The program is free and open to the public. Come and join us for a potluck dinner and participate in an interesting, nonconfrontational, discussion. If you choose to bring something to share, please no pork or shellfish. Please include a list of ingredients in homemade treats for those with food sensitivities. Please bring a can of food for the Christ United Methodist Church food drive.

Greene County News report compiled by staff.

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