Holiday events and services


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Ad Club holiday party

The American Advertising Federation of the Virgin Islands will host its annual holiday party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Yacht Haven Grande.

All are invited to party under the stars with the V.I.'s media and business community. There will be food, drinks and entertainment.

Tickets are $25 for Ad Club members and $30 for non-members in advance or $35 at the door.

Special group rates will be available for couples, non-propfits and businesses.

RSVP today to info@mlbcreative.com or by calling 774-8478.

Tree lighting

We From Upstreet Inc. will celebrate its 15th anniversary at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Roosevelt Park.

Honored will be Edward Thomas, WEFUS former resident and member and president and CEO of the West Indian Company; and Hillis Lewis-Edelen, former resident and founding WEFUS member.

Today's event will be a Nostalgia, Caribbean Fusion and Jazz Night, with performances by the Virgin Islands Youth Jazz Ensemble, Barefoot Davis Band, Ras Abijah and Cliff Finch and Friends, Lorna Freeman-Dennis, Cherise and Gwen Creque, Yvette Finch, Richard "Mousie" Howard and other artists.

Food and drinks will be on sale.

St. John Singers concerts

The St. John Singers, now in its 29th year under the direction of John Cahill, will present concerts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday on St. John to celebrate the holiday season.

In addition to popular holiday songs and lesser-known Christmas carols, the choir will sing short works by J. S. Bach and a rarely performed composition for female voices by the 20th century Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly.

The first concert will be held Wednesday at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay.

The second concert will be held on Dec. 17 at the Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, and will be available at the door.

Episcopal-Anglican Diocese

The Deanery of St. Thomas and St. John Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of the Virgin Islands invites the community to enjoy musical Advent and Christmastide services on St. Thomas as follows:

- Dec. 19 - Traditional Service of Holy Communion with Special Advent and Christmas Music at 4 p.m. on the Fourth Sunday of Advent at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Smith Bay, St. Thomas (via Merchant's Market Drive). Sponsored by Nazareth-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

- Dec. 26 - Interfaith Service of Evening Prayer with Special Christmas Music at 4 p.m. on the First Sunday after Christmas at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

- Jan. 2 - Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. on the Second Sunday after Christmas at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, featuring congregational caroling and musicians from across the deanery.

Holy Communion will be available following all non-Eucharistic services. Refreshments will be served after all services. Celebrants include the Rt. Rev. E. Ambrose Gumbs, Bishop of the Virgin Islands, and The Rev. Dr. Wesley S. Williams Jr., Bishop's Regional Dean.

Woodson concert

The John H. Woodson Jr. High School PTA and the Music Department will host a joint PTA meeting and Christmas concert on Thursday in the school auditorium.

The PTA meeting begins at 6 p.m. followed by the concert featuring the Concert Band at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Enduring Hope program

Enduring Hope Ministries is holding its fourth annual Christmas program, a Christmas song singing competition through Dec. 23.

The final event will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 at the church at No. 288 Sugar Estate Complex.

There are three categories for participation, ages 7-12, 13-17 and 17 and up. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

The church is also looking for community support and sponsorships to provide awards for the contestants.

For more information or to sign up for the competition or as a sponsor, call 513-7093 or e-mail mcdcolaire@gmail.com.

Santa's Caribbean Bakeshop

The St. Croix Animal Welfare Center will host Santa's Caribbean Bakeshop dessert party and cookie exchange from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Namaste Café. Admission is $5.

The event will feature a cash bar, Christmas carolers, holiday picture taking for the family, nibbles and holiday treats, homemade cookies and festive decorations, all for the benefit of St. Croix's homeless animal population.

Gallows Bay holiday festival

The merchants of Gallows Bay will celebrate the holiday season at the fourth annual Holiday Festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Gallows Bay retail stores and restaurants will be open, and there will be entertainment throughout the area from Texas Jim, the Central High School Jazz Band, the Ebenezer Methodist Steel Pan Band, the Guardians of Culture Mocko Jumbies and the Quadrille Dance Group.

Santa and his elves will be in attendance, and Annaly Guerra will be reading children's books at Undercover Books and Gifts, where authors Michael Connors and Marcy Heistand will also be singing copies of their recent works, "British West Indies Style" and "After the Storm."

Two eateries, Prime Place Market and The Bistro, will be making their debut on this night, and The Case Place and No Bones Cafe will be open and serving food.

For information, call 719-1567.

SEA holiday open house

The St. Croix Environmental Association will hold its holiday open house as part of the Gallows Bay Holiday Festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

The public is invited to stop in, enjoy some holiday treats and browse through the gift shop.

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