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Ronald McDonald lights up the Ronald McDonald House during the annual Light the House that Love Built event in this file photo. This year’s Light the House that Love Built event is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

Model railroads on display

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, so you know what that means — the 62nd annual Model Railroad Show is coming to town from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The show includes displays of model railroads, hobby shops, memorabilia sales, railroad books, new and used model train equipment and more. Santa will also visit, so bring your camera.

The show continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Santa will be the special guest.

This event is sponsored by the Appalachian Model Railroad Society. Tickets are $6 and $1 for ages 12 and younger.

Light it up

A Ronald McDonald House open house event, Light the House that Love Built, is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

The event will include an open house with kid-friendly refreshments and caroling. All the children will “channel their magic” to help illuminate the holiday lights on the house. The event, free and open to the public, is held annually as a way to raise visibility of the need to keep families together while a child is receiving treatment in the hospital, says RMH director of development Jaye Toler.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Huntington keeps families together while a child is being treated at area hospitals, providing a “home away from home” while families face traveling from home to get treatment for their child, she said. They can stay at little or no cost.

“Light the House is an informal event,” Toler said. “Please bring the whole family. Enjoy some cookies and take a peek around our facilities. It’s our invitation to become acquainted with us, and a wonderful way to kick off the season when area children use their magic to light up our holiday lights.”

For more information, visit www.rmhchuntington.org or contact Toler at 304-529-1122 or jaye@RMHChuntington.org.

Battle of the Bartenders

Battle of the Bartenders, the debut event for The Cellar Door’s “Battle” series of semi-annual events designed to benefit young, aspiring nonprofit organizations, will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at The Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave. in Huntington.

According to organizers, the goal is to enable and encourage organizations to continue their work in making the city an even better place to live and visit. Sunday’s Battle of the Bartenders partner organization is Huntington Pride.

Six “celebrity” bartenders have been invited to participate in this debut event, which will include live entertainment and more. Each will create a signature drink for guests to enjoy and ultimately vote for their favorite. At the conclusion of the event, two bartenders with the most votes (one popular choice, one signature drink ticket sales) will be declared winners and have their drinks featured at both Le Bistro and The Cellar Door until the next competition in June.

Half of all ticket proceeds and signature cocktail sales will benefit Huntington Pride. General admission tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door and include a half-pour sample of each signature cocktail, one popular choice vote ticket and one fundraiser vote ticket, hors d’oeuvres and raffle ticket entries. VIP tickets also are available and can be purchased by calling 304-523-2012.

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