This coming Veterans Day is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It also marks the 95th anniversary of Cambridge’s own monument at the intersection of Church and Main in Jeffersonville. To mark the occasion, once again the Smugglers’ Notch Inn will host an evening that is open to all military veterans and their families on Sunday, Nov. 11. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, call Howard Callihan at 730-5929. 

As the weather closes in and the days grow shorter, it helps to have an excuse to get out and see people. This week brings multiple opportunities to do just that. On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Ladies Auxiliary of the Eagles Club on Route 109 in Jeffersonville invites deer hunters’ widows and anyone else interested to an afternoon of bingo. Doors open at 11:30, with play starting at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Bring your bingo daubers if you have them. If you don’t, you’ll be able to buy one at the event. For more information, call 644-5377.

This month’s “Let’s Do Lunch” community meal has moved from its regular third week of the month slot to the second week of the month and will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the community room of the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville. The menu is pure November, featuring homemade soups with hot turkey sandwiches and seasonal side dishes. Dessert will be homemade apple and pumpkin pies. All are welcome to this free meal. If you have questions, call Nanci at 343-2372. That’s also the number to call if you need a ride or would like to request takeout. This event is made possible by the Cambridge Recreation Board, Cambridge Elementary School, various community members, and space provided by the church.

If you are looking for Thanksgiving fellowship, look no further than the Cambridge Christian Fellowship’s community Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Christian Fellowship Church on North Main Street in Cambridge village. The menu will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner followed by dessert and coffee. If you need a ride, phone Sandy Riggen at 644-8200. That’s also the number to call if you have other questions.

Cambridge Elementary School hosts its annual Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 5 p.m. If you are interested in donating, call Sue Reed at 644-8821, ext. 140. You can also make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health on the day of donation. Donors will also need to bring their blood donor card, a photo ID or two forms of ID. If you can’t donate blood but would like to help, call the number above to arrange to make a food donation.

November’s Poetry People will be held at the Varnum Memorial Library on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This month’s theme is haiku. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments (Laurie’s chocolate bread) will be served. For more information, call the library at 644-2117.

The Bryan Memorial Gallery is mixing things up a bit this stick season. The gallery is accepting donations for an art book sale that will run from Nov. 8 to Dec. 23. Books should be gently used. Donations are tax-deductible and you’ll receive the appropriate paperwork when the books are delivered. The books will be sold at reasonable prices for the benefit of the gallery.

That does it for me. Until next week, I’ll see you around town.

— Katherine Quimby Johnson, 644-8233, kmquimby@sover.net

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