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Forward Bank and Forward Insurance are sharing their holiday spirit with friends and neighbors in Athens.

The Forward team is sponsoring free holiday meals for Athens residents to pick up between 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at On the Square.

Meals will consist of ham and fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables and a dinner roll. The meals can be picked.

Athens residents need to call the Circle of Joy at 619-890-9211 before Friday, Dec. 18, to pre-register for a free meal. People need to indicate to the Circle of Joy whether they want their meal hot or cold.

Christmas display

Mark Schwalenberg, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, will have the Christmas lights display at his village of Athens home.

People are welcome to drive by the pastor’s home, located at 616 Elm Street, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays each week until Christmas.

Passersby should tune in their vehicle radios to 106.9 to listen to the music choreographed with the light display.

Letters to Santa

Santa’s Workshop is not being held this year in the Athens Community Hall because of COVID-19, however, children can drop their letters to Santa in a mailbox, which will be located on the village Square from now until this Saturday, Dec. 12.

Santa will be at the village Square from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 to pick up the letters in the mailbox and say hello to anybody who stops in.

Grab & Go Craft

The Marathon County Pub- lic Library’s Athens Branch, located at 221 Caroline St., will supply a Grab & Go kit with supplies and instructions needed for children to create their own origami snowman.

The free kits will still be available from Monday, Dec. 14 until Friday, Dec. 18 and will contain all the paper and instructions. Parents should call the Athens library at 715- 257-7292 to make an appointment for a visit or for curbside pickup to retrieve a kit.

Winter plant care

The Marathon County Public Library and Extension Marathon County will offer virtual classes on caring for winter plants like poinsettias, Christmas cactus and Christmas trees from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14.

The class will be conducted via the Zoom app. People can attend the sessions virtually via webcam or by phone. The session is free but registration is required. People can either register or seek more information on the winter plant care session by visiting https://