The Portland legion is getting ready to rock.

American Legion Post 211 will host the Nefunkle Band from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 211 W. Walnut St., Portland. The free event is a tribute to the late Phil Rowles, who was an active member of the legion leading up to his death earlier this year.

Nefunkle Band will be performing classic, modern and blues rock music. There will also be a 50/50 drawing — participants do not need to be present to win.

The bar and kitchen will be open, and members of the public are welcome to join. For more information, call (260) 726-4449.



Celebration of lights

Ridgeville’s holiday celebration kicks off Saturday.

Festivities hosted by Ridgeville Busy Homemaker’s Club begin with a soup dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeville Fire Department, 302 N. Walnut St. Santa Claus will visit from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with lighting of the community Christmas tree set for 5:45 p.m. There will also be a raffle drawing at 6:30 p.m., and “The Steps” Christmas Program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on south Walnut Street.



Luminaria returns

Muncie’s Minnetrista and Ball State University begin celebrating the holidays this weekend.

Enchanted Luminaria Walk starts tonight at 1200 N. Minnetrista Parkway, Muncie, from 5 to 9 p.m. and will continue from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The annual celebration offers a walk through enchanting lights, along with treats, winter crafts and holiday shopping.

Holiday Arts & Culture Night will also feature several events Saturday across Ball State University’s campus:

•Ball State vs. Pitt women’s basketball game at 1 p.m. in John E. Worthen Arena

•Showings at 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in Charles W. Brown Planetarium

•Glass demos and sale from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Marilyn K. Glick Center

•Luminaria-lit walk through Christy Woods from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

•Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium

•Open houses from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rinard Orchid Greenhouse and David Owsley Museum of Art



Looking for help

Mercer County Angel Tree is currently looking for help with purchasing gifts, volunteering time and providing financial support.

The Angel Tree program partners with various local groups to provide Christmas gifts for families in need.

Those interested in purchasing gifts can take an angel tree gift tag, purchase the gifts and deliver them by Dec. 6. Those interested in donating financially can send checks or drop off donations to 117 W. Fayette St., Celina, Ohio.

Volunteers, who will be needed to set up, sort gifts and “shop” with parents Dec. 7 through 10, can call (419) 586-3645.

For more information, call (419) 586-4663.