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Several special events are planned for Christmas season

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Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

December will be a busy month in Rosemount, with several events planned to mark the Christmas season. Here is a list of what is going on around town. Get out and enjoy some homegrown entertainment.

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A Christmas production

The Rosemount United Methodist Church has two events that will celebrate the season in very different but musical ways. On Dec. 11 and 12 the church's worship arts department will put on a production called "Is there room?"

Worship arts director Natalie Olsen said the event will include a little bit of everything. The performance will feature the church's chancel choir, contemporary worship team, chancel bell choir, children's choirs, drama ministry and Moving Spirit Dance Ministries.

All of the performances will touch on the theme of whether people are making room in their hearts for Jesus Christ.

Olsen said they wanted to do something different while combining performances from the various groups.

"We were looking for ways to involve more people," said Olsen. "This way the individual groups work towards a common goal."

The performances are free and open to the public. Childcare is available.

For more information, contact Olsen at nolsen@ rosemountumc.org

Bluegrass Service

Rosemount United Methodist will also hold a bluegrass Christmas. The special service will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. Local band Sawtooth will perform and pastor Karen Bruins will give a special sermon.

Olsen said the event "will be unique and different but still bringing the traditional songs and carols. It gives people an opportunity to worship in a different way."

For more information contact Olsen at nolsen@ rosemountumc.org

A Journey through Bethlehem

Lutheran Church of Our Savior will host A Journey through Bethlehem Dec. 17 though Dec. 19. This is the third year the church has held the popular reenactment.

"We really get a lot of comments on it," said pastor Neil Ristow. "I think it's one of the better things we've done."

The congregation will make the city of Bethlehem at the time of Christ's birth come to life in its family life center. The reenactment will include shepherds and town folk, a bakery and market, a grain mill, pottery shop, carpenter's shop and the stable where the Christ-child was born.

The event is free and open to the public. On Friday tours of Bethlehem will be given 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Peder Eide at Community of Hope

Musician Peder Eide and his band will perform 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 at Community of Hope Church. Eide is a Christian musician who travels the country performing and giving sermons. The performance will feature songs from his Christmas CD Perfect Surprise.

"He has a passion for families so this will be a family friendly event," said COH director of communications Renee Graves.

The family friendly event is open to the public. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 10. There is $30 maximum charge per family. Childcare is available for children under 2 years of age. Children must be pre-registered. Tickets are available in the Books of Hope store at Community of Hope or online at www.cohlc.org.

Breakfast with Santa

Eat breakfast with Santa Claus 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Rosemount Community Center. Sponsored by the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department, this annual event is popular and usually draws a large crowd.

Kids will have the opportunity to make holiday crafts and play games in the gymnasium at the community center. Attendees will be served a continental breakfast which will include cereal, muffins, donuts, fruit, juice, hot cocoa and coffee. Parents should bring a camera to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required for this event. Contact the parks and rec office at 651-322-6000.

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