The Missouri Veterans Home – St. James will once again play host to a wreath-laying ceremony for those buried in the Missouri Veterans Home (MVH) Cemetery on Saturday, December 15. The MVH, along with the Patriot Guard Riders, the Christian Motorcycle Association, Veterans Home employees, the Missouri Veterans Commission, members of Fort Leonard Wood, and other volunteers will hold a special ceremony, followed by visitors laying wreaths on each headstone in the cemetery.
Hope Pierce, Braxtyn Crider, Landon Throop, Catriona Murphy, and Tara Murphy and Deven Throop helped make decorations and placed them on the fence at the St James Cemetery. This is an annual community service performed by members of the Evening Star 4-H Club.
Santa Claus will be coming to the James Memorial Public Library on Friday, December 7. From 5 to 7 p.m., local residents will have the opportunity to get photos with Santa and to enjoy entertainment and activities throughout the evening.
The St. James Chamber of Commerce has started a fundraiser aimed at bringing a concert series to the community. Calendars for a gun raffle are on sale now and will help fund the first concert, which the Chamber is hoping to add to the annual Grape and Fall Festival.
The St. James Chamber of Commerce presented the high school Art Club with a check of $200 on Thursday to assist the club purchase materials to refurbish old Christmas lights. The club renovated six lanterns and 3 wreaths, which the city estimates are 50 years old and were found in storage. The fixtures will be placed on city buildings for the holidays.