• Christmas ornaments made by Summersville students are featured in “An Ozark Christmas Celebration” from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Alley Spring. The historic Alley Mill, Storys Creek School and General Store will all be decorated in holiday fashion. Alley Mill will be open during the event and will feature Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created by third grade classes from Winona, Eminence and Summersville.

Those participating can create their own unique traditional tree ornament or by taking a family portrait at a Christmas photo station. Holiday refreshments, hot beverages and traditional Christmas music are planned. Ole Saint Nick himself might even stop. For more information, contact Ranger Josh Chilton at 573-226-3945 or josh_chilton@nps.gov.

• Mark your calendar: The Lynch-Tweed Civil War Historical Preservation Society has announced plans for an open house following the Dec. 10 Christmas parade in Houston.

The home, under restoration, will be decorated for that era. Hours are 3-5 p.m.

• Participants in Saturday’s annual “Taste of Christmas,” which is organized by the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, report lots of tasters at individual businesses.

A listing of winners appears elsewhere in today’s Herald.

Next up is Houston’s Christmas parade, which is 2 p.m. Dec. 10.

• Odds and ends: Gas prices continue to fall across Missouri, reports gasbuddy.com. The average in Missouri was $1.88 on Monday. It reports gas prices on Nov. 28 were about 5.4 cents higher than a year ago and 11.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

• Murals of past Texas County courthouses are now on display on the north side of the Houston Senior Center. They were relocated because of a major renovation of a downtown building.

They are the work of the Piney Art League.

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