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AKRON CHILDREN’S TOY AND BOOK DRIVE
Several local businesses have launched holiday giving campaigns to benefit patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
Local toy and book drives include:
- Schroedel Scullin and Bestic LLC, 196 North Broad St., Canfield, is accepting new books through Nov. 30
- Books-A-Million, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Rd., Eastwood Mall, Niles, is accepting new books through Dec. 17
- Starbucks, 1247 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman and 851 N. Canfield-Niles Rd., Austintown, is accepting toys and books through a Giving Tree program at each location through Dec. 18
- Steak ‘n Shake, 6786 Applewood Blvd., Boardman, is accepting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 19
- Residence Inn, 7396 Tiffany South Blvd., Boardman, is accepting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 19
- Ghossain’s Gourmet Mediterranean Foods, 3990 South Ave., Boardman and 6261 Youngstown-Warren Rd., Niles, is accepting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 19
- Youngstown Cycle, 6915 Market St., Boardman, is accepting new toys and books through Jan. 1, 2017
- Barnes & Noble, 381 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, is accepting new books through Jan. 1, 2017
For a list of the most-needed toy items, visit www.akronchildrens.org/giving.
COLUMBIANA COUNTY SHERIFF’S ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
The Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office is holding its 7th annual toy drive for Akron Children’s Hospital’s main campus and Boardman campus, with the help of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Michael Wilson, of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, will be dressed as Batman when he delivers the toys to the Boardman campus.
New or gently-used unwrapped toys can be donated to the following locations, through Dec. 13, during business hours:
- All American Comics & Cards
1295 Boardman-Canfield Rd Boardman, Ohio 44512
- 161 W. Market St., Warren, Ohio 44481
- Columbiana County Courthouse
105 S. Market St., Lisbon, OH 44432
- Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office
8479 County Home Rd., Lisbon, OH 44432
- Salem News
161 North Lincoln, Salem, OH 44460
KRAYNAK’S CHRISTMASLAND DISPLAY
2525 E. State St., Hermitage, PA
Now through Saturday, Dec. 31
Time: Monday through Saturday – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
300-foot, indoor starlight avenue of uniquely designed artificial Christmas trees. Each tree has a specific theme that is enhanced and complimented by surrounding scenery and a cast of life-like animated characters.
Visit kraynaks.com for more information.
THE SANTA PHOTO EXPERIENCE
Southern Park Mall
7401 Market St., Boardman, OH
November 12 – December 24
As a kick-off to the season, children and their families can experience the magic of the holiday season with the Santa Photo Experience in front of JCPenney. Families are invited to join Santa for his grand arrival parade led by the Boardman High School Pep Band as everyone’s favorite man in red takes center stage at Santa Wonderland. Attendees will enjoy a balloon artist, a stilt walker and live entertainment as Hot 101 broadcasts from the shopping destination.
MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS PAST – ARMS FAMILY MUSEUM
648 Wick Ave., Youngstown
Saturday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 8
Time: Tuesday through Sunday – 12 to 4 p.m., Thursday – 12 to 7 p.m.
The Arms Family Museum enhanced with one-of-a-kind vintage holiday decor. Visit memoriesofchristmaspast.com for more information.
HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING
Southern Park Mall
7401 Market St., Boardman, OH
Saturday, Dec. 3 – Saturday, Dec. 24
In the spirit of giving back to the community, Southern Park Mall will offer gift wrap services provided by local organizations throughout the holiday season. A portion of the proceeds collected by these efforts will benefit their individual programming. The holiday gift wrapping schedule is listed below:
- Hospice of the Valley December 3 -17
- The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown December 18 – 24
D.D. and Velma Davis Education and Visitor Center
Dec.3 – Dec. 31
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Friday
The D. D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center will be adorned for the annual Winter Celebration event, which is sponsored by WKBN 27 First News and Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Take a trip back through the last century and a quarter as you rediscover Mill Creek Park. You will be greeted by replicas of the Silver Suspension Bridge and Lanterman’s Mill amidst boughs and wintry landscapes. Stroll along inside the Davis Center to see your favorite iconic park structures, the annual holiday tree walk, and a student-led Chihuly inspired display in The Tyler Classroom. Guests will also be able to experience live fir trees on display throughout the Davis Center where fifty non-profit organizations display their uniquely decorated trees.
HOLIDAY SHOE AND SOCK DRIVE
Through Friday, Jan. 6
Ankle & Foot Care Centers
Ankle & Foot Care Centers launched its 19th annual holiday shoe and sock drive with the goal of delivering more than 700 pairs of shoes and hundreds of pairs of socks to local residents through the Salvation Army early next year. The podiatric physician group and its staff are collecting new or nearly new shoes and new socks at all 20 of its offices in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Stark, Ashtabula and Portage counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania through Friday, Jan. 6.
The drive accepts shoes from children’s sizes to adult, both men and women, and all types of shoes from athletic to dress to casual. Boots in children’s sizes are especially needed. Socks of all sizes are accepted as well.
MERCER COUNTY COURTHOUSE CONCERTS
All concerts at the courthouse begin at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15: Greenville’s Greenville Singers
Monday, Dec. 19: West Middlesex’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
Tuesday, Dec. 20: Mercer’s Show Choir and Chamber Singers
Wednesday, Dec. 21: Farrell’s Farrell High School Choir
HOLIDAY HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor
151 W. Wood St., Youngstown, OH
Saturdays, Dec. 17 and 24
Time: noon – 4 p.m.
Celebrate the Holiday season and help fight hunger at the same time at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor and YSU’s History Club and Phi Alpha Theta holiday tree contest. Bring two or more canned goods or non-perishable food items to the museum and receive free admission. While touring the museum, you can vote for your favorite tree decorated by students and staff at Youngstown State University. Food contributions will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
“THE GREAT CHRISTMAS QUEST” DINNER THEATRE
Presented by The Stage Door Academy of the Arts
California Palms Hotel and Suites
1051 N. Canfield Niles Rd., Austintown
Sunday, Dec. 18 and Jan. 8, 15
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $34 – ticket includes show and buffet dinner
Written by California playwright, Kamron Klitgaard, the play’s protagonist, John, is filming an infomercial for his latest invention, Invisospray, which makes things disappear. A rival scientist attempts to thwart John’s success by stealing the Invisospray, leaving it up to John and a fast-talking pitch woman to catch the thief. Audience members will have a chance to help by participating in a scavenger hunt for clues. Call the California Palms at 330-935-2663 for reservations.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Covenant Presbyterian Church
263 E. State Street, Sharon, PA
Sunday, Dec. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Over 56 voices and a full orchestra comprising singers and musicians from the Shenango Valley area present a service of music transporting you to “The First Noel.” There is no charge, and a cookie reception will follow the service.
Jameson Care Center
3349 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA
Monday, Dec. 19
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Webb Winery will be caroling for residents at Jameson Care Center. The public is welcome to join in on the third annual event. All participants receive a complimentary Webb Winery Ugly Sweater T-shirt. Those who want to attend should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of who will be coming and the shirt size they need.
KIDS DINNER WITH SANTA
Quaker Steak in Lube
2191 Millennium Blvd., Cortland
Wednesday, Dec. 21
Join the Warren/Cortland Quaker Steak and Lube for Dinner with Santa, which includes arts, crafts, coloring, photos with Santa and a hot chocolate station.
18TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY DINNER
Warren Family Mission
155 Tod Ave., Warren, OH
Friday, Dec. 23
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Dinner includes ham, pineapple sauce, BBQ ribs, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, baked beans, coleslaw, corn, relish, roll and butter, coffee or pop and a Christmas cookie (Note: not all items are available to go). Each child attending will have a chance to win a bicycle.
KWANZAA EVENT — UMOJA
New Bethel Baptist Church
1507 Hillman St., Youngstown, OH
Monday, Dec. 26
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Music, dancing and cultural expression featuring the Harambee Youth Organization and the Karamu, as well as African-American vendors. Bring a covered dish for a community feast.
KWANZAA EVENT — UJIMA
Beulah Baptist Church
570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown, OH
Wednesday, Dec. 28
Time: 6 p.m.
Gospel celebration, liturgical and mime dancing and cultural celebration. Refreshments will be served.
KWANZAA EVENT — NIA
St. Sinai Baptist Church
328 S. Forest Ave., Youngstown, OH
Friday, Dec. 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Cultural celebration, gospel celebration and mime. Refreshments will be served.
JINGLE BELL 5K RUN AND WALK
7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield
Saturday, Dec. 31
Time: Registration from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Kids run starts at 12:45 p.m. and Run starts at 1 p.m.
Cost: Preregistration is $18 (includes t-shirt if registered before December 18). Standard registration through race day is $20, and $2 for kids 12 and under.
This is a family-oriented event that benefits to Youngstown Road Runners Club Scholarship fund for Youngstown State University track and cross country students and the Youngstown Road Runners Shoes for athletes program. Awards will be given to top finishes.
Preregister online at Runsignup.com.
Package pick up prior to race available at Second Sole (755 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman) Friday, December 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. or Saturday at the Fairgrounds in the Commercial Building. All parking will be via the Kilcawley Memorial entrance from Route 46.
DRAKE’S LANDING NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
2177 W. Western Reserve Rd., Canfield, OH
Saturday, Dec. 31
Time: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Drake’s Landing will be holding a 1920s-themed New Year’s Eve Party, an open bar, photo booth, entertainment by DJ Randall Martin, a midnight toast and food including appetizers, a pasta station, taco bar, slider station, midnight breakfast bar and assorted desserts. The event is open to those ages 21 and older
Cost: $80 per person (tax included). Cash and major credit cards will be accepted.
For reservations, call 330-729-9757.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Twenty five trees are on display at the Eastwood Mall in Niles for the Festival of Trees display hosted by the American Cancer Society.
All the tree are decorated by businesses, families and Relay for Life teams.
The trees will be raffled off Dec. 18. Viewing will continue every weekend through Dec. 18.
Raffle tickets can be purchased Fridays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Satrudays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.