Holiday events 2017

A list of holiday events from around the Valley

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Events are in order of dates/times.

LEXI’S TOY DRIVE
Lexi Cintron, a senior at Austintown Fitch High School, is collecting toys for “Lexi’s Toy Drive,” an organization she created that donates toys to Someplace Safe, a shelter for domestically battered women and children in Warren. She will be collecting toys from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spalon of Sara Morris, located at 5000 E. Market St. Suite 21 in Howland. The toy drive runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15.

WARREN FAMILY MISSION TOY DRIVE
The Warren Family Mission is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0 to 18 (as long as the teenager is still in high school). Now through December 16, donations can be dropped off at the Mission, located at 155 Tod Ave. NW in Warren, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 330-394-5437.

BRIGHTEN UP FOR THE KIDS TOY DRIVE
Brighten Up for the Kids is a non-profit organization that collects toys, gifts and monetary donations for kids who stay in the hospital over the holidays. They also send home a toy with each child who goes to the hospital for services, year round. The group donates to Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley. Drop-off locations include Youngstown Cycle Supply (6915 Market St., Boardman); HD Davis CPAs (125 Churchill Hubbard Rd., Youngstown); Trailside Bicycle Company (410 West Main St., Canfield); Stone Fruit Coffee Company (Boardman, Columbiana and Youngstown locations) and One Hot Cookie (Boardman, Youngstown and Niles locations). The last day to drop off gifts is Dec. 22. To donate money, visit the organization’s website. The collection runs through Jan. 7.

GIVING HEARTS FOR FRESH STARTS
Millwood, Inc. and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services are collecting donations for Valley families and children who are aging out of foster care. “Giving Hearts for Fresh Starts” aims to help those in need get back on their feet during the holiday season. Half of the donations will be given to NOAS to help children aging out of the foster care system, and the other half will be given to families that chaplains work with daily. Milwood is accepting houseware, nonperishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies, clothes, toys, baby items and Visa or Walmart gift cards. Goods can be dropped off at Millwood, Inc. at 3708 International Blvd. in Vienna or NOAS at 5000 E. Market St., Suite 26 in Warren. Items can be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through January 12.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 12:

NILES MIDDLE SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Join the Niles Middle School band students at their 2017 winter concert. The 6th graders will play at 6 p.m., followed by the 7th and 8th graders at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts are free. Niles Middle School is located at 411 Brown St.

Wednesday, Dec. 13: 

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN LUNCHEON
The Youngstown South Christian Women’s Connection is holding a “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” luncheon at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, located at 2177 W. Western Reserve Rd. in Canfield. The lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and features a gift giveaway, music and guest speaker Connie Rhodebeck. The cost is $13.50. Reservations are required by Dec. 6. To reserve your spot, call Connie at 330-788-2340 or Patty at 330-332-2789.

LEETONIA LUTHERAN CHURCH NATIVITY DISPLAY
Large display of nativity sets at the church at 29 Spruce Street in Leetonia from 6 to 7 p.m. Free event and open to the public. Call 330-427-6585 for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 14: 

DIY HOLIDAY DECOR BOX PROJECTS
Join Munnell Run Farm, in conjunction with Mitzi Dales, owner of “No Place Like Home” in Greenville, for a program highlighting DIY Holiday Decor. There are two wooden projects; please refer to www.munnellrunfarm.org to see a picture of the two projects. The class will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Munnell Run Farm “Pig Barn,” located at 753 Greenville Rd., Mercer, Pa. No art experience is required. All paint materials will be provided as well as instruction. It costs $28 for the set of three tealight holders and $21 for the set of three Christmas boxes. Pre-register and pre-pay by December 8. To pre-register, please call 724-662-2242.

BOARDMAN HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT
All three of Boardman’s jazz ensembles will perform holiday selections and standard jazz pieces. Doors to the Boardman Performing Arts Center (7777 Glenwood Ave.) open at 6:15 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert. Admission is free.

Friday, Dec. 15:

LEETONIA ITALIAN-AMERICAN (ITAM) CLUB FISH FRY
At the club dining hall at 202 Main Street in Leetonia from 5 to 8 p.m. Open to general public, kids menu available. You can also call 330-427-9900 for carry-out.

CHRISTMAS AT BELIEVER’S CHURCH
Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy live music with our Believers Church Band and special guest, Charles King. Be inspired by encouraging moments with Pastor Joe and participate in a dance party with your favorite Disney characters. You can also meet Santa and enjoy coffee and donuts from Nova Coffee Company. The event is at Believers Church Warren Campus (2577 Schenley Ave. NE, Warren, OH 44483).

LIVE NATIVITY AT TRINITY FELLOWSHIP IN BOARDMAN
A live nativity scene will be at Trinity Fellowship Church, located at 4749 South Ave. in Boardman, from 7 to 9 p.m. It features live actors and animals, Christmas carols, soup and hot chocolate. For more information, visit TFCYoungstown.com.

GREENVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “DECK THE HALLS” HOLIDAY CONCERT
Starting at 7:30 p.m., the 70-member Greenville Symphony Orchestra with the Greenville Area Community Theater and The SAY Chorus will usher in the holiday season in grand style. Don’t miss their debut on the Scottish Rite Cathedral’s stage, located at 110 East Lincoln Ave., New Castle, PA. Tickets range from $5 to $24 and can be bought on the cathedral’s website.

Saturday, Dec. 16:

FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER AND TOY GIVEAWAY
Our Community Kitchen will be serving a free spaghetti dinner between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., provided by the Cocca family. The kitchen will be giving away warm winter clothing, Christmas toys and personal hygiene products. Our Community Kitchen is located at 551 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown.

GIVING WITH SANTA
Dr. Jessica Reiter, a local doctor in Austintown, is putting on a charity event with the companies Party On! and Everything Buckeyes. The event benefits Akron Children’s Hospital and Second Harvest Food Bank. It will be held at Party On! from 1-4 p.m., located inside the Eastwood Mall. In exchange for a donation of unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items, you can take pictures with Santa, who arrives at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to donate before the event, you can do so at Dr. Reiter’s office at 1450 South Canfield-Niles Road; Party On! at either its Eastwood Mall or Austintown Plaza Shopping Center locations; or at Everything Buckeyes in the Eastwood Mall. Monetary donations will only be accepted at the event.

TOY DRIVE AND JEEP PARADE 
4WD is lending a helping hand to Santa again this year with its second-annual toy drive and Jeep parade. The 4WD retail store in Columbiana has been collecting donations of toys. At 3 p.m., all toys will be loaded into Jeeps and a parade will deliver the toys to the Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman. Prior to that, the store will have photos with Santa and CJ the dog, as well as cookies and coffee provided by High Octane Coffee Company and Hogan’s Bakery. 4WD is located at 44488 OH-14 in Columbiana. You can donate toys to the store before Dec. 16.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER AT GREENE EAGLE WINERY
Enjoy a Christmas dinner, wine and live entertainment by Jim Gill at the Greene Eagle Winery. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and consists of Coca-Cola ham, glazed lamb chops, parmesan asparagus orzo and more. Reservations must be made before Dec. 10 online through the winery’s website or by calling the winery at 330-583-9463. Reservations are $25 per person plus tax (online) or $23 per person plus tax (over the phone.) Your ticket includes one glass of wine. The Cortland winery is located at 2576 Davis Peck Rd.

CHRISTMAS AT BELIEVER’S CHURCH
Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy live music with our Believers Church Band and special guest, Charles King. Be inspired by encouraging moments with Pastor Joe and participate in a dance party with your favorite Disney characters. You can also meet Santa and enjoy coffee and donuts from Nova Coffee Company. The event is at Believers Church Warren Campus (2577 Schenley Ave. NE, Warren, OH 44483).

LIVE NATIVITY AT TRINITY 
A live nativity scene will be at Trinity Fellowship Church, located at 4749 South Ave. in Boardman, from 7 to 9 p.m. It features live actors and animals, Christmas carols, soup and hot chocolate. For more information, visit TFCYoungstown.com.

Sunday, Dec. 17:

BOARDMAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LESSONS AND CAROLS
The annual event led by the church’s Chancel Choir will start at 10 a.m. at Boardman United Methodist (6809 Market St.). The program will include scripture readings followed by traditional hymns with organ accompaniment, choral anthems accompanied by organ, piano and handbells, as well as contemporary music with guitar and piano.

CHRISTMAS AT BELIEVER’S CHURCH
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., enjoy live music with our Believers Church Band and special guest, Charles King. Be inspired by encouraging moments with Pastor Joe and participate in a dance party with your favorite Disney characters. You can also meet Santa and enjoy coffee and donuts from Nova Coffee Company. The event is at Believers Church Warren Campus (2577 Schenley Ave. NE, Warren, OH 44483).

CHRISTMAS VENDOR BLENDER
A fun day of shopping, good food, and fun drinks from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. Bartholomew Social Center (321 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville, Pa.). Over 40 crafters and vendors with cash and carry items for holiday shopping. Admission is free but monetary or nonperishable food donations to Sharpsville Community Food Pantry would be appreciated.

HOLIDAY CONCERT OF GIVING
YACCB is proud to announce “A Holiday Concert of Giving”. This performance is a benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. Monetary donations will be accepted at the door and 100% of the money raised will go directly to Second Harvest. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The admission fee is a donation.

REAL ACTION PRO WRESTLING PRESENTS CHRISTMAS VACATION
Real Action Pro Wrestling is putting on a Christmas Vacation wrestling event at the Highland Center, located at 14 Highland Ave. in Struthers. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under at the door. Presale tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Westside Pizza Joe’s at 3506 Mahoning Ave. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Monday, Dec. 18:

MAHONING COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS DISTRIBUTION
Distribution of toys for recipients who signed up for Mahoning County’s Toys for Tots program will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Youngstown campus at 139 E. Boardman St.

Tuesday, Dec. 19: 

MAHONING COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS DISTRIBUTION
Distribution of toys for recipients who signed up for Mahoning County’s Toys for Tots program will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Youngstown campus at 139 E. Boardman St.

EVERY KID DESERVES A COAT GIVEAWAY
The Youngstown City Schools District, City Kids Care and The Red Zone are teaming up to make sure children in the Valley have a coat this winter. Coats, hats and gloves will be distributed from 4-7 p.m. at Wilson Elementary School, located at 2725 Gibson Ave. in Youngstown. To register your child, head over to the event’s website.

Wednesday, Dec. 20:

LEETONIA LUTHERAN CHURCH NATIVITY DISPLAY
Large display of nativity sets at the church at 29 Spruce Street in Leetonia from 6 to 7 p.m. Free event and open to the public. Call 330-427-6585 for more information.

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