Today’s entertainment picks:

Today’s entertainment picks:

v “The Golden Nutcracker,” 1 and 7:30 p.m.: Ballet Western Reserve presents the holiday classic at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264.

v “Messiah” choir concert, 7 p.m.: The 30-member Columbiana County Messiah Choir will sing excerpts from Handel’s famed oratorio at Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana; a goodwill offering will be collected.

v “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 2 and 8 p.m.: Youth theater production at Salem Community Theater, 490 E. State St., Salem; 330-332-9688.

v Boardman Park, 5 to 10 p.m.: Drive-through holiday light display that is synchronized to music. The park is on U.S. Route 224.

v Firestone Park, 6 to 9 p.m.: Joy of Christmas drive-through light display is the largest in Northeast Ohio ($8 per car); 338 E. Park Ave., Columbiana;

“WWE Tribute to the Troops” (9 p.m., NBC): The 10th annual “WWE Tribute to the Troops” is a slam-bang holiday special. It has Kid Rock, Flo Rida and the Muppets joining pro wrestlers and divas to entertain military personnel and their families.

For complete listings, see TV Week magazine, included with today’s paper.


“Community Connection” (7 a.m. Sunday on 21 WFMJ-TV; and 7 p.m. Tuesday on Time Warner Cable community access channel): Neil Durbin and Sharon Seaton of Dominion East Ohio will join host Madonna Chism Pinkard to discuss the winter reconnect program, home energy assistance and other programs to help customers with their natural-gas bills.

Next, Carmelita Douglas, executive director of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority (YMHA), will discuss the new housing development along Martin Luther King Boulevard, the result of Hope Six funding initiated over a decade ago, and what is in store for the YMHA in the coming year.

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Mountaineer ready for New Year’s Eve

Chester, W.Va.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will ring in the New Year on Dec. 31 with a ballroom party and a celebration on the gaming floor.

Dr. Zoot will perform in the ballroom from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Party hats and noisemakers, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast at midnight will round out the night.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at,, at Mountaineer’s players club or by calling 800-804-0468, ext. 8297.

Other New Year’s Eve events at the casino will include a performance by US Kids at Lucky’s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Mountaineer restaurants will extend their hours that night.

The Riverfront Buffet will be open until 11 p.m., and the Gatsby Dining Room and the Mahogany Sports Bar will be open until 2 a.m.

Guests on the gaming floor also will enjoy a balloon drop and a champagne toast at midnight with party hats and noisemakers.

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