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Concerts, plays, sales and Christmas-themed events in the Valley HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS



Published: Thu, November 21, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

Dances

USA Dance Annual Snowflake Ball: 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8, Avon Oaks Ballroom, 1401 N. State St., Girard. Buffet dinner and open dance that will include Smooth Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Hustle. Advanced ticket sales only; limited number of tickets available through Nov. 25. For tickets or information, go to usadance2015.com, email robertzamp@yahoo.com, barbasteve@aol.com, or call 330-502-5492.

MUSIC

15th Annual TubaChristmas: Noon, Dec. 7, Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. Tuba and euphonium players perform traditional Christmas carols.

A Christmas Celebration with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Orr Auditorium at Westminster College, 319 S. Market St., New Wilmington, Pa. 724-946-7354 or westminster.edu/celebrity.

A Hollywood Christmas: Lunch and show, noon; show only, 1:30 p.m., Dec. 11, Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. The Four Preps and New Chordettes will perform their “Hollywood Christmas” special. Cost is $46 for lunch and show, and $31 for the show only. 440-943-5480 or 330-841-2931.

B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 E. Lincoln Ave., New Castle, Pa. Tickets from $25 to $45; call Heinz Hall box office, 800-743-8560.

Big Band Jingle Bell Swing: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. “The Big Band Sound of Packard” with featured vocalist Helen Welch. Free. 330-841-2619 or wdpackardband.com.

Carols and Cocoa: 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. YSU Dana School of Music will host annual holiday music event in the ballroom, featuring seasonal favorites that will culminate in a holiday sing-along. After an intermission, guests will go to concert hall for a Dana holiday concert.

Christmas Band Concert: 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Packard Band will perform a concert featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. Courtney McKay and Dana Victor will be vocalists, with Victor also acting as narrator, and area dance studios will be featured. Children can visit with Santa and receive a treat. Free. 330-841-2619 or wdpackardband.com.

Holiday Concert of Giving: 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. The Stambaugh Chorus with the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band will host the free concert to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Goodwill offerings for the food bank will be accepted at the door.

Manheim Steamroller Christmas: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-744-0264.

Project Feed Our Valley Holiday Choir Concert: Noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 14, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. 21 WFMJ-TV will host a concert featuring local high school and community choirs, as donations are collected for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops: 8 p.m. Dec. 19, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 E. Lincoln Ave., New Castle, Pa. The PSO will perform favorite carols and holiday music with conductor Todd Elison. Santa will make a special visit. For tickets and information, call Heinz Hall at 800-743-8560.

Sounds for the Season: 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. The Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra and Youngstown Symphony Symphonette will perform holiday classics. 330-744-0264 or youngstownsymphony.com.

Sunday, Sauce and Song Concert Series: 2 p.m. Dec. 1, St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave, Youngstown. The Mahoning Valley Chorale will perform in conjunction with the church’s concert series. The chorale will feature Eric, Janeen (Williams) and James McClellan singing holiday songs. Handbells will be featured. David Timlin, a senior at Boardman High School, will accompany on violin as well as Kiyan Taghaboni, a sophomore vocal music performance major at YSU, and Dominic DeLaurentis, a sophomore music education major at YSU. Concert is free and open to the public, but a free-will offering will be taken. 330-707-2144.

A Tuneful Holiday with New York Voices: 8 p.m., Dec. 14, Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra will perform a holiday pops concert with the vocal ensemble New York Voices.

Trace Adkins Christmas Show: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Covelli Centre, Youngstown. Country singer will perform Christmas favorites. 800-745-3000.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: 3 and 8 p.m., Dec. 14, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. Call 888-894-9424 for more information.

Wade Raridon Singers: 4 p.m. Dec. 1, First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Magnificat Chapel at Villa Maria Community Center, 225 Villa Maria Road, Villa Maria, Pa.; 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Franciscan Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, 517 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown; 4 p.m. Dec. 22, Park Vista Retirement Community gathering room, 1216 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. The group will offer music for advent and Christmas throughout December. Program includes music of Bach, Handel, Purcell, Gounod, Lauridsen, Berlioz and Thompson. Free.

SALES SHOWS

4th Annual Slavic Christmas Market: Noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 1, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Distinctive holiday goods from vendors will include Polish pottery, amber, folk art and Christmas ornaments. Traditional Polish Christmas Eve food and baked goods, as well as a gift basket raffle and auction will be offered. Demonstrations and workshops by Slavic folklorist Lawrence Kozlowski will explore Polish Advent and Christmas practices rituals, foods and folk crafts.

A Christmas to Remember Craft and Vendor Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Brownstone Court, 50 Struthers-Coitsville Road, Struthers. Vendors will sell crafts, and a basket auction, 50-50 raffle, bake sale and hot lunches will be offered. Call 330-501-0123.

American Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Juried show features visual artists and crafts people displaying the best of their work. More than 100 vendors.

Arms Family Museum “Memories of Christmas Past” exhibit: 1 to 5 p.m., Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun., Nov. 23 through Jan. 5, 2014, with extended “Twilight Thursdays” 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, Jan. 2, Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Seven period rooms of museum are filled with rare and vintage ornaments, lighting, trees, toys and trains. Cost is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children 3 to 18; and 3 and younger enter free. Go to memoriesofchristmaspast.com.

Holiday Open Studio and Art Sale: Noon to 5 p.m., Nov. 23, 24, 30, Dec. 1, Mahoning Commons in the Ward Bakery Building, 1024 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Featuring painting, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, fiber art, glass, soap, mixed media, drawing, prints, photography and custom woodwork. Music will be performed by the Classical Strings Quartet, West End Ensemble and Picnic Day. A chance auction will include artwork from all participants and gift certificates from local businesses. Free admission.

Holiday Art Craft and Gift Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29, 30 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 150 booths with unique gifts and one of a kind items. Cost is $5 for adults, and children under 12 enter for free. Free parking. Find coupons at simoneventmanagement.com; bring coupon along with a non-perishable food item to receive buy one, get one free admission. Goods will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Trumbull Area Artists Holiday Show: Through Jan. 2, 2014, Nissen Gallery, first floor, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren. Dozens of pieces of original art from 27 local artists are for sale for $100 or less. Call 330-841-1900.

Webb Winery Christmas Open House: 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, Webb Winery, 2531 S. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, Pa. The winery will celebrate Christmas with an open house.

Onstage

“A Christmas Carol,SDRq 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, Jan. 24, 25, 31, Feb. 1, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Kent State Trumbull Theater, 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. 330-332-9688.

“A Christmas Carol — the Musical,SDRq 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7, and 2 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, New Castle Playhouse, 202 E. Long Ave., New Castle, Pa. 724-654-3437.

“Come On Ring Those Bells,SDRq 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Move Over Broadway Productions, St. Michael Catholic Church, 350 N. Broad St., Canfield, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Victorian Players Theatre, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Free-will offerings will be accepted.

“Holiday Cabaret,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Youngstown State University drama, Spotlight Arena Theater, Bliss Hall, Wick Ave., Youngstown. 330-941-3105.

“Homicidal for the Holidays,SDRq 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Penn State Shenango Drama Club, Penn State Auditorium, 147 Shenango Ave., Sharon, Pa. Original comedy written by local playwright, former Penn State Shenango student Anthony Elliott. Call 724-983-2836.

“How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas,SDRq 8 p.m. Dec, 6, 7, 13, 14 and midnight Dec. 14, Rust Belt Theater Company, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. 330-507-2358.

“In the Spirit of Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Victorian Players Theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. 330-746-5455.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,SDRq 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, and 2 p.m. Dec 8, 15, Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana. 330-482-9915.

“Jimmy D’s Holly Jolly Christmas,” noon Dec. 3-5, 10-11, 14, 16, 17, 21 and 7 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 4-6, 12-15, 20-22, 34West Theater Company, Dutch Village Inn, 150 E. state Route 14, Columbiana. All performances are dinner-theater. 866-482-5050, ext. 310, or 34west.org.

“Just Give ’Em the News,SDRq noon Dec. 2-3, 6, 9-10, 13, 15-16, 20, and 7 p.m. Nov. 28-30, Dec. 4-7, 11-14, 19-21, by Ted and Company, Dutch Village Inn, 150 E. State Route 14, Columbiana. All performances are dinner-theater. A musical take on the first Christmas. Tickets, 866-482-5050, ext. 310, or theater@dasdutchvillage.com.

“Miracle on Easy Street,” 8 p.m. Dec. 20, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Easy Street Productions, Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-743-8555.

“The Nutcracker,SDRq 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7, presented by Ballet Western Reserve, Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-744-1934.

“The Nutcracker,SDRq 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, presented by New Castle Regional Ballet, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 Lincoln Ave., New Castle, Pa. Call 724-658-7122, or go to newcastleregionalballet.org.

“The Ugly Christmas Sweater Revue,SDRq 8 p.m. Dec. 20, 21, 22, Rust Belt Theater Company, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. 330-507-2358.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Boardman’s 17th Annual Community Christmas: 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman. Sign up a group, family or class to decorate one of the park’s pine trees; they will be decorated with “natural” decorations that the park’s wildlife will be able to eat starting at 4 p.m. Santa will arrive by firetruck, and music and caroling led by Linda Smrek and the Boardman High School Band will be at 4:30 p.m. The community Christmas tree will be lit and holiday wagon rides will begin at 4:45 p.m. Email ssnow@boardmanpark.com to participate in tree decorating; include organization name, contact name, address, phone, email and how many trees your group wishes to decorate.

Boar’s Head Dinner: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren. Sponsored by Tapestries of Ohio Inc. Gather with nobility of medieval times to sing songs and tell stories of the first Christmas. Period musical instruments, medieval songs, costumes, drama and dining are part of the Madrigal celebration. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Reservations required; call 330-726-5576 or email lorddean@tapestriesofohio.net. Cost is $30 per person or $220 for a table of eight if ordered before Nov. 25; after Nov. 25, $35 per person or $260 for a table of eight. www.tapestriesofohio.net/dinner.html.

Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 2014, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown. The festival offers praise to Jesus Christ at his epiphany and features the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival Choir and Brass as well as the Salem Youth Chorus. Tickets go on sale Nov. 25 at $6 each. Dinner tickets with preferred performance seating are $17.50. A roast beef dinner will be served at 3:15. Purchase tickets in the church office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until noon Friday or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the church, “Attn: Boar’s Head”, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown, Ohio, 44503-1095; include a note indicating performance time and make check payable to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The deadline for mail orders is Dec. 26. 330-743-3175 or stjohnohio.org.

Breakfast with Santa: 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 7, St. Paul’s Church, 10143 Main St. New Middletown. Sponsored by Springfield Library Committee. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee at breakfast with Santa. The cost is $6 and $4 for children under five years old.

Breakfast with Santa: 9 to 10 a.m. Dec. 7, Eastwood Mall food court, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. Mall food court will offer breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Must have reservations, call 330-652-6980, ext. 31504. Space is limited. Free for kids club members, $3 for non-kids club members, and $5 for adults.

Candy Cane Making Workshop: 10 to noon, Dec. 14, Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Candy maker Bill Rich will teach. The event is hands on and participants will take home a few canes each. Cost is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for children; and under 3 enter for free.

Caring Santa Photos: 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. The mall will open early and invite children with special needs to meet Santa in a quiet environment. Games and photos with Santa will be offered. 330-652-6980.

Christmas in Columbiana: Many events will be offered Nov. 22 and 23 in downtown Columbiana. They include: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Christmas open houses at Columbiana businesses; 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, holiday open house at Das Dutch Village, offering photos with Santa, holiday gifts; 6 p.m. Friday, lighting ceremony at Town Square with caroling by Heartland choir; 6:30 p.m. Friday, Santa Christmas parade on Main St., and live nativity and photos with Santa at Main St. Theater; 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, opening of Joy Of Christmas light show at Firestone Park; 8 p.m. Friday, free concert with the New Silver Eagle Band at Main St. Theater; 8 a.m. Saturday, 5K run for Wellness at Crestview High School; 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, craft show and flea market at First Presbyterian Church; 7 p.m. Saturday, free family movie at Main St. Theater offered by Crown Theater Productions.

Christmas in Pioneer Village: Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Beaver Creek State Park Pioneer Village,12021 Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool. Sponsored by Friends of Beaver Creek State Park. A visit with old-fashioned St. Nicholas, Christmas popper craft, tours of decorated Pioneer Village, food samples from the Friends of Beaver Creek State Park cookbook, homemade Christmas treats and gifts will be offered. 330-227-9952.

Christmas Sing Along and Santa Visit: 6 p.m. Dec. 23, Leetonia Library, 181 Walnut St., Leetonia. Friends of Leetonia Library will sponsor a visit from Santa and a Christmas Sing Along. No registration required.

Cookies for Santa: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18, Lariccia Family Community Center, Boardman Park. Children will make and decorate cut-out cookies and holiday waffles, and other crafts will be offered. Cost is $5 for Boardman residents and $7 for non-residents.

Disney On Ice — 100 Years of Magic: 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 13; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7p.m. Dec. 14; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15, Covelli Centre, Youngstown. 1-800-745-3000.

Family Story Time Winter Holidays of the World: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, large meeting room, Youngstown Public Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Guests will listen to stories and learn about winter holidays around the world. Children under 7 must be accompanied by adult, but program is for all ages.

Gingerbread House Holiday Program: 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Poland Public Library, 311 S. Main St. Guests will use graham crackers, icing, gumdrops and more to decorate a mini gingerbread house. For grades K-6. Registration required; go online or call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland Library.

Grinch Day Celebration: 2 p.m. Dec. 1, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 381 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman. Grinch Day will kick of “25 Days of Grinchmas,” encouraging kids to do one good deed each day. Reading of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” will be followed by Grinch-themed activities and fun.

Holiday Movie Matinee: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23, large meeting room, Youngstown Public Library, 305 Wick Ave. A holiday movie rated G or PG will be shown and hot chocolate will be offered. Take a pillow and blanket.

Holiday Puppet Show: 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 10 a.m. Dec. 11, Boardman Public Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave. A holiday puppet show will feature “12 Days of Christmas” and other skits. The one-hour family program for children of all ages will close with a freeze pop treat in an “ice fishing” activity.

Holiday Story time and Train Ride with Mrs. Claus: 11 a.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, Eastwood Mall, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. Mrs. Claus will read holiday classics from 11 to 11:30 a.m. near the mall aquarium. All children who attend will receive a ticket for a free train ride. Free. 330-652-6980, ext 31504.

“Thank You Santa” Holiday Puppet Show: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18, Austintown Public Library, 600 S. Raccoon Road. A puppet show, caroling, crafts and a treat will be offered. Children of all ages welcome.

Homespun Christmas Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29, 30, Leetonia. Selected area artisans will present home-crafted wares to view and purchase at eight stops throughout Leetonia and Washingtonville. Each stop will have a door prize drawing and a cash drawing will take place for those who stop at every location. Stops include: Amish Quilts and Crafts, 41658 Kelly Park Road (not open Sundays); The Cranberry Shed, 4007 Fairfield School Road including Gerry Pirone’s and Maria Green’s shop; Old Times, 41547 state Route 558; The Salt Box, 39866 Crestview Road; Wilms Christmas at the Homestead, 37563 state Route 558; The Sewing Room above Kathie Sabatino’s garage at 1785 state Route 344; Heather MacNaughton, 262 Main St.; and Linda’s shop, Off Main, 605 W. Main St., Route 14 in Washingtonville. For information, email cranberryshed@yahoo.com.

Just for Tweens Gingerbread Houses: 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Canfield Public Library, 43 W. Main St. Tweens are invited to create gingerbread houses from graham crackers. Ingredients provided.

Joy of Christmas Drive Through Light Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 22 to Dec. 18, and every day Dec. 19 to 29, Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave., Columbiana. More than 60 holiday light scenes including Santa’s Ice Castle and Gingerbread House, and new this year, miniature train rides at the train depot pavilion. Donation is $8 per vehicle. Senior night at the light show is 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, and price will be discounted to $5 per car with a senior passenger who is 55 or older; music provided by Silver and Gold at Santa’s Ice Castle. Special family events will be offered like Feed the Birds, Teddy Bear Party and Decorate a Santa Plate. Details at tourcolumbianaohio.com or call 330-482-2282.

Leetonia Village Tree Light Up Ceremony: 5:45 p.m. Dec. 9, Wick Park, Leetonia, Tree lighting ceremony and other events downtown. Leetonia Library, 181 Walnut St., will participate in the community event by offering a Polar Express event with stories, crafts and refreshments at 6 p.m. Registration required, call 330-427-6635.

Light the Village Poland: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, at and around Poland Village Hall. Schedule of events will include lighting of Peterson Park at 5:30 p.m.; Christmas crafts from 5:30 to 7 and Christmas story and songs 7 to 7:30 at the Poland Library; cookie decorating 5:30 to 6:30 at the Cafe at Wittenauer’s; cookies and hot chocolate at the Kravitz Deli from 5:30 to 7:30; and carols, refreshments, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, Santa Claus and tree lighting at the Village Hall Gazebo and Green from 5:30 to 7:30. Rides, sponsored by the Poland Rotary, are free, but are first come, first served. Sponsored by Poland Junior Women’s Club and community organizations. Go to pjwc.org.

5th Annual Light Up the Night: 5:45 p.m. Dec. 13, meet at Heart Reach Ministries, 211 Redondo Road, Youngstown. A free WRTA bus ride through the North Side of Youngstown will be offered to view holiday lights. Singing and cookies will be provided by Councilman L. Nathaniel Pinkard, D-3rd. Santa Claus will greet children. 330-651-5447.

Memories of Christmas Past Author Spotlights: 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 23, Donna DeBlasio; 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Tom Welsh; Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown. As part of the Arms Family Museum’s Memories of Christmas Past exhibit, DeBlasio will visit to sign copies of her book “Images of America: Youngstown” and Welsh will sign copies of his book, “Strouss: Youngstown’s Dependable Store.”

Memories of Christmas Past Lectures: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 22, George Johnson; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Bill Lawson; 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2014, Traci Manning; Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown. As part of the Arms Family Museum’s Memories of Christmas Past exhibit, Johnson will share a lecture on the History of Santa Claus; Lawson will explore Downtown Youngstown; and Manning will explore a Civil War Christmas. Cost of the lectures will be included with museum admission.

Metro Mutts Jingle Hike: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8, meet at the MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead, MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield. Bring a canine companion for a holiday hike. Dogs will receive a jingle bell collar; owners will enjoy hot cider and treats in the barn following the hike. Easy hike, two miles, weather permitting.

A McKinley Christmas: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Historic Niles locations will each explore a phase of William McKinley’s life. Meet 7-year-old William and his family celebrating Christmas in 1850 at the Birthplace Home, 40 S. Main St. A trolley will transport guests to the Ward-Thomas House, 503 Brown St., to explore McKinley as a solider in the Civil War. Finally, guests will go back to the McKinley Museum, 40 N. Main St., to discuss McKinley as president. The event will also feature an ornament craft project for kids and a visit with Santa.

Month-Long Holiday Celebration: 4 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19, teen room of Newport Branch Library, 3730 Market St., Youngstown. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to celebrate each December holiday.

Noel Night: 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, Volant Mills shops, Volant Mills, Pa. Appetizers and special will be offered at Volant Main Street businesses. The folk/ storyteller music of Rick Bruening will be featured.

North Jackson Community Tree Lighting Ceremony: 7 p.m. Nov. 23, gazebo at Jackson Park, Township Administration Building, 10613 Mahoning Ave., North Jackson.

New Years Eve Party: Doors open 7 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m., Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown. Guys Without Ties will perform at 8:30 p.m. Buffet will be offered at midnight with champagne toast. Open bar includes mixers, beer, pop, coffee and tea. Cost is $45 per person. For tickets call Barry Garhammer 330-788-4274, Bill Karako 330-540-1262 or the club 330-792-7973.

Old Fashioned Christmas at the Mill: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Lanterman’s Mill in Mill Creek Park will be open for the last weekend of the season, dressed in holiday finery. Potters, tinsmiths and woodcarvers will demonstrate their crafts. Roasted chestnuts and a visit with Santa will be offered. Guests are asked to share the holiday spirit by taking a hat, scarf or pair of mittens to decorate a Giving Tree. 330-740-7107.

Ornament Making Workshop: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Mahoning Valley Historical Society carriage house in the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Kids and adults are invited to make their own ornament to take home. Cost is $2 per person.

Santa Pet Photos: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1, Eastwood Mall center court, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. Pet owners are invited to bring their pet for a special photo session with Santa. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. 330-652-6980.

Santa’s Wintertime Barn: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield. Santa will visit MetroParks Farm and bring some of his unusual animal friends from around the world. Kids can pose with Santa in his sleigh for a photo and will create a special craft to celebrate the holidays.

Sharon Holiday Extravaganza: Noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, downtown Sharon, Pa. A “downtown shoparound” will be noon to 6 p.m. and offer 12 “CashMobs” of Christmas, free entertainment and refreshments, an “Arts Alive” event with local artists, a festival of trees, photos with Santa, free trolley rides and chanced to win prizes donated by local merchants. The Night of Lights will be 6 to 8 p.m. Horse-drawn sleigh-rides, entertainment on State Street bridge, free hot chocolate and candy, food vendors, lighting of the community Christmas tree and torch, a visit from Santa and fireworks will be part of the event.

Stewart House Christmas Tours: 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, and 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, Stewart House, Hermitage Historical Society, 5465 E. State St., Hermitage, Pa. Explore Christmas through song. Donations gathered for the tour will benefit the upkeep and renovations of the Stewart House. A basket auction drawing will be 5 p.m. Dec. 9. 724-981-4843.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus: 12:30 to 2 and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 14, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Harriet Taylor Upton House, 380 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Mrs. Claus will read stories to children age 3 to 9. Kids will get photos with Mrs. Claus and decorate a frame to hold the memento, as well as other craft items. A light lunch will be served with a holiday cookie. Parents and grandparents will be served refreshments separately in the library. Cost is $10 per child. Reservations required by Nov. 30.

Supper with Santa: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5, Lariccia Family Community Center, Boardman Park. Guests will meet with Santa as well as eat, craft, play games and listen to music. A professional picture is included in the fee, which is $7 for Boardman residents and $9 for non-residents. Children 2 years old and under are free. Purchase tickets at the park office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday; tickets will not be sold at the door. Go to boardmanpark.com or call 330-965-0482 or 330-726-8105.

Visit with Santa: 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 24, 30 and Dec. 1, log cabin in the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Santa will visit with children. Parents are welcome to take pictures.

“We’re Getting Ready for Santa” event: 11 a.m. Dec. 21, Tri-Lakes Library, 13820 Mahoning Ave., North Jackson. Children will read stories, play games, enjoy candy canes and make a craft.

Winter Celebration - A Garden Conservatory: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Dec, 7 through Jan. 5, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown. The Davis Center will showcase holiday color with floral displays and decorated trees in a specially built conservatory. Bring children to walk through the greenhouse and they will take home a new plant. The Center will be open Dec. 30, but will be closed Christmas and New Years days.

Winter Nights Dinners at the Garden Cafe: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, 22, 29, Garden Cafe, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown. A prix fixe dinner will be offered during the three Winter Nights by reservation only; enjoy a holiday dinner after seeing the garden lights. For reservations or information, 330-758-0811.

Winter Nights in the Gardens: 5 to 7 p.m., Dec. 15, 22, 29, Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown. Garden hours will be extended on three nights for Winter Celebration festivities. Cookies, hot cocoa and entertainment will be offered.

Youngstown’s Holiday Parade and Festival: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, downtown Youngstown. Winter Wonderland at 20 Federal Building, 20 W. Federal St., starting at 1:30 p.m with local vendors and children’s activities. OH WOW! Center, 11 W. Federal St., will be open and free to the public during the Dec. 7 event. Holiday parade starting 3:30 p.m. at East Federal Street traveling to West Federal Street. Santa will arrive, Christmas Tree Lighting and winners of the 2013 Holiday Window decorating contest will be announced at the main stage in Central Square at the close of the parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will go to 20 Federal Building following the parade to visit with children and take pictures. The Youngstown State University photography department will provide families with one free photo; additional copies will be available.


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