The Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 950 Maple Drive, will host the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the Shenango Valley’s Retreat for the Nativity Fast at 9 a.m. Saturday. The program will feature Presbytera Melanie DiStefano speaking on “Orthodox Teaching on the Full Personhood of Man from Conception.” Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Following lunch, Vespers will be offered. A $10 donation for admission is requested.
Church to host celebration
Church Women United will host the 13th annual Human Rights Celebration at 9 a.m. Dec. 8 at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St. The theme will be “Reaching for Wholesome Solidarity with God’s Creation.” The Rev. Kenneth Simon will be honored for his contributions in addressing community problems involving human rights. Doors open at 8:45 a.m., breakfast will be offered at 9 and the program will begin at 10. Cost is $10. Reservations are due by Saturday, and checks should be made payable to: Harriet MacAvoy, 4495 Woodridge Drive, Youngstown, OH 44515. For information, call 330-793-7024.
Club to host Wigilia
Polish Arts Club of Youngstown invites the public to Wigilia, a Polish Christmas Celebration, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Holy Apostles Parish Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 421 Covington St. Wigilia literally means “vigil” or “waiting” for the birth of Jesus. The event will include cocktails, dinner, a 50-50 and basket raffle, sharing of Op≈Çatek and singing. Cost is $30 per person for adults, $10 for children age 5 to 12 and free for those under 4. Reservations are mandatory and space is limited. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Make checks payable to The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown and mail to Jackie Johnson, 1272 Pioneer Drive, Boardman, OH or call 330-726-9992. For information, contact Sandra Cika at 330-565-0467 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate to the basket raffle, contact Michele Jenoff at 330-501-7190 or email@example.com.
Craft fair will take place Saturday
Abundant Life Fellowship, 46469 state Route 46, will host its second annual Christmas in the Village craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in the fellowship hall. Proceeds benefit the local 4C’s Food Pantry and local artisans and business people. The pantry is an affiliate of the Second Harvest Food Bank and operates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday.
There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and fries available for purchase and a local photographer will take pictures with Santa. The New Waterford Christmas Parade will take place at 4 p.m., with cookies and a party with Santa to follow.
Library programs for December
Lepper Library, 303 E. Lincoln Way, will host a writer’s group at 1 p.m. Saturday; a one-on-one computer help class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17, and an adult craft class at 6 p.m., to make pinecone Christmas trees.
For all programs, call to register at 330-424-3117.