The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

December 1, 2013

Local holiday happenings to pump up your Christmas spirit

Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — Pump up your Christmas spirit with some of the many local holiday happenings on tap in the coming days. Just add eggnog and shake like a bowl full of jelly:

HOLIDAY CARDS for military personnel around the world at being collected at Conneaut Public Library and other libraries in Ashtabula County.

Cards may be dropped off at the Conneaut, Ashtabula County District, Geneva, Harbor-Topky, Henderson Memorial, Kingsville and Conneaut libraries by Dec. 4.

All cards must be signed and a generic greeting — such as “Dear Service Member” — should be used. Cards for specific military personnel will not be delivered. Do not insert gift cards, letters, photos or glitter. Cards will be screened for hazardous material and appropriate material by American Red Cross volunteers.

HOLIDAY PARTY will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo St.

The event will feature photo opportunities with Nora the Reindeer, a visit from Santa Claus, a book fair, Clifford the Big Red Dog, author Burt Cole and crafts. Call the library to reserve a seat.

JINGLE BELL ROCK is an after-school fun event 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalot St., for kids in grades 6-8.

A prize will be awarded for the ugliest holiday sweater worn to the program and for the ugliest holiday cookie decorated at the library. Yule snacks will be served and music will be played.

Call the library at 593-1608 to register.

CHRISTMAS TREASURE SALE, featuring gently used holiday decorations and toys, will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Conneaut Arts Center, 1025 Buffalo St. Admission is free.

Donations will be accepted at the CAC through Dec. 4.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA will be held 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 7 at the Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department, 4095 Route 7.

Menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, french toast, maple syrup, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 6-12. Kids five years and under eat for free.

Also, a cookie sale will be held at the same time and date. A one-pound plate of assorted cookies will cost $4. To pre-order, contact Shirley (594-3873) or Betty (594-3395).

All proceeds benefit the township’s fire department.

SANTA HOUSE, sponsored by the Conneaut Board of Tourism, will be open for business 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 at Lakeview Park.

Kids can meet and be photographed with Santa Claus and receive a treat. Carriage rides will be available.

KINGSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY annual Christmas program for kids ages 3-12 will be held twice on Dec. 7 at the library, 6006 Academy Ave., Kingsville Township.

The program will be held 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., and will feature crafts, puppets, songs and a visit from Santa Claus. Representatives of the Buckeye Local Schools district will be on hand to collaborate with the “Ready! Set! Read!” program and help children write their own puppet show.

To register, contact the library at 224-0239.

KINGSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY is holding its third annual Trim-a-Tree and wreath auction.

People are bidding on decorated trees and wreaths obtained from the library. Bids start at $10 and will be accepted until 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show and Highest Bid.

CONNEAUT ART CENTER dance students will present their holiday recital, “The Wonder of the Season,” at the CAC, 1025 Buffalo St., in December.

Performances will be held Dec. 13 (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 15 (2:30 p.m.), Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 21 (2:30 p.m.) Tickets are $5 at the art center.

ONE-DAY CRAFT SALE will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Conneaut Human Resources Center, 327 Mill St., Conneaut.

Admission is $1 (kids free when accompanied by an adult). Food will be available and door prizes will be awarded hourly. A raffle will be held and Santa Claus will be on hand.

“LIGHTS OF LOVE,” a holiday fundraiser for the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce, gives people the opportunity to honor or remember a friend or relative via a symbolic light that will shine from a tree on the grounds of Conneaut Savings Bank, 305 Main St. A tree-lighting ceremony was held Nov. 29 after the city’s Christmas parade.

Cost is $5 and includes a tree ornament and mention in a special page to be published by the Star Beacon.

“Lights” can be purchased at the Chamber office, 235 Main St.; Andover Bank; Conneaut Savings Bank; Key Bank and Port Conneaut Federal Credit Union. Students at Lakeshore Primary and Gateway Elementary schools can earn $1 for their schools for every “Light” sold.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 593-2402.