The Lorain Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank. Canned goods can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department office, 329 W. 10th St., Lorain,
For more information, call the Parks Department at (440) 244-9000.
Light Up Lorain will begin at 4 p.m. today with a Christmas parade followed by festivities at 6 p.m. in Veterans Park, West Erie Avenue.
There will be fireworks, horse-drawn carriage, trackless train and trolley rides for $1 per person per ride for all rides.
The trolley will take people to Lakeview Park to see the light displays. The rain date is Sunday.
Train rides will also be available Dec. 12 and carriage rides will be offered Dec. 19.
Live toy soldiers and other holiday characters will be displayed this evening. Live characters will also be on display along Broadway noon to 1 p.m. every Friday Dec. 4 through Dec. 18.
The Downtown Lorain Christmas Decorating Council is looking for donations to support and enhance the appearance of the downtown during the holidays. Donate a little or donate at the "Polar Express" level of $10,000. Anyone donating $200, the "Toy Soldier" level, will have their names printed on the soldiers that will then be displayed downtown. Call (440) 225-2066 for more information.
World AIDS Day
There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church Hall, 162 S. Main St., Oberlin, in conjunction with World AIDS Day sponsored by the Lorain County AIDS Ministry.
The service will also celebrate the lives of those with HIV/AIDS.
The AIDS Task Force has moved and will also be holding an open house 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and their new offices, 221 W. 21st St., Suite LL-1, Lorain.
Parking is available in the lot on West 22nd Street and Reid Avenue.
For more information about the memorial service, call Mary Miller at (440) 988-8215. For more information about the open house, call (440) 233-1086.
Genesis House, a domestic violence shelter in Lorain, will receive the proceeds of a holiday festival scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Independence Village, 345 Lear Road, Avon Lake.
This free holiday event will offer custom-decorated holiday trees and wreaths for purchase, pictures with Santa Claus, holiday stories, crafts and face-painting for children, several raffles and the opportunity to buy a key that will open a box containing a custom-designed diamond ring valued at more than $1,900.
Donations can be accepted at the door. The proceeds will help Genesis House to continue providing shelter and services to women and children suffering from domestic violence.
TrueNorth Cultural Arts and Lorain County Metro Parks will be hosting an evening of Christmas comedy when "Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas" takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at French Creek Nature Center in Sheffield.
The play, written by the best-selling author of "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," will run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from Friday through Dec. 13.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (440) 949-5200 or at the French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Ave.
BUSES International will sponsor a food drive 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Super Kmart, 5350 Leavitt Road, Lorain.
Bring non-perishable foods of all kinds and look in Kmart's parking lot for the purple bus.
All collected items will be sent to El Salvador to help the victims of Hurricane Ida.
Suggested items include canned goods, powdered milk, pasta, cereal, soy products, rice, beans, corn, plastic bags, paper towels and cleaning supplies.
Financial donations will be accepted as well.
For more information, call (440) 233-4091 or visit www.busesinternational.org.
First Music will offer a musical prayer service beginning at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at First Lutheran Church, 603 Washington Ave., Lorain.
The service will include the Advent portions of Handel's "Messiah" and will feature a professional string quartet with soloists from the church.
Call Brian Wentzel at (440) 244-6286 for more information.
Quota International, a Lorain service club assisting the hearing and speech impaired and disadvantaged women and children, will present the Singing Angels for a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Lorain Palace Theater, 617 Broadway.
Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Palace box office, (440) 245-2323 or at the door. Tickets can also be ordered at www.lorainpalace.com.
Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive a ticket for a special drawing. Filled baskets also will be raffled.
Food collected will be distributed to local families in need.
Free Santa pictures
CommStar Community Credit Union is offering the opportunity to get free pictures with Santa Claus 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at 832 Cleveland St., Elyria.
Donate an unwrapped toy in its original packaging for local children and be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card, movie tickets and other prizes.
The event is open to the public.
Call (440) 365-7342 or visit www.CommStar.org for more information.
Tennyson Elementary School recently received a donation to its art program from local accounting and consulting firm Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc. as part of the annual Thanksgiving card-coloring contest the firm holds with four local schools near each of its offices.
Tennyson students Evjana Ramos, Jordan Wichern and Caitlyn Hunt drew winning designs.
The winning designs, one from each school, are featured on the front of the Thanksgiving card sent to the firm's clients and friends.
The student winners and nine runner-ups also win custom art kits and get their artwork framed.
Nicole Smith was recently honored with the "Goal Achievement Award" and the "Admissions Representative of the Year" award when Ohio Business College held its annual Admissions Awards Banquet last month.
Smith, along with fellow winners Jamie Rice and Pam Chambers, works at the Sheffield campus.
Chambers also won a "Goal Achievement Award" and took second place for the "Commitment Award."
Rice was recognized with a "Goal Achievement Award".
John Tobin, director of admissions, received an "Above and Beyond Award" for his accomplishments.
The entire campus was named the "Admissions Team of the Year."
The Sheffield campus of Ohio Business College will host a free craft fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Waterford Development.
Homemade crafts, jewelry and vendors including Avon, Pampered Chef, Glamourosity and Mary Kay will have booths.
Attendees can register to win raffles. Free fingerprinting for children will also be available.
For information about booth space, call Tracy Graham at (440) 934-3101 or e-mail tgraham@OhioBusinessCollege.edu.
The campus is located at 5095 Waterford Driveand is accessible from Detroit or Abbe roads.
The VFW will hold a craft show 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at 577 Harris Road, Sheffield Lake.
Tables cost $20 and can be reserved by calling Debbie at (440) 387-1912.
The event is free to attend and all proceeds will go to help the community, the veterans and the VFW Children's Home.
The Brookside Drama Club will be holding its third annual Holiday Cookie Walk 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the high school, 1812 Harris Road, Sheffield.
Come pick your own cookies from a wide variety of homemade cookies baked by drama club students, mothers and grandmothers.
The cookies are $7 per pound.