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Winter nights light up in area communities

11/22/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Santa is shown waving his hand for the Christmas tree to come to life during last year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in Lakemore. The event this year is scheduled for Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building.
Photo: Lew Stamp
Ed Schneider, of Akron, is shown in front of the canned goods menorah at the Menorah Lighting at Summit Mall last year. This year, organizers are asking attendees to bring canned goods, which will be made into a can menorah at the event, which will take place Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Photo: Scott Horstman
GREATER AKRON — Cold winter nights will brighten at the many lighting events taking place locally.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were on hand at the Springfield Tree Lighting Ceremony last year. This year’s lighting will take place Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the gazebo next to Town Hall.
Photo: Lew Stamp
Several local communities plan activities to bring residents together in the spirit of the season. From tree lightings to menorah lightings, music, seasonal foods and special guests will be on hand to help with the celebrations.

Here’s a rundown of local lighting ceremonies in the South Side News Leader’s coverage areas. Events listed are in chronological order and all are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

• Tree Lighting Ceremony, Downtown Akron: The Nov. 23 program will begin at 7 p.m. at Lock 3 Park, adjacent to the Akron Civic Theatre on South Main Street. Hosted by WONE’s T.K. O’Grady, the show will include the official return of Archie the Snowman as he takes to the ice and tells his story. The event will also include music from Mo Mojo, performances by Richfield skater Zachariah Szabo and synchronized skating team Precise Ice from Wooster, and the lighting of holiday lights and tree in Lock 3 and along Main St. The Downtown Akron Partnership will light the night sky and the canal with fireworks. Akron’s Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. will ceremonially tap the first keg of its 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale as part of the evening’s festivities. Following the ceremony, the ice rink will be open until 11 p.m. and the Holiday Market and Reindeer Run, the sled hill, will be open until 9 p.m. For more information, go to www.lock3live.com.

• Tree Lighting Ceremony, Lakemore: The village’s annual lighting event is scheduled for Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St. Village officials said Santa Claus will arrive in a fire truck to help light the Christmas tree. Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and have their photos taken. This year, city officials said a bonfire will be lit, weather permitting, and musical entertainment will be featured. For details, call 330-733-6125.

• Christmas at Town Park, Green: Once again, the city’s lighting ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Dane Foundation’s annual Kandy Kane Xpress Holiday Festival. Activities will take place Dec. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the city’s Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd., and at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd., from 1 to 5 p.m. The Green Branch Library also will host its open house from 2 to 5 p.m. City officials said the day will include activities such as crafts, cookie decorating and rides on the Kandy Kane Xpress train. Admission to the Kandy Kane Xpress Festival is free with the donation of a toiletry item. Fees are required for some activities. The city also is hosting its inaugural Rudolph Run, a half-mile fun run/walk, at 4 p.m. starting at the CAB. Registration, which is free, is required on the city’s website. At 5 p.m., Brian Lisik will perform. Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m., with the lighting event to follow. Afterward, children can meet Santa in Council Chambers. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served, and donations for Shoeboxes for Soldiers will be accepted. Also, miniature Christmas trees will be set up and available for bids for a silent auction at the Kandy Kane Festival. For more information, call the Green Parks and Recreation Division at 330-896-6621 or go to www.cityofgreen.org.

• Children’s Tree Lighting at Akron Children’s Hospital, Downtown Akron: The Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital will sponsor the annual event, to be held Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Atrium Lobby at 1 Perkins Square. The Firestone High School Madrigals and the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts Show Choir will provide entertainment. Ronald McDonald and members of the Doggie Brigade also will appear. Cookies and punch will be served. Lights to commemorate a person or event can be purchased for $10, $25, $50 or $100 by Nov. 30. Current or former hospital patients will be on hand to light the lights, according to organizers. For more information, call 330-239-2704 or go to www.akron childrens.org/childrenstree.

• Tree Lighting Ceremony, Springfield: The annual event will take place Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Vincent J. Mealy Memorial Gazebo, 2459 Canfield Road. Organizers said attendees are welcome to bring cameras for photos with Santa Claus. Entertainment will include Christmas carols. Following the lighting, hot chocolate, cookies and doughnuts will be available. For details, call Officer Perry Linaberg at 330-784-4143.

• Menorah Lighting, Fairlawn: Anshe Sfard Revere Road Synagogue, in conjunction with Temple Israel and the Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC), once again will host this Chanukah event Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St. This year, for the third year in a row, organizers are asking attendees to bring canned goods, which will be made into a can menorah. All items then will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, according to organizers. Canned goods may be dropped off at the Shaw JCC, Beth-El Congregation, Temple Israel, Lippman School or Revere Road Synagogue. The event is open to all. For more information, call 330-867-6798.

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