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Seasonal fun offered for the holidays

11/22/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Tucker Jolly will lead the 33rd annual Tuba Christmas Dec. 22 at E.J. Thomas Hall. He is shown during last year’s concert.
Photo: Krista Galloway
NORTHEAST OHIO — Holiday events and activities help mark the celebrations of the season. The following is a sample of such offerings in the Akron and Canton areas. Events listed are in chronological order by region.

Conductor Carl Topilow will return with his red clarinet to lead the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a concert in Green Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The Chapel.
Photo courtesy of the Akron Symphony Orchestra
Summit County

• Akron Children’s Hospital’s 31st annual Holiday Tree Festival will be presented at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. in Downtown Akron through Nov. 25. The event features more than 200 decorated full-size trees, wreaths, miniature trees and holiday creations donated by area businesses, organizations, groups and individuals. It also includes local entertainment and 85,000 dazzling lights. All display items are for sale, with proceeds benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital. Viewing hours are Nov. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

• Holiday Window Displays in the Polsky Building on South Main Street in Downtown Akron and at Lock 3, sponsored by the Downtown Akron Partnership, will be available for viewing Nov. 23 through Jan. 6. The displays are created by Cynthia and Lawrence Nixon.

• The Downtown Barberton Christmas Walk and the Lighting of Lake Anna are scheduled for Nov. 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Barberton and at Lake Anna Park. The lighting of the tree and Lake Anna are at 6 p.m. Other activities will include horse and wagon rides, wandering costumed characters, a live nativity, visits and pictures with Santa and live reindeer, ice sculpting, children’s activities, live entertainment with choirs, food and more. For details, call 330-472-0366 or visit www.cityofbarberton.com.

• The Ballet Theatre of Ohio will present “Nutcracker” Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and “Nutty Nutcracker” Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., both at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. in Downtown Akron. Tickets range in price from $20 to $42 and are available at the Civic Theatre Box Office by calling 330-253-2488 or online at www.ballettheatreohio.org.

• The Shaw Jewish Community Center of Akron, 750 White Pond in West Akron, will host the following Chanukah events this holiday season that are open to all members of the community. A Family Chanukah Event will take place Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a musical presentation of the Chanukah story as told by the children of the Early Childhood Department. The cost is $7 per person or $35 per family. Advanced registration is required by calling 330-835-0044. Then on Dec. 11, a Be’Tay Avon Café- Chanukah Celebration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will feature an old-style Jewish deli with latkes, donuts, entertainment and more. Advanced registration is encouraged by calling 330-835-0056.

• Green’s Akron Symphony Holiday Pops Concert will be presented Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The Chapel, 1800 Raber Road. The Akron Symphony, under the direction of guest conductor Carl Topilow, along with the Akron Symphony Choir and the Green High School Select Choir, will perform traditional and modern holiday music. Tickets to the event, sponsored by DRB Systems, Sheetz and the city, are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at www.cityofgreen.org and from the Green Parks and Recreation Office, 1755 Town Park Blvd., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza and Variety Show will be presented at the Akron Civic Theatre Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The show will also include The Strange Familiar, The Juke Hounds, Tracey Thomas and Yankee Bravo performing a wide variety of holiday favorites. Tickets for the show are $20 for reserved seating or $15 for general admission and are available at the Civic Theatre Box office by calling 330-253-2488 or through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

• The Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association (CVNPA) annual Festival of Lights is set for Dec. 21 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center, located at 3675 Oak Hill Road in Peninsula. Visitors are invited to take a candle lit stroll through the woods, sample the holiday traditions that include demonstrations, crafts and desserts to learn about the various holiday celebrations of Christmas, St. Lucia, Bodhi Day, Chanukah, Saturnalia, Choimus, Boar’s Head and Yule Log among others. Prior to a stroll, guests can enjoy a dinner catered by executive chef Larkin Rogers, served at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 800-642-3297, ext. 100. The cost is $27 per person for ages 12 and older, $22 for CVNPA members and $7 for children ages 5 to 11. For more details and to register, call 330-657-2796 or visit www.con servancyforcvnp.org/events/general-park/information/Fes tival-of-Lights.

• The 33rd annual Tuba Christmas will take place Dec. 22 at noon and 2:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. Admission is free and the event will feature a sing-a-long with hundreds of decorated tubas. The cost for low brass musicians who want to participate is $5. To register, contact Tucker Jolly at 330-972-6641 or via email at trjolly@uakron.edu.

Stark County

• The Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N. in Canton, will present the movie “A Christmas Story” Nov. 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6. For tickets, visit www.can tonpalacetheatre.org or call 330-454-8172. Also, a free presentation of the movie “The Polar Express” will be shown Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

• “A Christmas Carol,” the musical, will be performed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 to Dec 16, with afternoon and evening performances, at the Players Guild Theatre, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton. Tickets cost $19 to $25 and are available at 330-453-7617 or www.players guildtheatre.com.

• The Voices of Canton Inc. will present the holiday events “Ye Olde Madrigal Christmas Feaste” Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Canton Woman’s Club, 822 Market Ave. N., and “Christmas in Candy Cane Land” Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. For details and ticket information, visit voicesofcanton.org.

• The Hoover Historical Museum, 1875 E. Maple St. in North Canton, will present “Christmas on Hoover Farm” Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will feature holiday décor, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides for a small fee, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and refreshments. Admission is free. For more information, call 330-499-0287.

• Christmas at the Hollow is set for Dec. 6-9 from 6 to 9 p.m., with tours of the decorated H.B. Stewart Manor, at Quail Hollow State Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave. in Hartville. Children can make an all-natural Christmas ornament, visit with Santa and enjoy cookies and wassail or hot cocoa. For more details, call 330-877-6652.

• “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Canton Ballet, will take place Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N. in Canton. For tickets, which cost $18 to $22, call 330-455-6880 or visit www.cantonballet.com.

• The Canton Symphony Orchestra will present its Holiday Brass Concert, featuring the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, the Canton Symphony Chorus, two high school choruses and the orchestra, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at Umstattd Hall, 2323 17th St. N.W. in Canton. For tickets, which range in price from $13 to $24, visit the website www.cantonsym phony.org.

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