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The Chronicle-Telegram in partnership with the Salvation Army have teamed up with one goal in mind:   To Make Sure No Child feels Forgotten on Christmas Morning.

The Chronicle-Telegram started the outreach effort in 1958.

This year’s aim is to collect 8,000 toys for children in Lorain County.

The deadline for donations is Dec. 14, which allows the Salvation Army to sort and distribute the new toys.    Toys, clothes, food and cash donations may be dropped off 8am to 5pm weekdays start 11/19/18 in the lobby of The Chronicle-Telegram building located at 225 East Ave in Elyria.

A special donation day will be 9am to 2pm on Dec. 8, also in the lobby of The Chronicle

Huron County Courthouse Christmas Giving Tree

Once again, a Christmas Giving Tree has been set up in the Huron County Courthouse.  The first name of a child residing in Huron County and the child’s age, size and a short wish list are written on each tag.

Individuals can select a tag from the tree and buy a gift for that child.  The wrapped gifts must be delivered to the courthouse by December 10th to the Juvenile Court Services office.  We ask that tag takers limit the number of gifts purchased to 3.

The names appearing on the tags are of children involved in the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and the Reach Our Youth (ROY) programs, under Huron County Juvenile Court.  CASA provides trained volunteers to advocate for children ages 6 to 18 in a one-on-one mentoring relationship.   ROY is an agency of the Norwalk and WIllard United Funds.

For further information call 419-663-2525

Blanket for Babies-  

Items will be donated to Pediatric Office PEDS on Wheels.  167 E. Washington St. Sandusky, OH

For donations drop-off please email StephanieBurkHart61@Yahoo.com

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The collaborative of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties, Erie County Health Department/Erie County Community Health Center, Ottawa County Health Department, Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services, Bayshore Counseling Services and LCADA Way want to remind community members that help for opioid addiction is a phone call away.  By dialing 1-800-826-1306, those who are addicted to opioids (i.e. pain pills and/or illegal drugs), those who have been overprescribed opioids or those who have been misusing the drugs can find support.There is no shame, no guilt, only assistance.  Some people may realize their addiction, but others may not even be aware that they have an addiction.  Either way, we are urging individuals and/or family members in Erie and Ottawa Counties to call 1-800-826-1306 and be connected to treatment and intervention. To speak to a crisis counselor anonymously text 4Hope to 741741.
Vermilion Chamber’s 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lot at Tiffany’s at the Courtyard

Nov. 23rd thru Dec 23rd   

Noon – 5pm Sunday

8:30a -5:30pm Monday – Saturday    

Fresh-cut trees will be delivered Thanksgiving week to sell. Proceeds to be donated by the Vermilion Chamber to a local charity.

Scotch Pine         Fraser Fir         Fraser Fir Wreaths      Fraser Fir Crosses

All Sizes    from 5 – 9 feet

There will also be a NEW Sock Drive  (ALL sizes needed to assist the Vermilion Salvation Army) and a food drive for the Vermilion Salvation Army.

$1 off each for each non-perishable food item or new pair of socks ( up to $5.00 off)

For more information call 440-967-4477 or email vermilionchamber1@gmail.com

Downtown Sandusky Santa Claus and Cookie House Hours 2018

5:00 – 8:00pm on the following dates

Fri, Sat, Sun         December 7, 8, 9

Fri, Sat, Sun         December 14, 15, 16

Fri & Sat Only      December 21, 22

Norwalk Area United Fund-  Kicks off of the Dine Out for the FUNd of it.

It’s that time again!  Support the United Fund and local restaurants at the same time.   A portion of the days sales will go towards the 2019  Community Campaign.

  • December 5th – Peans, 4PM
  • December 12th – Sidelines
  • December 19th – Jimmy’s Backyard BBQ
WAMA- Secret Santa Program 

Over 10 years ago, a Secret Santa program was started for Willard Middle School students who were not going to have a joyous or merry Christmas.  Through the years, the program has grown and now helps students in grades 6-12.  Last year alone, the program was able to help 76 students have a joyous Christmas by providing them with Christmas presents.  This year the Willard Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) is sponsoring the Secret Santa Program.

As the needs of children grow, the program needs help from people like you to make the Secret Santa Program touch as many lives as possible.   Any help is greatly appreciated!  The need is ever growing.

Monetary gifts can be sent to :   WAMA- Secret Santa Program
c/o  Kevin Garrett
514 Euclid St.
Willard, OH 44890

Make checks payable to: WAMA Secret Santa Program.

Thank you for helping the children of Willard!

The Community Prevention Partners are offering free drug test kits to parents in the community. The drug test kits are free & can be picked up anonymously at the following locations: Huron County General Health District, 180 Milan Ave., Norwalk from 8 – 4:30 p.m., anytime at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Emergency Room, Mercy Hospital Emergency Room and the Bellevue Fire Department. Only adults over 18 years of age can pick up drug test kits.
The Firelands Coastal Tributaries Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program is looking for monitors to collect grab samples from Pipe, Mills, Sawmill and Old Woman Creeks in Erie County.  Volunteers are also needed to test pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and nutrients.  For more information, contact Erie Conservation District at 419-626-5211 or go to ErieConserves.org
The American Legion post 514 in Willard invites the public to their Friday night dinners. They begin at 5:00pm and run through 7:30pm. There is also a drawing that is held at 9:00pm on Friday nights.
Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services are now offering Vivitrol, a monthly medication that blocks the feeling substance addiction gives. Vivitrol is not addictive, or a narcotic. It will not prolong or substitute opioid dependence or cause withdrawal when stopped. Those who take Vivitrol will also be enrolled in counseling.  To be eligible for the new program the addicted patient must be 18 years or age, and not taken any opioid for 7-10 days, must be seeking assistance for relapse prevention, and open to receiving counseling. To learn more about the medication-assisted treatment program, visit firelands.com/mental health.
Four county Recovery will be holding meetings Monday evenings beginning at 7pm, and Thursday mornings beginning at 10am for those struggling with addiction and their families. Meetings are held in at the Norwalk Rec Center and for more information call Rory at 614-907-1030. Meetings for current and recovered addicts are also held in Bellevue at the City council Chambers Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm. Bellevue meetings for family and loved ones are biweekly in the City Council Chambers on Saturdays at 11am.
New Day Family Resource Center in Sandusky is holding Joseph’s Pantry the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am-2pm. Items available from Second Harvest Food Bank and other donations, to benefit you must bring photo ID and proof of Erie County Residence(bill, mail addressed to you, receipt, etc.). The Center also offers Stay and Play for children of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday of the month from 5:30-7pm and the 2nd and 4th Monday from 11am-12:30pm. Kids are welcome to enjoy many different toys and books. The diaper pantry is also open during these times, but appointments are necessary. Prayer and devotions take place Monday- Thursday beginning at 9:30am as well. For more information about these programs or a full program offerings, schedule a center tour, to donate items or volunteer call 419-626-8730.
Norwalk Public Library-

Thursdays- Storytime 11:00am

Children ages 0-5 and their caretakers are welcome to come in for story time every week.  There will be stories and activities.

 Berlin Heights Public Library-

Mondays- Story Time 6-7pm
Join us for stories, songs, crafts and SMART Board activities.

Tuesdays-  Teen Trivia –   3pm – 4pm 
Teens ages 11-18  are welcome at Berlin for a battle of wits! Test your knowledge of book, film, music, and other pop culture related trivia.

Milan Public Library-   

Tuesdays-  Twist & Shout 10:30am- 11:00am
Swing by the library and groove at our interactive dance party for little ones and their caretakers.

Fridays-   Story Time 10:30am – 11:30am
Join us for stories, songs, crafts and SMARTboard activities.

Sandusky Cultural Center 2018-2019 Season

January 13 – February 17   The Persistence of Surrealism

February 24 – March 31  You are Standing on a Prehistoric Ocean

April 28 – May 26  Two or Three:  Diptych/Tritych

All programs at Sandusky Cultural Center are free and open to the public.    Please note that the final Sunday of each exhibit, patrons are permitted to claim work they have purchased; consequently, the exhibit is open for viewing but may not be complete.

For more information, to become a member or to give a supporting contribution you can call 419-625-1188.   Business hours are 1- 4pm Sunday through Friday. You can also visit the website at http://www.SanduskyCulturalCenter.org

Wellington’s Herrick Memorial Library

Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00pm  “Read To Putter” – Children spend 15 minutes reading a book or story to the library’s friend Putter and build their reading skills at the Herrick Memorial Library.  Putter is a registered therapy dog that absolutely adores listening to a good story. He does not mind if the child makes a reading mistake. Putter visits us on Wednesdays through the month of May.    Stop in or call the library at 440-647-2120 to save your reading spot.

City of Sandusky- NexXt Level Fit Academy  8am

Kicking off the next level of Pier Pressure.   The free workouts for the community each Saturday morning at 8am.  Start out at Schade-Mylander Plaza.

This is open to all ages, but please your furry friends at home.  Workouts will vary each week depending on fitness center and instructor assigned to each morning.  Participants must sign a waiver before joining the program.

For more information call Sandusky Recreation at 419-627-5833

Willard Enrichment Center’s   SHHHH Don’t Tell Escape Rooms 

Find the Clues         Solve the Puzzles      Escape the Room…..    IF You Can

Now open Tuesday – Friday 2 – 9pm            Saturday & Sunday  Noon – 9pm

Text the word reservation to 567-224-7464

Minimum group size 4 for $50, then $10 each extra person

Willard Enrichment Center is located at 315. E. Tiffin St. Willard, OH

Norwalk Parks and Rec   419-663-6775 or  http://www.NorwalkRec.com

TEAM SPONSORS NEEDED for the youth basketball program.  Many team sponsors are needed for all age divisions, Kindergarten thru High School.  Sponsorship cost is $125 per team.  If you are interested in sponsoring or have any questions, please contact Stacie at 419-663-6775 extension 1028

SPORTIES FOR SHORTIES SOCCER– Now taking registration!!  Lots of fun will be happening here as children ages 3-5 learn the basics of the sport soccer.  This five-week beginner program will also introduce some rules and coordination through different games and activities.  The program will be held Saturdays starting January 26th.  Early registration cost is $18 Norwalk students/members and $23 Out of town students.

OPEN GYM-  Special Holiday Open gyms times will start Monday, Dec. 24 – Jan. 2nd.  Specific days and times are scheduled for the different grade levels over break.  Please check out our website, http://www.NorwalkRec.com, call or stop by the front desk to learn of the available times. 

ELKS NATIONAL FREE THROW HOOP SHOOT CONTEST– Scheduled for Saturday Dec. 8th.   Come prove your talent!  The Norwalk Elks Lodge will again host this popular national basketball event.  Winners in each bracket, separate boys and girls, advance to the district competition.   Children ages 8-13 are welcome.
Registration will be at 1:00pm, and the contest will start at 1:30pm.   This event is FREE

FRIDAY FUN NIGHT – will start on Friday, October 5th from 6-8:00PM. Parents drop the children 4th
-6th  grade off for a night of fun activities and contests just for students and their friends. Activities vary but may include:

Roller Skating, Kickball, Dodgeball, Swimming, Minute-to-Win it, Karaoke & Dance music, and
discussions from our Impact topics (after school program). Cost is $5.00 per student per night or Pre-paid card  $25 for 6 visits.
Registration will start Sept. 17
*ALL STUDENTS MUST BRING IN A GRADE CARD THEIR FIRST TIME FOR PROOF OF AGE
*ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVEAN EMERGENCY MEDICAL FORM COMPLETED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN
PRIOR TO ATTENDING

ADULT GROUP SWIMMING – ‘A Progression to Endurance’ is a program offering adults the opportunity to participate in swim team simulated practices with an emphasis on increasing endurance. This setting is for  those who have experience in swimming but just need a boost and motivation that a coach and fellow  swimmers can provide. Group class will be held on Tuesdays starting October 30 from 7-8:00 P.M. For more  information visit, http://www.norwalkrec.com

FAMILY FIRST NIGHT- NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY– That’s right, this annual event will be held for the entire family to celebrate in a fun, safe, tobacco and drug free environment at the Ernsthausen Community Center. The Norwalk Parks & Recreation Dept. are bringing you a family friendly event full of games, music, swimming, door prizes, watching the ball drop on big screen, and much more.  The event will be held from 8pm to Midnight.  So gather all your family and friends and join in the night of fun, December 31st.   VOLUNTEERS and DOOR PRIZES still needed.

 Norwalk Area United Fund “Basket Basics Project”  

What is Basket Basics? 
This Board Lead project was designed to help those who “Fall through the cracks” It is a project to fill Baskets/Bags with personal & household items for individuals and families in need who would never ask.  We give baskets out all year including Christmas time

How are Families Identified?
Families are identified and referred to the program by our United Funded Board & Agencies, local businesses, area schools, Fisher Titus home care and others. Baskets are packed specifically for the needs of referred families.  They are then delivered by our Board Members and Volunteers.

 

Call or Bring in the following items any time of the year:

Bath-Hand Soap        Scrubby/Loofah         Shampoo     Conditioner      Deodorant       Lotion     Powder

Shaving Cream      Razors/blades       Hair Items     Toothpaste     Q-Tips      Baby Items     Laundry Soap

Cleaning Supplies     Paper Towels      Toilet Paper     Tissues     Dish Soap     Dish Towels     Oven Mitts

Sponges       Straws       Sugar-Free Gum       Greeting Cards      Tape      Gloves     Scarves      Socks

DECEMBER
12th Weds Huron Library:

*10:15 am. Toddler Time, ages 2 ½ – 3 ½ with caregiver.

*11:00 am. Lapsit Storytime, ages 0-2 ½ with caregiver.

*1:30 pm. Preschool Storytime, ages 3 ½ and older.

*6:30 pm-8:00 pm. YarnWorks – Bring a project to knit or crochet; beginners welcome.

(419) 433-5009

12th Weds Berlin Public Library- Adult Book Club:  Christmas in London 6:30-7:30pm

Wrap up in your coziest blanket as you read Christmas in London by Anita Hughes. All are welcome, and books are available at the desk.

12th Weds Milan Public Library-  

6:30-7:30pm  Adult Book Club:  Christmas in London 

Wrap up in your coziest blanket as you read Christmas in London by Anita Hughes. All are welcome, and books are available at the desk.

6:30 – 7:30pm   Holiday Music with Last Call Trio 

Let the sounds of the season move you at an evening of festive music from Last Call Trio. This light jazz trio, featuring Kathleen Sigsworth on bass, Dina Lukasko on flute, and Tiina Ruffing on keyboard, will have you tapping your feet and feeling merry and bright.

13th Thurs Herrick Memorial Library- Afternoon Book Discussion 12-1:30pm

The afternoon book group will be holding its first ever cookbook book discussion.  The group is discussing the book ‘The Pioneer Woman Cooks a Year of Holidays’ by Ree Drummond.  People interested in participating in the discussion can check out a copy of the book at the library.

Contact the library in person or call 440-647-2120 for more information about this special book discussion.

13th Thurs Huron Library

*4:30 pm. Craft Corner. Grades 3-7.

*6:00 pm. Christmas Memories: The History of Popular Christmas Toys- Adult lecture.

(419) 433-5009

13th Thurs Milan Public Library- 

5:00PM-6:30PM   All Aboard the Polar Express 

Wear your comfiest pajamas for a showing of the Polar Express. Popcorn and hot chocolate served, plus make a candy train craft! All ages.

6:00PM-7:00PM  DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters 

Need an ugly, festive sweater for this year’s holiday parties? Look no further! Bring your own plain sweater, and we will provide the materials to customize your own unique (and fabulously ugly) design.  Ages 13-18.

14th Fri Concord Care is Hosting an UGLY Sweater Contest 10am – 3pm

Stop in at Concord Care Center located at 620 W. Strub Rd.  Sandusky, OH for a chance to WIN their UGLY Sweater Contest.

For more information call: 419-626-5373

14th Fri Norwalk Masonic Center Swiss Steak Supper 5 – 7pm

Supper will include Mashed Potatoes, salad, vegetable, dessert and beverage

Served at the Masonic Center 319 E. Main St Norwalk, OH

Cost:  $12

15th Sat Huron Library:

*10:00 am. Firelands Shutterbugs Photography Club for novice to expert, learn & share.

(419)433-5009

15th Sat Berlin Public Library- Holiday Music with the Moorhens 11am -12pm

‘Tis the season to celebrate with good tidings, cheer, and music. Join us as we present the Moorhens for their annual performance at the library. The festive music of the holiday season will fill the library and your heart with joy. All are welcome to stop by – sing along or tap you feet to the sounds of the season!

15th Sat Milan Public Library-  All Wrapped Up: Chic Wrapping Methods for the Holidays (Planner Society) 11am – 12pm

Learn and try your hand at several beautiful gift wrapping methods that will leave presents looking like works of art. Materials provided.

17th Mon Berlin Public Library- Cookies, Cocoa & Crafts 3:30 – 4:30pm

Join us for sweet treats and make an ornament craft to hang on your tree.  Ages 5-12.

17th Mon Huron Library:

*4:30 or 6:30 pm. Children’s Craft: Gifts in a Jiffy. Grades K-6.

*6:00 pm. Christmas Card Workshop. Registration and supply fee required.

(419) 433-5009

17th Mon Milan Public Library- It’s a Wonderful Meal (Taste Buds) 6-7pm

Join us for our annual Taste Buds Christmas feast! Bring a family favorite holiday dish to share with your fellow teen foodies. Ages 13-18.

 

18th Tues Milan Public Library-

3 -3:45PM   STEM Spectacular 

Join us for fun activities focused on science, technology, engineering and math. We will be making snow flake crystals and will have stem cart available.

6 -7:30PM  Tabletop Takeover! Board Game Night 

Board games have changed a lot since the days of Monopoly! Drop by the library to check out some new classics like Catan, Takenoko, or Elder Sign.

19th Weds Huron Library:

*10:00 am–1:00 pm. Susan G. Komen Breast Health Information.

*10:30 am- 12:00 pm. Storytime Playdate.

* 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. Euchre Night.

*6:30 pm-8:00 pm. YarnWorks – Bring a project to knit or crochet; beginners welcome.

*7:00 pm. Socrates Café, exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences, knowing that we learn when we question. Monthly topic online.

(419) 433-5009

20th Thurs Huron Library

*7:00 pm. The Book Exchange: Popular and Eclectic-The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. (off-site).

(419) 433-5009

21st Fri Christian Singles Fellowship Singles Night Out Christmas Dinner 6:30pm

Christmas dinner at the American Legion 3615 Hayes Ave. Sandusky.

After dinner join the carpool to see local Christmas lights.

21st Fri Edison Show Choir’s 5th Annual Christmas Spectacular 7pm

Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for students/senior citizens, and free for kids 5th grade and under.

Contact Kayliann Schwinn for tickets at craftyteacher246@gmail.com – tickets are going quickly, reserve yours today!

Join the show choir for an exciting night of Christmas joy through dancing and singing!

There are 22 members in show choir

Performance will go on at the Edison High School Auditorium.

23rd Sun Norwalk Masonic Center All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast 8am – 12pm

Breakfast will include pancake, sausage and beverage

Cost $6   Carry Outs Available

Being served at 319 E. Main St. Norwalk, OH

26th Wed Huron Library:

*6:30 pm-8:00 pm. YarnWorks – Bring a project to knit or crochet; beginners welcome. (419) 433-5009

27th Thurs Huron Library:

*1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. American Red Cross Blood Drive – (419)626-1641 for details.

(419) 433-5009

28th Fri Milan Public Library-   American Red Cross Blood Drive  12 – 5:00pm

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood.™ The American Red Cross will be holding a BLOOD DRIVE at the Milan Public Library. Please stop by to donate blood anytime between 12:00PM – 5:00PM. For more information about donating blood, call 1-800-589-2286 FREE.

28th Fri Norwalk Masonic Center-  Spaghetti Supper 5 – 7pm

Supper includes Spaghetti, Salad, Dessert and Beverage

Cost is $10   Carry-Outs Available

Being served at 319 E. Main St. Norwalk, OH

29th Sat Christian Singles Fellowship-  North Pole Train Ride 4pm

Carpool will meet at 4pm at Sandusky YMCA and travel to Findlay.

Tickets $3 for Adults and $2 for Kids

Dinner at an area restaurant.

For details call Karson at 419-433-0085

31st Mon Christian Singles Fellowship-  New Year’s Eve Party 7pm

The party will be at Karson’s home in Huron.   Bring a covered dish, dessert, pop and/or munchies to share.

For more details call Karson at 419-433-0085

31st Mon Family First Night at the Norwalk Rec Center 8pm – Midnight

Swimming      BINGO     Concession     Karaoke       Inflatables         Crafts

Nerf Gun Wars          Music & DJ       Door Prizes and More

Admission is $5 per person  (Ages 3 and Under- FREE)

For more information visit http://www.norwalkrec.com or call 419-663-6775

 
 
 JANUARY
 
2nd Weds Wellness Wednesday at Norwalk Chamber of Commerce 6-8pm

The topic will be Abundance in the New Year

The guest speakers will be Donna Bretz of Midnight Moon and Nora Knople of Haven Hypnosis and Wellness.  They will discuss how hypnosis can help you with abundance and how to make your New Year’s resolution last.

This event is FREE to the public.

19th Sat Florence Township Fire Department Steak Fry 6pm

Dinner will be served from 6 – 8pm        Dance from 8pm – 11:30pm

Dinner will be served at The Lodge of New Russia Twp 46300 Butternut Rd., Oberlin, OH

Admission:   $25 per person beer is provided

MUST BE 21 or OVER           NO KIDS ALLOWED

For tickets contact any Florence Twp Firefighter or call:
Sean at 440-396-6328   OR  Jessica at 440-897-1198