Cleveland polka event

A National Polka Month Celebration will be held Jan. 23 at Holy Spirit Party Center, 5500 W. 54th St. in Parma. Doors open at 1 p.m. with music and dancing 2-6 p.m. Music by Jody Maddie’s UpTown Sound from Parma. No b.y.o.b. Food and beverages will be available. Snacks welcome. Donation $23; 18 and under free. For more information, please call Elaine at 216-496-0223.

Donors needed

The American Red Cross needs donors. Schedule an appointment to donate at RedCrossBlood.org or 1-800-733-2767. Donors between Friday and Jan. 2 will receive a Red Cross, long-sleeved T-shirt while supplies last.

41st TubaChristmas

TubaChristmas is moving outside for 2021. A gift to the community from The University of Akron’s School of Music and E.J. Thomas Hall, TubaChristmas features festively decorated tubas, sing-alongs, and beloved tuba maestro Tucker Jolly in a special open-air concert at noon Saturday. Free. Performers pay $10. If you want to play, call 330-972-8301 or email trjolly@uakron.edu.

Cleveland polka event

A National Polka Month Celebration will be held Jan. 23 at Holy Spirit Party Center, 5500 W. 54th St. in Parma. Doors open at 1 p.m. with music and dancing 2-6 p.m. Music by Jody Maddie’s UpTown Sound from Parma. No b.y.o.b. Food and beverages will be available. Snacks welcome. Donation $23; 18 and under free. For more information, please call Elaine at 216-496-0223.

Donors needed

The American Red Cross needs donors. Schedule an appointment to donate at RedCrossBlood.org or 1-800-733-2767. Donors between Friday and Jan. 2 will receive a Red Cross, long-sleeved T-shirt while supplies last.

Christmas concert

A Christmas Carols and Holiday classics concert by TrueNorth will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road, Bay Village. The performance is free, but donations will be accepted to help concert costs. The TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra is directed by Rick Fortney and features soloists Jen Bertoni and Janine Porter, concertmaster Adam Murray and narrator MaryAnn Nagel. TrueNorth is a multidisciplinary arts organization committed to building and strengthening individuals and communities through the performing, visual and literary arts.

Bay Village canned food drive

Bay Village High School’s canned food drive through the Youth Philanthropy Fellowship ends Friday. Donations will be accepted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the brown canopy doors. The donations will go to Bay Presbyterian Church and the Cleveland Food Bank. Needed items are canned soup, canned vegetables, beef stew, canned tuna, peanut butter and cereal. The Bay Village Board of Education Office is also collecting donations for The Village Project.

Hospice volunteers needed

The Hospice of the Western Reserve has a wide range of volunteer opportunities to fit all talents, interests, and schedules. These include making phone calls, providing respite, attorney/notary, and licensed hairdressers. The organization is also in need of dietary team and receptionist assistance at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake and receptionist assistance at David Simpson Hospice House and its headquarters in Cleveland. Virtual volunteer training is offered monthly. For more information, call 216-255-9090 or fill out an application at hospice.org/volunteer.

West Shore Chorale auditions

The West Shore Chorale will audition singers for the upcoming winter and spring season on Dec. 21. The chorale is a welcoming and inclusive 80-member group that performs three to four concerts per year, including programs in the fall, winter, and spring. Membership is open to all singers with a strong interest in performing classical choral music. Auditions are by appointment only at Rocky River City Hall Complex, at Hilliard and Wagar roads. To reserve an audition time, contact Deb DeCarlo at debdecarlo@gmail.com or call 440-241-0914.

Live nativity

Westlake United Methodist Church will host live nativity shows with live camels, sheep and donkeys at 6:30, 7:15, and 8 p.m. Friday. The event will also include several singers, a Children’s Choir performance, and cookies and cocoa. Westlake UMC is at 27650 Center Ridge Road.

New tradition

Santa and his reindeer will be making a pit stop this weekend to visit all the good little girls and boys who come to the Majestic Meadows Alpacas & Boutique farm from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The farm will be decorated with lights and displays. Interact with alpacas, miniature donkeys, dwarf goats and more. 4195 Abbeyville Road, Medina.

Bethesda on the Bay Live Nativity

Bethesda on the Bay is hosting the second annual Live Nativity from 4-6 p.m. at the corner of 28607 Wolf Road and Beach Lane in Bay Village. Plenty of hot chocolate will be available to everyone. While the event is free, cash donations are encouraged to benefit Fill This House, a local faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the living conditions of local, needy young adults aging out of the foster care system. The Live Nativity scene will include a manger and several live animals like Rupert the Camel, a highland miniature cow, a donkey and goats.

Benefit art show

The Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, with nearly 100 handmade artisans and crafters, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Emerald Event Center, 33040 Just Imagine Drive, Avon. Admission is $3 (children under 12 are free). A portion of the proceeds will benefit Smiles for Sophie Forever. The nonprofit is dedicated to honoring Sophie Quayle’s memory by providing financial support to those families burdened by pediatric brain tumors. Sophie’s parents, Marc and Emily Quayle, live in Avon Lake.

State of the City

The North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual State of the City Address and Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at the North Ridgeville Academic Center, 34620 Bainbridge Road. Cost is $25 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the chamber office at 440- 327-3737 or visit nrchamber.com.

Kindergarten information night

Avon Lake City Schools will hold a virtual meeting for parents of children entering kindergarten in fall 2022. The meeting is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Topics will include how to register children, discussion of neighborhood buildings, full-day versus half-day programs and kindergarten start dates. Go to https://ohconnect.zoom.us/j/96288850318.

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