Calendar (Week 1) December 1-7

Sunday 1

Registration for the 7th Annual Boys Basketball Classic;330-565-9372. Occurs Jan. 11,12, 18 and 19. For fifth and sixth grade boys’ divisions. Three game guarantee and a championship round. Contact Doug Dawson, tournament director, at classicsports@zoominternet.net.

Holiday event: Joy of Christmas Drive-Through Light Display. Harvey S. Firestone Park, 338 East Park Ave., Columbiana; 330-482-2282.The light show runs every Thursday through Sunday from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 29. Open every night beginning Dec 19.

Holiday event: 2013 Trumbull Area Artists Holiday Show. Nissen Gallery, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, East Market Street, Warren;  330-841-1900. Over 100 pieces of original art are for sale in the Nissen Gallery, located on the first floor of Trumbull Memorial. The 2013 Trumbull Area Artists Holiday Show includes the work of 27 local artists. Each piece is priced at $100 or less. The show offers community members the chance to purchase original art at reasonable prices, either for gifts or to add to an art collection. Purchases should be made through Peg Krozier in the hospital’s administration office or by calling 330-841-1900. The show will run through Jan. 2, 2014.

Holiday event: Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Mill. Lanterman’s Mill, 980 Canfield Road Youngstown; 330-702-3000. Features music, performances, artisans, Santa and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday event: Santa’s Wintertime Barn. MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-702-3000. Santa will arrange his busy schedule to visit the MetroParks Farm. He will bring some of his animal friends from around the world.  Pose with Santa in his sleigh for a photo op. Children can make a special craft to celebrate the holidays. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: Holiday Open Studio and Art Sale. Ward Bakery Building, 1024 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Features a variety of artwork and fine art produced by local artists. Noon to 5 p.m. Free.

Holiday event:  Nativity Display, Roast Beef Dinners, Spaghetti Dinner. Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, Pa.; 724-964-8920, extension 3348.  This free, indoor exhibit features hundreds of nativities from around the world. Musical entertainment featuring local choirs and musicians will be scheduled. The Villa Shoppe will be open for the purchase of nativities and other unique fair trade items from around the world. The Villa Farm’s  home-grown poinsettias and Christmas wreaths and swags will also be for sale. Free, light refreshments will be served both weekends. Dec. 1 and 8 will feature full course roast beef and spaghetti dinners, respectively, from noon to 4 p.m. Ticket prices for the roast beef dinner are $10 for a large and $6 for a small. Ticket prices for the spaghetti dinner are $7 for a large and $5 for a small. Children 7 and under are free and take out is available. Villa Maria Community Center is located 1 mile south of U.S. Route 422 on Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa.; 10 miles east of Youngstown and 11 miles west of New Castle, Pa. The Nativity Display is free and open to the public. Free will offerings will be accepted. The Nativity Display occurs from noon to 5 p.m., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 and 8. No registration is required. For more information on the event, email kperry@humilityofmary.org or visit humilityofmary.org. Noon-5 p.m.

Holiday event: The Artistry of Wigilia: A Slavic Christmas Market and Traditions Workshop. First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Polish pottery, amber, folk art, and Christmas ornaments. Traditional Polish Christmas Eve food and baked goods will be available to eat there or take home. Gift basket raffle and auction. One of the highlights of this event is the demonstrations and hands-on workshops by noted Slavic folklorist Lawrence Kozlowski. Polish Advent and Christmas practices, rituals foods and folk crafts will be covered. Items  available to create and take home as well as kits to purchase. Noon-5 p.m. Free admission ($3 suggested donation per person).

Holiday event: Memories of Christmas Past. Arms family Museum of Local History, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-2589. “Memories of Christmas Past,” the annual holiday spectacular, is in its sixth year in the 1905 Arts & Crafts mansion of Olive and Wilford Arms, and the home of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.  The seven period rooms of the Arms Family home are filled with rare, one-of-a-kind, vintage decorations that include ornaments, lighting, trees, toys and trains.  This display features many pieces from the Historical Society’s collection as well as items on loan from private collectors. The downtown shopping experience, a fond memory for many Valley residents, is highlighted in a second floor gallery with store displays from McKelvely’s and Strouss, and the joy of a winter’s sleigh ride through the woods is recreated by Mill Creek MetroParks using natural dried florals from Fellows Riverside Gardens. “Memories of Christmas Past” runs through Jan. 5, 2014. Hours for the museum are Tuesday-Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Thursdays 1 to 8 p.m.  The Museum is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Special weekend events are scheduled which include author appearances, visits with Santa Claus, lectures and workshops. Visit http://www.memoriesofchristmaspast.com for dates and details. Proceeds from the event help fund the educational and exhibit programs sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.  Admission for the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens; and $4 for children ages 3-18 (under 3 free).

Monthly: Spaghetti Dinner Fund-Raiser. St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown;  330-743-1109. Also features a concert in church from 2 -3 p.m. featuring the McClellan Family and Mahoning Valley Chorale. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults: $7; children 8 and under: $3.50.

Holiday event: Memories of Christmas Past Author Spotlights. Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-2589. Tom Welsh will sign copies of his book, “Strouss: Youngstown’s Dependable Store.” 1-5 p.m.

Holiday event: Visit with Santa. Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-2589. Santa will visit with children.  1-5 p.m.

Monthly: Austin Log Cabin Tour and Open House. 3797 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown; 330-792-1129. Occurs the first Sunday. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Strock Stone House Open House. 7171 Mahoning Ave., Austintown; 330-792-1129. Occurs the first Sunday. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Monthly: Ward-Thomas House Tour. 503 Brown St., Niles; 330-544-2143. Guides from the Niles Historical Society will answer questions during tours of the 1862 mansion. Occurs the first Sunday. 2-5 p.m.

Annual event: World AIDS Day Walk and Vigil. Meets at the Mahoning County Courthouse, 120 Market St., downtown Youngstown;  Anita Davis at 330-518-4718 and Shavar Johnson at 330-423-8250. The Youngstown World AIDS Day committee has planned a walk and candlelight vigil to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS in observation of World AIDS Day. The walk and candlelight vigil will begin at the steps of the Mahoning County Courthouse and will end at the B&O Station. A free social will follow at the B&O where light refreshments will be served. 5-7:30 p.m.

Holiday event: Advent Service of Lessons & Carols. St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Laginya, will be accompanied by harpist Nancy Paterson and organist Mary Ann Bilas-Bush. The program will feature Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and familiar carols from England. Free parking is available and security will be provided. Refreshments follow in the Cathedral Hall. 7 p.m. Free.

Monday 2

Medicare Check-up.  Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., Girard; 330-545-6596. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program will hold a free appointment-only “Medicare Check-up” to help people review Medicare changes and determine coverage for 2014. Topics include recent changes to Medicare such as the new Medicare deductibles, co-pay, and coinsurance amounts, Medicare Advantage and Part D  plan options for 2014, as well as available financial assistance programs. Attendees should bring their list of prescriptions drugs with dosages and preferred pharmacy, information on retirement coverage and Veteran’s Administration or other medical care benefits they receive. Reservations required. 10 a.m. Free.

Ongoing: Recovery Program. Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, Austintown; For more information or to RSVP, call 330-953-1416. Mondays through Dec.16. 1-3 p.m.

Ongoing: Stressercise Class/Low Impact Exercise For The Body and Mind. YWCA of Youngstown, 25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown; visit http://www.stressercise.com to register. Occurs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 4:45-6:15 p.m.$2.

Monthly: Mad Hot Monday Ballroom Boogie. Kuzman’s, 1025 S. State St., Girard; 330-545-8521/330-545-8995. Ballroom, Latin, swing, hustle. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Youngstown Executive Toastmasters 408 Meeting. Shepherd of the Valley, 301 W. Western Reserve Road, Poland; http://www.speakingclub.org. Practice skills useful in public speaking, including giving speeches, speaking extemporaneously and listening. Includes peer feedback and evaluation. This nonprofit educational organization operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication. Meetings are free for guests; members pay $36 every six months. 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Weekly Rehearsal: The Mahoning Valley Chorale (formerly Seraphim). Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Ave., Boardman; 330-707-2144. Mondays. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Co-Dependents Anonymous. Prince of Peace Church, 2985 Center Road, Poland; 330-743-3768. A 12-step recovery program for individuals in co-dependent relationships. Mondays. 7:30 p.m.

Holiday event: Piano X-travaganza: A Piano Christmas Concert. Bliss Recital Hall, YSU. Dana School of Music piano students, under the direction of Dr. Caroline Oltmanns, will perform. Features easy-listening, well-known classical selections including works by Schubert, Grieg and Beethoven. YSU students will conduct a raffle for gift cards and other prizes. The Dana Piano Guild will donate and serve holiday cookies during intermission. 8 p.m. Free.

Tuesday 3

Ongoing: Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Marina Perdos and Karres Cvetkovich teach a variety of yoga styles for all levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17. 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. $10.

Weekly: Job Training Information. Mahoning Senior Center, 1110 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-782-0978. A representative from Senior Employment Center will be on hand. Tuesdays. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Standing in the Gap. Room 204, Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion, Youngstown; 330-744-8411. Religious program led by Justin Burnette Sr.  Tuesdays. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Zumba Classes. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Meets 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon on Saturdays. Half-off fee for the first class.  6:45 p.m. $8.

Weekly: Canfield Community Band. Canfield High School, 100 Cardinal, Canfield; 330-542-3313. Any musician is welcome. Tuesdays. 7 p.m.

Weekly: Valley Bible Study. St. Brendan Parish, Room 103, 2800 Oakwood, Youngstown; Joan Lawson at 330-792-3875 or Jim Merhaut at 330-743-2308. Tuesdays. 7-8:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Dance Lessons. Judy Conti Dance Studio, Wedgewood Plaza, Austintown; 330-727-6312 or 330-788-7474. Swing, cha-cha, and waltz lessons every Tuesday and Wednesday. 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

Weekly: Stephen Foster Chorus. SCOPE Center, 220 W. Market St., Warren; Jerry at 330-652-5739. For anyone who enjoys singing. Tuesdays. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 4

Weekly: Valley Bible Study. St. Brendan, Room 103, 2800 Oakwood, Youngstown; Joan Lawson at 330-792-3875 or Jim Merhaut at 330-743-2308. Wednesdays. 9:30-11 a.m. Free.

Holiday Event: 10th Annual Global Gift Market. Westminster College New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-7365. Westminster College’s Young Presbyterian Scholars Program will sponsor its 10th annual Global Gift Market on the second and third floors of the McKelvey Campus Center. Shoppers can purchase special and unique gifts. The majority are not physical items, rather purchases that go toward helping those less fortunate around the world. Many of the “gifts” for sale are affiliated with Alternative Gifts International, the organization that provides the market. Gifts available in past  years have included $1 for 40 doses of medicine for women and children in Burma fleeing from aggression against ethnic minorities; $6 for one book for a school or library in Nicaragua; and $28 to train a family in Haiti to raise goats, which creates income  sustainability and decreases malnutrition.   According to Alternative Gifts International, “The gifts offered are unique. They are like no other gifts in our world today. They are gifts of peace and justice, gifts that are sustainable and that build security. These alternative gifts  multiply and grow, sometimes exponentially, and offer hope and new life to people facing grave crisis and need.” 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free.

Weekly: Rotary Club of Warren Meeting. Enzo’s, 2918 Elm Road, Warren; 330-369-7500.  The Warren Rotary chapter will meet for lunch and a business meeting. Wednesdays. Noon.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The evolving Artistry of the Beatles. Ken Womack, the 2013-2014 Penn State Laureate and professor of English and Integrative Arts at Penn State Altoona College, will be speaking at Penn State Shenango in Sharon Hall room 105. Noon to 1 p.m. Free.

Weekly: T’ai Chi Step One in the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements. Dec. 4, 11, 18. Noon-1 p.m. $10.

Monthly: Family Financial Education Services. Family Service Agency, 535 Marmion Ave., Youngstown; to register, call 330-782-5664. Workshop for potential home buyers. First Wednesday. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Weekly: Zumba. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $7.

Ongoing: Pilates Sculpt. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Core strength, alignment, and breathing are emphasized. Bring a mat and water. Dec. 4, 11. 6-7 p.m. $10.

Weekly: Dance Lessons. Judy Conti Dance Studio, Wedgewood Plaza, Austintown; 330-727-6312 or 330-788-7474. Classes in swing, cha-cha, and waltz. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Weekly: Cortland Community Band Practice. Lakeview Middle School, 640 Wakefield, Cortland; call Pat at 330-652-2424 or visit http://www.cortlandcommunityband.org. All musicians welcome. Wednesdays. 7-9 p.m.

Bi-monthly: Girard Community Band. Girard High School, 31 N. Ward, Girard; 330-539-1453. Any musician is welcome. First and third Wednesday. 7 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: Carols & Cocoa. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown; 330-259-0555. The Dana School of Music will present its annual holiday program, directed overall by Dr. Hae-Jong Lee. “Carols & Cocoa” will be performed in Stambaugh’s Ballroom and will feature seasonal favorites, culminating in a holiday sing-along. Dana students bring cookies to share, and complimentary cocoa, provided by Sheetz, will be available. Featured groups are: Trombone Ensemble, directed by Michael Crist; Dana Clarinet Ensemble, directed by Alice Wang; Dana Early Music Ensemble, directed by Jessica Chisholm; Dana Flute Ensemble, directed by Kathryn Umble; University Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Dana Chorale and the Stambaugh Chorus, directed by Hae-Jong Lee. After a brief intermission, guests are invited upstairs to the Concert Hall where the Dana Holiday Concert will be presented featuring John Rutter’s “Magnificat,” and John Williams’ “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.” Guest artists are; Misook Yun, soprano, Wilmington Area High School Choral Ensembles, directed by Jonny Priano, and the Stambaugh Chorus. Tickets, which are all general admission, may be purchased in advance at the Stambaugh Auditorium box office, in person or by phone at 330-259-0555; or online at http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. Tickets will also be available that evening. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students, senior citizens, and YSU faculty and staff with a valid YSU ID. The event is free for children under 12 and YSU students with a valid YSU ID. 7 p.m. $5.

Monthly: Men’s Garden Club of Youngstown. Davis Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek MetroParks, Youngstown; 330-740-7116 or 330-757-4727. Meeting includes a speaker. First Wednesday. 7:30 p.m.

Holiday event: Trace Adkins Christmas Show. Covelli Centre, E. Front St., downtown Youngstown; 1-800-745-3000. Adkins will perform Christmas favorites. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 5

Weekly: Men’s Fellowship Bible Study. Central YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Youngstown; 330-744-8411. Thursdays. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free.

Weekly: Walk and Chat. Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St., Boardman; 330-788-1992 or 1-800-640-5180. Walking and socializing. Thursdays. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Lunch and Learn: Natural Gas Vehicle. Yankee Lake Ballroom, 1814 State Route 7, Yankee Lake; 330-744-2131 ext. 32. Experts and industry representatives will speak on compressed natural gas vehicles and the emerging industry. The day-long event will look at the growth in interest about converting vehicle fleets to natural gas, construction of fueling stations necessary for the growth of the industry and business opportunities that are involved in the emerging industry. Among the speakers will be representatives from American Natural Gas Alliance, Clean Fuels Ohio, Loves Travel Stops, Clean Energy Fuels and IGS Energy. The event is being presented by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber as well as the Ohio Energy Resource Alliance, Clean Fuels Ohio, General Motors and the Lawrence County and Shenango Valley chambers of commerce. Special guests will include state Rep. Sean J. O’Brien D-Trumbull County; state Rep., Nick Barborak, D-Columbiana County; Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Shenango Valley and Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith. The event is free but reservations must be made by contacting Mandy Shina at the Regional Chamber, 330-744-2131 ext. 32 or email Amanda@regionalchamber.com. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Library Trustees Meeting. Boardman Library, Boardman; 330-744-8636. The Board of Trustees, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, will hold its regular session in the meeting room of the Boardman Library. Prior to the full board meeting, the Building and Sites Committee will meet at 3 p.m. to get an update the committee on the Canfield Library project. 4 p.m.

Weekly: Warriors: Hooked on Fishing Not On Drugs, Warriors Inc., 2733 Market St., Youngstown; 330-783-3276. State-certified program focuses on preventing drug use through fishing and aquatic-resource education. Thursdays. 5-6 p.m. Free.

Ongoing: Yoga at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Marina Perdos and Karres Cvetkovich teach a variety of yoga styles for all levels. Bring a mat and small blanket. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17. 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. $10.

Weekly: Bellifit. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or visit http://www.EosWholeFitness.com. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $7.

Weekly: Midweek Dinner and Classes. Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market, Warren; 330-372-1676 or visit http://www.warrencentralcc.org. Dinner followed by a choice of classes: Bible study, book discussion or a computer lab. Thursdays. 5:45-7:30 p.m.

Weekly: Polish Youngstown Cultural Preservation. http://www.Polishyoungstown.com or 330-646-4082. The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle offers crafts, dancing and songs for children and opportunities for adults with the Village Folk Singers. New members welcome. Thursdays. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Zumba Classes. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Meets 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon on Saturdays. Half-off fee for the first class.  6:45 p.m. $8.

Weekly: Art, Conversation and Coffee. Metamorphosis Gallery, 2 State St., Struthers; 330-787-1994. Open gallery Thursdays from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 6:30-10 p.m. Bring your art or projects and join others at the gallery or come for coffee and conversation. All ages. 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: DARE Singles Group Meeting. Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman; 330-793-5856, 330 533-7062.  For divorced and widowed. Features meetings and social events, including movie nights, bowling, dance classes, and small group discussions. Thursdays. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Weekly: Hot Yoga. Eos Whole Fitness, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-518-4402 or http://www.eoswholefitness.com. 7:30-8:45 p.m. $7.

Weekly: Dancing Mindfulness Classes. Yoga Room, 815 Youngstown-Warren Road, No. 13, Niles; 330-637-7171. Occurs on Thursdays with rotating facilitators Jamie Marich and Kelsey Evans. Donation based ($10-$15 donation suggested). Dancing Mindfulness is a “come as you are” practice, with no prior experience in yoga or dance necessary to participate. 7:30 p.m.

Friday 6

Twice-Monthly: A Loose Knit Group. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown; 330-740-7116. Make afghans and knit and crochet other items to donate locally. All levels welcome. Dec. 6, 20. 10 a.m.–noon. Free.

Holiday event: Historic Christmas Home Tour. Various locations, Lisbon. 330-424-1803 and lacoc2@sbcglobal.net. The event is sponsored by the Lisbon Landmark Foundation, a division of the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce. Homes will be numbered to correspond to a directional map on the tickets but may be visited in any order to avoid congestion at any of the sites. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office at 120 N. Market St., Fashion Forward, Bye Hardware, Chef’s Table restaurant, and the Steel Trolley Diner. While advance sales are encouraged, tickets may also be purchased at any of the homes on the tour dates. Advance tickets are $12. After Dec. 1, tickets are $15. Dec.6-7. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday event: Gallery Showing and Opening: Belmont Boutique. Coy Cornelius Studios, 1931 Belmont, Youngstown; 330-747-5404. Features vintage, original, classic and contemporary clothing, costumes, accessories and artifacts. Dec. 6-8. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Holiday Event: Holiday Cabaret. Spotlight Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3105. YSU’s Department of Theater and Dance will perform a Holiday Cabaret, directed by Nancy Andersen Wolfgang with accompaniment by Jack Ciarnello.  The family-centered show will feature seasonal favorites, including songs, scenes from holiday-inspired shows, sing-alongs and storytelling for children. Seating is limited. 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $8 for adults, and $5 for senior citizens, students and children.

Holiday event: Tapestries of Ohio. Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren. Medieval celebration and dinner sponsored by Tapestries of Ohio. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Reservations required; call 330-726-5576 or email lorddean@tapestriesofohio.net.Dec. 6-7, 13-14. 7 p.m.  $30.

Holiday event: The Nutcracker. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-744-1934. Presented by Ballet Western Reserve. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 and 2 p.m., Dec. 7. 7:30 p.m.

Winter Skywatch. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps St., Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The night sky changes with the seasons, and so does the Skywatch program. This traditional lecture-based program deals with locating different planets and constellations, constellation lore, and current space events. For general audiences. 8 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas. Rust Belt Theater Company, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-507-2358. 8 p.m., Dec, 6,-7, 13-14, and midnight on Dec. 14. 8 p.m.

Holiday event: It’s a Wonderful Life. Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana. 330-482-9915. 8 p.m. Dec. 6,-7, 13-14; 2 p.m., Dec  8, 15. 8 p.m.

music @ night

Donna’s Diner. Steve Vuich. 5 p.m.

Fifth Season. Ed Gorse. Acoustic. 6 p.m.

Frieda’s. Howard and Point Five. Jazz. 6 p.m.

McMenamy’s, Junction Pa. 7 p.m.

Up a Creek. Main Street Lions. 7 p.m.

Vintage Estate. Save Yourself. 8 p.m.

Saturday 7

Holiday event: Advent Mini-Retreat: What Do I Most Want?. Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield; Terry Supancic, 330-219-6243, tsupancic@msn.com or Eileen W. Novotny, 330-533-3831, ewalshnovotny@zoominternet.net.The Ursuline Center is offering this retreat for those interested in preparing for the celebration of Christmas in a way that allows them to anticipate the birth of Christ with a renewed sense of discipleship. The group will use a contemplative method of praying with Scripture in order to connect participants’ stories with the great stories of faith. A light brunch will be included. A registration form is available on the Center’s website: http://www.theursulinecenter.org or by contacting the program’s facilitators. 9 a.m.-noon. $15.

Dancing Mindfulness Classes. The Hidden Path, 71 Terrace St., Struthers,  330-755-6400. Occurs  Dec. 7, 21 with facilitator Ramona Skriiko. Dancing Mindfulness  is a “come as you are” practice, with no prior experience in yoga or dance necessary to participate. Call to preregister. 10 a.m. $15.

Holiday event: Winter Celebration: A Garden Conservatory. Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Mill Creek MetroParks; 330-740-7116. Occurs Dec. 7- Jan. 5. Tuesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also open Dec. 24, Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. Closed on Dec. 23, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. See the beauty inside a conservatory filled with holiday plants. Explore the wonder of plants in the Children’s Greenhouse. See holiday trees decorated by 45 local non-profit organizations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: Historic Christmas Home Tour. Various locations, Lisbon. 330-424-1803 and lacoc2@sbcglobal.net. The event is sponsored by the Lisbon Landmark Foundation, a division of the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce. Homes will be numbered to correspond to a directional map on the tickets but may be visited in any order to avoid congestion at any of the sites. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office at 120 N. Market St., Fashion Forward, Bye Hardware, Chef’s Table restaurant, and the Steel Trolley Diner. While advance sales are encouraged, tickets may also be purchased at any of the homes on the tour dates. Advance tickets are $12. After Dec. 1, tickets are $15. Dec.6-7. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Event: 43rd Holiday Arts and Crafts Show. Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-1107. The Butler’s annual holiday show and sale will again feature fine art and original, one-of-a kind crafts from nearly 100 vendors. Painting, photography, jewelry, paper, ceramics, fragrances, wood, leather, fiber, food, horticulture, and decorative arts are included. Dec. 7-8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, children under 12 are free.

Holiday event: Gallery Showing and Opening: Belmont Boutique. Coy Cornelius Studios, 1931 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-747-5404. Features vintage, original, classic and contemporary clothing, costumes, accessories and artifacts. Dec. 6-8. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Weekly: Northside Farmers Market. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown; 330-518-6971. Produce, baked goods, demonstrations and tastings. Saturdays February through December. Dec. 7, 14, 21. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: The Story of Christmas. Canfield Christian Church, 565 Boardman Canfield Road, Canfield; 330-533-2246. Interactive program that tells the true story of Christmas. For children ages 3 to 7. Dec 7, 14. Lunch will be provided. Reservations required. The church office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., or you can leave a message. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: Gallery Showing and Opening: Belmont Boutique. Coy Cornelius Studios, 1931 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; 330-747-5404. Features vintage, original, classic and contemporary clothing, costumes, accessories and artifacts. Dec. 6-8. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Weekly: Zumba Classes. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5090 Market St., Youngstown; 330-788-3200. Meets 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon on Saturdays. Half-off fee for the first class.  Noon. $8.

Holiday Event: Tuba Christmas. Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles; 330-219-2998. Noon-2 p.m.

Holiday event: A McKinley Christmas. Various sites in downtown Niles; Features tours of the McKinley Memorial and National Museum, the Ward-Thomas House and the replica of William McKinley’s birthplace home. 12:30-4:30 p.m.

In My Backyard. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps St., Youngstown; 330-941-3616. Children’s entertainer Fred Penner narrates and sings for this lively journey into his backyard, where we discover all sorts of things: colors of the rainbow, bugs and spiders, the different seasons, the planets, the moon, and the stars in the nighttime sky. 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: Ornament Making Workshop. Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown; 330-743-2589. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $2.

Annual event: Holiday Parade and Festival. Downtown Youngstown at various sites, including Central Square; 330-742-8710 or lhughes@cityofyoungstownoh.com. The City of Youngstown and Youngstown CityScape will present the Holiday Parade and Festival. Events and activities:  20 Federal Place  (Strouss’ Building) will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with cocoa, shop local vendors, and children’s craft activities. There will also be a Santa’s shop for children. The holiday parade starts at 3:30 p.m. on East Federal Street and will travel West on West Federal. Santa’s arrival will take place at the end of the parade with the lighting of the Christmas tree. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children and take pictures at 20 Federal Place (Strouss’ Building). 1:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: The Nutcracker. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-744-1934. Presented by Ballet Western Reserve. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6 and 2 p.m., Dec. 7. 2 p.m.

Holiday event: Tapestries of Ohio. Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren. Medieval celebration and dinner sponsored by Tapestries of Ohio. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Reservations required; call 330-726-5576 or email lorddean@tapestriesofohio.net.Dec. 6-7, 13 -14. 7 p.m.  $30.

Winter Skywatch. Ward Beecher Planetarium, YSU, Lincoln Avenue at N. Phelps St., Youngstown; 330-941-3616. The night sky changes with the seasons, and so does our Skywatch program. This traditional lecture-based program deals with locating different planets and constellations, constellation lore, and current space events. For general audiences. 8 p.m. Free.

Holiday event: How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas. Rust Belt Theater Company, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-507-2358. 8 p.m., Dec, 6,-7, 13-14, and midnight on Dec. 14. 8 p.m.

Holiday event: It’s a Wonderful Life. Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana. 330-482-9915. 8 p.m. Dec. 6,-7, 13-14; 2 p.m., Dec  8, 15. 8 p.m.

music @ night

Clark Bar. Save Yourself. 9 p.m.

Frieda’s. Al Spencer Trio. Jazz. 6 p.m.

Magilla’s. Skull’rz Bane. 8 p.m.

Manor. Zach Economos, Teddy Pantelas. 7:30 p.m.

Mocha House. Just Matt. 7 p.m.

Papa’s. Gary Markasky Project. 9 p.m.

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