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Monday, September 15, 2008

Janet Bird and Jim Smith of the Lorain County Historical Society will present "Lorain County Leaders" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 10-1-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

Preschool story time: Sign up for Fall Preschool Story Time, a free weekly program for 3- through 5-year-olds, at the Avon Branch Library. Monday sessions begin today at 7 p.m. Tuesday sessions begin Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday sessions begin Thursday at 1 p.m. The program features stories and crafts. Preregistration is required and began Sept. 2. To preregister, call the library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Step-up club: Kindergarteners through second graders are invited to attend Step-Up Club Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. The free program includes stories, activities and crafts. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Entertainment Books available: Entertainment Books are now available from any Avon Women's Club member. For more information or to purchase a new Entertainment Book, please call Joan at 937-5039 or Marge at 937-6616.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

The North Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce will be having a luncheon Wednesday [9-24-08] at Swingos Grand Tavern from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brian McCann, representing the Northern Ohio Commuter Rail Coalition, will be the guest speaker discussing the proposed high-speed rail line. Cost is $15 per person payable by cash or check at the door. It is not necessary to be a Chamber member to attend this event; however, a reservation is required. Contact Sharon Matthews at sharon@northcoastchamber.com, or call the chamber office at (440) 933-9311.

Janet Bird and Jim Smith of the Lorain County Historical Society will present "Lorain County Leaders" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 10-1-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

Fitness classes: The YMCA of Greater Cleveland is offering a new session of adult and teen fitness classes at Liberty Business Park 1, 1260 Moore Road, Avon. Classes include Pilates, Power Sculpt and Step-Sculpt-Glide, among others. Free babysitting is available during all class times. Interested people are encouraged to try any class for free. For class schedules and more information, visit www.clevelandymca.org or call Linda McVey at (216) 509-3480.

Blood drive: An adult blood drive sponsored by LifeShare will be Sept. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. For information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Internet for beginners: Internet For Beginners, a free, hands-on introduction to surfing the net, including how to use Internet Explorer, will be Sept. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Canceled: The fall rummage and bake sale by the Ladies Guild of Faith Lutheran Church, Avon, that was scheduled for Oct. 3 and 4 has been canceled.

Kudos: Third and fourth graders at Heritage South Elementary School in Avon were recognized by the Cleveland Indians for having the highest point total of any Cleveland-area school in the team’s High Achievers Program last school year. The students earned 8,775 points by getting all A’s and B’s on a report card, reading three books during a grading period or having perfect attendance.

French Creek Nature Center

On Saturday [9-27-08] and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., hunter safety and related issues will be discussed in this two-day session sponsored by Cuyahoga Sportsman’s Association. Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by as adult. Contact

If we have clear skies on Sunday, take a safe look at the sun from 1 to 4 p.m. Cosponsored by Black River Astronomical Society.

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AVON NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS from The Morning Journal, 9-29-80

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Library news:

Closed: The Avon Branch Library will be closed Oct. 8 for Staff Development Day. Library staff will be attending training.

Read-Aloud: Families are invited to spend time reading in October and November during the library's Fall Family Read-Aloud. The Read-Aloud activity rewards families with great prizes for reading together. Families who complete the program will receive the book "Library Mouse" by Daniel Kirk and free tickets to a Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre family program the first weekend in December. Sign-up begins Wednesday at the library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Learn Word: A free Introduction To Word program for adults will be Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the library. Learn the basics of word processing, including all formatting and editing necessary for creating a basic document. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Free ID cards: Avon Police Department will be providing free child identification cards on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Avon Boot Shop, 38450 Chester Road, Avon. Free hotdogs, chips, balloons and beverages will be provided by Avon Boot Shop.

Give blood: Lifeshare Bloodmobile will be at Avon Boot Shop, 38450 Chester Road, Avon, Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Historical society meeting: Lorain County Historical Society will present "Lorain County Leaders" at a meeting of the Avon Historical Society Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall of 1871 at the corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. For more information, call Jean Fischer at (440) 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at (440) 934-0224.

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AVON NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS from The Morning Journal, 10-6-08

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Family reading: Families are invited to spend time reading in October and November during the Avon Branch Library Fall Family Read-Aloud. The Read-Aloud activity rewards families with great prizes for reading together. Families who complete the program will receive the book Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk and free tickets to a Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre family program the first weekend in December. Sign-up at the library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Learn Word program: A free introduction to the Word program for adults will be Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Learn the basics of word processing, including all formatting and editing necessary for creating a basic document. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Rummage sale: Holy Trinity Ladies Guild will have its fall rummage sale Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at Knights of Columbus hall, 1783 Moore Road (north of SR 611, next to BJ's), in Avon.

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AVON NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS from The Morning Journal, 10-13-08

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Fall rummage sale: Holy Trinity Ladies Guild will be hosting its fall rummage sale today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1783 Moore Road (north of SR 611, next to BJ's), in Avon.

Quilt talk: Avon Women's Club will meet today at the Avon Senior Center at 7 p.m. The program for the evening will be "Quilts in History" by Elizabeth Sheehe. Guests are always welcome. Entertainment books are still available from all club members, or call Joan at 937-5039.

Family read aloud: Families are invited to spend time reading in October and November during the Avon Branch Library Fall Family Read-Aloud. The Read-Aloud activity rewards families with great prizes for reading together. Families who complete the program will receive the book "Library Mouse" by Daniel Kirk and free tickets to a Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre family program the first weekend in December. Sign-up at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Rummage sale: The Ladies Guild of Faith Lutheran Church, 2265 Garden Drive, will have a fall rummage and bake sale Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

New members welcome: The Avon/Avon Lake Post 7035 Veterans of Foreign Wars is seeking new members. Veterans can join if they have a campaign medal for overseas service, 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay. In addition, a men's auxiliary is available for the sons, fathers or brothers of veterans, and a ladies' auxiliary is available for women with a child, spouse or sibling who qualifies for VFW membership. Others can join Post 7035 as social members. For more information, call 934-9295, or visit www.vfw.org.

Team Michael bracelets: The Avon High School Student Council is selling Team Michael bracelets to help honor Michael Sparkman, a 6-year-old Avon boy with stage 4 lymphoblastic b-cell lymphoma. Sales of orange and white rubber bracelets, for $3, will benefit the Michael Sparkman fund. Donations can also be sent to Team Michael, care of Robin Brawner, 36421 South Park Drive, Avon 44011. The Avon Eagles dedicated its football game against Firelands Falcons Oct. 3 to Michael Sparkman. Erin Thorne at 934-7275 is selling bracelets.

There will be NO MEETING of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 11-5-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

Instead, on Thursday, November 6, 2008, at 5:30 pm, the Intersociety (including Avon) will meet for a potluck supper at the Lorain County Metroparks Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio 44050.

Bring your own table service and dish to share. Coffee and beverages will be provided by the host, the Avon Historical Society. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

The Intersociety program, on Thursday, November 6, 2008, will feature John E. Dailey, a former Chief Surveyor, engineer, job estimator, and data researcher for 51 years with Cleveland area firms: the East Ohio Gas Company, Wheeler & Melena, Inc., and Michael Benza & Associates.

Mr. Dailey has long been active in professional societies such as the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio and the National Society of Professional Surveyors; and he currently edits the monthly newsletter for the Computer Assisted Genealogical Group (CAGG).

His topic for this meeting will be "Migration Routes" which includes the paths taken by pioneer settlers in northeast Ohio.

From www.loraincountymetroparks.com

Take Routes 10/20 west to the Route 301 South (LaGrange Road) exit. Turn left onto 301 South. Drive a short distance to the second intersection on your right, Nickle Plate - Diagonal Road, which is across from the red brick Carlisle Township Fire Department, and drive 0.7 mile to the Duck Pond Picnic Area entrance, which will be on your right. Drive 0.8 mile farther on Diagonal Road and the entrance to the Carlisle Visitor Center will also be on the right.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Entertain yourself: The Avon Women's Club is selling Entertainment Books for various cities. To order and for information on the available books, call Joan at 937-5039.

Book it: Adults are invited to attend the Evening Book Discussion Group Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. The group will discuss the book "Away" by Amy Bloom. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at 934-4743. The library is at 37485 Harvest Drive.

E-mail workshop: A free e-mail workshop for adults will be Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive. Get an introduction to setting up an e-mail account and sending and receiving messages. Preregistration is required by calling the library at 934-4743.

Book sale: Get great bargains on books, DVDs, videos, magazines and more at The Friends of the Avon Library Book Sale. The sale will be at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive. A preview book sale will be from 5 to 7 p.m Nov. 13. Admission to the preview is reserved for members of The Friends of the Avon Library. New members can join that evening. The book sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15. Donations will be accepted the week before the book sale and can be dropped off at the Avon Branch Library during regular library hours. No magazines, encyclopedias or Readers Digest collected books, please. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

The column covers the week of Nov. 3 through Nov. 9. To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

E-mail workshop: A free e-mail Workshop for adults will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Get an introduction to setting up an e-mail account and sending and receiving messages. Pre-registration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Book sale: Get great bargains on books, DVDs, videos, magazines and more at The Friends of the Avon Library Book Sale at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. A Preview Book Sale will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Admission to the Preview Book Sale is reserved for members of The Friends of the Avon Library. New members may join that evening. The book sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15. Donations will be accepted the week before the Book Sale and may be dropped off at the library during regular library hours. No magazines, encyclopedias or Readers Digest collected books, please. For information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Book sale: Get great bargains on books, DVDs, videos, magazines and more at The Friends of the Avon Library Book Sale. The sale will be at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. A preview book sale will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission to the preview book sale is reserved for members of The Friends of the Avon Library. New members may join that evening. The book sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Donations will be accepted the week before the book sale and may be dropped off at the library during regular hours. No magazines, encyclopedias or Readers Digest collected books, please. For information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Step-up club: Kindergarteners, first- and second-graders are invited to attend Step-Up Club at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Avon Branch Library. Come and enjoy stories, activities and crafts during this free program. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Craft show: Holy Trinity Ladies Guild 27th annual Christmas Craft Boutique will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Holy Trinity School gym, 2610 Nagel Road, Avon. Admission is $1 and children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

PTA shopping event: Avon Preschool PTA's annual Community Business and Vendor's Shopping Event will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road. Come and shop a wide array of area businesses all in one room. There will be a membership volunteer on hand to answer questions about the preschool PTA and to sign-up new members. Membership meetings are the second Tuesday of each month during the school year at Avon High School. Admission is free.

At the French Creek Nature Center:

* From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, join the local group of rug hookers for some new ideas, lessons or social gathering.

* From 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, preschool children can participate in a craft, story and activity about the white-tailed deer.

* From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, elementary homeschoolers divided into age groups will learn about types of foods Native Americans ate and where their food came from through a variety of crafts and indoor and outdoor activities.

* Amateurs and professionals alike can take part in Open Mike Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. New format but the same great music. Rich Keane will be the featured performer before the mike opens up.

* Today is the last day to register for Melanie Dougall's Saturday class on making a holiday gift. Stamp and accessorize a candle, matching notepad and gift card that can be given as a set or separately. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Pay $10 at the door. All supplies are provided. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon.

* TrueNorth Cultural Arts first musical of the season, "Working, The Musical" will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Nov. 20, 21, 22 and 23 and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ewing Hall at French Creek Nature Center. This season will include five different performances including three musicals and an original play. Theatre goers who purchase tickets to four of the five shows will get the fifth show free. This offer will also include preferred seating for all five shows. Tickets for each show are $10 and can be purchased by calling (800) LCM-PARK or (440) 949-5200 or by visiting either the French Creek Nature Center or the Carlisle Visitor Center.

For more information on any of the above activities, call (440) 949-5200. The center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave., in Sheffield Village.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

It's family night: Family Night will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Families with children, 3 years old and older, are invited to enjoy a story, craft, and activity during this free program. Pre-registration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Cookie decorating: Adults or adults with child/children (ages 3 and up) can come to a Cookie Decorating For Mommy And Me program Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Have fun learning how to decorate cookies. Participants must bring one dozen baked cookies. The program is limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required in advance by coming to the library to register and to pick up a cookie recipe and list of items to bring to the program. Internet for beginners; A free program, "Internet For Beginners," will be Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. This hands-on introduction to surfing the net will include how to use Internet Explorer. Pre-registration is required for this hour and a half program by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Craft show: The 34th Annual Christmas In The Barn Arts/Crafts Bazaar will be Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, Avon. More than 50 exhibitors will be displaying their creations in both The Barn and the Church Gathering Room. Hot lunch served. Admission is $1 for thos 16 and older, children free.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Free youth play: Stop by Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. for "Journey to the Manger," a Christmas musical performed by the Avon United Methodist Church Youth. Guests will travel through time as Nathan, an artist, is led on a journey to the true meaning of Christmas. The performance is free and all are welcome. Avon United Methodist Church is located at 37711 Detroit Road, Avon. Call (440) 934-5121 for more information.

Breakfast with Santa: The Avon Preschool PTA presents their annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon at Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs and potatoes provided by Aces Grill. There will also be raffles and prizes, photos with Santa, a Santa's Wooden Toy Workshop and many surprises. Tickets for children ages 2 to 8 years old are $4, $6 at the door. Children ages 2 and under are free. Adults are $5, $7 at the door. E-mail ticket requests to santabreakfast08@gmail.com.

Basketball fund-raiser: Avon High School and Brecksville/Broadview Heights Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams are participating in the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Foundation Game tonight at Avon High School. Girls Varsity begins at 6 p.m. with the boys varsity immediately following. Proceeds from this game will benefit the American Cancer Society's Avon/Avon Lake Relay For Life. For more information, contact Suzanne Baker, American Cancer Society, at (888) 227-6446 ext. 1211 or Erich Frombach, Avon High School Athletic Director at (440) 934-5111.

New members welcome: The Avon/Avon Lake Post 7035 Veterans of Foreign Wars is seeking new members. Veterans can join if they have a campaign medal for overseas service, 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay. In addition, a men's auxiliary is available for the sons, fathers or brothers of veterans, and a ladies' auxiliary is available for women with a child, spouse or sibling who qualifies for VFW membership. Others can join Post 7035 as social members. For more information, call 934-9295, or visit www.vfw.org.

Book discussion group: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. The book to be discussed will be "No Room At The Table": Earth's Most Vulnerable Children. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Etiquette workshop: A free Etiquette workshop will be Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. The workshop is for ages 5 and up. Catherine Holloway will teach holiday manners. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

2008 Christmas Candlelite Walk

Friday, December 5, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, December 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas where the participating shops are gaily decorated with roping of holly, red and green flickering candles and pine boughs and the interiors emit the aromas and feel of years gone by.

Many shops will feature "Candy Cane Specials" or offer seasonal refreshments in the French Creek District, along Ohio 254, Ohio 611, Stoney Ridge Road and north on Ohio 83, and east of 83 just past Avon Commons. Historic buildings in the district will house antiques, crafts, gift boutiques and galleries. Santa Claus and Mr. Scrooge are sure to stop by Saturday and Sunday.

Come to the 29th Annual Christmas Candlelite Walk and enjoy caroling, craft shows, door prizes, bustling elves, jolly Santa, and "Win a Window" of Treasures, which will make this a weekend not to be missed! Call (440) 934-6119 or (440) 937-5204 (evenings) for info.

Free parking is available in the municipal lot behind the Old Police Station next to the Senior Center on Detroit Road.

SCHEDULED EVENTS

Friday, December 5: Santa will be stopping by local shops where there will be snacks, discounts, and free gifts.

Saturday, December 6: Come early and enjoy special activities at each of Santa's stops. Santa will travel by horse-drawn wagon:

THE PROGRAM BEGINS AT 5 PM at the Gazebo at Heritage Square, southwest corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road. Glowsticks to the first 150 children. Welcome Santa; see the tree lighting ceremony; and listen to the Avon High School Choir sing carols.

5:30 pm -- Santa arrives at the Gazebo for the COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, southwest corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

6 pm -- VISIT WITH SANTA AT THE OLD TOWN HALL OF 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, and get a gift from Santa and a free juice box. Avon Seniors are busy baking cookies for Santa's visit; and hot chocolate will be provided by the Avon Historical Society.

Sunday, December 7: Santa will be stopping by local shops where there will be snacks, discounts and free gifts.

Sponsored by the French Creek Development Association, Avon French Creek Merchants, Avon Lions Club, and the Avon Historical Society.

Additional weekend activities:

French Creek Fiber Arts at Olde Avon Village will have spinning demonstrations and dulcimer music by Peggy Strang.

Friday 6 pm to 9 pm Winterfest Vendor Fair at St. Mary's Church gym, 2640 Stoney Ridge (south of Detroit Road).

Saturday 9 am to 3 pm Christmas in the Barn -- Avon United Methodist Church - 33771 Detroit Road -- CRAFTS - BAKED GOODS - HOT LUNCH

Sunday 12 noon mass at Holy Trinity Church, celebrating Holy Trinity parish's 175th anniversary.

Sunday 9 to 1 PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road, (sponsored by Avon Band Boosters)

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Monday, December 8, 2008 7:01 AM EST

To contribute to Avon Lake Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Family Night: Families with children ages 3 and older are invited to attend Family Night Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. This free program will feature a story, craft and activity. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Dr., Avon.

Closed: The Avon Branch Library will be closed for the Christmas holiday Dec. 24 through Dec. 25. The library will be closed in observance of the New Year's holiday at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 through Jan. 1.

Join the Book Discussion Group: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. The group will discuss "Dispatches From The Edge." Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

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Monday, December 15, 2008 1:18 AM EST

These Neighborhood News listings are valid for the week of Dec. 15 to Dec. 21.

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

It's family night: Families with children 3 years old and older, are invited to attend Family Night Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. This free program will feature a story, craft and activity. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Holiday hours: The Avon Branch Library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Dec. 24 through Dec. 25. The library will be closed in observance of the New Year's holiday at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 through Jan. 1.

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Monday, December 22, 2008 1:18 AM EST

These Neighborhood News listings are valid for the week of Dec. 22 through Dec. 28.

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Library's hours: The Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Wednesday through Thursday. The library will be closed in observance of the New Year's holiday at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 through Jan. 1.

Book talk: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. The group will discuss "Dispatches From The Edge.'' Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

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Monday, December 29, 2008 7:19 AM EST

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Book discussion group: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets

Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. The group will discuss "Dispatches From The Edge."

Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome.

Free computer program: A free computer program, Intro To Word, will be Jan. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. Learn the basics of word processing. This class will cover all formatting and editing necessary for creating a basic document. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Preschool Story Time: Sign up for the winter session of Preschool Story Time at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. The free story and craft program for 3- through 5-year-olds begins the week of January 19. Choose from weekly programs that are taking place on Mondays, starting Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, starting Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.; or Thursdays, starting Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Parents stay in the library but do not go into the story room with the child. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Health talk: Linda McVey from the YMCA will speak on the topic "Stop Wasting Your Time - Are you being fooled by common fitness myths?" during a free health talk Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. Instead of wasting time following inaccurate wellness myths and performing ineffective, time-consuming exercise programs, learn the truth about commonly-held misconceptions and leave with concrete ways to become healthier, stronger and more energetic.

For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

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Monday, January 12, 2009 6:45 AM EST

This Neighborhood News entry valid for the week of Jan. 12 through Jan. 18.

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Story times: Sign up for the winter session of Preschool Story Time at the Avon Branch Library. The free story and craft program for 3 through 5 year olds begins the week of Jan. 19. Choose from weekly programs that take place on Mondays, starting Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, starting Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.; or Thursdays, starting Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Parents stay in the library but do not go into the story room with the child. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Learn yoga: Deborah Suarez, a Hatha Yoga instructor, will lead a free Yoga class for adults Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Learn the art of exercise and relaxation. Bring a beach towel or yoga mat. The class limited to 25. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Step-up Club: Kindergarteners, first and second graders enjoy stories, activities and crafts at Step Up Club. Come to this free program Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Kindergarten meeting: Avon Local Schools will be hosting Kindergarten Information Night on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the gym at Avon East School, 3100 Nagel Road. The meeting is for parents only. Parents and guardians of children who will be 5 by Aug. 1 should attend.

NAMI meeting: The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a support group meeting set for Monday at 7 p.m. at the Avon Fire Department, 36185 Detroit Road, Avon. Family members and friends of those suffering from mental illness are invited.

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To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Batter up!: Get in the game with Lake Erie Crushers General Manager Ryan Gates as he delivers the inside pitch about the new Frontier League baseball team scheduled to play ball this spring in Lorain County. The free program, "The Inside Pitch,'' will be Jan. 28 [because of snow, postponed till 2-17-09] at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Get the scouting report on players, find out about upcoming promotions and learn about the construction process and what to expect next season. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Book talk: Adults are invited to join the Afternoon Book Discussion Group when it meets to discuss "The Woman Who Waited" Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Kindergarten registration: Avon Local Schools will be having Kindergarten Registration Night Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the gym at Avon East School, 3100 Nagel Road. This meeting is for parents only. Parents or guardians of children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1 should attend.

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Monday, January 26, 2009 6:51 AM EST

To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Jean Fischer and Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf will present "Avon's Lake Erie Islands." at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 2-4-09, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Eddie herdendorf and Jean Fischer will be discussing the history of the Bass Islands, including The Ohio State University's field laboratory on Gibraltar Island. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

Book talk: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets to discuss "A Farewell to Arms'' Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Zumba class: Adults may join Maggie Savoy for a Zumba class -- a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system. This free class will be Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

E-mail workshop: A free e-mail workshop will be Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. This program will provide an introduction to setting up an e-mail account and sending and receiving messages. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Support group meeting: The National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting a support group meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Avon Fire Station, 36185 Detroit Road, Avon. Call (440) 282-3204 for more information.

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To contribute to Avon Neighborhood News, mail items to The Morning Journal, 1657 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; call 245-6901, ext. 557; fax to 245-6912; or e-mail dclow@MorningJournal.com.

Historical society meeting: The Avon Historical Society will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall of 1871, at the intersection of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. Speakers Jean Fischer and Charles E. Herdendorf will present "Avon's Lake Erie Islands" during the meeting. For more information, call Jean Fischer at (440) 934-6106, or Stan Hawryluk at (440) 934-0224.

Zumba class: Adults may join Maggie Savoy for a Zumba class — a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system. This free class will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

E-mail workshop: A free e-mail workshop will be Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. This program will provide an introduction to setting up an e-mail account and sending and receiving messages. Preregistration is required by calling the library at 934-4743.

Women's Club meeting: Avon Women's Club will be meeting Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Avon Senior Center, 36786 Detroit Road. Leslie McNutt, a naturalist from the French Creek Reservation of the Lorain County Metro Park District, will present the program "We Have Your Reservation." Members and guests will be treated to an armchair tour of the Lorain County Metro Parks' reservations. Information about the special facilities, programs and services will be shared with the group. All are invited.

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