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Monday, February 9, 2009 12:29 PM EST

This Neighborhood New entry vaild for the week of Feb. 9 - 15.

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.

Class reunion: Avon High Classes 1972 through 1976 are planning "That 70s Blended Class Reunion" for the weekend of July 24 to 26. The group is assembling names, addresses and e-mails. Anyone interested in participating can send an e-mail to ahsclassreunion1974@gmail.com, with contact information. The group is also interested in information about the whereabouts of other class members.

Health talk: A free heart and chest pain seminar presented by Linda Owen, RN and clinical manager at St. John Westshore Hospital, will be Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary of the Woods, 35755 Detroit Road, Avon. To reserve a spot, call (877) 597-6348. Refreshments will be served.

Family night: Families with children ages 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. Come and enjoy a story, craft and activity during this free program. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

We're talkin' baseball: 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 Inside Pitch program will be Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Get the scouting report on players, promotions, the construction process and what to expect next season. Preregistration is required by calling the Library at (440) 934-4743.

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Monday, February 16, 2009 1:19 AM EST

The following Neighborhood News listings are good for the week of February 16, 2009:

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.

Betty Lou Higgins will present "Songs I Didn't Sing" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 3-4-09, 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.

The 12th Annual Heart of Avon Antique Show will be held Sunday, March 22, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the Avon Heritage School, 35575 Detroit Rd., Avon, Ohio, east of Rt. 83 on Detroit just across from the east entrance to Avon Commons.

For more information visit www.frenchcreekdistrict.org or call Lois Shinko at (440) 937-5204, (440) 934-6700 or (440) 934-1236 (for information about tables at the show).

Library Friends to meet: The general meeting for The Friends of the Avon Library will be Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. New members are welcome. Come to find out how to get involved with the Friends and help the Avon Branch Library by participating in a number of activities. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

Give blood: A blood drive sponsored by LifeShare will be Feb. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Scholarships available: The Avon Women's Club has college scholarships available for high school seniors. Applicants must reside in the city of Avon; however, they may attend any area high school. Applications may be obtained from high school guidance offices. For further information, check the Avon Women's Club Web site at

www.avonwomensclub.webs.com

Reunion: Avon High School classes 1972-76 are planning "That '70s Blended Class Reunion" for the weekend of July 24-26 [2009]. The group is assembling names, addresses and e-mails. Anyone interested in participating can send an e-mail to ahsclassreunion1974@gmail.com with contact information. The group is also interested in information about the whereabouts of other class members.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

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 friends meet: The general meeting for The Friends of the Avon Library will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. New members are welcome. Come and find out how to get involved with the Friends and help the Avon Branch Library by participating in a number of activities. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Blood drive: A blood drive, sponsored by LifeShare, will be Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. For information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

Book talk: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. The group will discuss "The Sound of Us'' by Sarah Willis. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Scholarships: The Avon Women's Club has college scholarships available for high school seniors. Applicants must reside in the city of Avon, however, they may attend any area high school. Applications may be obtained from high school guidance offices. For further information, check the Avon Women's Club Web site at www.avonwomensclub.webs.com.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

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: A book sale will be at the Avon Branch Library in March. A preview sale for members of The Friends of the Avon Library will be March 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to the preview is reserved for members of The Friends of the Avon Library. New members may join that evening. The sale will be open to the public March 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book donations will be accepted at the Avon Branch Library a week before the sale during regular library hours. No donations of magazines, encyclopedia or condensed books will be accepted. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Historical society to meet: Betty Lou Higgins will present "Songs I Didn't Sing at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Town Hall, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. For more information, call Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

Women's club meet: The Avon Women's Club will be meeting on March 9 at 7 p.m at the Avon Senior Center. The program for the evening will be a skit by Herbal Theatrics called "A Heavenly Visit with Chocolate and Bay." This program will be with the Avon Garden Club and refreshments will be available after the program. For questions about the club, please visit the Avon Women's Club Web site at www.avonwomensclub.webs.com

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Monday, March 9, 2009

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: A book sale will take place at the Avon Branch Library in March. A preview sale for members of The Friends of the Avon Library will be Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Admission to the preview book sale is reserved for members of The Friends of the Avon Library. New members may join that evening. The sale will be open to the public Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book donations will be accepted at the Avon Branch Library a week before the sale during regular library hours. No donations of magazines, encyclopedia or condensed books will be accepted. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Rummage sale: Holy Trinity Ladies Guild will be hosting its Spring rummage sale March 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1783 Moore Road, Avon.

Kindergarten registration, open house: St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, 2680 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon, is hosting an open house Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (440) 934-6246, or visit www.stmarysavon.com.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

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 Fisher will present "Who Was Pierpoint Edwards?" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 4-1-09, 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.

Mayoral luncheon: The North Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Mayors' Luncheon on March 25 at Tom's Country Place, 3442 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mayor James Smith, of Avon; Mayor Karl Zuber, of Avon Lake; Mayor John Hunter, of Sheffield Village and Mayor John Piskura, of Sheffield Lake, are scheduled to speak. The luncheon is open to the public at the cost of $20 per person payable at the door by check or cash. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Chamber office at (440) 933-9311, or through e-mail at sharon@northcoastchamber.com The event is sponsored by National City Bank, of Avon Lake.

PTA resale day: The Avon Preschool PTA presents the Annual Spring Kid's Kloset Resale Event on March 28 at Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road, Avon. Early bird admission from 7 to 9 a.m. is $5 and general admission from 9 a.m. to noon is $2. APPTA Kid's Kloset is a resale event featuring a large variety of gently used infant and children's clothes, toys and furniture, as well as maternity clothes and baby equipment. For more information about APPTA or this event, please visit www.avonpreschoolpta.com

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``This Neighborhood News entry for the week of March 23-29, 2009

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 talk: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. The group will discuss, "Wild Swans: Three Daughter of China" by Jung Chang. 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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``These Neighborhood News listings are valid for the week of March 30 to April 5, 2009

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.

Maintaining your brain: A free program, "Healthy Aging: A New Way Of Thinking," will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. This presentation by the Alzheimer's Association will introduce the audience to a new way of thinking about healthy aging, asking Americans to do what they can to "maintain your brain." Preregistration is required by calling the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

Parenting workshop: "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent" workshop series will be presented by certified instructor and educator Ron Chidsey at Avon United Methodist Church on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 and June 1. The classes provide practical techniques that help parents achieve respectful and healthy relationships with their children.

The cost of the six-session workshop is $70 per person or $130 per couple and financial aid is available. The class includes: 12 hours of instruction time (two hours/week for six weeks); course workbook and handout packet; a drawing during each session for one door prize (a parenting CD); free one-year subscription to Love and Logic Journal for those with perfect attendance (one per household); and an opportunity to be included on the weekly Love and Logic parenting tips e-mail. Avon United Methodist Church is located at 37711 Detroit Road. Call the church at 934-5121 to reserve a space now. Space is limited.

Historical society to meet: "Who Was Pierpont Edwards?" will be presented by Jean Fischer at the Wednesday meeting of the Avon Historical Society. The 7 p.m. meeting will be at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. For more information, call Jean at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

Book talk: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. The group will discuss "Wild Swans: Three Daughter of China'' by Jung Chang. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.''

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This Neighborhood News entry is for the week of April 6-12 [2009].

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 closed: The Avon Branch Library will be closed Sunday for the Easter holiday.

Musical hat program: Come to a free Musical Hats Program with Hank Mallery on April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Audience members choose the songs by a roll of the dice, then play along as Hank dons the hat and sings its song. So come out and pick a hat, any hat, during this special National Library Week program. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

Parenting workshop: Becoming a Love and Logic Parent workshop series will be presented by certified instructor and educator Ron Chidsey at Avon United Methodist Church Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 and June 1. The classes provide practical techniques that help parents achieve respectful and healthy relationships with their children.

The cost of the six-session workshop is $70 per person or $130 per couple and financial aid is available. The class includes: 12 hours of instruction time (two hours/week for six weeks); course workbook and handout packet; a drawing during each session for one door prize (a parenting CD); a free one-year subscription to Love and Logic Journal for those with perfect attendance (one per household); and an opportunity to be included on the weekly Love and Logic parenting tips e-mail.

Avon United Methodist Church is located at 37711 Detroit Rd. (just west of Avon High School). Call the church at 934-5121 to reserve your space now. Space is limited.

Rummage, bake sale: The Ladies Guild/LWML of Faith Lutheran Church, 2265 Garden Drive, Avon, will be having a spring rummage and bake sale on April 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 18 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Fill a bag for $2 on Saturday.

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These Neighborhood News listings are valid for the week of April 13 to April 19.

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.

Parenting workshop: Becoming a Love and Logic Parent workshop series will be presented by certified instructor and educator Ron Chidsey at Avon United Methodist Church Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18; and June 1. The classes provide practical techniques that help parents achieve respectful and healthy relationships with their children.

The cost of the six-session workshop is $70 per person or $130 per couple and financial aid is available. The class includes 12 hours of instruction time (two hours/week for six weeks); course workbook and handout packet; a drawing during each session for one door prize (a parenting CD); a free one-year subscription to Love and Logic Journal for those with perfect attendance (one per household); and an opportunity to be included on the weekly Love and Logic parenting tips email.

Avon United Methodist Church is located at 37711 Detroit Road. Call the church at 934-5121 to reserve a space now.

Musical Hats Program: Magicians are known for pulling rabbits from their hats. Hank Mallery pulls out songs. Come to a free Musical Hats Program with Hank Mallery, Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. Audience members choose the songs by a roll of the dice, then play along as Hank dons the hat and sings its song. So come out and pick a hat, any hat, during this special National Library Week program. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at 934-4743. The library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Class reunion: Avon High classes 1972 through 1976 are planning "That '70s Blended Class Reunion" for the weekend of July 24 through 26. The group is assembling names, addresses and emails. Anyone interested in participating can send an e-mail to ahsclassreunion1974@gmail.com with contact information. The group is also interested in information about the whereabouts of other class members.

Child care fair: A free Preschool and Child Care Fair will be Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's North Ridgeville Branch Library. Families searching for a preschool or child care facility can simplify their search by attending this event where representatives from area preschools and child care facilities will be on hand to answer questions about what their locations have to offer. Children are welcome to accompany their parents. For more information, call the North Ridgeville Branch Library at 440-327-8326. The North Ridgeville Branch Library is located at 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville.

National library week: All ages are invited to the North Ridgeville Branch Library's National Library Week Open House, Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's North Ridgeville Branch Library.

This free, fun-filled afternoon will feature a variety of activities including musical entertainment; a History of Inventions program presented by Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society; an Introduction to Digital Photography program; refreshments; a strolling magician; a make-and-take craft for children; and gift basket drawings.

Winners will also be announced for the Library Poster Star drawings. For more information, call the North Ridgeville Branch Library at 327-8326. The library is located at 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville.

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This Neighborhood News entry is for the week of April 20 through April 26:

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 talk: Adults are invited to join the Afternoon Book Discussion Group when it meets April 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. The group will discuss "The Reivers: A Reminiscence by William Faulkner." Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Library Friends meeting: The regular meeting of The Friends of the Avon Library will be April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

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This Neighborhood News entry is for the week of April 27 through May 3.

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.

Avon Historical Society: The Avon Historical Society will present "Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Rum!" featuring Bette Lou Higgins at its meeting May 6 [2009] at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall of 1871, at the intersection of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at (440) 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at (440) 934-0224. The society's [unofficial] Web site can be accessed at www.avonhistory.org

Avon friends meet: The regular meeting of The Friends of the Avon Library will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Art show: Enjoy the art of local artists on display in the Avon Branch Library during regular library hours throughout the month of May. The art show is sponsored by The Friends of the Avon Library. An Art Show reception for local artists participating in the show will be May 13 at 7 p.m. Come and meet the artists and enjoy refreshments provided by The Friends of the Avon Library. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Book talk: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. The group will discuss "Heart of the West" by O. Henry. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome.

Rummage sale: Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, will have its spring rummage sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Decorative and household items, clothing, toys, tools, furniture and miscellaneous items are waiting. A good cup of coffee and baked goods also will be available for purchase. For more information, call the church office at (440) 934-5121.

High school reunion: Avon High classes 1972 through 1976 are planning "That '70's Blended Class Reunion" for the weekend of July 24 to 26. The group is assembling names, addresses and e-mails. Anyone interested in participating can send an e-mail to ahsclassreunion1974@gmail.com with contact information. The group also is interested in information about the whereabouts of other class members.

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This Avon Neighborhood News listing is valid for the week of June 1 to June 7.

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.

Golf-a-thon: The JD Breast Cancer Foundation will host a golf-a-thon July 6 at Avon Oaks Country Club. The Northeast Ohio non-profit, which supports younger women affected by breast cancer, is seeking 40 golfers to play 100 holes in 12 hours. Each player is asked to raise at least $1,500 in sponsorships. In addition, individual holes can be sponsored for $200. For more information, visit www.jdbcfoundation.org or call (440) 331-3933.

Fishing derby: The Avon Lions Annual Fishing Derby will be Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. at Northgate Park, 2155 Eaton Drive. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the free event is open to all, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Fish are being provided by the David Schneider, of the Avon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. Prizes include Cleveland Indians tickets and a Lake Erie fishing charter. For more information, call 934-6311.

Summer reading programs: Beginning June 8, preschoolers through fifth graders can sign up for the "Get Creative" Children's Summer Reading Program and sixth through 12th graders can sign up for the "Express Yourself" Teen Summer Reading Program at the Avon Branch Library. The Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 8. Kids and teens who read books this summer, can earn free books and gift cards, attend free fun activities and enter grand prize drawings to win Toys 'R' Us and Best Buy gift cards. Preschoolers through fifth graders can earn up to five free books and teens can earn up to four free books, plus a Borders gift card. The Summer Reading Program concludes with grand prize drawings for thousands of dollars in prizes. For complete details, call the library at (440) 934-4743, or stop in the library at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

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The following Avon Neighborhood News items are good from June 8, 2009 to June 14, 2009:

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.

Summer reading program: Preschoolers through fifth-graders can sign up for the "Get Creative" Children's Summer Reading Program and sixth- through 12th-graders can sign up for the "Express Yourself" Teen Summer Reading Program at the Avon Branch Library. The Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 8. Kids and teens who read books this summer can earn free books and gift cards, attend free fun activities and enter grand prize drawings. Preschoolers through fifth-graders can earn up to five free books and teens can earn up to four free books, plus a gift card. The Summer Reading Program concludes with grand prize drawings for thousands of dollars in prizes. Sign up at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Funding for the Summer Reading Program is provided by a grant from The Stocker Foundation. Special program sponsors include Lorain County Metro Parks and the NorthCoast Knights.

Poetry contest: Third- through 12th-graders, pick up an entry form at the Avon Branch Library and submit an original poem to the library's poetry contest. Enter poems between Monday and July 11. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

Yoga class: A free yoga class for adults will be Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Hatha yoga instruction will be led by Deborah Suarez. Learn the art of exercise and relaxation. Bring a beach towel or yoga mat. The class size is limited to 25. Preregistration is required by calling the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

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This Avon Neighborhood News entry for the week of June 22-28.

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.

Summer reading program: Preschoolers through fifth-graders can sign up for the "Get Creative" Children's Summer Reading Program and sixth- through 12th-graders can sign up for the "Express Yourself" Teen Summer Reading Program at the Avon Branch Library. The Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 8. Sign up at the library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Poetry contest: Third- through 12th-graders, pick up an entry form at the Avon Branch Library and submit an original poem to the library's poetry contest. Enter poems now through July 11. For more information on age categories, rules and prizes, call the library at (440) 934-4743. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

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This Avon Neighboorhood News listing is valid for the week of June 29 to July 5.

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 talk: Adults are invited to join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 7485 Harvest Drive, Avon. The group will discuss "Sweetgum Knit Lit Society.'' Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Poetry contest: Third- through 12th-graders can pick up an entry form at the Avon Branch Library and submit an original poem to the library's poetry contest. Enter a poem now through July 11. For more information on age categories, rules and prizes, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

Detroit Road rededication meeting: The French Creek Development Association will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Town Hall, corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road, to plan events for the weekend of Sept. 13 and Detroit Road reopening. For more information, call 934-4420.

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AVON The following Neighborhood News items are good from July 13, 2009 to July 19, 2009:

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.

Dance the day away: Preschoolers through fifth-graders are invited to attend a Dance the Day Away program. Sign up for one of the following programs: July 20 at 4 or 7 p.m. or July 21 at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Learn the hand jive, chicken dance, bunny hop and many more. Use a dance streamer to add pizzazz to dance interpretations. Preregistration is required the week before each program by stopping in, or by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Soccer clinic: New Community Baptist Church will sponsor a soccer clinic for children ages 5 to 11 Aug. 3, 4 and 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schwartz Road Park, Avon. Cost for the first child is $25 and each additional child is $20, which includes a T-shirt, light meal from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the clinic. Register at www.ncbcavon.com or by calling (440) 933-8230.

Association meeting: The French Creek Development Association of Avon will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Town Hall, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. Activities for Sept. 13 weekend and Detroit Road re-opening will be planned. Business people or others interested in the betterment of Avon are welcome. For more information, call (440) 934-4420.

Book sale: Check out the upcoming book sale at the Avon Branch Library, sponsored by The Friends of the Avon Library. A preview sale will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to the preview book sale is reserved for members of The Friends of the Avon Library. New members may join that evening. The sale will be open to the public Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

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AVON This Neighborhood News entry for the week of July 20 through 27.

Fun storytelling program: Preschoolers through fifth-graders are invited to attend a Did You Just Make That Up program. Sign up for one of the following programs: July 27 at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. or July 28 at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. Those who have never seen or heard a clothesline story will in this free program. Participants also tell their own story using props and make a paper bag puppet to tell stories to friends and family. Preregistration is required the week before each program by stopping in, or by calling the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

DDR and Guitar Hero fun: Sixth- through 12th-graders are invited to show off their musical talent and dancing ability at a fun afternoon of Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. Pizza and pop will be served. The free activity will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. Preregistration is required by calling the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743 The Avon Branch is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

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AVON Published: Monday, August 3, 2009

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.

Get your library card: Through Sept. 19, those in grade 12 and below who sign up for a library card at the Avon Branch Library, will receive an Applebee's coupon for a free Kid's Meal or a free milkshake (while supplies last). Children through eighth-graders need to bring a parent with them to sign up for a library card. The parent also needs to bring photo identification and proof of address. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Fitness class: Adults join Maggie Savoy for a free one-hour Zumba class Aug. 12, at 5:45 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system. Preregistration is required by calling the library at (440) 934-4743.

Bible school: Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, Avon, is having their vacation Bible school Sunday to Aug. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. for children ages 3 through entering sixth grade. Children accompanied by adults may be any age. Everyone is welcome! A donation of $5 per child is requested. Registration forms are available and by request. Contact Joyce Hoile, director of Christian Education at (440) 934-5121 or jmemquilts@hotmail.com for more information.

Family fest: Avon United Methodist Church's Family Festival is set for Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. Bring the family and join in games, inflatables, food, concerts, campfire, a classic movie and fun for the whole family. For more information, call the office at (440) 934-5121. The church is located at 37711 Detroit Road, Avon.

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The following Neighborhood News items are good from August 10, 2009 to August 17, 2009:

Get a library card: Between Aug.1 and Sept. 19, those in 12th grade and under who sign up for a library card at the Avon Branch Library will receive an Applebee's coupon for a free Kid's Meal or a free milkshake (while supplies last). Children through eighth-graders need to bring a parent with them to sign up for a library card. The parent also needs to bring photo identification and proof of address. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Become a Girl Scout: Avon Girl Scouts is currently accepting new registrations for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade who are interested in joining Girl Scouting for the 2009-10 school year. For information regarding registration, log onto the city of Avon's Web site at www.cityofavon.com or contact Julie at delaneycdel@aol.com or Karen at kammp@centurytel.net for additional information.

Movin' and groovin': A special Music, Movement and More program for children who have earned a ticket by reading 16 hours in the Avon Branch Library's Summer Reading Program will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Debbie Clement, an enthusiastic arts teacher and gifted performer from the Columbus area, will present a family program of music and storytelling, including her original stories and songs. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

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This Neighbhorhood News entry for the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6.

Library hours: The Avon Branch Library will be closed Sept. 7 for Labor Day.

Get your library card: Now through Sept. 19, 12th-graders and below who sign up for a library card at the Avon Branch Library will receive an Applebee's coupon for a free Kid's Meal or a free milkshake (while supplies last). Children through eighth-graders need to bring a parent with them to sign up for a library card. The parent also needs to bring photo identification and proof of address. For information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743. The library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Book talk: Lorain native and Pulitzer Prize winning author and literary critic Michael Dirda has written a book about his experiences here in the heartland. Adults are invited to attend a discussion of Dirda's book, "An Open Book: Coming of Age In The Heartland" Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. The book talk will be led by library staff. Sign up for the book discussion at the Avon Branch Library. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

Become a Girl Scout: Avon Girl Scouts are currently accepting new registrations for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade who are interested in joining Girl Scouting for the 2009-10 school year. For information regarding registration, log onto the city of Avon's Web site at www.cityofavon.com, or contact Julie at delaneycdel@aol.com or Karen at kammp@centurytel.net for additional information.

Historical society meeting: Amanda Romeo will present a program on House Restoration at the 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting of the Avon Historical Society at the Old TownHall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Call Jean Fischer at 934-6106 for more information.

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AVON This Neighborhoods News entry for the week of Sept. 7 through 13.

Lions club donation: On Thursday, the Avon Lions Club will present a check to Pilot Dogs Inc., Columbus, to purchase and train a guide dog for the blind. The cost of purchasing and training a guide dog is approximately $8,000 and the Avon Lions are using the proceeds from its main fundraiser, the annual clambake each September. The funds being presented Thursday were raised at last September's clambake. M. Jay Gray, representing Pilot Dogs Inc., will accept the donation at the Avon Lions semi-monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Tom's Country Place, 3442 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon.

Library presentations: The Avon Branch Library will host three presentations this month to explain plans for a proposed new library and answer residents' questions. The meetings will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24; 8 p.m. on Sept. 28; or 7 p.m. on Sept. 29, at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Representatives from the library will show plans and renderings of the proposed 30,000-square-foot library, which it wants to build to anchor the new Avon Town Center on Detroit Road. For more information about the meetings, contact Avon Branch Librarian Charlotte Picha at (440) 934-4743.

Entertainment books: Entertainment books are available from Avon Women's Club members, or call Marge at 937-6616. The cost is $30. The club will be meeting Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center. New officers for the new year are Sharon Kratt, president; Susan Jaworski, vice president; Mary Dans, secretary; and Deb Porterfield, treasurer. New members and guests are welcome.

Sunday library hours: Sunday hours will resume at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, starting Sunday. Sunday hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m.

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AVON The following Neighborhood News items are good frrom September 14, 2009 to September 21, 2009:

Entertainment books available: Entertainment books are available from Avon Women's Club members or by calling Marge at 937-6616. The cost is $30. Those interested in joining the group can call Marge.

Learn about proposed new Avon Library: The Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library will host three presentations in September to explain plans for a proposed new library and answer residents' questions. The meetings will take place at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. or Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Representatives from the Library will show plans and renderings of the proposed 30,000-square-foot library, which it wants to build to anchor the new Avon Town Center on Detroit Road. For more information about the meetings, contact Avon Branch Librarian Charlotte Picha at (440) 934-4743.

Sunday Library hours: Sunday hours have resumed at the Avon Branch Library. Sunday hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Avon Branch is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Tai Chi Class: Teens through adults are invited to learn Tai Chi with Sifu Stephanie Thompson. The free Tai Chi class will be offered, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lorain Public Library System's Avon Branch Library. As an alternative form of exercise, Tai Chi is a relaxing martial art which has helped to bring the Chinese a healthy lifestyle, great flexibility and longevity. Class is limited to 25. Preregistration is required by calling the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

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AVON Published: Monday, September 21, 2009

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.

New library talk: The Avon Branch Library will host three presentations to explain plans for a proposed new library and answer residents' questions. The meetings will take place at the library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 or 7 p.m. on Sept. 29. Representatives from the library will show plans and renderings of the proposed 30,000-square-foot library. For more information about the meetings, contact Avon Branch Librarian Charlotte Picha at (440) 934-4743.

Fall gardening tips: Petitti's presents a free program, "Fall is for Planting — Adding Bulbs, Autumn Color and Late Season Blooms to Beautify Your Garden," Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Fall is a great time for gardening in general and an excellent time to enhance late season color in the garden. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

Rummage sale: Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, will be having their fall rummage sale Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Coffee and baked goods will also be available for purchase. For additional information, call the church office at (440) 934-5121.

Rummage, bake sale: Faith Lutheran Church, Garden and Lakeland drives, Avon, will have a rummage and bake sale Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Fill a bag for $2 on Friday.

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Published: Monday, September 28, 2009

This Neighborhood News entry for the week of Sept. 27 through Oct. 4.

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.

Early Avon history: Jean Fischer will present "What's in a Name?" -- early Avon history -- at the Avon Historical Society's meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. The meeting will be in the Old Town hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. For more information, call Jean at 934-6101 or Stan at 934-0224.

Fall gardening tips: Petitti's presents a free program, "Fall is for Planting -- Adding Bulbs, Autumn Color and Late Season Blooms to Beautify Your Garden," Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Fall is a great time for gardening in general and an excellent time to enhance late season color in the garden. Get tips to elongate gardening season and grow with success. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Rummage sale: Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, will be having its fall rummage sale Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. A good cup of coffee and baked goods will also be available for purchase. For additional information, call the church office at (440) 934-5121.

Recycle electronics: The Avon High School orchestra is having an Electronics Recycling Weekend Fundraiser to help raise money for its trip to Chicago, where band members will participate in the Festival of Music competition. The recycling week will be Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Avon Police Station on Detriot Road. For a full list of items that can be scraped, call Avon Clerk of Council Ellen Young at 937-7821 or orchestra representative Cindy Rice at 937-5401.

Autism fundraiser: During the month of October, Salon Oasis, 37470 Harvest Drive, Avon, will be hosting a fundraiser for autism. All proceeds will be donated to the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. The fundraiser will be in the form of a raffle. Tickets are $5 per entry. Raffle prizes include a full makeover, autographed copies of celebrity Jenny McCarthy's books, a Malley's Chocolates gift certificate, Nemo Grille certificate, Scentsey Candle Starter Kit and more. The raffle will end Oct. 31.

Rah, rah, rah!: Tumbles & Cheers is looking for new members for its cheerleading team to join the nationally ranked Ohio Extreme Stars. Athletes ages 8 and older are welcome to join. The team will practice once a week for one hour. Contact the gym for more information or to register at 937-5591.

Donation: Earlier this month, the Avon Lions donated $8,000 to Pilot Dogs Inc., a company in Columbus who purchases and trains guide dogs for the blind. The money was gathered from the Lions' annual clambake, which takes place every September. It costs about $8,000 to purchase and train a guide dog, and the donation money will also be used for housing and transporting the dog.

Library open house: Stop by the Avon Library's open house Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Enjoy free entertainment for the whole family. At 2 p.m., the Skylark Ladies (formerly known as the Gibson Girls) will have everyone on their feet with hand-clapping tunes from the '50s and '60s.

The popular storyteller, Mr. Hatbox, will dazzle young and old with stories and songs at 3 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, event-goers will get to meet Browser, the library's mascot, pick up a giveaway and enjoy refreshments. Winners of the Library Poster Star Contest will also be announced. The open house is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Avon Library. For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743.

Rummage and bake sale: Faith Lutheran Church, Garden and Lakeland drives, is hosting a rummage and bake sale Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. It's fill a bag for $2 on Friday.

Become a Girl Scout: Avon Girl Scouts are currently accepting new registrations for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade who are interested in joining Girl Scouting for the 2009-10 school year. For information regarding registration, log onto the city of Avon's Web site at www.cityofavon.com or contact Julie at delaneycdel@aol.com or Karen at kammp@centurytel.net for additional information.

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Published: Monday, October 5, 2009

The following Neighborhood News items are good from Ocotober 5, 2009 through October 11, 2009:

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 closed: The Avon Branch Library will be closed Wednesday for Staff Development Day. Library staff will be attending all-day training.

Learn cake decorating: Learn basic cake decorating techniques with Becky Rink at a Basic Cake Decorating program at the Avon Branch Library. This program is a four-part series on four consecutive Sundays (Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1 from 2 and 4 p.m.) with different techniques covered at each session. There is a $10 fee for the series. Class size is limited. Call the Avon Branch Library for a list of supplies to bring and to preregister at (440) 934-4743. The library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Early Avon history: Jean Fischer will present "What's in a Name?" -- early Avon history -- at the Avon Historical Society's meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. The meeting will be in the Old Town hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads. For more information, call Jean at 934-6101 or Stan at 934-0224.

Rummage sale: Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road, will be having its fall rummage sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Cups of coffee and baked goods will also be available for purchase. For additional information, call the church office at (440) 934-5121.

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Published: Monday, October 19, 2009

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 read-aloud: Families are invited to participate in the Fall Family Read-Aloud, now through Nov. 30. Stop in at the Avon Branch Library to sign up and to receive a Family Read-Aloud packet. The "Go Wild" Family Read-Aloud activity celebrates the theme of the classic children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, and is open to preschoolers through fifth-graders and their families. Prizes will be provided through the support of The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System Inc. For information, call the Avon Branch Library at (440) 934-4743. The Avon Branch Library is located at 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon.

Rummage sale: Holy Trinity Ladies Guild will be having their fall rummage sale today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1783 Moore Road, Avon.

Learn about proposed library: The Avon Branch Library will host an afternoon presentation to explain plans for a proposed new library and answer residents' questions. The meeting will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Avon library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. Representatives from the library will show plans and renderings of the proposed 30,000-square-foot library, which it wants to build to anchor the new city center complex on Detroit Road. For more information about the meeting, call Avon Branch Librarian Supervisor Charlotte Picha at (440) 934-4743.

Book talks: Adults are invited to join the Afternoon Book Discussion Group when it meets Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon. The group will discuss, "Gravedigger's Daughter" by Joyce Carol Oates. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. Adults may also join the Evening Book Discussion Group when it meets Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. The group will discuss, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Copies of the book are available at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at (440) 934-4743.

NAMI meeting: The National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Fire Station, 36185 Detroit Road, Avon. This evening support group meets the last Wednesday of the month.

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Published: Monday, November 9, 2009

This Neighborhood News entry for the week of Nov. 9-15.

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.

Sears homes: A Sears Houses Presentation will be Sunday [11-15-09] at 2 p.m. at the Avon Branch Library. Between 1908 and 1940, the Sears Company shipped more than 70,000 home-building kits to would-be homeowners throughout the Midwest. Many of the Sears kit homes were constructed in Lorain County. Come to this slide show to hear about and see images of the variety of Sears homes scattered through Lorain County neighborhoods. All are welcome. Call the library at (440) 934-4743 with questions.

Meet the artist Jason Pollack, Medium hand Blown Glass, Tuesday Nov. 24th 5:30 to 8:30, Join us for appetizers and wine at the Vintage House Café, 35800 Detroit Rd Avon, OH 440-937-5830

As usual, the November Avon Historical Society meeting is the Inter Society meeting -- this year Nov. 11, 2009, 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 will be provided by the host. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

[The Intersociety Committee of Lorain County Historical Society announces its Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner Wed., November 11, 2009 (Veterans' Day), Beginning at 6:00 p.m. At the Carlisle Visitors Center (Lorain County MetroParks), Diagonal Road, west of S.R. 301

Hosted this year by the Elyria Historical Association (an affiliate of the Lorain County Historical Society)

The program is "Old Glory: A Short History of the Flag," Presented by Jim Smith, Lorain County Historical Society Education Coordinator

Representatives of ALL Historical or Genealogical Groups throughout Lorain County are Invited to Attend - and Tell What Your Group has been Doing Lately!

Bring a dish to share, your own place service, and beverage; coffee will be provided.]

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.

Book sale: Get great bargains at a book sale at the Avon Branch Library. A preview book sale will take place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to the preview book sale is reserved for members of The Friends of the Avon Library. New members may join or renew that evening. The book sale will be open to the public, Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the library at (440) 934-4743 with questions.

Craft show: Holy Trinity Ladies Guild will be hosting its 28th annual Christmas Boutique on Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school gym and hallways at 2610 Nagel Road, Avon. The guild will be selling Rada Knives and the Youth Group will be serving their famous Chicken and Rice Casserole from the kitchen along with other delicious foods. Admission is $1; east entrance is handicapped accessible.

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