Avon Neighborhood News, 11-22-04

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Norma Higgins
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Avon, 44011
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Candlelight Walk: The annual Avon Christmas Candlelight Walk, sponsored by the French Creek Association, will be held Friday, December 3, 2004, from 6 pm to 10 pm, December 4 from 10 am to 10 pm, and December 5 from 11 am to 5 pm in the French Creek District.

Enjoy an old-fashioned country Christmas in the historic buildings housing antique, craft, and gift boutiques in the District. There will be caroling, a hay wagon, shuttle service, craft shows, and door prizes. Call 934-6119 or 937-5204 (evenings) for more information, or visit http://www.frenchcreekdistrict.org

On Saturday, December 4, 2004, at 5:00 pm, the French Creek Development Association will dedicate a monument marking the entrance to Avon's Little League Park which is next to the Avon Police Station. The monument features a brick column topped by a 600 pound, 24 inch diameter concrete ball. The structure is fitted with a plaque that reads "Little League Park".

The French Creek Development Association selected the project because it enhances the French Creek District and identifies the newly improved municipal park, which includes baseball fields as well as a new skateboarding facility. For more information, contact Carol Hartwig at 440-934-2207 or visit http://www.avonhistory.org/org/fcda.htm

The Tree Lighting Ceremony has become a traditional start of the holiday season in Avon. The event will be held on Saturday, December 4th, 2004 at 6:00PM at the gazebo at Heritage Square - the corner of Detroit Road and State Route 611

Once again, Santa Claus will arrive by a horse drawn "sleigh" to illuminate the lights of the City Christmas Tree. The Avon High School Choir will be singing holiday carols before the ceremony. The Avon Lions, the French Creek Development Association, and the Avon Historical Society will help Santa present children with small gifts at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, at 6:30 pm, across from the Gazebo.

Start the day on Saturday, December 4, with Santa at a Donut Breakfast, 10 am - 12 noon, at Avon's Village School, located at 36600 Detroit Road.

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

Stop in at the Christmas in the Barn Craft Bazaar at the Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Rd, on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Handcrafted Boutique items, home baked goodies, hot soup, and home cooked food will be available.

Still hungry? Pancake breakfast will be served by the Avon Band Boosters on Sunday, December 5, fron 9 am to 1 pm at the Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road. You will be entertained by music of the Avon Jazz Bands.

Christmas dinner dance: The Old Fashioned Country Christmas Dinner and Dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1783 Moore Road, will be Dec. 18. Appetizers will be served at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Isabella Guild, Knights of Columbus, Father Ragan Council No. 3269, features music, dancing, entertainment by the Isabella Players and door prizes. The cost is $18 per person and $35 per couple. Bring a new or gently used unwrapped toy for a local shelter. Reservations and payment should be received by Dec. 14. Mail reservations to Helen Lowe, 2922 Shakespeare Lane, Avon, OH 44011.

Food for flowers: A Secret Garden Flower Shop, 36951 Detroit Road, offers six roses in exchange for a donation of $6 or the equivalent in nonperishable food during business hours today through Wednesday in the Holiday Harvest Food Drive. All donations are given to the Lorain County Food Bank. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Toddler time: Sign up for the next session of Toddler Time, a story program for 24- to 36-month-olds and their caregivers. Toddler Time will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays in December at the Avon Branch Library. Preregistration is required by calling the library at 934-4743.

Closed: The Avon Branch Library will be closed Wednesday at 5 p.m. and all day Thanksgiving Day. The library will open for regular hours again Friday.

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