The Ohio.com staff has compiled a list of local upcoming events for this weekend and beyond. Check out a few things going on in your community and nearby neighborhoods.
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Knitting/Crocheting event — Warm Up Barberton will host a knitting and crocheting event at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Barberton Library, 602 W. Park Ave.
Downtown Barberton Christmas Walk and Lake Anna Holiday Lighting — 4-9 p.m. Saturday downtown Barberton. Includes pre-lighting activities such as Santa Land from 4 to 5, Barberton High School band and choir performances from 5-5:45 and tree lighting and lighting of Lake Anna from 5:45 to 6. From 6 to 9 there will be performers, Santa Land, costumed characters, horse and wagon rides, food, shopping, ice sculpting, children’s crafts, a 24-tuba Umpah Christmas Concert and more. Free admission. More information at www.ndsbarbertonevents.com.
Bridge Lighting —5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in front of The Bake Shop in Ghent, 800 Wye Road. The 10th annual Wye Road Bridge lighting will include a visit from Santa Clause.
Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm & Village — Dec. 7, Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 18-23 at Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township. Lantern-lit journey takes guests on a holiday history tour of Northeast Ohio during the Civil War. Tours depart every 20 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. $20, $15 members, $12 children. Reservation required, 330-666-3711.
Comet watch — Naturalist Dave Brunfield and astronomy volunteers will direct a Comet ISON watch at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Sponsored by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Master Singers Inc. Chorale “Winter Concert” — 3 p.m. Sunday at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market St., Akron. The volunteer choir will perform a mix of familiar favorites and works featuring American composer Joseph Gentry-Stevens. Free.
Karen Crabtree Exhibit — Through Dec. 31 at the Studios of Jack Richard, 2250 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. 330-929-1575.
Phil Keaggy and Michael Card Holiday Concert — 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Cuyahoga Falls High School auditorium, 2300 Fourth St. $20-$40. For tickets, call 855-223-1008 or go to http://event.attendstar.com/event/show/celebrate-christmas-with-michael-card-and-phil-keaggy/.
Overcoming Holiday “Overwhelm” — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Green branch, 4046 Massillon Road. Professional organizer Natalie Gallagher will share her favorite organizing tips and strategies to create a memorable and stress-free holiday season. Free.
Green hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday for a 5-mile in Green’s Boettler/Southgate Park on Massillon Road (state Route 241). Bring carrots or apples for the horses. 330-923-6371.
Hudson for the Holidays — 2-8 p.m. Friday. Free holiday kick-off with Santa and his elves, caroling, luminaries and specials in businesses all over town. For more information go to www.merchantsofhudson.com.
Indie-Next Celebration and Author Visit — 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson. Featuring Chief David Oliver of the Brimfield Police Department and his book No Mopes Allowed. 330-653-2252.
Kent State’s School of Art Holiday Sale — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the KSU Downtown Gallery, 141 E. Main St. Local and regional artists — including Kent State faculty, students and alumni — showcase and sell original work. Information, www.kent.edu/arts/galleries.
Kent State University Planetarium presents The Skies of Winter — 8 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in Room 108 of Smith Hall, Kent State. It will explore the skies of winter and their connection to religious and cultural observances throughout the world. The hour-long program is free. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 330-672-2246. For more information, go to http://planetarium.kent.edu.
Towpath hike — The Stark County Park District is staging a Towpath Trail hike at 9 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Crystal Springs Trailhead in Jackson Township. 330-409-8096.
A Chorus for a Cause Presents The Gift of Music for Christmas — 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Church of the Savior UMC, 120 Cleveland Ave. S., Canton and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal, 226 Third St. SE, Massillon. Songs will include traditional and fun new carols. A freewill offering will be taken.
Rainbow Loom — 2–3:30 p.m. Friday at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road. Create rainbow loom bracelets. No registration necessary, but you must bring your own loom and supplies. Free.
Bow Wow Book buddies —1:30 p.m. Sunday at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road. Children in Kindergarten through sixth grade can read to trained therapy dogs. Sign up for a 15-minute session when you arrive, but no pre-registration necessary.
Holiday Wine Festival — 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Drive. Annual showcase of wines from distributors paired with culinary selections from chef Angus O’Hara. A silent auction will benefit the Salvation Army. Reservations are $69 per person.
Modern Warfare Friday — 2:30-5 p.m. Friday at Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad Street. All teens between 12-18 years old with a mature gaming waiver on file are invited to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.