The students from the Kent State University Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert with various sacred music and worship at Upper Room Ministries and the public is invited to help celebrate the reason for the season at 11 a.m. Dec. 17. There will be a 20-piece instrumental ensemble which will be led by Zachariah Smith and will include saxophones, violins, trumpets, drums, tubas and much more!

Refreshments will be served following the morning service and concert. The church is located at 3090 S.R. 59, Ravenna, and the telephone number is 330-296-2178. Elder Eddie L. Harris is the church pastor.

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Don’t forget to check out the upcoming events in December at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. The phone number is 330-297-2576 or check their website at www.UHhospitals.org/Portage.

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A big shoutout to Ravenna’s No. 1 gymnast, Taylor Brown! Taylor continues to rank first in the Level 3 position in the 2017-18 Gymnastics League competitions in Ohio!

Taylor is the daughter of Antoinette Austin of Ravenna and the granddaughter of Eddie and Toni Harris. She attends Carlin Elementary School and is on the Honor Roll and makes A’s each semester. Taylor loves to usher at her church, sing in the choir and is just a wonderful young lady. Look out medal winner Simone Biles, Taylor Brown is coming!

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The Kent State University Gospel Choir presents "Everything to Me" Concert, featuring Dr. Lamar Hylton, Dean of Students at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Cartwright Hall Auditorium. The concert is free: no tickets required.

For more information, contact Jessica Hunter (jhunte25@kent.edu) or Dr. Linda Angotti at 330-672-2431, (lwalker@kent.edu). Parking will be in designated lots (call 330-672-2444).

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The Skeels-Vernon L. Mathews Community Center in Ravenna will hold its annual Children’s Christmas Party, co-sponsored by Ravenna High School National Honor Society, from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 16 for ages 1 to 12 and is open to the public.

The Ladies of Love Christmas Luncheon, founded by the late Gloria Mack, will have a luncheon at noon Dec. 20. The luncheon is dedicated in memory of Gloria Mack and is open to the public.

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As we end another year, we would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped this year with the Food Boxes given to the community by Upper Room Ministries. The weekly free community luncheon prepared by Kent State University Campus Kitchen and Upper Room Ministries has been awesome.

Beginning the first of the year, Upper Room Ministries will continue to have its monthly Seeds of Harvest Food Pantry on the last Thursday of each month. The free hot lunch will only be held on the last Thursday of each month at noon, starting in January. A hot meal is available each week for the month of December. The lunch will no longer be weekly in January, but only once a month. The hot lunch is open to everyone.

The "Seeds of Harvest" Food Pantry will be available on Dec. 28, following the hot luncheon at noon. Help is appreciated in any form, be it monetary, non-perishable food, paper products or supplies. Please feel free to call Upper Room Ministries at 330-296-2178 for a day and time to drop off donations or if there are any questions.

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The Streetsboro Community PTA’s sixth annual Holiday Connection will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Streetsboro Middle School. Admission is free. 

The event features a Santa Shop, visit with Santa, local vendors, a Scholastic Book Fair, Lowe’s Kids Workshop, face painting, a balloon artist, bake sale, concession stand and holiday music. 

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A blessed and happy birthday to all of these wonderful December people: Antoinette Austin, Jocelyn Harris, Clarice Brown, Jane Bernhard, Abby Rothenberger, Jeanette Walker, Robyn Manley, Miracle Huff, Ashley Huff, Shavawn Walton, Derak Harold, David Jarrett, Barbara Looney, Desmond Copeland, Kareem Shomo, Ka’ron Shomo, Arielle McKinney, Imani Lucas, Eva Taylor, Lindsey Sipplen, Maryann Hicks-Sanders, Linda Lott, Timi Lott, Marcelle Grair, Christine Seeden, Precious Buchanan, Aliyah Belmonte, Justina Fortson, Caitlin Fortson, Tyonna Baxstrumn, Yasminde Tarrance, Cheniquell Woods-Holmes, K. Allen Davis, Linda Sanders, Michael Sanders, Mark Frisone, D’Andre Kendrick and Eddie Kendrick.

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May you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a wonderfully Happy New Year! Remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive. It has been a pleasure to write for you another year. Blessings for 2018!

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News or information is always welcome and appreciated to: Mrs. Toni Brown-Harris, P.O. Box 1051, Ravenna, OH 44266 or by email at mrstoni@sbcglobal.net.