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It is definitely time to get into the Christmas spirit! If you need a little help, you can head to downtown Port Clinton this Saturday, Dec. 1, for the big Community Christmas celebration with a parade, lots of open houses and the lighting of the downtown Christmas Tree.

The Lake Plains Chorus, a spectacular barbershop choir, will be singing downtown at 1:30 p.m. They will also be performing at Edgewood Manor at 3 p.m. and at The Vineyard at 4:30 p.m. The Christmas Parade starts at 2 p.m. Later on, the Short Attention Theatre group will be presenting their “Komedy Krismas Show” at Mango Mamas. It is intended for mature audiences. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10. The show starts at 9 p.m. with DJ Chief playing tunes afterward.

My friend Cathy Allen is back doing her Holiday gift wrapping again this year in exchange for a donation to the Up Side of Downs, a nonprofit organization providing information and support to people with Downs Syndrome and their families. Cathy is wrapping now through Dec. 23. Here is what you have to do: First, call Cathy at 419-732-1770 and set up a time and location. Step two, SHOP! Next, put a post-it note on each package indicating what the tag should say, then drop your packages off with Cathy. You can then pick up your wrapped packages a day or two later. All you have to do then is put your nice, gift-wrapped presents under the tree.

Our Find Wylie winner is Mary Ann Pressler from the Cleveland area who found Wylie hiding in the ad for Packer Creek Pottery on page 7A in last week’s Beacon. Mary Ann wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, www.thebeacon.net.

We made an error inside The Beacon last week when the headline read that the movie premier for “Heroes Behind the Badge” was going to be November 9. That date is incorrect. This very special documentary motion picture is being premiered in Port Clinton on November 29, TONIGHT. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. show at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Ohio COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). The sister of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry (Fast and Furious) and film producer Brian Erfurth will be available afterward to answer questions.

A couple of weeks ago, the Men of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church held a magnificent spaghetti dinner. How about an authentic Mexican dinner this Saturday night at the IC Gym from 6-8 p.m? The price for adults is $8 and children 12 and under eat for just $5. They will feature beef and chicken tacos, Spanish rice, refried beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. The Riojas Family is doing all of the preparations and all proceeds benefit the parish.

The 16th Annual Craft Show hosted by 6 friends combining a variety of handmade craft items will be held this Saturday, Dec 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bay Township Hall on Ohio 53 south. They will have heirloom wooden bowls made by local craftsman John Fulkert, knitted items, snowmen, Christmas decorations, Christmas cookies and homemade jelly. (Yum!) John and Laura Fulkert, Janet Vollmer, Jane Hoffman, Andrea Draper and Pat Keys invite you to spend a little time this Saturday browsing at the Bay Township Hall.

The Grand Opening celebration and dedication of the all new Portage Resale Center and Seed Faith Food Pantry at 301 W. Second Street in Port Clinton will be this Monday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. What an amazing job the volunteers, along with Bob and Linda Snyder, have done with the former Heinemann Distributing Company building renovation. They are always looking for more volunteers. All the products on sale are donated, and all of the net proceeds go to LOCAL charities. I will be there, you should be too!

They are also having very special program at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, Dec. 8. It is a theatrical representation of the Christmas Story titled “The 3-1/2 Stories of Christmas”. It features TV star Frank Runyeon, who has performed in over 1,000 television shows. There will be music as all the parts of the Christmas Story are tied together for the first time, from the light of creation to the manger in Bethlehem, from the origin of Saint Nicholas to the secret of the Christmas angel himself. It all takes place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the church. A free-will offering will be asked.

While we are on the subject of the holidays, one of our favorite holiday traditions is The Mitten Tree. Every year about this time we put up a tree in our foyer. All kinds of folks from the community come in and decorate it with mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to help keep little hands, heads and hearts warm this winter. The Mitten Tree is up now and we await your contributions so we can once again have the Salvation Army distribute them before Christmas.

The Port Clinton Braves youth football team has joined forces with Underwood’s Restaurant to help the family of Devin Kohlman. They are having a series of Benefit Nights with 50% of the sales going to Devin’s family. The dates are Dec. 5 and Dec.12, Wednesdays, from 5-7 p.m.

Congratulations to Kayla Collins, daughter of Dale and Lisa Collins. Kayla is graduating from Bowling Green State University (Aye Ziggy Zumba) on Friday, Dec.14, with a degree in Sports Medicine.

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