Colton Francis, son of Justin and Jamie Francis, sitting on Santa’s lap.
Jade and Mason Zervas with Santa
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce in support of the Portage Fire Station put on an Olde Fashion Christmas Celebration for the village of Oak Harbor. Families headed to the Portage Fire Station to enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, a secret gift shop, A Charlie Brown Christmas movie and Santa. Throughout the event about 250 children came through the firehouse to partake in the holiday festivities.
The outpouring of community support was overwhelming for Lakeside Chautauqua’s first #Giving Tuesday event. The event on Dec. 3 raised $105,000. In November, Lakeside Chautauqua introduced stakeholders to #Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving encouraging individuals and families to celebrate generosity in their community and inspiring donors to give back to in unique ways.
Donations were received from Ireland and across 14 states and 60 Ohio cities; a total of 148 gifts were received in support of Lakeside Chautauqua’s mission. Money was raised towards the restoration of Bradley Temple and children’s programming improvements, Lakeside Chautauqua Endowment, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, recreational programming and facilities, religious life programming, youth group housing and Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile beautification project. Gifts were also made in honor and memory of loved ones.
Due to the community’s generosity, Lakeside Chautauqua has raised more than $500,000 to date for the Lakeside Fund. While additional funds still must be raised, Lakeside is well on its way to achieving a record annual fund goal of $700,000 in 2013. The Lakeside Fund annual giving campaign bridges the gap between earned income and the actual cost of producing our signature Chautauqua program, maintaining our beautiful grounds and preserving our historic structures.
To help Lakeside Chautauqua reach their 2013 goal send a check made payable to Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440.
All gifts purchased at a downtown Port Clinton business will be wrapped for free at 110 Madison St. Other gifts not purchased downtown can be wrapped for a dollar donation to Main Street Port Clinton. Donations of ribbon, bows, boxes and tape are also being accepted.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday gift wrapping will be available from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday gift wrapping will be available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This service will be available until Dec. 24.Any big gift wrap orders should call Cathy at 419-260-3949 to make special arrangements.
Terra State Community College is offering Small Business Basics seminars. These seminars are free workshops that help entrepreneurs and those interested in starting a business with questions on how to get started, but or expand a business. These seminars will provide education to help avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps.
Attendees will learn the basics of: name registration, licensing, taxes, advisors, business ethics, employees, insurance, financing, business planning and more.
This seminar will be offered Jan. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation Conference Room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.