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Guess Who’s Coming to Chardon Town?

Geauga Lyric Theater Guild will host its annual Santa at the Theater program on Dec. 14 at the Geauga Theater on Chardon Square. Santa Claus will meet and greet children of all ages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to visiting Santa, children can create a holiday craft, decorate and eat holiday cookies, hear Christmas stories and sing along with Santas elves, play Christmas bingo and more. Patrons will be treated to a sneak preview of Geauga Theater’s new show choir, The Geauga Gems, as part of the day’s festivities.

Geauga Theater is located at 101 Water Street in Chardon. The event is free, but donations are welcome and appreciated.

Information can be found at www.geaguatheater.org or by calling the business office at 440-285-7701.

This event is supported by GLTG, Chardon Big Lots and Wal-Mart. The Geauga Gems are sponsored by Warm-A-Child Ministries.

Miracle on 34th Street

Is the department store Santa the real thing or is he just a kindly, confused gentleman who calls himself Kris Kringle? A little girl wants to believe in his magic, and this Santa challenges her mothers cynical convictions.

Miracle on 34th Street, presented by Geauga Lyric Theater Guild and directed by Patty Osredkar, will open Dec. 6 on the Geauga Theater stage in Chardon. The play, based on a story by Valentine Davies, closely follows the 1947 classic movie version.

Sponsored by Chardon Smile Center and produced in association with Dramatic Publishing Co. of Woodstock, Ill., the production will run Dec. 6-22.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.geaugatheater.org or call the box office at 440-286-2255. Special group ticket rates are available through the box office.

Geauga Theater is located at 101 Water St. in Chardon.

Catch Holiday Spirit With GANG

On Dec. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m., Nicky Bucur will lead the Geauga Arts Network Group (GANG) in songs of the season at Heinen’s Cafe, 402 Center St. in Chardon. Host for the evening will be local playwright Joanne Durante. The entertaining program is free and open to the general public; no reservations are necessary.

Bucur is a Geauga County resident who as a freelance musician and hospice volunteer has been bringing joyful music to area families and organizations for two decades. In addition to leading the GANG in song, he will be inviting fellow musicians, singers, artists and writers to share their own works and works by fellow artists, in celebration of the holiday season.

The Geauga Arts Network Group is an ad hoc group whose mission is to promote communication, collaboration, and cooperation across artistic disciplines for artists living and/or working in Geauga County. For more information, call Joanne Durante at 440-729-6481.

Geauga Hunger Task Force Benefit Planned

The Good Tidings Benefit Choir, 85 voices strong, is once again going to perform their musical magic for the community Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Notre Dame Cathedral Educational Center Chapel, 13000 Auburn Road in Munson.

Celebrating its 24th year, the popular program raises money through goodwill offerings for the Geauga Hunger Task Force, which consists of seven emergency food pantries throughout the county.

The Good Tidings choir will be performing many Christmas selections including a portion of GF Handels Messiah. Also performing will be Pilgrim Brass, the bell choir from Chardon Methodist on Saturday and the hammered dulcimer group If I had a Hammer on Sunday.

All attending will be invited to sing the Hallelujah chorus at the closing of the program.

Admission is free, but a goodwill offering will be collected. Reservations are not necessary.

Holiday Cards Workshop

Fairmount Center for the Arts is offering a holiday cards workshop Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon for youth 4-8 years old and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for teens to adults. Assisted by art instructor Brigitte Fiorille, each participant can develop up to 15 unique cards using card stock and layers of foam block printing. Assorted envelopes provided. Fee is $19.

To register, call 440-338-3171 or stop in the office at 8400 Fairmount Road in Russell.

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