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Illuminating the holiday season

The seeing eye

CORTLAND TREE LIGHTING: The Cortland city tree-lighting ceremony will be held Saturday as part of Small Business Saturday. Activities include free horse-drawn carriage rides through the city from 3 to 7 p.m.; and Santa and Mrs. Claus from 4 to 6 p.m. with children receiving a goodie bag during their visit (while supplies last). The tree lighting is 6 p.m. in the courtyard area and large parking lot across from Cortland Bank on West Main Street. The community is invited to bring an ornament to hang on the tree.

The Cortland Lions Club will be giving out hot cocoa and assorted cookies. The Lakeview High School choir / band will lead the visitors in caroling during the tree lighting. The Lakeview Teachers Association will be set up with an ornament-making station.

NILES TREE LIGHTING: The Niles Christmas tree lighting will be 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Niles fire station. Cookies and doughnuts will be provided. Santa will be arriving via firetruck. Miss Niles and Little Miss Niles will be lighting the Christmas tree.

PET SUPPLY DRIVE: Niles Veterinary Clinic, 1007 Youngstown Warren Road, is hosting a pet supply drive now through Dec. 23.

The clinic is accepting pet-related supplies to donate to the Trumbull County Dog Pound and Cats Are People, Too.

Everyone who donates an item also is entered to win prizes being drawn weekly.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information call 330-652-0055.

SANTA TO A SENIOR: Home Instead Inc. is having its annual “Be a Santa to a Senior program,” which supports older adults who may be overlooked, isolated or alone during the holiday season. This is the 18th year for the local program that gives back to older adults and reminds them they are cherished by the community. The gifts collected, which are often necessity items — such as toiletries, clothing and blankets — make a big impact and help area seniors combat the holiday blues. This year, the Austintown office is partnering with local senior communities, Catholic Charities, Probate Court Guardian programs and aging agencies to provide gifts to approximately 600 area seniors.

To take part visit BeASantatoaSenior.com and enter their ZIP code to view wish lists for local seniors on Amazon Business through Dec. 10. A personalized greeting can be included with the gift, which will be shipped directly to the senior.

Individuals can visit one of the participating locations and look for the Be a Santa to a Senior tree on display until Dec. 1 . Each tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and gift suggestions. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached.

The trees can be found at the following locations: The Daily Grind, 824 N. State St., Girard; Walmart, 6001 Mahoning Ave., Austintown; Home Instead, 5329 Mahoning Ave, Austintown; Home Instead, 953 Niles, Cortland Road SE, Warren; Niles Nutrition, 815 Youngstown Warren Road, No. 16, Niles; and Walmart, 2016 Millennium Blvd., Cortland.

Gifts will be delivered to seniors in time for the holidays.

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