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Holiday events light up the area

FALLS TREE LIGHTING: The annual Newton Falls Area Commerce Association will present a tree-lighting ceremony 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Newton Falls. The event will include a chance to see Santa at AMVETS, games for children and a performance from Platinum dance studio at 6:45 p.m. Mayor Kenneth Kline will lead the countdown at 7 p.m. to light the Christmas tree.

THANKSGIVING EVENT: A community Thanksgiving gathering will be 1 to 3 p.m. today at STEAM Academy, 261 Elm Road, Warren, where a free Thanksgiving meal will be held.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE: The Cortland Church of the Nazarene, 293 E. Main St., will have a Thanksgiving concert featuring The Victory Trio 10:45 a.m. today. A free-will offering will be taken. There will be a covered-dish dinner in the fellowship hall immediately following the concert.

CHILD DEDICATION: Hubbard First Baptist Church, 59 Orchard Ave., will hold a community infant and child dedication service 10:15 a.m. today. The community can bring its families to the event where a dedication will be held for infants and children.

DOG PARADE: The Warren Kiwanis Club is holding the 44th annual Turkey Trot Race on Thanksgiving morning in partnership with the Mathews High School Key Club, with a dog parade added this year.

The clubs are seeking runners, walkers and pups to participate at the Kent State University at Trumbull Campus, state Route 45 in Champion. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 1K Kids Run and Dog Parade. The 2-mile walk / run begins 9 a.m. The final event is the 5-mile run, which will start at 10 a.m.

Race registration can be completed at www.gopherarun.com by Monday. The cost is $25 by Monday and $30 thereafter. More information is available on the Warren Kiwanis Turkey Trot Facebook page.

At least $1 from every registration benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. Other proceeds will be used for the Warren Kiwanis Club programs of service, primarily to youth — scholarships, reading programs and educational materials — but also for aid to senior citizens and community improvement efforts.

Mathews High School Key Club will present a “Pilgrims and Pup-Kins Parade” during the turkey trot. Dog parade registration fee is $5 per dog, cash only, payable at the event at the Mathews Key Club parade registration table, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Dogs must be leashed and accompanied by a responsible caregiver at all times. Judges will award prizes to the best dressed pups.

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: Emmanuel Community Care Center in Girard is taking applications for Christmas gifts through Dec. 2. Families who are registered at the center can call 330-545-4301 and register children ages birth to 12. Families can suggest ideas for the children. The gift suggestions will be written on tags, which will be available at participating churches or the center. Donations can be brought to the center by Dec. 9. Families will receive a phone call when gifts are ready for pickup.

SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE: The Braceville Historical Society will hold an open house 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 at the township hall, Braceville Robinson Road. Memorabilia of the society will be on display.

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