County Briefing

Kids can breakfast with Santa

Children can have breakfast with Santa and have their photos taken with the jolly old elf from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the East Liverpool Area Community & Learning Center, 110 Maine Blvd., East Liverpool. Sponsored by the Steel Valley Guardians of the Children, the event will also include special guest Buddy the Elf, coloring pages and activities, and the first 100 children will receive a gift from Santa. Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Guardians of the Children, who are involved in recognizing, reacting to and educating the public about child abuse.

Christmas tours at the castle

Alchemy Acres will host the “Christmas Tours at Whispering Pines Castle” from 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours also will be offered Sunday, Dec. 16. The castle, located at 6295 Adams Road near Rogers, is the centerpiece of Alchemy’s future home. People also can take selfies with Santa from 3-6 p.m. Saturday and live music will be performed by Steve Free. Light refreshments and beverages will be served on all tours, which also feature a Santa’s Workshop where you can purchase holiday gifts for all creatures great and small. There is a required donation of $10.

Christmas concert set Sunday

Under the Dome will present its final concert of the year, A Classical Christmas with the Stambaugh Chorus, at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbiana at 6 p.m. Sunday. The concert is free. Soloist Ava Wilson will also perform. Founded in 1952 as the Youngstown Symphony Chorus, the 70-member choral ensemble partnered with Stambaugh Auditorium in 2007. Over the last decade, under the direction of Dr. Hae-Jong Lee, the Stambaugh Chorus has emerged as the Mahoning Valley’s premier choral association with a commitment to promoting choral arts throughout the greater Youngstown area. Lee will lead the chorus through a program including works by J.S. Bach, Karl Jenkins and Leonard Cohen. Highlights will include excerpts from Jenkins’ Gloria, the Hallelujah Chorus and traditional carols including O Holy Night. Organist and pianist Kathryn Miller will provide accompaniment. Under the Dome concerts are sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana and the Columbiana Community Foundation.

Hanovertonites to go caroling

The village of Hanoverton will have a caroling event from 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Those interested in joining will meet at the gazebo in Betz Park and from there stroll the streets caroling in groups. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served following the event at the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church.

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