Genesis House domestic violence shelter is holding two holiday-themed events at Independence Village, 345 Lear Road, Avon Lake.
A bake sale, Santa's Cookie Jar, will be 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3. Treats start at $1 a piece.
The Festival of Trees will be 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Guests can buy custom-decorated trees and have their picture taken with Santa. There also will be holiday stories, crafts and face-painting for children. Raffles will be held throughout the event, with prizes including a diamond ring worth $1,900. There will also be desserts and live entertainment.
In lieu of admission, a free-will donation will be accepted at the door. For more information, call (866) 213-1188
Also...Kopf Family Reservation of the Lorain County Metro Parks is hosting a few events this month.
A "Late Fall Hike," will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 16. Folks are invited to bundle up for a walk through the woods and warm up afterwards with a cup of hot chocolate at the library. Participants should meet at the library before the hike.
This month's edition of "Preschool Nature Kids" is entitled "Feed the Birds" and will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18. Preschoolers ages 3 and up along with their parents will learn about feeding birds throughout the winter with story time, crafts and games. A snack will be provided.
For more information, call the ranger at (440) 930-5057.
Get Some Festive music
Avon Lake Schools are putting on holiday concerts.
The Troy sixth-grade band, orchestra and choir will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Avon Lake High School Performing Arts Center.
The Learwood Instrumental Music Department will put on a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Learwood Middle School cafeteria, featuring performances by the seventh- and eighth-grade bands, the seventh- and eight-grade orchestras, and the Learwood Jazz Ensemble.
The Avon Lake High School Instrumental Music Department will hold its concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the high school's Performing Arts Center. The string orchestra, the concert band and the symphonic bands will perform, followed by a reception in the school's commons, where the Avon Lake Jazz Ensemble will perform.